Kitchenless: Day 84.
Well, day 84 has brought us to a minor amount of progress.
Somehow they have managed to put up drywall, mud the drywall, put in the sink (which has hot water only at the moment, but water none the less), and install cabinets. However the cabinets they chose don’t match exactly. They’re used. They are pretty similar at least.
Here’s my favorite part: The threw away the old water damaged cabinets and replaced them with less water damaged cabinets.
I’m not even joking.
See that at the bottom?
It doesn’t matter much to me since I won’t be living here, but you have to admit it’s pretty funny, replacing water damaged cabinetry with water damaged cabinetry. Of course, right?
And check this out…this drawer doesn’t close all the way no matter how you wiggle it.
The oven door also won’t close all the way anymore and I don’t know why.
There are a lot of things wrong in this kitchen. Overall it’s just a really crappy job. The walls aren’t square! If you look at the wall above the kitchen sink from the side you can see that it leans outward gradually as you look up to the top of it.
The window above the sink is also crooked. Its off by .45 inches. One side is higher than the other. I don’t know why, but I find it incredibly funny. Can’t even install a window level. Seriously!?
Outside of that window they’ve left a ladder against the house for a week, and strips of siding are just half attached and hanging off.
The countertops are new, and I kind of like them. There’s a seam at the kitchen sink though.
For some reason they decided to move the stove over to this wall and install a ventless hood. Interesting.
There’s a new ceiling fan, and the drop ceiling is gone, replaced by drywall and texture.
The burnt orange painted brick has been hidden under primer. Check out the back door–it’s new, but it didn’t shut or latch for about a month. They managed to fix that, but it’s still so messed up around the frame. What the heck did they do here?
Here’s an upclose of the door frame corner.
Fine craftsmanship, yes?
This is the smaller window, on the same wall as the door. I don’t think it’s extremely crooked, I didn’t OCD measure it like I did the other big window, but the wall is so messed up here. What the hell did they even do to it?? This is a new wall they built!! One part of the drywall sticks out half an inch above the other, and there’s a huge gap.
Here is the threshold between the kitchen doorway and the hall. For some unknown reason they didn’t cut the linoleum to fit over it. No clue what they will put here. One of the workers mentioned they may need to take out everything and re-cut new linoleum to fix it.
I assumed they cut the linoleum to go around the cabinets, but when I asked what he meant by “everything” he said they laid the linoleum down first, and then put the cabinets over top of it, so they may need to take out the bottom cabinets, dishwasher, and sink to lay the properly cut linoleum.
I have no adequate words. There are no adequate words.
Everything is so messy too. I don’t know why they didn’t cover up the stove and dishwasher before they did demolition. Instead they just scooted them to the middle of the room and left them there to get filthy. Especially the stove–I am not thrilled about 100 year old asbestos and lead paint raining down on my cooking surface.
Outside is a disaster also. They constantly leave trash (cans, bottles, cigarettes) all over the place, along with tools, and little pieces and parts of the old kitchen.
This is the view from the kitchen door, which is the side of my house where people drive by all the time.
To the left:
(It’s raining on this, by the way.)
To the right:
There was a whole pile of junk down by the road, but they took most of it to the dump. All that’s left down there are tons of rusted nails and screws, bits of old wood, and little pieces of crap all over the ground.
If I owned this house I would be pissed at the lack of attention to detail. I’m pretty sure these contractors are doing a super crappy job here. Not to mention they’re taking for-freaking-ever to complete their shady work.
The owner lives in California and will never see this. We don’t have any contact with him. We only go through the property manager.
What a joke. I hate renting.
Here’s a view of the kitchen from the hallway. I took all of these pictures this morning real quick with my phone.
It’s getting closer to having the guts finished, but it’s obviously still way too dirty to cook anything or to use like a normal kitchen. The refrigerator is still in the hallway, and I have no clue when they’ll ever show up to finish everything.