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Progress

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It’s pretty hard to believe the view outside my window can change so much in just a matter of two weeks.

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But it did!

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A little glimpse inside.

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All in all, things turned out pretty well considering the glitches and obstacles we encountered. Like any project, there were bumps in the road and unexpected stuff that cropped up. Like the fact that nobody asked if we wanted a cupola and weather vane.  Three days before the building was done I suddenly realized that we should have discussed the possibility of adding a cupola during the planning stage. Unfortunately, I was face down on a massage table recovering from eye surgery when the final plans got reviewed. So I spent the better part of an entire day online trying to track down a cupola and weathervane that I liked (and here is the clincher) that could be delivered in 24 hours. Naturally, since the cupola had not been discussed during the planning stage, there was an extra charge to install it. Turns out, it costs a damn lot to add something on after the fact. I’m not sure how they justify that since they didn’t have to build the cupola, but there you have it. I bought the weathervane from a company in Maine, which is well within a normal, one-day delivery zone. Well apparently Fed-Ex doesn’t think so; it took four days for the weathervane to get here and it didn’t arrive until the morning after the builders were done. Fortunately, I wasn’t charged to have the builder come back and put the weathervane on the cupola. Good thing, because if there had been an extra fee involved I’m pretty damn sure I would have climbed up there and put it on myself.

So is everything else perfect? Not exactly. Given the very bright sunshine the morning the builder installed the weathervane and my lingering bad vision, I didn’t notice the finger prints and smudges on the copper roof of the cupola. But boy oh boy do they show up in the pictures! Should the roof have been wiped down? Yes.  But I’ve long since learned this builder wasn’t one to go out of his way to tidy things up.

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This (above) is the pile of crap the builder left for us to clean up. Color me stupid, but I thought clean-up was part of HIS job? I’m beyond miffed about this. Had we known he wasn’t going to clean up his mess we would have had a dumpster brought in. The last thing I want to do with my bad back is spend the next few days (in 100 degree heat) picking up and sorting through a pile of wood, plastic, paper and cement scraps. Oh, and bagging all the personal garbage from his work crew: chip bags, Dunkin’ Donut cups, cigarette butts, etc.

Overall, the builder did a good job building our barn, but he has no people skills or customer service. When asked any sort of question he immediately launched into “builder speak” which honestly began to sound to me like he was doing his best to make me feel like an idiot. Another time when I asked about sheer support on main beams he took such offense that he responded by asking me to hold off critiquing his work until he was done. Twice I asked him to call Aldo in the evening so he could ask him about something and both times the builder blew him off. The one time we did call and leave a message on his voice mail, he never bothered to return the call.

But the garbage issue is the most annoying. One of the main reasons we had someone else build the barn was so it would free us up to oncentrate on the work WE need to do. Now we’ll be picking up this mess for weeks. I mean, it’s not like we have someplace to put all the scraps.”You can use the wood as kindling for bonfires,” the builder said as I picked my jaw up off the ground when I  saw he was not going to clean up his mess. “Yeah. That would be great IF WE DID BONFIRES!!!!” I thought. So we’re giving away as much of the scrap lumber as we can, but we still have a pile of it to clean up. And a gazillion tarps. (Whoever said, “You can never have too many tarps” was wrong!) And a huge pile of cardboard and insulation scraps. They’re killing the grass on the hill opposite the new barn, this little gift … courtesy of my builder.

4 responses

  1. Chancy and Mumsy

    That is beautiful! That is the first time I have ever seen a builder not clean up when the job is done. Sorry you have to clean it all up behind him. Hugs

    July 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

  2. It looks lovely :) And I didn’t notice the fingerprints until you wrote it and I went back and checked ;) hehe

    July 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

  3. The barn is absolutely gorgeous! Your contractor seems to have the building skills to make up for his lack of people skills. The details look fantastic. Sorry you were left to clean up the mess… We’d certainly take it off your hands if we were nearby. Love, love the weathervane you chose.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    • I often find myself walking around in the barn, just looking at it. I can’t believe it’s actually, finally here! (Now the fun part starts …. staining it!) I’m very pleased with the weathervane too, and so glad I managed to get it here at the last minute! Thanks for dropping by!

      July 13, 2012 at 6:43 AM

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