Phelps's Laws of Renovation: Any renovation project on an old house will cost twice as much and take three times as long as originally estimated.
Per my previous post I was so genuinely excited about, the project idea and preparation started out strong. The problems, however, are beginning to slowly chip away at what was assumed minor finishing steps to the studio remodel.
The initial prep work was done two days early last week: selecting and ordering carpet, selecting an affordable contractor for minor drywall repairs and wall/ceiling texture application, stripping borders, pulling nails, and clearing the room of items that collect in an unused/unfinished room. The contractor was supposed to arrive and work Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday evening, due to problems at their current assignment, my project was moved to Thursday and Friday. On Thursday afternoon, after not arriving that morning, I was informed my job would be moved to Tuesday. At that point, my project was now seven days behind schedule. In the mean time, all the items moved from the project room have been occupying the floor space in my current tiny studio; this is not good for productivity at all.
The contractors arrive today, a very nice family crew of three. Introductions are made, and instructions are gone over again. They methodically and systematically get to work. Toward the end of the work day, problems with the construction of the room begin to emerge. Drywall damage that was not noticed or foreseen show up due to the "wet" texture applied to the walls and ceiling. Poor workmanship of prior repairs and nicotine stains are now apparent. Now it's time to discuss newly required repairs to fix the unexpected damage. I am bummed out to say the least; however, that is only temporary. It is not my style to see the negative side of things. I can always find the bright side. I am very capable of seeing my vision come to fruition.
We now negotiate the resolution and the cost and time of the new issues. We consult our calendars and come up with a plan of action. I will not be beat down by a mere delay, nor the additional expense and time. I have decided my goals, and taking my action steps; something I've become very accustomed to doing in my Artful Success program now.
Although we have issues to resolve - more repairs to ceiling and walls, and cost and time of painting has now been added to the project - the carpet installation will go as scheduled this week. The contractors will be back on Monday to continue working.
While it's true I am behind my ideal schedule, I am still excited about my vision and my new studio space!
Have you had a home repair or remodeling setback disappoint you lately? Were you able to stay positive? I hope so.