Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Project That Wouldn't End

By Ellery Adams

Have you ever started a home improvement project that never seemed to end?

We have. All of them seem to be like that, in fact. But this year, we planned to replace our rotting deck and mold-covered paver-stone patio with a never-rot composite deck, weather-treated wood pergola, and flagstone patio and stack wall.
Doesn’t sound that complicated, does it?

Well, the weather didn’t help. I don’t think we’ve ever had so much rain in one summer.

And there were issues with the materials. Some of them were ordered, but never appeared or arrived damaged and had to be reordered. Others didn’t quite fit. Through no one’s fault, things just got more and more backed up.

Finally, in August, we got the railings put on the deck and I finished some last minute landscaping and decorating in the hopes of hosting a Labor Day party, but most people we planned to invite went out of town.

 Have you ever had an endless home project? And do you have any ideas for an early September al fresco party? 


Linda McDonald said...

The patio and deck look beautiful. And cheers to the project finally ending! We had work in our backyard (remodeled the pool and did landscaping, and new patio) and it went on forever. Way longer than we imagined it would take. And my mom had the stucco done on her house one time and the guy took forever and in the middle of the project disappeared for a while. We thought he might have died or was in jail. He eventually showed back up and finished up everything, but it seemed like it would never end.

Aurian said...

I never have had problems like that. If someone is hired to do the job, the job is worked at until it is finished.
But the end result sure is worth all that effort!

Kristin said...

My husband started to remodel the main bathroom in the house. We have a master bath, so we're not inconvenienced too much. However, this project started off with just re-grouting tile that surrounds the room. However, in the process of doing that the floor tiles were breaking and coming up. So, my husband then pulled up all of those tiles. Before he could lay new tile, he noticed the sub-floor under the toilet was rotted and needed to be replaced. He also ripped out the cabinets that he didn't like. So, now all that's left in that bathroom is the tub. He and his dad just finished fixing the sub-floor. I'm hoping the rest of the project will go more smoothly and we'll have a bathroom by Thanksgiving (especially since we're hosting).

Joanie said...

I always assume any home remodel project will take three times longer than the contractor says. That way I stay sane--with the added benefit of course being that I'm able to smile and remind my husband 'I told you so' when things drag and his impatience kick in. Then his irritation is reduced because it's divided between me and the contractor :)

The Cat Bastet said...

It may have been endless, but it looks beautiful!

Cathy AJ

ladyvyvian said...

Very nice job even if it did take too long. I would like to do something like that to my backyard. My landlord has promised me a covered backporch eventually but I am not holding my breath. I can't even use the back door as there are no steps or porch so you would have to jump down to get out of the house.

Dru said...

Your patio deck looks beautiful.

When I did my kitchen floors, it took forever for them to complete the job because they forgot one part and had to order it and then when they came back to my place, they left the piece at their warehouse.

Kaye Killgore said...

The end result is gorgeous. Sorry you had to put up with all the delays.

Brittney said...

Wow! It looks great! Where is all the rain?? In the Midwest we had a major drought :( We took on major remodels this year as well. All new windows, exterior doors, siding, garage door, staining the deck, adding a new kitchen window! I feel your pain. It took forever to get the ball rolling but my house is just days from looking beautiful! I bet you will spend a lot of time reading on your beautiful patio!