My new home & the "remodel from HELL"!
Isn't it funny how opportunity sometimes falls right in your lap? I had been thinking for a long time that if a first floor unit should become available, I should jump on it. I couldn't see me spending my old age climbing up stairs w/ groceries & such. Not that I would be able to; nor did I want to. Well in Feb., after 2 years, the attorneys were finally ready to distrubute Daddy's estate. Right after that my dear friends downstairs, Charles & Carolyn, announced that they must sell their unit. Charles, in addition to some serious heart issues, had been diagnosed w/ advanced prostate cancer. They felt they had to discontinue their winters in FL; & go back to full time in Ohio. This was quite a blow to me; & I felt badly capitalizing on their misfortune. But they really wanted me to have their unit. It seemed that it was meant to be; or so I thought......
I ordered black granite countertops for the kitchen. Because someone didn't follow the template exactly, they had to be recut & reinstalled twice. When they took out the old kitchen sink, they failed to completely cap off the water lines. After an absence of about 24 hrs., I go down & find standing water in the kitchen floor, creeping under the cabinets & soaking the living room carpet. I went ballistic!
This of course, warped one of the existing cabinets; & they had to rebuild & install a new one (at their expense). The black & white decorative tile backsplash had to be redone 3 times in order to correct all (or at least most of) the "imperfections". I had all of the carpet & most of the tile removed (what a mess, flying tile "shrapnel" everywhere). This was replaced by wood flooring. Brazilian birch.....little did I know that B.B. is quite soft. Drop a drawer pull, you got a dent. Can't tell you how many dents there are as a result of the remodel. I'm trying to learn to ignore them. Despite this, the floors are beautiful.
I changed the outdated shower door in the master bath. I went w/ the modern, frameless glass w/ brushed nickel accents to match the new lighting & fixtures. It really opened up the small space. Both bathrooms got new countertops (silestone), new sinks/fixtures, lighting & mirrors.
I had the dining chairs, lanai furniture & barstools all reupholstered. I had spent a lot of time looking for a wrought iron chandelier for over the dining table; but w/out success. So I went back to a man who had done some custom furniture for me a long time ago.