A lot of friends have been coming through the house lately and I’ve found myself pulling up the before pictures a bunch recently just to show them where we started.
We’re not even close to done on the whole furnishing the house part, and believe it or not, we still don’t have gas (getting used to cold showers after that heat wave!), but I think the before/after shots are pretty dramatic so far anyway. Most the pictures are from various blog posts, but for my own sake, I wanted to see the visual transformation all in one place, i.e. to remind myself how crazy we were to start this in the first place!
First Floor Bathroom
We’ve been here almost two months now and I still can’t believe it’s done, even though its something we’ve been anticipating for a ridiculous amount of time.
Work is not nearly done though, now it’s just coming out of our pockets. Our leaky stairs are getting blasted out today and replaced with new ones.
We actually found our guy through homeadvisor.com. We put in our job request and they sent it out for us to the vendors they have in their system. People called us!
After hearing about 4-5 bids (one of them having the audacity to bid $1500 more than everyone else, another saying he would do a ton of work in person, then sending us in writing a bid for just repaving the concrete), we settled on the guy who seemed like he bullshitted us the least. So far, he has been really communicative over email and phone, had one tiny slip up which he apologized for (he was 1.5 hours late to bringing us our contract), had a really reasonable bid, and a contract to match, including the shortest estimated completion time of anyone (taking that with a grain of salt, but he was pretty insistent on it). His was also the only bid which included granite tile steps, which set him apart immediately. Everyone else stuck to concrete and cement. Outside the box gets the money.
He is supposed to be starting today, so fingers crossed that it works out. This should be, um, fun.