Our remodel nightmare just got worse!
Since the day I walked into the Charmer I dreamed about remodeling the upstairs and how it would look. A 60’s remodel had the upstairs updated to accommodate children rather than adults. Never could I imagine that our remodel would become a nightmare.
When did our remodel become a nightmare? Officially on Wednesday, September 21st when our contractor walked out. Red flags were everywhere, but, we were in too deep. We made the mistake of paying out too much in advance…and we paid the price.
We were taken as painful and embarrassing as that is! But the huge financial hit is the most damaging part. I won’t go into too many details (embarrassing) but we paid out 90% of the budget out leaving us vulnerable. The main contract didn’t include house plumbing/stack, floors etc (extras) and demanded payment up front which we did.
At times it was uncomfortable to be in our home because the contractor was very difficult to work with. There were angry outbursts and a hot temper and was unreasonable. A very thinned skin man.
Even though we already paid out 90% of the total project budget but we refused to pay in advance ($300) for bathroom doors. The total remaining project balance was only $1,257. The work he didn’t complete:
- Sewer/water lines from sewer stack to tub not installed leaving us no running water to tub or sink.
- Didn’t install tub faucets or cast iron tub shower surround
- Floor sanding/staining not finsihed
- Closet french doors, hallway sliding french nor bathroom doors hung
- None of the ceiling lights hung
- Wall and door trim not done
- Didn’t finish vanity plumbing nor connect vanity. Did not install sink or faucets.
- Didn’t’ paint bathroom
- No GIF outlet in bathroom wall
- Didn’t repair “banging” in water pipes after replacing the whole house with copper pipping.
The outstanding incomplete work far exceeded the$1,257 balance. We thought the worse case scenario was to just pick up from where he left off. Wrong!
Things can get worse than they already are!
In the next few days we had several electrical/plumbing contractors come out to provide bids. The contractors expressed shock at the low quality workmanship, which didn’t even meet standard building codes, and the mess he left.
Also, all the main copper water lines (size and grade) did not meet standard building codes either. Code requires main water lines be 3/4″ and grade L. Looking back at this photo where the white (original lines) next to copper which you can see the size difference. I don’t know how I missed that!
Since he cut corners by using pipe reducers which allowed him to replace 3/4″ L with with cheap 1/2″ M which didn’t meet code. This resulted in constant banging, like a hammer, throughout the house. All the main water lines (cellar) will be replaced back to 3/4″. UGH, ugh!
Since the coaxial cables were used instead of electrical conduit (white) the electrical does not meet code. Coaxial cable can not exceed five feet and this runs from the cellar to the second floor.
The gas line he attached (left) to the water heater did not met code and was replaced with HRT code piping.
The main cast iron stack replaced with PVC that has cloth stuffed inside to keep odors from infiltrating upstairs. All needs replacing.
Honestly this is just the major things. The electrical ceiling boxes were installed wrong and we haven’t been able to hang our chanty’s and on and on. All of this hits our budget for $4,000 after already paying $5,000. This is only for plumbing portion.
Prior to last’s weekend getaway we didn’t know if we’d be able to face the hell that lies before us, but, it did help us to recuperate and restore.
Since our budget is depleted we’re unable to get the flooring done, doors put in, and window and floor trim either. The price ones pays for trusting someone who wasn’t trustworthy. A hard lesson to learn.
So, I’m hoping our remodel nightmare doesn’t happen to anyone else. Have any of you had a remodel nightmare?