Lots of people have been wondering what it was I could have done to cause a week set-back in the building of our house.
OK, it wasn't me, it was DH -- but it would have been me if I had been strong enough.
You see, ever since they put the tub in the master bath, I have been looking at it. It stands there with 4 or 5 inches of dirty water in it. And each time I would look I'd wonder if I would ever get it clean if they don't drain out the dirty water soon. So a week or so ago I tried to tap the drain to get rid of the water. Nothing happened. And evidently DH had the same idea because he did get it to open, and water came flying out of there. Yes! more water coming IN, instead of the water draining OUT! He closed it again as fast as he could and was sure somehow, someway they had gotten it tied into the main water lines coming into the house! We had visions of them having to tear up some of the concrete and remembered how deep it was! We called the builder in a panic, only to get his voice mail. He didn't call back.
Combine that with the fact that the Master Bath was supposed to have a skylight. I watched them as they worked on the roof, laying the felt and some kind of metal strips then we figured soon the tile would be put on. Again, I called the contractor in a panic -- he needed to know about the roof covering the skylight. He didn't answer.
Finally he called back........ only to tell me he was a little perturbed with me. The tub had water in it for a pressure test.
The roof is put on like normal, then the cutting is made for the skylight, and it is sealed.
Did I feel like a fool?
Haven't felt so stupid since school days. But I figured they should have told me about something important like that, is it something that the average person knows as standard knowledge? I have a son who is a Master Plumber, can't remember him ever telling me about that. So now we have to curtail our impatience and let them go as slow as they want. That inspection had to be rescheduled as the test had to be re-done. Now the electrician is there, and will be on Monday also. Then it will be electrical inspection. Next insulation, and another inspection. Then, and only then, can they put on sheetrock and start on the walls. I doubt that painting will begin on April 1st.
But, on the good side of things. The winter was mild, and they didn't miss any work due to weather. We had replanted apple trees and grape vines that had been killed by the fire, and we did it right after the lot was cleared of all debris. As a result we will be a whole year ahead on those, and we see some shrubs and flowering beginning to sprout out. Petunias are actually blooming, so it puts hope in our hearts that one day this will just be a fading memory -- My husband told me an interesting fact that I will pass on to you. Just as most seeds need warmth and moisture to sprout out, there are some seeds that need a fire to burn through their outer shell to make it possible for them to grow. So over that entire area there will be some new wild flowers that have not bloomed for 30 years. That's how long it's been since the last fire.
How the raised garden in the back looked in 2011. We are discontinuing this one.