I was up at o’dark-thirty so I could shower and dress before the reno company got here to start work on the bathroom. When they were here doing the kitchen, the first day they got here around 9am and I assumed, incorrectly it seemed, that they would be here the same time today. I really like this company and Chavo does fabulous work but there is a major problem with management and their lack of communication. This is a condo building and we have a service elevator which happens to be the only way to get to the underground garage from inside the building. So when people reserve the elevator for any reason tenants are somewhat inconvenienced since they then have to go outside, walk around the building, to access the garage from outside. Boo-hoo, you say, well, we have a lot of elderly tenants and we have some disabled tenants, so not being able to access the garage via the elevator IS a real inconvenience. What has this to do with anything?
I reserved the service elevator for 2 hours this morning – 9am to 11am so the contractor could bring in tools and supplies. I told them weeks ago that I was doing that and was the time correct. They responded that the timing was fine. Today they showed up at 10am – which meant that for an hour, while people were still leaving for work, the elevator to the garage was unavailable when it COULD HAVE been free to use. Plus of course, I was expecting them at 9am. When I was finally able to get in touch with management, one guy tells me “My bad, I should have let you know what time we were coming” Ya think? Then I get another call from some other dude who tells me “We never give clients an exact time the first day. We tell them it will usually be between 9:30 and 11am” I keep telling him, first, no one told me jack and second, the first time they were here they arrived at 9am and I just naturally assumed, NOT having been told anything different, that they would be here at 9am again. Dude, kept saying the same shit over and over, and I kept repeating my same shit over and over. So pissed off, you have no idea.
But, the same fellow who did my kitchen is doing my bathroom so I know, going forward, that everything will be perfect!
Now, for the gross part – my current bathroom. The idiots who ‘renovated’ this place prior to it being put up for sale, PAINTED THE BATHTUB. This is a 55 year old bathtub. The first time I used it, I put down a bathmat and when I picked up the mat the paint came with it. Oh yeah, the bathtub/shower is in a tiny separate room with the commode – and the only way you can use the commode it to close the door. The commode is staying, and the tub and surround is coming out and they will be installing a shower with sliding doors. How Chavo is working in that tiny space is beyond me and the whole apartment is shaking right now even as I type. (The thingy on the side of the tub is a screw-on handle I needed to get in and out of the tub – the only safety hold I had. The new shower will have grab bars!)
Now you might be wondering where is the sink and the vanity? Ah, that is in a little alcove in front of the bathtub room – When we bought the place it had a pedestal sink – and you know how ugly and useless those are. I had that vanity installed 5 years ago, and besides being small it blocks access to the shower water shut-off valves. The alcove is 29.75 inches wide. I am having a granite top installed that will go from wall-to-wall, a shelf over the sink, a single-hole faucet, and under the sink will be open. I’ve bought a rolling cart with drawers that will fit under the sink. (To the right of the alcove is a closet, to the left is the bathtub room.)
I don’t know what it was with architects 55 years ago – the apartments in this building have large rooms, small kitchens and miniscule bathrooms. The bathrooms are ridiculous. The shower in the hall bath is smaller than a coffin. I compared the size of coffins to the size of the hall bath shower, and THE SHOWER IS SMALLER. I’ll be using the coffin-shower all week and I’m not thrilled but it is a small price to pay for the super nice shower (with grab bars) that I will have in 5 days.
I didn’t go fancy with the shower – it’s just basic white tiles, a niche to hold shampoo and soap. Decent shower head that can be used as a handheld or stationary, the sliding doors are a bit fancy because my husband liked the fancy one, hey, it was just $250 more than the standard sliding doors, so what the hell, the man should have what he wants, he’s paying for it! And 3 grab bars, so it will be safe. We are old, we are wobbly, safe is important.