Construction Resumes

West End of Hallway

West End of Hallway

So, the last few weeks have been a bit frustrating when it comes to construction of the attic. The photo shown here was taken on June 26 and here it is, the middle of August and not a lot has changed.

At the time this photo was taken, the only thing that hadn’t been done as opposed to what has been completed is the running of the electrical and plumbing; both were three-day jobs. So, for approximately 50 working days, nothing got done. That’s right, ALMOST TWO MONTHS!

To say that Jessica and I are a bit frustrated would be an understatement. The main reason for the delay? Building permits. While the laws here allow you to start on projects before you get the permits, you cannot do things like install drywall and do finish work until the framing, electrical and plumbing has been inspected.

Funny thing is, that while typically my first response would be to blame The  City for sitting on their hands, this was not a City issue. This had to do with our architect/project manager not getting the applications in and then our contractor not providing the City with the proper information. The person who issues the permit was in touch with our architect (who, by all rights, should have had the permits applied for before they even started moving my Christmas decorations around) who took his sweet time getting the information turned in. Now, this is a man we hired to be our Project Manager because Jessica and I just do not have the time to oversee these things. What makes it worse is that he was highly recommended to us by a close friend of ours (who has apologized on numerous occasions for doing so).

Then, once he got the information in, the City requested more information from our Contractor. Three weeks later, our Contractor had not even been in touch. It took Jessica and I driving down there in order to make it happen. And then it took another week before our Contractor got him the proper information. Then, there were several days where the carpenter could not come out because he had broken his hand on another job.

A week ago Friday, we had a sit-down with our Contractor in which we laid it all out for him. Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where we have backed ourselves into a corner. Plus, this is the third contractor we’ve hired since moving here and we’ve had similar problems with all of them. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason for this is that the seasons are so short for contractors to have the ability to do outdoor work that, come April, they say YES to anything that comes their way. Then they discover they don’t have the manpower because all the subs that were looking for work during the winter suddenly find themselves with more work than they can handle, themselves!

Anyway, back to the conversation. We were told that starting last Monday, we would have someone essentially camped in our attic the whole time and, for the most part, that’s been true. Of course, it took most of the week to bring the tools back, move supplies in, etc, but the good news is that at long last we will have our attic done.

The shame of it all is that we are almost done with our licensing for foster and our goal is to adopt a sibling group. The only thing that’s holding us up is the final inspection of the home itself. We cannot have that until the attic is completed. Of course, the bigger shame is, as I’ve mentioned before, there will always be more kids in need of a home, so in the grand scheme of things it almost doesn’t matter *when* it gets done. <—– that sentence makes me incredibly sad, btw.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to be able to post photos of the progress. And for those who thought the ship had sailed to help out with the Attic Fund, it hasn’t. You’re welcome to click on the “GoFundMe” link on the right of the page and help out. No amount is too small. We’ve raised $7,290 of our goal of $70,000 (the total bill is going to come to about $140,000 and we have already paid more than half), so we have a long way to go. Regardless of donations, we are determined to pull this off. And if you know Jessica and myself, you know we will. 🙂

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