Oh my goodness, the stuff we found, today. Randy’s description on the Current page pretty much says it all.
What he didn’t say is that we found sooo many things wrong with the construction in this house. Remember when I said to stop me watching Mike Holmes? Well, if I hadn’t been watching Holmes on Homes, I wouldn’t have known about vapor barriers and insulation. And I wouldn’t have understood when the guys ripping out the kitchen said that the vapor barrier (what little of it there was) wasn’t installed properly. I stuck my hand in a hole in the drywall and there was a nice cold breeze in there. When the tile floor in the kitchen/breakfast room was removed, several holes in the plywood revealed laziness – the framers didn’t bother to cover the floors when it rained; it’s apparently easier, faster, and cheaper to just break holes in the plywood so that the rainwater just drains out into the unfinished basement. The cabinet installers either didn’t know how or didn’t bother to do the math on the stud placement in the walls. There are tell-tale hammer hits in the walls where they looked for studs on which to hang the cabinets.
Also kinda scary was the condition of the inside of the wall oven cabinet. Let’s just say it was scorched inside. Randy will post pictures of the stuff we found today on his “post-mortem” page after the project is complete.
I figure that if we were to take every room in the house down to the studs, we would find stuff like this everywhere. Don’t builders and construction people have any pride at all in their work?!
SO…what this all means is that the scope alarm may be going off soon. We’ve decided to take down all of the kitchen drywall so that the vapor barrier and insulation can be redone properly. We’re considering whether or not to replace all of the insulation with the blue blow-in kind, which we are told is expensive, but is much faster to install . . . so, from a “consultant economics” perspective, it may be the best option. I get to make that call tomorrow, since Randy has to go to a client project kickoff meeting tomorrow.
Thank goodness this is the slow season for me and I’m not having to travel every week. I don’t expect that to last much longer, though!
Chevey was such a good boy today, despite all the banging and hammering, and the strange voices. He spent the day in his favorite basement room and was quite happy with the light and the TV on (on the Food Network). Randy and I both went down to see him many times during the day and he was just fine. He’s such a little trooper! Nothing seems to bother him. He’s the best kitty! 🙂
Tonight he spent time with me in the sanctuary, on the loveseat. He scared himself while playing with the doorstop, and then decided that he had to be up on top of the TV table, just in case I needed him to change the channel or something. I think our little boy Bengal is settling in very nicely to our home!