6.29.2013

Curious About Days 3, 4 & 5?

Are you curious what happened on days 3, 4 and 5 of our addition project? We are too. Nothing happened. Our contractor cited the forecast of rain. And says that they can't dig when there's rain in the forecast. It's summer. In the South. There's the possibility of rain every day. The ten day forecast for the past 7 days (so that makes 17 days of forecasts) cite hot, humid, sunny days with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. I imagine this will be the ten day forecast until September.

On Wednesday we got a rumble of thunder and not a drop of water. On Thursday the 2 minutes of showers evaporated on contact with the hot asphalt as they fell. Last night we had a gully washer, but we're not so sure that any kind of water-getting-into-a-foundation-hole could have been avoided with a tarp or two.

So here we are with a dust-bowl of a backyard torn-up by the tracks of the excavator that moved the shed, a port-o-john smack dab in the middle of the back yard, no fence around our basement steps, no fences or bushes to contain an active toddler who only wants to be outside and no progress in sight. At least if there were a big machine digging just outside the dining room window Little M would be entertained and happy to stand in his tower observing.

I see additions springing up out of the ground all around us and am starting to think that "chance of rain" means "still working on another project and I'm trying to pull the wool over your eyes." S is saving his frustration for down the line when there's actually something to be frustrated about. I am trying to hard to just go with the flow here, but I'm pretty frustrated that every morning I make plans around having a work crew in our yard - pulling the stroller out of the shed first thing and then letting it bake in the sun all day because I don't want to get in their way when the work crew is here, unlocking the locks on the front door for which we don't have keys so we can use it while they've taken over the side entrance, not parking in our driveway because I expect a dumpster to come any minute, declining to host play dates because it will be too much chaos with a half dozen workers in the yard, etc, etc and then we get no word on whether a crew will arrive or not. I'm peeking out the window looking for a work crew more often than I peek out the window at falling snow during a snow storm. And you know I love watching snow fall. 

I'm sure this will be a distant memory in short order, but the poor communication is frustrating me right now. So I guess the bottom line is that on days 3, 4 and 5 frustration happened, which I suppose is par for the course with any renovation project ;)

Maybe next week.

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1 comment:

  1. I hope the situation improves for you. We just had our basement redone and the contractor was superb. Night and day difference from when we had our house renovated. Communication is so important.

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