19 Jul 2016

WE HAVE A KITCHEN (well almost)


If you saw someone doing cartwheels and heard loud whoops of joy across the land this past week,  it was most likely me !  FINALLY we have a full functioning (however still not quiet finished) kitchen for the first time since Easter. After almost four months of frustration things are finally, well almost normal around here, but not without drama of course.

For those who are not up to speed, our hot water flexi pipe in the kitchen burst, flooding our kitchen. At midnight, while hubby was away (of course) the night before the long weekend of Easter. Luckily one of my boys were still awake or we could have been in a whole lot more of a mess.
We spent the whole of Easter with giant, loud dehumidifiers, heaters and fans to dry everything out. Not my ideal way to spend a long weekend. Our flooring that was laid just a little over a year ago was water logged, the kitchen cabinets cracked and swelled which led to the granite bench tops giving way along the joins, and the dishwasher packed it in also. As I said, we were in a mess....


All I can say, is thank goodness for insurance. Well to a degree anyway.
Yes we only had to pay $100 excess and the rest of the $19,000 + was covered, but in what reality do the insurance companies and contractors think its acceptable to leave a busy family without a full functioning kitchen for almost four months ?

Communication between us and the contractors was little, and left us with many unanswered questions. I lost count of the amount of people who turned up to take photos and measurements all telling me that "work" would be starting soon. Soon came and went, no work was started but plenty more measuring was done.

You would think with all the measuring that they would get it right !



In what felt like a never ending saga, the work finally begun and I thought that all our issues were over. Oh how wrong I was....
You would think that with all the contractors (never the same one) that came to measure and photograph our damaged little kitchen, that every would be cut to fit without error. Sadly however this is not the case....
Our glass splash backs that were measured and remeasured countless times were cut too short in one place, and our flooring didn't "fit right" said the so called professional who has left the job unfinished because he couldn't work out why the last piece of wood wouldn't fit, and the plumber left leaks.

When something doesn't fit, lets just leave it unfinished !

After all the measuring, the glass was cut short :(

Is it just me ? Or is this unacceptable ? Should it just be fobbed off as an "insurance" job ?
All the money we spent and the hard work hubby put into the renovation in the first place only for this to happen is heartbreaking. I just cant bare to think of it. I just cant.

So just a reminder to everyone who has taps in their kitchens and bathrooms with flexi pipes. CHECK THEM REGULARLY people.
Apparently this is a common occurrence, they give way without notice and you are flooded. We had no idea about that this could happen until it happened to us. So be vigilant and keep check.

Linking up with Jess for IBOT

BECK xx


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain! We did a kitchen renovation this year too and it took about 6 weeks to get any semblance of normal (not 4 months thank god!) and without a kitchen life is a shambles! Dishes in the bath, nowhere to cook and prepare ... I hated it! You poor thing. Glad it's nearly over though, luckily we had a friend do it so didn't have to deal with incompetent strangers! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen! #TeamIBOT

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    1. Its been a nightmare Haidee, but thankfully the end is in sight x

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  2. What a nightmare Beck - so sorry to hear about everything you've been going through. I'm with you, you would think with all that measuring that they would get it right...I hope it's perfect for you very soon!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty, I never want to see another tradie in my house....well for quite awhile anyway xx

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  3. Oh, I can't imagine renovating. I'm in the market for a new place at the moment and keep seeing renovations I like and ponder on whether I'd buy something that needed work....

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    1. Good luck with your search, I hope you find something that meets all your needs xx

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  4. Oh that's not cool that it wasn't done properly. Sure it's insurance, but that's still not ok. I can understand your frustration. Sorry it's been such an ordeal for you Beck. :(

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    1. Thanks Jess. It may not be 100% but I am glad to at least have some normalcy back xxx

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  5. I honestly don't know how you've survived for so long!! You need a medal. Yay for an almost kitchen and soon may it be a finished one :)

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    1. Thanks Renee, it's been frustrating but at least we are nearly there x

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