I've come back to my kitchen window this month to show you the view. You may notice I've rearranged the window sill knickknacks. The 10 inches of snow we had last Thursday has started to melt. . . .
I had planned to show you the view outside my dining room window today (which is the same view, but from a different angle) along with the newly painted walls and wood floors. All that has been completed, but the room is not put back together yet because the shoe molding needs to be nailed in place. That's because what the installers brought did not match the floor. When we found out that's the best they could do, Ken sanded off their finish and I set about trying different stains until I found one that did.
Nor can I show you the completed kitchen because the floor cannot be installed until the new boxes of wood are delivered. When all the boxes were opened the installer found several boards in every box unfit to be installed for one reason or another--but only after he'd installed three such boards and I had pointed them out to him. He graciously cut out the defective boards and replaced them. What good wood was left was only enough to finish the dining room, but not the kitchen. I'd told Ken I wished the wood countertops would be ready when the floor was, and it seems I may get my wish! But I did not mean that the floor should be delayed in order to have the two come together at the same time. Oh, well.
In the meantime, I've been going through everything I took out of the two rooms, cleaning it, and putting back what I can. In the kitchen I did not put back some things I had hanging on the newly repapered walls. I'm cleaning out cabinets and putting down new paper in them, too. Everything looks so fresh and clean. I'm loving that part! But the part I don't like is what I want to talk about this month.
The last time we hired someone to do work in our house was in 1999 and I had the same problem then. In many instances their idea of what looks right and mine differ. Things are not straight, have gaps, or the workman did not have a good eye for what pieces of stone or wood go good next to each other. The reason this presents a problem for me is that I have a terrible time speaking up! I let a lot go by because of that, rationalizing that once the room is put back together I probably won't see it. But the things I know will bother me--things my eye will be drawn to constantly--I gather all my courage and say something. Thankfully, the contractor or foreman has always been willing to make the adjustments. But it exhausts me and I just don't like having to make people redo things, and I'm certainly not going to stand over them to make sure they do it right in the first place.
So my question this month is when you have to hire someone to do work around your house or yard how do you handle the problems that arise? Thankfully, the delay on the flooring has not impacted us in a negative way. We're not having company this month so it's just a matter of having my house look turned upside down for an extra week or two. At least we don't have to wait "A Thousand Years" even though it feels FOREVER since I had a dining room.
Are you good at speaking up? Do you delegate that task? Do you have a remodeling disaster story you want to share?
I'll end with this photo I took last night from my back door. All the tracks you see are made by the squirrels that have been visiting the birdfeeder there in the window. It looks like we're being invaded. . . .
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