Mar 9th, 2011 10:07pm
It’s been a slow 2 or so weeks as we’ve had to juggle getting quotes and fitting in different tradesmens schedules.
The painting and floor sanding has been officially completed now. Everything looks great and has really changed the feel of the house. We’re going to give the blinds etc a wipe down after we’ve completed all work (as there’s a lot of dust build up whilst work is being done).
We made our way to Ikea to find replacement roller blinds for the french doors with the damage coming in at $57.95 (not bad for 3 blinds). They don’t completely shut out light (which means at night, it’s possible to peer into the room) but they are nice and modern.
We’ve had 3 groups of plumbers come through quoting for
With quotes ranging from $1k to $4.5k. This time we got the quotes in writing so there shouldn’t be an issue with what we’re actually paying for.
We’ve agreed on Scott from Kellyville, and he’s been booked out for a while, so we’re waiting till Monday 14th for him to come through. This is both good and not so good.
The kitchen will be installed after Scott has his way with the gas.
Meanwhile, we’ve also been doing some work in the bathroom and trying to paint the tiles. Let me caveat this by saying that I chose the paint color, and I’m not completely sure as to why; the decision was made on the fly and reasoned somehow between white is going to be hard to cover the currently pink tiles and we need to match the rest of the house and go for a grey color, but not the same grey as the walls.
White Knight products include
We started with the bathroom side and also the shower, as the tradesmen coming through won’t need to use or touch these areas. There’s no point painting the other areas as yet as the sink and toilet will still be used (and likely damaged in transit).
and the shower still needs a second layer of paint + grouting work.
I’ve finishing the work started on the doors in the house. Originally fitted with all seeing and all knowing crystal balls (you’d imagine they would see how out of fashion these would become in the future), and now being replaced with some simply brushed steel finished knobs.
We’ve also had to get creative (and use some hobby wood to cover the gaping hole left from the old lock.
That’s about it for now to catch up on the last couple of days / weeks.
Feb 23rd, 2011 11:33pm
Here are some shots of the front and back yard - we absolutely love the difference and believe it’s totally changed our place. Frontage is a million times better (albeit less private).
From the front door
The backyard is such a wonderful sun-filled place now. The plants and vegetation along the fence of the property is all trimmed and clean, and it’s just so inviting!
Thanks Adam (Inbloom Design)!
Feb 23rd, 2011 12:09pm
We’ve decided to go with Parviz’ floor guy and pay the extra $200.
Feb 22nd, 2011 4:24pm
With the floor guy (contracted by Impress Painting; Parviz) bailing, we’re in an interesting position.
The alternative, is to get the kitchen guy in sooner so he can build the kitchen first and then Simon can come in later and finish the floors.
My gut feeling, after expressing frustration at Parviz (about lost time and rent) is to go with his floor guy. We managed to negotiate $200 to pull the masonite off.
The problem with this is principle. How can we encourage his dodgy behaviour by paying him even more? I’ve read of many trademen holding their clients to ransom, and this feels much the same. $200 is small in the bigger picture, but cartainly, we as righteous asians, cannot, condone this behaviour…
what do you think?