Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sorry Gosia. It has been a long wait

Are you renovating? Good luck with that. The best laid plans of mice and men........

First problem was when we realised we had bought an inappropriate sink and tap. Retailers Good Guys were fine with that and we selected a different sink and tap. That was our fault.

Second problem. The sink once opened  from the box was damaged, so we had it exchanged, meaning another trip to the store to exchange for a an undamaged one.

Third problem, although the timeline was four weeks, Easter came in between and delayed things.

Fourth problem. The undersink shelf would not longer fit. We cut the shelf to fit better but put the dishwasher inlet hose tap under stress and it leaked. We cut another hole in the shelf for the hose. But although we did not think there would be a problem, once hot water ran through the dishwasher outlet, because the hose was tight against the shelf, it not only leaked by the hose split when it is attached. We were lucky that we could cut away the split part and still had a few millimetres for the worm driver to clamp on to.

On the positive side, tradies were very complimentary about our choice of cook top. High quality, they said. I can't see it myself but it looks nice and works. The stone benchs went in without a problem, as did the sink.

D Day was to be last Monday. The new doors and panels arrived and the new cupboards. Two of the drawers were damaged and we were told they would be fixed and returned later. To our surprise,  no electrician came to install the oven and apparently that wasn't part of the company's job. That was a misunderstanding. We had our own electrician install the oven two days later, and the sparky couldn't believe the weight of the new oven, being very heavy. He can normally lift them on his own but we had to help. The brand of the oven and hot plates is Ilve, made in Italy.

The tolerances were so tight between the oven door and the corner cupboards, I just knew there would be a problem and sure enough, the corner door would not clear the oven door. Fed up was perhaps a bit of an understatement. I was on the balcony, out of the way, when R came out in despair. He asked if I knew Italian screws had slightly different heads to Australian screws? No, I replied. They do, he said, and the electricians drill just slipped off a screw and hit the cupboard door and scratched it. The sparky is such a nice bloke and we have used his company for years, so it was hard to get angry with him. He said, give your kitchen company my phone number and we will work something out.

The lads were due to return Friday with the new drawers. We had spoken to the boss about our problems and he said perhaps the two corner doors will have to be replaced. Well, ok, but if they are not back by first thing Tuesday morning, then the kitchen will not be finished until after our holiday.

R had to be up early this morning for the work to be done. The scratch was touched up, the missing drawers put in and the corner cupboard door planed down. It is finally finished. We aren't getting anything done around here for quite some time. While tradespeople were all very pleasant and co-operative, we have had enough of them.

Here goes some fun with moving pictures around. I thought it would be a disaster and it is and even worse when I preview it, but I am spending no more time on it.


 

 





Looks like a laundry trough in our kitchen, I quipped to R. It does have a stainless steel draining board that can be attached, which will only ever get used if the dishwasher breaks down. The new stone bench tops sit over the old black granite tops.






Note the new cupboards under the bar. They are shallow, say two normal sized cans deep, but very useful.










Had I looked at my own photo closely, I would have noticed that the dishwasher hose is split where it is attached to the trap.



A keen eye can perhaps see the scratch made by the electrician. I'll just blame the Italians and their screws. Italian screws are not all they are cracked up to be. I've heard this before. The mark was just touched up and is not visible now, although you can just feel where it was.



Before the new oven was installed, even this tolerance was too small, with a little scraping at times.



But after the new oven was installed, no more scraping on that side, instead we had an uncloseable door on the other side. It had to be close fit to cover over the remaining brown. The yellow staining is from the old oven that has very poor sealing.



Lastly, the fix for the non closing door was to remove this hinge, plane back the door a few millimetres, paint it and put it back and it now cleared the oven door.


Job done, good lads, now bugger orf and and allow us to enjoy our new kitchen.

26 comments:

  1. Congrats! Looks very nice. (Your old looks like our new:) Remodeling can be quite painful, but once it's done....wonderful.

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    1. Sandra, since we moved here in about 2001, we have always wanted a white kitchen. We have done our timber phase in earlier years.

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  2. The lighter colour really lifts your kitchen. I like the "laundry tub" and new storage under the bar. A unit can never have too much storage space. Did you get the complimentary T-Shirts to say that you survived a renovation?
    Now go and enjoy that holiday.

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    1. Agreed (re the white) and agreed (re the storage space). Well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

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    2. Carol, I will show the sink closer up in the future. There was only one house where we lived that had a lot more internal storage space. This place has quite a bit. Items that need storing automatically adjusts to the space that you have.

      Hels, R who dealt with it mostly as I was at work, was nearly at the end of his tether and exploded the night after it was completed. I beat a hasty retreat to bed.

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  3. I love it, being white brings it all together when you see the old photographs. Now those lovely vases of yours will really shine.

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    1. Thanks Jah Teh, you are unusually kind. Why don't flowers sit on the bench anymore? I must ask household management.

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  4. It does look lovely - but I so understand the wish not to have to deal with tradies (however nice, helpful and/or good looking) for the forseeable future.

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    1. EC, I said nothing about good looking, but there was the one in the singlet......

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  5. It looks very nice and I'm sure you're both glad it's over and done with. In view of the problems you had with things not fitting right, I can see why many people opt for a 'kit' where one company supplies everything needed and comes and fits it for you. They get the dimensions of your appliances and construct everything 'in factory' to fit.

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    1. River, what you describe is what we thought would happen. When we told the manager that we were getting a new sink, tap, hotplates and oven, he should have asked about the oven. The former three were included, but admittedly all were added later.

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  6. Andrew I must admit your kitchen loks fantastic, White furniture is the best option. Renovation is never easy. I know it personally. My nmew white kitchen will be installed in atwo weeks so I am going to take photo.

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    1. Gosia, you simply must do before and after photos.

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  7. OMG ! what a work and worries ! But it looks very nice now ! I wonder where you ate in the meanwhile ? Kitchen renovations or installations are the worst !
    I am back from sunny France to rainy Belgium !

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    1. Gattina, our kitchen remained functional with only the cupboard doors and drawer fronts missing for a few weeks. Writer's Cramps is not a good advertisement for Belgium if you want nice weather.

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  8. Well now!
    Things never run smoothly sometimes.
    However, your new kitchen is really lovely and of course I do like it.
    There should be some wonderful meals cooked in the oven.
    I don't mind those sinks, all new houses seem to have them these days.

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    1. Margaret, we just love the sink. More about it later.

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  9. Gorgeous Andrew, absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Cranky, thank you. It is a trivial moment in the world's history but significant for us.

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  10. Phew, I was exhausted just reading that.

    Congratulations on the completion of the refurbishment. Long live the kitchen!

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    1. Thank you Victor. It is an interesting experience to be ticking things off for the last time in life.

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  11. Job done!! You must be so relieved. Looks wonderful.

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    1. CM, this could have gone on for two or more weeks. I was so relieved on Friday when R texted me at work and said it was all finished and he was happy. Thank you.

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  12. Your new kitchen is fabulous!
    So glad you are now free of remodel hell.

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    1. Thanks Strayer. We have been through much worse but we were younger and more resilient.

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  13. Looks wonderful. Nice and clean looking.
    I want to get my floors done, not sure I can do the whole rigmarole though!!

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