I thought a house renovation was supposed to have a happy outcome after all that money spent on "enhancing" the house. Well, all I could say is, I hated it now. I hated the WIP, the lackadaisical attitude of the workers and the retailers whom recommended unskilled workers to finish the job and the worst was the money spent but with no satisfaction. In return, you're plagued with more problems, more headaches and more expenses in rectifying the problem.
This is also the biggest problem of all problems! The 3 toilets in the house is at 90% completion and I even called Seers to come and install the hot water system. After they had installed the water heater, I was so excited to test the taps and showers (considering the amount of money spent on them).
When I turned on the hot water lever... OMG the cold water dispenses from the red and hot water dispenses from the blue!!! You can't imagine my expression at that time. The workers mixed up the pipes! I . WANT . TO . STRANGLE ....
The toilet downstairs
Isn't it an international code where hot water pipes are on the left and cold water on the right?!! Even if the contractor doesn't know, I gave him all the mixer taps and showers while he was fixing the pipes. Doesn't he check?!! Is he colour blind or what?!!
When I brought out my problems, some of my friends told me to recolour the indicators on the taps. No way man! Not on my Grohe taps! And some just asked me to seek compensation from the contractor. I know very well he doesn't have money to pay and in the end, I asked him to fix all the pipes again. For that, I had to trouble myself to buy extra tiles to correct the problem. In the end, I had to spend another RM200+ for the tiles. I really advice anyone who is renovating the toilet to pay attention to this detail to avoid mistakes like mine.
This is also currently one of the headaches I had. You see, initially I didn't want to change the doors to the room due to short of budget. But then, Dad wants to change them and so Mom went and bought 4 pieces of good grades of wooden doors for RM400 each. The retailer of the doors recommended some Indonesian workers to paint and install the doors which they charge an additional RM90 per door.
The nightmare was these doors were so poorly painted. You can see the different patches of colour on the doors and one of these doors was slanted. Mom wasn't very happy and asked the workers to redo the doors and they got angry. In return they extorted money and demanded more jobs from her. She gave them some money but the jobs were never completed.
When mom complained to the guy who recommended the Indonesian workers to fix the door, he recommended another worker to her to redo the doors. Today they came and fix the doors by washing out the paint and repaint them using the spray method. Instead of rectifying the problem, they make my door worse! Look at the marks they made! Sigh... S.T.R.A.N.G.L.E S.T.R.A.N.G.L.E
Even the bathroom doors are not perfect! Sigh...
This window took almost a month to be ready. I changed the windows from the original semi circle-arched-windows to the retangular ones. When they install the new windows, the worker made the awnings collapse and thus I decide to do away with it. And after they install the window frames and the window leaves, it can't be opened because the cemment sides are too thick and thus they had to hack the sides. This is has been repetitive for 3 times until the windows are functional.
The worksmanship for the aluminium grills and windows are not perfect either. I am not happy at all at the quality compared to the ones in the house that I am living now. Too bad the company that did the grill for our home previously has ceased its business.
I can't even depend on the workers to hang a painting. They made such dirty markings on the wall and they hung the painting so much higher than the markings. I WANT TO HANG MYSELF. And now, I had to find someone to repaint this wall, close up the drilled holes and hand it again. If not, where am I going to put that light to shine on the orange monk?!!
These are just some of the problems I faced during the renovation. Even with mom looking after the whole process everyday, yet they still make silly mistakes. It's almost 2 months now and I still can't move it. Bummer!