Have any of the rest of you gone nuts with home remodeling???

  1. I mean it's turning into such a quagmire!! My main contractor also has a regular job,which requires a lot more of his time lately due to all the bad weather we've been having. Okay, no problem there, I understand totally, but his subcontractors are driving me banannas!!! Either they don't show up when their supposed to, or they always come with their hand out, even though they know how much I can pay at any one time. The deal is, I pay my main contractor Tim, and through that he pays his subs. His subs aren't even supposed to mention money to me but to him alone. It worked so much better with him on the job alone. I'm going to have a little talk with him about my concerns because my kitchen isn't finished, carpet isn't laid, foyer isn't done, ect. My mom might be coming home from rehab for her broken hip soon and she sure as hell can't come home to this mess!!! Anyway, thanks for letting me vent about this and please feel free to share your own home renovation disasters. I'm sure there must be some stories out there!!!! Gotta go. my fingertips are numb from the cold making it very difficult to type!!!! Love you all, WW.
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  3. by   lisamct
    I'm almost too embarrased totell this story:imbar but here goes..
    My b/f moved in with me Jan 2000, we were going to move but decided to ''re-design'' instead, started March 2000.Now he's the type of man who likes to do everything himself, so we re-wired the electrics (I live in an old victorian block, turned into flats), re-newed the plumbing and put a new heating system in. All this got done in about 8 weeks or so. Then, as we'd already destroyed most of the decoration he decided to rip down a few walls, rebuild them, lower my 12 foot high ceilings and put new flooring in, all this whilst he re-newed the bathroom and kitchen. I actually came home from work one day to find my kitchen an empty shell with all my old units outside, and of course he has to build the new kitchen, from scratch. Were still at it, thats 3 years people . His philosophy is once its usable he can move on to something else..he built new wall but hasnt plastered them yet cause they're useable walls, I've got no doors on my kitchen cupboards cause you can use cupboards without doors...these small things are finishing touches apparently!!
    Now hes working full time and starting up his own buisiness so the house is low on his list of priorities, if I wasnt such a techno-clutz Id tackle some of it myself.
    Its definetly a case of 'biting off more than you can chew' but of course he'd never admit to it, hes just bad at finishing jobs,,good thing hes good at other stuff or Id have thrown him out by now
  4. by   natsfanrn
    OMG lisamct, get out while you can -- it doesn't get better. Take it from someone married to a hubby who refuses to pay anyone to do something he can (?) do himself. If it's not the half-finished projects that drive you crazy, it will be the constant craving for new, better power tools....
  5. by   lisamct
    Originally posted by kardut
    OMG lisamct, get out while you can -- it doesn't get better. Take it from someone married to a hubby who refuses to pay anyone to do something he can (?) do himself. If it's not the half-finished projects that drive you crazy, it will be the constant craving for new, better power tools....
    LOL, I was going to add about the power tools but I thought I sounded pityful enough already:chuckle
    Never will I understand the need for 3 drills, 2 circular saws, 2 jigsaws and various other items that I dont think he even knows what they do!!
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    Yep, i hear ya....here's our local "beautification project" --gotta get the walls finished and the carpet in, and a few other finishing touches....


    BEFORE:
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  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    and AFTER: (bearing in mind that we're not finished yet!!)
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