Contractor Trouble

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*Warning: This is a rant. Feel free to skip this post. Unless you want to find out why I still haven’t sold my house yet.*

I have been too aggravated lately to blog complements of my contractor, Mike. He kept starting new projects and never finishing the one he was already working on, claiming that he’d “get to it in his order.”

A week and a half ago, he wanted more money, and when I told him no, I can’t give him money I don’t have for projects he wasn’t supposed to work on, he bailed on me. Even had the nerve to text me that he’s done more for me and my investment house than anyone else he’s ever worked for. I guess that means that he doesn’t finish work for any of his customers!

*End of rant*

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Almost Done!

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Indoor Mike

I’m FINALLY getting around to updating my blog. I’ve been busy traveling back and forth from Houston and Pittsburgh, attempting to maintain a balance between home and working with my contractor, Mike.  He’s very talented, and is almost done with the major projects in this house!

Below are some pictures of the upstairs bathroom that he’s almost done with:

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Old and New Ambridge Bathroom

More pictures coming soon…

 

 

The Ambridge basement bathroom

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I’ve been going through the pictures on my phone and found this picture below of my bathroom in the dingy basement where my family and I were living (once I took our dog to Ambridge). My dog fights with my parent’s dog upstairs, so we lived in this basement.

Before Bathroom

And this is how the bathroom walls look now. My contractor Mike is AMAZING!

After work

I will post a picture of the shower when Mike is finished with this bathroom. I’m excited to see the results of this old house restored and cared for after three years of abandonment.

A lot of Painting!

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Painting

Last week while we my family and I were in Ambridge, we enlisted the help of our extended family and and two of the sweetest sister missionaries I’ve met so far!

After making many repairs on the walls, they primed and painted all the rooms downstairs, the hallways, and then moved upstairs to paint bedrooms with VERY bright colors.

I wished I’d thought to take more pictures of them painting, but am so glad to have this one.

Investment House Progress

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I’m so glad that my kitchen has FINALLY been worked on by a contractor. I’ve included some before and after pictures below.

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Above is a picture of the kitchen when the house was on the market in 2016.

 

Kitchen Faucet

I bought a new sink and faucet.

Ambridge Construction Kitchen

This is the kitchen as my contractor Mike worked on it. 

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The microwave is in! My contractor is so talented.

My cabinet pulls and knobs need to be inserted, and the beautiful flooring that I bought will hopefully be put in this week. Yay!!

It’s been so challenging to live over 1,100 miles away from Jim and Noah, and I find myself continually reminding myself that this is for our financial freedom.

 

Life Challenges

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Life has lots of ups and downs that my head spins. Seth and I spent almost three weeks in Ambridge, Pennsylvania to find contractors to work on our investment house. I’ve met contractors from the area who told me they were interested in working on the house and then I never hear from them again. They don’t call me or return my calls/texts…

Finding people to work on this house has been ridiculously difficult! Ugh. Adding to this was the house making strange noises every night; it sounded like a creature (or maybe a ghost) was inside the air vents in the living room, along with other strange noises like when I heard someone (or something) walking in the bedroom above the living room one night when I was alone with my dog Buddy. We left for my friend’s house, but Buddy and her dog, Patches, kept barking at each other, so I took him home. My friend called 911 after I left so they could check the house for people, though I knew they wouldn’t find any. The lack of sleep made Seth and I a little crazy, so we drove back to Texas.

Tonight I called my cousin’s neighbor who works for one of the construction companies who never returned our call (my husband called them). He came two Sundays ago with my cousin Kevin to look at the house with its many projects and gave me prices to complete each project and my soul was filled with comfort.

Investment House

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Jim and Seth are in Pennsylvania again for a few days working on our investment house. Yesterday our kitchen cabinets were delivered, but they did NOT include the two counter tops that I bought back in October.

Ugh.

Home Depot’s special orders and delivery department has been awful. When we lived in Pennsylvania and remodeled our bathroom things seemed to go a lot smoother.

I’m hoping that Jim and Seth will work on the removing the last of the kitchen tiles in the kitchen so they can begin installing the cabinets. They are coming home on Sunday afternoon, and I can’t wait to just enjoy spending Christmas and New Year’s with all of us at home. As much as I love rehabbing this old house, it will be wonderful to spend time together creating Christmas memories and the smell of delicious food as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.