So we’ve now officially been in our house for over a week. Exciting.
Now we have light switch plates and kitchen cabinet handles. Still no refrigerator or stove. AJ Madison, which is based in Brooklyn, is going to take 2 weeks to deliver our appliances (they were ordered last week and we found out they won’t be delivered until the end of next week). Just found out from my contractor that the refrigerator is not in stock so they will wait to deliver everything.
So two stoves won’t really matter anyway because there’s still no gas (gas test was scheduled for today, hopefully authorization for meters will come in the next few).
But definitely a leaky front area of the basement. Currently, we have lined the floor with giant food trays to catch the water from who knows where the hell it’s dripping it just seems like its dripping everywhere.
Turns out we need to redo all of the concrete on the front steps because water is seeping through the cracks. Not sure why a completely cracked, leaky front stoop was not included in our renovation estimate, but there you have it. So that’s next on the where-are-we-going-to-find-$1,000-for-this-repair list.
For now, the giant trays are holding up all right.
Also the back area of the basement flooded this weekend. Like a few inches. I was unpacking some boxes and the studio started smelling bad-funny so I went to check behind the door and well, yeah. It was awful.
I bailed out the water with the dog bowl (only bowl we had) and frantically texted my boyfriend and our contractor.
Our basement is flooding! Help! What can we do?
There should be a drain, he said.
It’s not draining! It looks like the concrete slopes down towards the basement door! And the new gutter is flowing right into the basement level part of the backyard! (like this!)
In between all of this, I’m running up and down the stairs to pour the flood water into the tenant floor sink (I.e. the only kitchen sink we have in the house right now) via an empty paint bucket.
We can’t do too much about it. Maybe re-concrete it so it redirects the right way but I’m not sure that’s even possible.
Can we look on Monday?
Then I have a flash of duh. I realize i have never even seen or noticed the drain he is talking about. I go outside (luckily just unpacked my rain boots) and lo and behold, there are a bunch of dead leaves covering the drain.
I kick them away with my boots and watch all the water drain away in seconds. Seconds. Wow, that drain really works.
I text the contractor and my boyfriend, equally relieved and sheepish for my panic. I check the drain in paranoia all night to make sure a pile of leaves didn’t get blown on it.
Speaking of trees, we are having Lawrence the tree guy remove the tree in the backyard this week (thanks Janet for awesome referral, he was really reasonable and also really knowledgeable! We saw three three guys and Lawrence was the only one who was no bullshit and you trusted that he knew what he was doing) so hopefully there will be less tree debris to fall on drains and also less bugs.
And maybe room for that garden we keep talking about putting together. Eventually maybe someday.
I think right now we would just be really excited to afford a couch after all the extra post-renovation renovations.
Seeing this stuff though does make it feel worth it:
The washer half of our washer/dryer pair! I haven’t had one of these in my house in 10 years!! We are just waiting for a stacking kit to come in so we can put them on top of each other (they don’t carry those things in stores, for the record):