Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 51 to 63 of 63
  1. #51
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    753
    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    The number 1 problem I have that ruins everyones schedule is owners making changes mid stream

    AHA. This explains why John wants me to pick out everything for the bathroom and kitchen and be sure of it before we even get started. I'm not a fan of Pinterest, but the choices are fairly overwhelming. Suddenly makes sense why people pay for a designer!
    I'm late to the party, but...

    You have to choose a starting point. My wife and I renovated our entire house. When it came time for decor (tile, flooring, counters, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door knobs, etc., etc., etc.) we knew we wanted to keep our dining room set - it was really the only "nice" furniture we had. So, we carried around a little 2 x 8" piece of wood from the dining table (the skirt that attached underneath one of the table leaves) to all of the suppliers. From that, we selected the flooring, then the kitchen cabinets, then the kitchen counters, etc. on and on. I like to say that our entire house was decorated around a little 2 x 8" piece of wood.

    If you try to think of everything at once, it gets overwhelming. Start with a simple idea and elaborate from there. The hard part is knowing when to stop. We would stop, evaluate and simplify (if necessary) after every major decision. We ended up very happy with the final result.


    ---------------

  2. #52
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Christine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,750
    Thanks, I'm happy with the decor the way it is, retro pink bathroom and all!

    The house is too small to do much with. We can't blow out the kitchen (8'x10') b/c it's surrounded in duct work and supporting walls.

    I'd love to keep the bathroom tile (mostly pristine around the unused tub), toilet, and kitchen cabinets, but John says it's easier to throw it all away.

    I checked new kitchen trends for 2017, seems like the new look is black and sleek We'll stick with cherry or light maple/shaker style. Dining room table is cherry wood.

  3. #53
    Beetpull DeLite
    Reputation: GirchyGirchy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    12,700
    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    I checked new kitchen trends for 2017, seems like the new look is black and sleek We'll stick with cherry or light maple/shaker style. Dining room table is cherry wood.
    On the cabinets, make sure there's no gap between the door's insert and the frame. They catch crumbs and will drive you bonkers. Make sure they're sealed up or use a little quarter round to fill the gap.

    BTW, I'd fight to keep the original bathroom tile, I love the colors in those.

  4. #54
    half-fast
    Reputation: 10ae1203's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    7,075
    Life is interesting sometimes. I've come to know that sometimes predictable is better than interesting.

    Anyhow, in all the years I was running work, I really only had a couple guys I wanted to kick off the job, and only ever got one contractor replaced.

    Until today.

    I have been having a hard time getting a certain thing made and delivered. I have renegotiated the time twice now, and was promised promised PROMISED!!!1!! that I'd have it Friday. Really. I mean it this time.

    Whoops.

    I was that kid in middle school, though, the one who couldn't quite get things done on time.

    So I know the drill.

    Hey, I had a really nice project. I worked on it all night. My mom seen it, you can call her. Anyways, I got up and the dog had ate it. It was really nice, you can call my mom.

    There was never any project, and this dude wasn't working on my ****.

    God damn ed subcontractors.

  5. #55
    Master debator.
    Reputation: nOOky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    8,064
    It's finally done, letting things dry and tomorrow we can clean up and put everything back in order. It is supposed to be a nice day for a bike ride though... I should have put more input into the bathroom instead of letting the wife pick everything, as I don't really love it, but I guess she's the only one that matters
    "I felt bad because I couldn't wheelie; until I met a man with no bicycle"

  6. #56
    ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)
    Reputation: old_fuji's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    6,130
    ...I used to work for one of the aforementioned bad contractors
    I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

  7. #57
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Christine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,750
    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    ...I used to work for one of the aforementioned bad contractors
    How did you handle it?

  8. #58
    ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)
    Reputation: old_fuji's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    6,130
    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    How did you handle it?
    Honestly, not well. Since I lost my job, I'm actually a lot less stressed and able to relax.

    We did new builds, not renovations, but we consistently over promised and under delivered. We used the Walmart approach to our subcontractors, by swinging our nuts around and slowly taking more and more of their business, then slashing their contracts (some of them were operating at a loss on a few of our sites) and saying "you'd go out of business if it wasn't for us." The sales staff were constant yes-men, which set us up on the production end, to consistently fail, miss deadlines, and not hit the quality marks. Safety was non-existent on our sites. I myself nearly caught a circular saw to the face, a couple subs actually did lose digits, and a building inspector broke some ribs after falling into an empty basement in one of our homes.

    We exploited the Flint water crisis to build our portfolio in that region...some of our jobs were actually on the City of Flint water supply. But, we bought all of the sites for pennies on the dollar, and sold everything at full price.

    My​ W-2 had 3 different income amounts. The company was owned by tax lawyers, so they were all about wringing every last cent they could out of everything. The President traded in his prop plane for a jet, and walked away with $10,000 in his pocket due to playing the tax system.

    In college, they harped on us about how wholesome and progressive the construction industry was these days...sigh...
    I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

  9. #59
    Seat's not level
    Reputation: Chain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    18,927
    Hire a professional.... oh wai....
    Bad decisions make great stories - JP

    Attendance at Hillary's inauguration = 0

  10. #60
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Christine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,750
    In college, they harped on us about how wholesome and progressive the construction industry was these days...sigh...

    Damn. Where did you go to college, Trump University??

    Glad you made it out alive and intact in any case! Guess there's no way to improve on all this.

  11. #61
    ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)
    Reputation: old_fuji's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    6,130
    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    In college, they harped on us about how wholesome and progressive the construction industry was these days...sigh...

    Damn. Where did you go to college, Trump University??

    Glad you made it out alive and intact in any case! Guess there's no way to improve on all this.
    There's a degree of truth in that old saying "Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach." One of my professors was blackballed for royally mucking up a project (he built a casino in the wrong spot), another became a teacher as a necessity after a recession-related layoff. The best professors I had were adjuncts who had 9-5 jobs in the industry and taught one or two classes a week, in the evenings.
    I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

  12. #62
    pmf
    pmf is offline
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    4,142
    Quote Originally Posted by old_fuji View Post
    There's a degree of truth in that old saying "Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach."
    Actually, there's a third part to that saying. "and those who can't teach administrate"

    BS = bullshit
    MS = More of the Same
    Ph.D. = Piled higher and Deeper

    Ask me how I know.

  13. #63
    Seat's not level
    Reputation: Chain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    18,927
    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Actually, there's a third part to that saying. "and those who can't teach administrate"

    BS = bullshit
    MS = More of the Same
    Ph.D. = Piled higher and Deeper

    Ask me how I know.
    MBA = More BS analysis...
    Bad decisions make great stories - JP

    Attendance at Hillary's inauguration = 0

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Similar Threads

  1. Paint, construction, contractors... come in here
    By Touch0Gray in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-14-2016, 10:54 AM
  2. contractors and past criminal behavior
    By Henry Porter in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 02-06-2011, 04:17 PM
  3. question about contractors
    By CoLiKe20 in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 09-16-2010, 02:41 PM
  4. Shoddy contractors = electrocuted soldiers
    By Fredke in forum Politics Only
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-19-2008, 07:59 AM
  5. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-28-2005, 02:57 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •