Basement reno update

January 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM 1 comment

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about the basement reno. And there is a good reason, it has been on hold for a long time, more than 2 months.

As you know the contractor we hired back in March has had a number of things happen to him that has stalled our reno from completing, well just before Christmas he suggested I take the remainder of the money we owe him and hire someone else to finish the basement. I hoped he would be able to finish the job himself before the new year but that never happened so reluctantly I started to ask around for a new contractor. One of the guys in my small group has a son that is a contractor so I contacted him to come in a take a look at what needed to be done and give me a quote. He did so, and he only quoted $600 more than what we owed the original contractor. So, again reluctantly, we hired this new guy.

I have to say though, that it was the best thing we have ever done for this basement reno. Today is the third full day he has been working on the basement and he is almost done. I will take pictures when it is complete but I was so excited to see what he has accomplished in two days I had to share it with you all.

Here is what he has completed so far: grouted the stone tiles on the fireplace, put the butcher block counter top on the dry bar, cut it to fit the corner, sealed it to the wall and put the kick plate and handles on it (it looks like a piece of furniture). He repaired all the walls that had imperfections in them, using drywall compound–then he painted over them–you can’t tell where he did the repairs or painted. He put the sweep on our cold storage door so the cold stays in the storage room. Then he finished most of what needed to be done in the bathroom. Shower wall tiles installed and grouted, vanity is put in with water working, shower fixtures put in and water works, and the light fixture is installed.

The only things they still need to complete: in the bathroom install the thermostat for the heated floor, finish grouting the floor tiles near the door and grout the shower tiles on the ceiling. Then last but not least put a door over the electrical box where we are going to put a picture or bulletin board over to conceal it. Then the basement reno will be complete.

As you can see there was a lot to still be complete on the basement when we hired the new contractor, but he has been excellent, fast and efficient. So thankful for this new contractor and we are definitely going to be hiring him back again when we need him.

Entry filed under: Basement Reno, Our House.

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  • 1. Denise  |  January 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    The only way to find a good contractor is by word of mouth. so maybe you should mention his company name and phone number so those in your area could hire him too? so glad your renovation is winding down. blessings, d


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