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August 28, 2008

Renovations

Over the past couple months I've had to put up with renovations to my apartment. I think they are finally done all they are going to do while I'm living there, although they continue with renovations in the building. Over the 9 month span from October 2, 2007 to June 12, 2008 there were 33 days of renovation work on my apartment which ranged from inspection to demolition. Over the course of it I've had to put up with short notices (often less than the required 24 hours), loss of use of kitchen and bathroom facilities and appliances, noise and early wake-ups, dust, dirt and extra cleaning, packing and moving belongings, loss of electrical power, hiding valuables, free roaming contractors, unlocked doors and faulty work. It's hard to gauge whether it was all worth it. It certainly wasn't my choice. The good, an updated kitchen thats more functional with more counter space, a new stove and the addition of a dishwasher. The bathroom got gutted and replaced with new fixtures and cabinets and especially a toilet that works and a nice large mirror. New flooring through the kitchen, bathroom and entry way and updated paint in those areas. New light fixtures, plugs and switches through out. A new A/C units thats more powerful. The bad, those new kitchen cabinets aren't exactly ideally placed or sized, there is much less usable storage space. The new stove heats up much more slowly. The shower curtain rod was hung in the wrong spot and the shower head is the worse I've ever used. The paint is uneven and there are spots that didn't adhere. The carpet they didn't replace, but will after I move out, has a horrible patch in it that was improperly installed and has a permanent stain. Last year they repainted the balcony railings, that paint job has already started to peel.

Continue reading for the day by day...

October 2, 2007

  • remove broom closet
  • remove medicine cabinet
  • remove tiles around bathroom sink
  • patch drywall for broom closet
  • patch drywall for medicine cabinet and sink
  • drywall bits and dust all over and I mean all over, deck to door to hall

October 11, 2007

  • stipple patch to ceiling where broom closet was removed

October 17, 2007

  • convert outlet for stove
  • new stove
  • doesn't fit as well, doesn't heat as fast

October 19, 2007

  • measure closet/storage doors

October 31, 2007

  • measure kitchen/bathroom cabinets

November 16, 2007

  • muck around with kitchen plumbing

November 19, 2007

  • replace electrical panel
  • add two new circuits (microwave, dishwasher)
  • split kitchen circuits (2 additional)
  • drywall around panel and patches for new wiring
  • additional plaster coat in bathroom
  • primer in bathroom
  • new light fixture in bathroom (hung in the wrong spot)
  • loss of power for the day
  • drywall bits and dust all over

November 28, 2007

  • new hydro smart parking plug installed (doesn't work)

November 29, 2007

  • replace kitchen light (broken glass left behind)

December 5, 2007

  • new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, sinks and bathroom mirror
  • 8am start time
  • the entire contents of the bathroom, ktichen and dining room had to be removed prior to this work

December 10, 2007

  • repair parking lot plug

December 12, 2007

  • landlord inspection

December 12, 2007

  • landlord inspection

December 17, 2007

  • cabinet adjustment

January 4, 2008

  • dishwasher arrived

January 5, 2008

  • dishwasher installed

January 8, 2008

  • remove tub, drywall, tiles and plumbing in the bathroom
  • replace tub and plumbing
  • big mess of damp drywall left in the walls
  • loss of use of tub/shower on short notice

January 9, 2008

  • drywall tub area, start tiling

January 10, 2008

  • grout tiles (can't use tub until Jan 11 6pm)
  • no shower curtain rod
  • tub plumbing fixtures installed

January 16, 2008

  • shower curtain rod (shower disabled for 9 days)
  • put in the wrong spot, hangs too far into tub

January 17, 2008

  • replace bedroom closet doors (not enough screws)
  • from bi-fold to sliding mirror

February 16, 2008

  • tub spout broke, plumbing installation failed

February 19, 2008

  • fix tub spout (quick fix, not proper)

March 12, 2008

  • paint/prime bathroom ceiling

March 13, 2008

  • paint bathroom, kitchen, dinning room wall
  • replace dinning room, bedroom and entrance light fixtures
  • replace all electrical switches, plugs and thermostats
  • replace door handles bathroom, bedroom ($10 special at rona)
  • walls uneven, paint drops, electrical chipped paint
  • plugs overtightened
  • several plugs don't work afterwards
  • no notice of loss of power for the day

March 14, 2008

  • second coat of paint, paint drops
  • paint hall wall with panel
  • fix electrical plugs (seems they fixed them live or didn't flip the right breaker)
  • paint drops on appliances, fixtures, countertops, cabinets, carpet
  • 1 hour to clean up the mess that was left behind

March 15, 2008

  • inspection

March 31, 2008

  • inspection
  • looking at the same stuff as last time, they didn't seem remember what they had done before or resolve the issues
  • asked if I would remove all belongings so they could replace flooring through out the apartment, no thanks

April 7, 2008

  • replace flooring in bathroom, hall, hall closets, kitchen
  • patch carpet in dining room (badly patched, they used more carpet as the underlay and a piece of carpet with a stain for the patch)
  • replace toilet
  • replace baseboards in areas with new flooring
  • dirty, razor blades lying around
  • glue on walls, cupboards, counter tops and flooring
  • baseboards aren't that good or properly installed
  • flooring is crooked
  • toilet installed improperly, water cutoff level set above drain, could run forever, float rubs against side

April 25, 2008

  • flooring inspection

April 30, 2008

  • inspection

May 29, 2008

  • scheduled install date for A/C
  • required moving my entire entertainment unit out of the way

May 30, 2008

  • replaced A/C

June 12, 2008

  • replaced hall closet doors

June 14, 2008

  • various days, replace central hallway lighting (blocking the stairwell just when I needed to load up the car)

September 2-5, 2008

  • replace central hall carpeting, required access to suite

September 10, 2008

  • inspection

September 12, 2008

  • A/C unit crashed and needed reboot

October 31, 2008

  • paint central hallways

November 3-4, 2008

  • paint central hallways

November 5-6, 2008

  • paint doorways, required suite entry (very ugly colors)

November 20, 2008

  • repair A/C cavity, insulate

February 20, 2009

  • reframe A/C

June 4, 2009

  • replace bedroom window
  • damage to walls around window
  • damage to wall in entry way
  • less than 24 hours notice
  • it appears they swapped blinds with another apartment

June 18-19, 2009

  • missed install window for new patio door

June 22, 2009

  • replaced patio door
  • didn't rehang blinds
  • didn't clean up
  • door slides opposite, incorrect way now

June 23, 2009

  • hang blinds
  • clean up, mostly

July 14, 2009

  • start replacement of fences in parking lot

July 28-29, 2009

  • masons work on repairing exterior brick
  • start prior to 8am

August 26-28, August 31-September 3, September 9, September 30, 2009

  • continued work on the parking lot
  • random scatter parking during this time
  • fence construction is finished

October 9, 2009

  • electrical work in the parking lot finishes
  • random scatter parking continues

November 7, 2009

  • parking spots are renumbers and a few days later assigned parking returns

November 9, 2009

  • lamps in the parking lot are installed
  • lots of illumination in the parking lot
  • need to keep blinds totally closed to sleep though, very bright

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