Day Forty-eight: Has it really been a week already?
My week has flown by. We’re feeling so much better in a larger space. But the days just meld together—it’s a continual stream of logistics. Up to stagger breakfast (since Sophie can’t be left alone in the room.) Then off for a morning walk. Back to the hotel for a quick cuppa and then up to the house with Sophie to work for most of the day. Leave Sophie at the house around 4 to meet the boys back at the hotel for dinner. Squeeze in a walk after dinner (assuming we don’t walk TO dinner) and then back to the house to pick up the dog. Â Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
It makes for a very choppy day, especially when you get to one place or the other only to realize you forgot something. Oy.
And our one month stay has quickly become two. I’m hopeful that will be the end of it. It all depends on how quickly our insurance can get around to issuing checks (and if they have to go through our bank, or can directly issue the checks to us. If they go through the bank, well… it’s Bank of America. Need I say more?)
As of this moment, the scope of work includes: (please keep in mind, this all started with a bathroom floor)
Electrical: Removal of all the knob and tube electrical. Apparently, the electrical upgrade we were told happened about 10 years ago, was a “cosmetic” upgrade. When you dig into the walls, it’s clear that only the places that would be checked were upgraded, everything still ties into the old knob and tube. Frankly, we were a house fire waiting to happen and are very fortunate to have escaped it. So the entire house will have be brought up to code in order for it pass inspection and for us to be able to move back in.
Plaster: Our home is lathe and plaster (JOY) and so everything that gets damaged in the rewiring will have to be replaced. Presently, that’s the bathroom and the kitchen–and will probably mean assorted walls and ceilings as the electrical is upgraded.
Bathroom: It’s an entire gut. Everything has been stripped at this point. There isn’t even a floor. It will all need to be replaced.
Kitchen: It’s not quite a gut, but the flooring, walls, ceiling, and cabinetry will have to be replaced.
Plumbing: Um.. yeah, it’s looking like everything will have to be brought up to code. It’s a central plumbing situation, so one repair means it ALL has to be repaired.
Structural supports: When the bathroom was renovated 10 years ago, and plumbing was put in for a shower, all sorts of “short-cuts” were taken, putting the structural integrity of some portions of the house at risk. One wall isn’t supported and will need to be remediated before construction can commence.
<wende putting on her angry eyes> Whoever did this work. . . a POX on you and yours. The very idea anyone would put their OWN family at risk, doing home repair work just boggles my little brain. Doing a half-assed job tiling a bathroom because you watched some show on HGTV and think you’ve got the mojo to fake it, I get. Doing a home installation of plumbing that cuts into support beams in an illegal DIY job… insanity. You know who you are, and you should be ashamed. </angry eyes>
So that’s where we are. Or where we’re not. I suppose it depends on how full your glass is.
Nothing better than being told you are lucky your house didn’t burn down around you and almost as lucky that it didn’t collapse during one of any of our notorious Winter “blows” – OY VEY!
But I’m trusting it will all be good when it is all said and done – even if my type-A personality isn’t quite convinced…
Cripes. I have no words.
Yeah, IZ… I’ve had car crashes that I’m “lucky” to have survived but that word never makes me feel better right after the wreck… It makes me panic retroactively.
Wow. Just wow.
The good news is that your house will be put back correctly and will be safe and warm, and far more energy efficient. This is soooo becoming a Mike Holmes situation. Do you get Mike Holmes’ shows there? If you need to feel house-guttin commiseration, check them out. It’s awful but then Mike fixes it, like a big blond Canadian handygod. Then he gets hugs, and usually cake.
Carly, I can’t even watch Mike Holmes right now… it makes me panic. I can’t believe I’m living that show. OY. Hopefully it will work out and work will begin soon.
Yeah – I’ve seen Holmes. Didn’t expect WE would be in THAT particular boat. Let’s just say that our collective group of Contractors and Inspectors are on Santa’s “Nice” list and the Insurance is “Naughty” and will likely get COAL…
Well, if you have to have a Nice and Coal distinction, it’s good to have the contractors and inspectors on the Nice side instead of the other way round. I’m hoping they are also as speedy as Santa’s elves…
Long term=good. Short term=a pain in the derriere. Big time!!
Exactly, Margaret! And welcome home from Montana!