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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Suzanne resurfaces...

Hello Followers!

No... I haven't been snoozing, on holidays nor have I thrown in the towel after having to deal with those oh so poorly behaved trades...

Rather, I've been crazy busy working hard on my reno! Too busy to post! Despite the fact that I LOVE blogging, the reno has to come first! Having said that, I have the next two days "off" (reason to follow) so I've decided to take the opportunity to catch my blogging!!! Watch out... I have over 40 posts to add today & tomorrow... my blogger will be smoke'n along with your email inboxes! Apologies in advance! ; )

The following posts will be dated as to when I took the photos.

So let me catch you up on what's been happening...

Those of you following my HVAC saga, well... it's almost resolved. The company that I originally hired did bring in another contractor from an outside company to re-do most of the work that the original installer had attempted to do. The finished product was great! (See 01/05/11 post "Now that we're all settled down" for AFTER photos) The original company agreed to write me a letter releasing me from our agreement that they would install my AC. I had decided to pull that part of the contract from the original company due to the circumstances & the original HVAC company were very willing to ensure that I was accommodated to ensure my satisfaction at the end.

What I hadn't expected was that the new HVAC company tried to wiggle their way into trying to get me to buy their AC unit by installing their own AC coil, instead of company A's, while reworking company A's ducts & coils! OMG... poor behaving trades. Thank goodness I photographed everything! Looking forward to resolving this little issue too.

I'm also very happy to report that my framers were keen to come back into my property & resolve a couple framing issues. I knew that my framer was a stand-up-guy!  It took a little bit of work to get him to realize that I would not put up with less than perfect results. He, nor others, realized that despite the fact that I am not a huge renovation company, I still demanded to be respected & have my issues acknowledged. I also believe that part of the issue here was that there was a little bit of miss-communication going on as well.

I was very pleased that my framer brought his men back on site & within a couple hours had reinstalled three of my windows plus attended to a couple other issues. He was also able to show me that another of my contractors had miss-measured his framing & that you could actually rip 2x4s successfully with a skill-saw. I apologized whole-heartedly to the framer after I learned this fact. I also learned from this experience that you have to collect all the facts from all the sources before passing a judgement. Unfortunately one contractor will blame another contractor if it suits their needs. Read... one of the biggest lessons learned from this reno! ; ) I believe that this lesson has implications throughout all different circumstances in life.

Although at times my renovation has been challenging it has taught me how things can go wrong if you're not careful & even if you are careful. I will always consider carefully before I recommend a trade or contractor to a client. I absolutely treasure my proven trades like Contractor/Carpenter Terry, Painter Nathan, Plumber Steve and Electrician Derek, to name a few. I'm so lucky to have you all working on my renovation! People you can rely on in any circumstance! My 'A-Team', to quote Kimberley Seldon!

Okay, so why do I have two days off you ask?!? Well... I have been approached by a couple in the neighbourhood who have been following my renovation from the start. They have asked if I will sell them my renovation home right now, as is, so that they can have it as their forever home! I am SO flattered! Besides the fact that I believe it is perfectly laid out for the couple & their three children, I would be so excited for them to able to finish it as they liked, to their own tastes & needs. It is basically a blank canvas waiting to evolve. All the hard work has been done & now they can have fun making it theirs. I've offered free consulting as part of the deal & may be apart of getting it done for them. I have offered to stop 'ordering' product for two days while they make their decision about buying my home, hense the two day holiday!

It is funny how things can work out. After having come to a point where I have grown so much in this reno it may be time to move on to my next adventure. I know that my close friends are all shaking their heads as they can never understand how I can leave a home after I pour all my love & energy into it. I know for me it is all about the process & making a difference in the world. Hmmm, maybe I'll check out MLS this afternoon... ; ) 


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