Clean Up

When last I posted, the builder had walked from my job with 77% of the money and only 50% of the job completed.  Since then, we have had heated email communication and in face communication with both the builder/framer and the contractor.  Both have now walked from the job.  We are pursuing legal action.


Since then, I have found another man to take over the project.  He cannot do all of it, but he can do most of it and it will get completed.

Since then, I have found an electrician to do the job and he will be here next week (as will the new builder).


So… new progress to start next week.

Today, I am documenting the mess and trash that will have to be cleaned up that the former builder left.   In case he thinks he is still owed money, the amount of cleanup and correcting of things will be more than than that.


This is what my driveway still looks like!



In the bathroom area.  Still have the plastic “barrier” to dispose of … and worse… the holes he made in the brick while cutting the opening for HVAC that didn’t need to be made and now I have to have someone else repair.


In the master bedroom.  Piles of trash and materials.   I understand that some trash would be left over to clean up… I’m not concerned about the dust since the project isn’t complete.  But tool parts… used face mask… old insulation?   Just more I have to clean up before someone else can work safely.


Outside, there are so many piles of trash and just trash – cups, wrappers, etc.  There are 3 unused I beams (and maybe other stuff) under the blue tarp.  I feel like they probably could have been returned before they sat out in the weather.  Or… why weren’t they used?  Maybe that is the bigger question.   The saw that he burned out cutting the bathroom flooring, is laying the pile of trash… that cannot even be considered mine, the rest of the trash might be considered mine since it is from the construction.




Inside the upstairs.  There are a few piles of trash.  There are unfinished projects galore and 1/2 done ones.  There is evidence of laziness and/or lack of knowledge of how to build.  THERE IS A CIGARETTE BUTT!!!


I have to say, I’m not sorry to have him leave.   Though, if this project had started when it was supposed to … JULY… and was finished by August/September… most of this hassle/angst would not have happened and everyone would be happy.


Still to be completed

On Monday, the builder walked off the job site.   He has about 70% of the money and has completed only about 50% of the job.  We are trying to get the contractor (you know how I feel about him) to do what we paid him for and get the work back underway.   We shall see how that all pans out.


Today’s post is to document what is done and not done to this point, from my perspective… which is the only perspective that matters since I’m the homeowner.


I will start with the bathroom.


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Still to be completed by the builder:

Plumbers drain ditch needs to be filled with cement.

The walls need to be furred out so that the shower can be attached to it.

The door needs to be removed and filled in and the new window inserted and then something done with the stone walls on that side as well so it doesn’t look stupid.  At this point, I’m OK with the stone walls if we can fill in the doorway/window and I then put the towel racks on the lower portion on a drywall wall.  The door is to be reused upstairs.

The duct work has to be framed in at the ceiling.

The pocket door needs to be inserted and drywalled.

The bricks that were drilled out for the HVAC need to be repaired, the holes filled.

A clothes chute needs to be installed.

Some other plumbing and electrical and HVAC need to be done, but that isn’t the job of the builder.


In the Master Bedroom

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The ceiling needs to be finished.  There is to be soundproofing insulation and of course, drywall… and paint!

The walls need to be finished, drywall and insulation and paint on the new portion.

The closet needs to be framed and built and drywalled.

They took the trim off of 2 of the windows and cut the drywall all the way down for some reason… that has to be repaired.

There are other holes of drywall that have to be repaired.

Then… the HVAC has to be framed in and drywalled.

Not to mention the new French Doors (which are NOT part of the original work and are also NO LONGER part of this builder’s job either).

This room is a mess.  Yes, I still have some electrical and flooring to deal with, but there is plenty for the builder to be completing.


What about upstairs?

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Both bedrooms need windows – the holes are not even cut for them.

One window is in the hall, the other hole is cut, but the window not installed.

Drywall, insulation, ceiling, insulation, etc.

The doorways between the new addition and the existing house need to be cut and doors installed.

Doors to the bedrooms installed.

The door to the outside installed.

AND all those windows and doorways finished with the trim that matches the rest of the house.

Attic flooring needs to be finished.

Attic stairs need to be installed…and for some reason, even though it was on the plans and he was told about it almost daily, he didn’t leave room in the trusses/rafters for the pull-down stairs so that will probably be a huge problem.   AND the wall cut to connect the 2 attics.

Yes, electrical still needs to be completed and a little bit of HVAC, but most of this work is the responsibility of the builder.

Flooring is my job, though baseboards are to be installed by the builder.


Shall we go outside?

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There are piles of wood.. possibly being ruined by the weather.

The soffit for the roofing is not done.

Insulation under the overhang is needed so the upstairs bedroom is not cold in that part.

Siding… siding… siding.  The siding is on site.

Again, the window and doors.

Rain gutters and down spouts.

There will be a spiral staircase for egress.  That is NO LONGER part of this builder’s responsibility.

There will be an outside light by the new door, but that would be electrical’s job.


So… as you can see… clearly,  MAYBE 50% done.  I do understand that the roof is a huge project.     I am probably forgetting something in my listing above.   As I think of it, I will come edit this post to reflect where this project stands as of today, DECEMBER 13, 2017.


Winding up week 4…

As we wind up week 4 of the build, I have to say that I am very disappointed this week.   The beginning of the week, I was feeling good about my builder.  He did good saving my flooring tile in the new bathroom when he was jackhammering… and then… he disappeared for 3 days.   He was here for a very little time on Tuesday (I never saw him), he was not here at all on Wednesday (car trouble) and I only saw him for about an hour today.   Yes, there was 1 or 2 guys he sent here to work, but that doesn’t move things along very quickly.   😦


Here is where we stand on the project today.


Plumbing is roughed in and awaiting inspection on Tuesday.  At that point it will have to have the vent put through the roof.  After inspection, the ditch can be filled in with cement.


One window is installed (the one being moved from the first floor) and the other hole is cut.


Here are the windows from the inside.

Today, they did get walls framed up.   The bedrooms aren’t super huge, but there will be 2 of them.


The hallways will be 4 foot wide.

In other news:


This arrived yesterday… attic ladder… ordered it from Amazon.  They got it here quicker than I could get it from Lowes or Home Depot.



This arrived today.  Should be fun to put together!


My stress level over this project is pretty much off the charts!!   It was supposed to be done and everyone moved before I went on the band trip to Disney.  Now the girls not only have to watch Grandma, they also have to oversee the builder.   I am very anxious and fearful.   I want to enjoy Disney but…   it better be super magical there!!

Monday Mess!

Monday brought with it a whole lot of dust and mess and PROGRESS!

The window has been removed (to be re-used upstairs) so that a large closet can be installed in this room.


The hole for the duct work has been completed and duct work has started being hung.



Yes, all the duct work will be enclosed in a soffit.   It extends around more than 1/2 of the room.   We (yeah… the royal “we”) are going to continue the soffit around the 3rd side up to the closet so it doesn’t look dumb just stopping part way around.  That will give the room a more finished look and the illusion of a tray ceiling… that is what I’m telling myself.  🙂


And then they started digging the trench for the bathroom plumbing…

The builder burned out the motor on his cement saw.  He went to a local hardware store and rented one…. it was electric and couldn’t quite do the deed.  So… he took it back and rented a gas one… he called it a “big boy saw!”   After they cut through the cement with that baby at 6-7 inches deep, the floor still wouldn’t budge, so he rented a jackhammer!!


It turns out the cement floor that is under the entirety of that level of the house (living room included) is 6 inches thick!


What the heck?!   Was the man who built the house planning on driving semi-trucks through the living room or something?  That is the thickness of roads!


After I got home this morning, they have the trench completed.  Plumber comes later today.


What a job!   But, hey, they did great saving my tile flooring!!!!!

End of Week 3

Three weeks have now passed and this is where we stand.


Electrician – only met him once, not a huge fan of him… he hasn’t been back since and I have no idea when he will be here to do any work.

Plumber– new plumber came today and moved the pipes so that HVAC can run the trunk line through to the new addition.   They will be back in earnest on Tuesday.  They were moved over one stud space.


HVAC –   They will be here on Monday to work on the trunk line and everything else.  They needed a hole cut through the stone/brick wall to run duct work through.   My house is built like a fortress.  Seriously… hurricane and bomb proof!

The builder closed off the area he was going to be drilling the bricks out from.


There was still a fine mist of dust flying about the house.

He was only able to get 1/2 of it out today.  That took him several hours.  Not only does he have to get through the cement bricks but… the person who built the house filled each brick with super strong cement… filled them… no air pockets nothing.  And he mumbled something about a steel beam as well.  I am definitely providing the builder with a new challenge.  🙂


Builder –  The builder and his crew have also finished the shingles.


UH OH!!!!  That window opening is supposed to be in line with the one below!  The crew member told me that he measured the distance from the corner in the lower room.  Then measured the distance from the corner in the upper room and marked it.  He said he was very careful to measure properly… but he is off by about 3 feet…. can you see why??  He failed to take into account the overhang/cantilever!

He fixed it.


They also got the gable end finished as well.


Siding doesn’t arrive till the 15th.   Windows come on the 12th.   Staircase comes mid week next week.

Yes, it is moving along.  Still should have been done on the original time frame of July/August… I won’t be in by Christmas.   *sigh*


It has been a week…

Sorry, it has been so long between updates but nothing much has been done and with the Thanksgiving holiday…


Today, however there is some progress to report.



the rafters are all on!

There will be an accessible attic for Christmas storage.


The roof line is blended in with the old roof.


And shingles are going on!   Again, they are being woven in with the old to blend seamlessly.


From the inside.

Siding has been ordered.  Drywall is on site.


I have ordered the windows and the spiral staircase.  I still need to order the attic ladder and the back door.

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I also need to investigate possibly finding an electrician that will actually do the work.  GRRRRR   I’m not gonna go there…. GRRRRRR

I was informed by the builder that after this week, it will be on hold because electric and HVAC and Plumbing have work they need to do before he can finish up.   *sigh*





Tuesday Progress

Today’s progress includes:


a doorway!!  It was either cut a doorway or the builders had to keep going up and over….  There is to be a doorway there anyways.


Also… things are going up:


Rafters and starting to be placed.  They got a few more in place after this, but it got too dark to photograph… and I had to go to the band concert.


The builder tells me they hope to put the boards on the roof tomorrow.  🙂