Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bathroom remodel: delays, delays, delays

After losing a day to fixing some problems left by the builders and an afternoon to a mistake by the plumber, Tile Guy (TG) got in a few days of tiling. I was thrilled as the rows of carrera marble subway climbed up the wall.



After that last picture was taken, though, work stopped for a solid week. First, there was a snow storm. Then, the melted snow froze, trapping TG at his home in the mountains (this "refreezing" phenomenon is common in Central Virginia, where snow melts quickly during the day, but freezes overnight), then TG's daughter was in an accident and was in the hospital. I felt badly for TG, but was getting upset.

The shower had been out of commission at this point for two or three weeks. I'm lucky that I have an extremely close relationship with my neighbor (we have each other's keys so we can dog sit and keep an eye on things for each other) and because she leaves for work at a ridiculously early time, I was able to shower at her place. Baxter was loving this arrangement, as he got to come with me and play with my neighbor's dog while I got ready for work, but the whole thing had a dorm quality to it (I never broke down and used a shower caddy to bring things to her place, thankfully).

Things were looking so great...but there was a lot of work left to do and I was getting pretty tired of the delays. Taking a look around the web, I guess I was in good company. A lot of people have stories about unexpected delays in renovation work. I'd venture to guess those are on much bigger projects than mine...or am I wrong?
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3 comments:

  1. I think pretty much every reno project takes longer and costs more than you think it will. We had the bathroom in our old house renovated -- it took twice as long as we were told it would take. This was in the middle of winter, and it was the only bathroom in the house with a shower. We would go over to hubby's office building at midnight to take our showers in the basement locker room. Not a fun month!!

    The tiles are beautiful -- I can't wait to see the completed room!! :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  2. The tiles are gorgeous, and I love the peak of a chandelier! I can't wait to see the "after" photos.

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  3. Thanks, ladies! I have to admit that I haven't even taken the "final" after photos. Maybe I'll do that tonight.

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