Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When it rains, it pours....right into our family room

We're in the process of remodeling (and adding on to) our home.

Essentially, adding a playroom, another master suite, closing up our upstairs loft to make that into a bedroom and moving our laundry room upstairs.  We should have approximately 1000 more square feet added to our current home when the construction is complete.

Yeah, I know...we're totally insane to take on a huge project like this while we have young children.  But THEY are the main reason we need to do this remodel.

We searched the real estate market high and low for two whole years and nothing ever seemed to pan out, although we did come super close a couple times.

Some of you may recall the Flood of 2010 when we woke up the morning after Thanksgiving to find our entire family room and kitchen flooded when a pipe in our downstairs bathroom broke.  Our new wood floors were completely ruined and had to be replaced.

Thankfully, our insurance company took care of it and we decided to go with an upgrade and have dark wood floors put in.

Everything was going wonderfully....friends and family who came over gushed about our beautiful new floors.

And, finally, I wasn't embarrassed to host play dates where I had to say, "Oh, you didn't know?  Cement floors decorated with  personalized drawings of the family pet in permanent marker are all the rave now!"

And then....it happened. Another flood.  Another beautiful floor ruined.

The construction guys who had taken out our fireplace had failed to seal the barrier up properly.  It rained one night and we woke up to water squishing out between our floor boards.

We only lost the family room floors though, as it appears the floors in the eating area, the kitchen and the living room were unaffected.

Hopefully, they'll be able to replace what was lost without having to re-do the entire downstairs if we can match the pieces perfectly.

Back to cement floors....again

What my living room looks like now with most of the family room furniture in it

The other night, Tim remarked, "Do you realize in the last 2 years we've had cement floors more often than we've had wood floors?"

I said, because we're getting ready for Garrett and Landon's 5th birthday party, "Do you realize in the last 3 years every time we're about to host a birthday party or a holiday gathering here, our home is in complete disarray due to remodeling projects or some random, freak accident?"

We both began to laugh hysterically....to prevent ourselves from sobbing, I suppose.

I mean, really. What can we do, except laugh?

I keep telling myself it'll all be worth it, in the end.  And people who have endured remodeling projects in their homes have assured me that will indeed be the case.

Unless, of course, Mother Nature decides to stir up another natural disaster the moment our renovation is complete....like a tornado which we very rarely get here in Northern CA.

Because that would be my luck.

But let's just all hope that my luck has changed for the better.

Please.

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36 comments:

angel shrout said...

Hmm it would seem to me that since the original contractors are the ones who failed to do their job correctly, the repairs should be their expense. Your luck sounds like mine. Except we have carpet throughout, even though I would love to have hardwood floors. Soo much easier to keep clean.

Nezzy said...

Sweetie, I'm so sorry.

I agree, the blame should ride upon the original contractors shoulders but gettin' there could be another battle altogether. Will you insurance take care of it if not???

Those legal fees can truly add up in a hurry.

I'm so excited about your addition, I know it's major chaos right now but oh baby, when your finished....Woohoo!!!!

God bless ya and just keep rememberin'....it's gonna be great!!! :o)

Bits of L said...

Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about your floors!
When I was younger, we built a house and lived with cement floors for years before putting tiles down. Hope your renovations go smoothly.

SRM said...

Oh no!!!!! That royally sucks =( I agree that since the contractoers did not do their job properly, they need to pay for the damage done. Have they mentioned anything for compensation?

Samantha said...

I would die! But really, you can't do anything BUT laugh. Sometimes, that's what I think laughter is for...getting us through the crap. If it's any consolation, those floors did look beautiful. I hope they can match them back up!

Catie said...

Hang in there. It will be so worth it when it is all complete. So sorry that happened!

Teri M said...

Oh yikes!

Emmy said...

Oh no!!! So sorry. The construction company is paying for the fixes though right since it was their fault?

That is a ton to add on to your house- but it sounds like it will be an amazing how when you are done

Catherine said...

Sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh. We have a finished basement/family room. We have had flooding twice. I will never forget my then 9 year old son bounding down the steps and then screaming as his feet hit the squishy, floaty carpet. Yikes! Ours was due to a failed drainage problem. Well, it is one way to ensure always having lovely, like new flooring ... when you actually have it.

IASoupMama said...

Oh, no! What a PITA!

I know that when it's done it will all be worth it, but getting it done is never easy. For what it's worth, were I to attend a party in your home, I'd probably scribble something on your cement floor, too, just because I could and it would be fun for whomever replaces your floor in 70 years.

Brad Jenkins said...

Well that just sucks. That must have been one heck of a rainstorm to do that much damage!

Eva Gallant said...

How frustrating to have to redo the floors!!! Hope things starting going right for you soon!

Natalie said...

Girl you are a brave soul! I hope everything goes smoothly and is finished fast! I know how home improvements can be a pain in the neck!

Jenny said...

Oh no! Hopefully you won't have to pay for the construction guy's mistake?! I hope it can be repaired quickly and you can have your house back soon! The additions sound wonderful!

Rhiannon said...

now that you said that you better knock on wood, you might have just jinxed yourselves LOL

Kim said...

Oh, man! Sucks! At least you have an excuse for a messy house for a while. I'd hold off on replacing the floors just so you have an excuse not to clean. Sorry, that's how I think. Any opportunity to avoid housework . . .

Simone said...

My ex husband decided to pull up carpet to replace the flooring with tile. We lived with cement floors for quite a few months. I started looking into painting the floors with cement paint just so it would look halfway "decorative". Just when I had decided on the color, he tiled the floors. I feel for you but love your attitude. It's better to laugh than to cry.

myinnerchick.com said...

Hold on...

It will look Brilliant when you're done, Sweets. x

MiMi said...

You and I both have sh*t luck!
I hate this for you. I crap on this for you! I know. That was gross.

Deb said...

That sucks about the floors. I know how you feel though. In 2011, we had four different floods in our basement -- soaking our carpet four different times -- each time in different (large) areas of the basement. I felt like I had an indoor swimming pool. We probably should've replaced the carpet but we just dried it out as fast as we could and are hoping for the best.
Here's hoping your luck will change. (Fingers crossed, I haven't had a flood in almost 4 months!)

Sela Toki said...

What the heck? Your luck sounds like mine. Well at least your insurance is working for you guys. But what a waste. All that work and money going down the drain. Well, I know you're going to have a gorgeous house after the repairing and add ons. Hopefully nothing else will happen to ruin your beautiful home.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

You poor thing! I don't think I could live (sanely) for that long with disarray. We had our kitchen ripped apart for 5 weeks and I thought I'd have a nervous breakdown! I'm sure it's going to be AWESOME when you're finished, but you're a total rock star for doing this.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

you are a rockstar for putting up with all that mess. I know I couldn't but I'm so mingy to get a new bond (new house) that I'm actually seriously considering renovating. yes, I'm mad but it will, hopefully, be worth it. Because we do need at least one extra room (so the babies can go in their own rooms eventually), I'd prefer two.

Barbara said...

All I can say is wow!! I hope it gets fixed soon.

Heathers Happenings said...

Yikes! Hope everything gets fixed soon and no more floods.

Missy | Literal Mom said...

That is awful! You guys are resilient, that's for sure! I might be sobbing on the cement floor after that second go 'round!

Twins Squared said...

I know that has to completely suck. My dad's house has flooded now at least 3 times. They live close to this bayou and well, it rains a ton here and it's now happened several times. The last time they never got it completely fixed. My dad wants to handle all the legal and insurance info but he's a big pain in the butt. I think my step-mom got tired of dealing with my dad and they have just let it go. Instead my step-mom bought a 100 yr old house and is completely renovating it herself. I think she wanted her own project that had nothing to do with my dad! But my dad's point was that now they'll never get the house finished but something tells me he was holding up to begin with. But I have turned this whole thing into my dysfunctional family. Sorry. I hope it gets fixed soon and yes, I hope that is the last time for the flooding.

I had no idea y'all were adding THAT much! How exciting! Living in construction is a HUGE pain with kids but that is going to be awesome when it is all done. I wish I could see it all before and after - like in person to get a good feel. I love house stuff!

Kimberly said...

I will send you some wine.
Seriously.
I would do that for you.

Jode said...

oh you poor thing...i hope the alcohol cupboard (everyone has one of those don't they?)didn't get wet!
Seriously i hope you get it sorted soon and that they are paying...not you!
And what legends you guys are for taking on rennovations with all those kidlets around 'helping'. You gave me nightmares just thinking about it!

Jode said...

oh you poor thing...i hope the alcohol cupboard (everyone has one of those don't they?)didn't get wet!
Seriously i hope you get it sorted soon and that they are paying...not you!
And what legends you guys are for taking on rennovations with all those kidlets around 'helping'. You gave me nightmares just thinking about it!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Ugh, so sorry to hear it. That bites. Construction is hard enough without adding this type of junk into the mix. I can't wait for you to be able to show us the final project pics though! Sounds awesome!

Karen Peterson said...

You know that movie, The Money Pit, with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long? The scene where they're pouring water into the tub upstairs and it falls right through the floor and smashes and then Tom Hanks just starts laughing hysterically? That's what I pictured when you talked about you and Tim laughing about the floors.

Because, really, sometimes there's nothing else to do but laugh.

Ms Bibi said...

You poor thing, what a nightmare.I hope they won't have to replace all of your flooring.
You're so right in cases like this all you have left is to laugh....and a good bottle of wine.

Xazmin said...

Good luck! I sense a change in the winds for you!

I know the pain of flooding, as we have had to deal with it as well, and it is a wet, sloppy, frustrating mess!

I'm sorry, and I can't wait to see how lovely it looks in the end!

Carlene Maysonet said...

When I first started reading this post, I had no idea how appropriate the title you chose would turn out to be! I’m so sorry to hear that you had to redo your floors TWICE because of water damage! The plumbers who came to fix the problem in the first place should definitely have been more thorough. I hope that you were able to get everything fixed as soon as possible, and that you have beautiful new floors again.

- Carlene Maysonet -

Darryl Iorio said...

Even though your insurance took care of all the expenses, still, it was a hassle to redo your floors twice in a row! Water damage is a serious issue and it surely costs a lot. Anyway, I hope that you'll no longer experience such hassle again.

-Milani

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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