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CHANGE Order….

In Basement, Spaces on April 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

These are two words that represent sacrilege to me.

Thou shalt not issue a myriad of change orders on this job, so help me Lord!

Yes we are only a few weeks into the actual, renovation and for the most part things are going smoothly as we have a phenomenal GC. She really stays on top of the project and is able to look forward in case of a back up to keep the job moving.  Now I want to give her as much credit as possible, but I can’t help to believe that she’s working this hard because I have eagle eyes and ask 50,000 questions a day.

Thus far we have had to make a slight adjustment to the kitchen cabinets in order to reduce the size of the wine cooler we wanted, that cost me about $100 plus I lost my soft close feature.  My gut says we will be looking at this again before the order is placed.  We have added steps onto the deck ( yes, this seems like a no brainer but whatever…. things happen.) Yesterday we found out because code states that there can be nothing within three feet of a breaker box, my washer and dryer can not sit side by side in my new laundry room.

Now, under different circumstances, I am sure this would have sent me to the moon, I mean isn’t knowing code a major part of the primary job functions of the contractor and when all these people are traipsing through my home measuring and conferring wouldn’t that have come up as the breaker box has always been there to welcome them when they came to visit and inquire about its ability to handle the drain of the gee whiz new appliances and such that we wanted to install……  DID NO ONE THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN MEASURING OUT THE ROOM???????

(writer take breath…)

But I didn’t go crazy because in actuality, it served my purpose perfectly.  You see when they moved out my washer and dry and demo’d the little bar area, I  inquired if the washer and dryer could go into the new little nook.  To which the answer was a resounding No because of the moving of the water lines, venting the dryer and yada yada yada….  Guess where my washer and dryer are now going????

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Ding ding ding Correct!!!! Into the little nook created by the newly removed bar. All those reasons why it couldn’t be done before…. Pish Posh they’re simple fixes.  We even have options!!  So I  am having bi fold doors added to enclose them and the niche you see in the wall will have some shelving to hold fabric softener and detergent.  I’m a little psyched.  Because I also not get a new storage area.  I am contemplating what to use it for and thinking of shelving it in as a pantry.  Even though it’s not upstairs, its only a few steps down from the kitchen and a great place to store juice which we have to buy by the case and large non perishables like paper towels and toilet paper.

So all in all this, I think it works out well and we haven’t added to the budget because “whomever” didn’t measure… Whew……

 

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Is Everything Front Loading?

In Basement, Spaces on March 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Our laundry room will be simple.

I looked around for examples of what I wanted to have done with the space and I was very surprised.  See, my household is very small usually two and sometimes three people tops in the house at any given time.  No itty bitty’s and no pets.

Our current laundry room, was never finished.  So there were no walls or ceiling just a space with a lot of pipes and a washer and dryer.  So the thought of having…..WALLS was pretty much enough for me.

It wasn’t until everyone started asking me questions about what would be going in the space that I decided to take a look at what was out there. And Oh My Goodness!!  Laundry in the closet, behind sliding doors, granite counters and soft close cabinetry.  But the one common denominator was the front loading washer and dryer.

My husband broached the idea of a new set, but I didn’t think we needed it.  I think he was trying to be sweet and “Upgrade Me” I mean I really don’t want to spend a bunch of time in there and there’s only so much laundry detergent and fabric softener one can store so I think a shelf is plenty with my current top loading washer and handy dandy dryer. I mean after all I’VE GOT WALLS!

What are your thoughts on “Super-Sizing” a laundry room?

A Wall Says It All

In Basement, real estate, Spaces on March 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Going through a renovation is pretty major and it takes a toll on you in many ways you really don’t expect.  We found ourselves traveling this past weekend, unexpectedly. When we arrived back home Monday morning to more snow than we have seen all season and the phone’s ringing off the hook it was really a lot to handle.  My first thought was to get all our laundry done, knowing our laundry room would be out of commission for a minute.

So I am really encouraged by the progress they are making walls came down and in a flash new walls went up!

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Yes, there is still a large hole in the floor but the dry wall is up for the new space and we look forward to the plumber coming in and adding his handiwork to the process.

Of course, he is going to be delayed by a day, so we have our first work stoppage.  I really do hope its only for one day and that on Friday the plumbing will be done and the last wall put in and finished.

Although when I think about it, there really is still a lot that has to go on in there, insulation, framing the last wall, flooring, lighting, tiling and the installation of the bathroom amenities ( vanity, toilet, mirror, etc. )

But, I’m still pleased with the progress and will be happy when all of the items, we’ve ordered actually get installed and out of my living room ( so that too can be demolished and reconstructed…..)

 

Walls Come Down…

In real estate on March 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

We have had our share of dealings with lenders, contractors, builders, underwriters, appraisers and the like. Finally the walls have started coming down!

(insert praise break HERE….)

So they are starting inside downstairs in the basement.  Scope of Work:  Frame and finish new laundry room, remove existing bar area, construct a new powder rooms and install wood flooring.  There will also be a new central air conditioning system installed and since the furnace is in the basement, I guess that is considered basement work too…

So after a lot of back and forth and talking and viewing etc.  Last week the first walls came down and looked something like this:

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This area once held a built in bar.  It was a cute use of space for it sits right under the stairwell.  But it was still a little awkward to get in and out of because you had to enter through the laundry room.  Once completed, I believe this space will hold a small desk and a computer monitor.  We are completely wireless here, but its always good to have a small workspace and I think when we sell, it will be a neat little feature off the family room. BasementDay1b

Welcome to the new home of our powder room.  These built-in banquettes are now gone ( they came down today) this framing you see is also gone.  The laundry room will become a little smaller and the powder room will sit next to it. We’ve opted for a pump system for the toilet and vanity to avoid too much plumbing and digging, since the bathroom and basement sit below the sewer line.  So the jackhammering began today but was minimal.

My living room looks like a mail order catalog receiving department as we have opted to choose the majority of our finishes rather than picking from the offerings of our contractors.  Hopefully, in the end, we will save a little bit of money by having control of our choices and ultimately we will have the look and finishes we really want.  It’s kind of a big undertaking, trying to get the best deal, tracking auctions, researching manufacturers and dealing with shipping times. But we really hope it will be worth it in the end.