Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Crib : Renovation Woes

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.

Problem No.1
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.

Problem 2:
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...

Problem 3:
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!


suituapui said...

That's why when I have people over to do some works in my house, I would want to be around. No, I'm not fussy - just to keep an eye and make sure everything is satisfactorily done. I never say a word if all is going on ok.

My!!! What did they do to your door? That looks terrible!

negayem said...

So far I've renovated 2 houses for own stay without any major incidents. My secret is to use an interior designer who not only help with ideas but also does quality control during reno. The best part is that I only need to complain to her directly and she'll get the problem rectified. I've an extremely fussy and short tempered wife, therefore the ID lady was god-sent.

Kash said...

Painting and hanging pictures can be done by ourselves. Hiring a reliable contractor would have solved most of this problems easily. An easy solution for your doors is, sandpaper them again,first use a course type, follow the grains of the wood and remove the varnish, Then use the fine type sandpaper and clean up what can be removed. Then varnish. The more coating you give, the better it will look and it should mask out the old varnish which could not be removed.

Sean said...

yikes, this sounds really frustrating. i've also been having some home issues recently, but of a different kind. after living at my apartment for nine years now, a lot of things are falling apart. lights are not working, switches are falling out, fuses are getting blown...

Wei Mei said...

my dear... i know how angry you are now.. cool down k...
if you need any help please tell me k.. anything i can help sure help...
take care.. see you soon again. ...

Simple Person said...

renovation is really a headache..

liwei said...

now i understand why people hire ID to do the job (i hired ID coz im lazy to source for separate contractors)..abit more expensive but you get to scold the ID only and not deal with the contractors...

eiling lim said...

STP: They spoilt my doors! Mom is the one keeping an eye on them as I have to work.

Negayem: Yeah but the ID costs are quite expensive as well considering you save the hassle of dealing with the contractors. Lucky you.

Kash: I don't know what will happen to the doors now as I am overseas. But I do hope the guy who recommended the workers will fix the problem!

Sean: Time to move? hehhe

Wei mei: Thanks dear. I have troubled you enough already.

Simple Person: it is!

Liwei: you smart lo...

Anonymous said...

Ziling - Just to add fuel to the fire, our new beds could only be delivered end next week Fri/Sat because of my rosewood leather being shipped from somewhere else. Ok, anyway i will be away to singapore next week thursday, so i asked the guy to contact you on delivery *peace*

Anonymous said...

sigh... dear eiling, i sort of can understand your feeling coz similar incidents happened when i helped my boyfriend moving in to his new place last year. the worst issue we had was the plumbing problem that lasted almost 9 months... *tap tap shoulder*

-yve vonn-

Huai Bin said...

Sorry to hear about that Eiling! :(

1. Yes, that is huge mess up. :x Hot water is always on the left. There's a reason for this, it's in Wikipedia. That's a lot of tiles broken up just to switch.

2. I can see the shoddy paint job from here!

3. Painting looks nice though! :)

Come, let's catch up and yum cha next time when I'm in KK! :D

Kash said...

Don't worry about the doors, even if it's not fixed, when you get back you can fix it yourself. It will give you more satisfaction, trust me!

Anonymous said...

you can just change the color of the knobs for hot and cold water

Kong said...

I am renovating just TWO toilets. Gave up after the first one...They screwed up my plaster ceiling, laid senget tiles, cracked the wall tiles while drilling to install the fittings. Think we are gonna use the budget for the other toilet for a holiday instead!

missyblurkit said...

I hate renovations...its either you have to sit there and camp while they work or be prepared for some sort of screw up:(

Mariam said...

Ouch! I’m sorry you have to go through all that. Maybe you should better assess the contractors you would hire next time. Don’t just trust somebody’s word for it. It’s also best if you ask for their portfolio of past projects, so you can gauge their work performance. The previous renovation process sure cost a lot of money, but I hope the second renovation will all be worth it.

Mariam Freame

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