Friday, August 28, 2009

Adventures in Home Improvement

Had some major changes to our house done over the past week. Changed the ancient carpet and vinyl flooring in the kitchen and dining room to hardwood floors that would (hopefully) match the existing ones in the living room.

Kitchen - Before. Someone REALLY liked white.....

Dining room - Before.

Hallway - Before. Lots of worn down, stained up carpet.

The before pictures were taken Sunday evening. The contractors were to show up and begin work on Monday. This is what we came home to after work on Monday evening.

Kitchen - During. You can see the darker spot that they did quickly to put the fridge back in. More on that lovely spot later.

Dining room -During. You can see that they moved the fridge around as they worked on the floors. There wasn't much flooring downstairs that wasn't being redone in some way so that they could stash the fridge while working, so supposedly they were going to put it out on the porch. Ominous blue towel under the fridge is hiding something....

Hallway - During. Looks better than that nasty carpet even before finishing.

Below are pictures of cracks in the boards that Joe didn't like. He didn't realize that there was a lot of sanding and filling left to do.

Came back on Friday afternoon after a few days out of the house to some pretty floors. A nasty surprise was waiting downstairs for us, however.

Kitchen - after. A little less white!

Dining room - after. Jingle's bed is already on the floor because she's so spoiled.

Hallway - after.

Nasty surprise downstairs, you ask? Oh, we just came in through the garage to find a nice big puddle of water dripping down from this light. Apparently, a hose under the fridge somewhere was severed and after the water was hooked up again, it leaked all through the brand new floorboards and down into the basement. We caught it before it got really bad, but we think that in the process of moving it on/off of the porch over the sliding door tracks something got ripped up. Here's a lovely picture of the leak.

The new flooring under the fridge is already buckled and ruined. The contractors are coming out again on Monday morning to take a look at the damage and see what can be done. We're fully prepared for the fact that they'll probably not want to take the blame on this one. Looks like we may have a fight on our hands. We're also getting a new fridge delivered tomorrow since it looks like the one we have is so old that it's not worth it to try and fix it at all. This has been a really expensive week!


Mrs. IbStarC said...

Ugh! Lame! I hope you guys get them to take some repsonsibility for the damage. If you need me to come up and unleash my 9-month wrath, I'd be happy to. :)
But it looks fantastic! I have to admit, I am totally envious of your hardwood floors.

Mish said...

they do look good. it's just really unfortunate that something like that would happen. we'll see how the negotiations go on monday.