You’re Fired!


We had to do it.  Three days after we learned that the wrong doors were ordered, it rained cats and dogs.  I went over to the house to discover that the temporary waterproofing that was installed on the roof of the extension was not done correctly and all the new drywall and insulation got soaked and has to be replaced.  It was really the last straw.

kitchen interior

water damage

after the rain

But let me back-pedal a little.  When we hired our contractor, we really hired a company that was subcontracting another company.  Why would you do this you ask?  It is a long story.  I don’t recommend it but tips for choosing a contractor is for another post.  Anyhow, since this company was overseeing the sub-contractor who was actually doing the work, we could fire the sub-contractor without having to change our permits with the DOB.

Why didn’t we fire the overseeing company since they were obviously doing a terrible job of overseeing?  It is because they put a new project manager on the job and he has convinced us to have faith in him to get the job done properly and in a timely manner.  So far he is doing ok, we’ll see.  We want to have faith in him but we are jaded.  This week we ordered our new exterior doors and approved the final order (always make sure you see invoices from all major purchase orders) and they are set to arrive within four weeks.


About a week ago a new project manager was assigned to our renovation.  This guy gave us hope that things were really going to move along and that our target move-in date of June 29th (this is the date we told them we were moving in whether it was finished or not) was going to happen.

The back doors were supposed to be delivered this Friday.  They needed to install these doors in order to finish the last of the exterior work on the extension and complete the rest of the finishing work in the interior.  So far nothing has been done or delivered when it was supposed to be on this project so we had little hope of the doors arriving on time.  You can imagine our delight when my husband went over this weekend and saw the first floor doors were installed!  We were so happy….

garden floor doors

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for about 5 minutes, and then he noticed that they did not look quite right.  Something was off.  He opened them and stepped outside.  THEY WERE NOT THE DOORS WE ORDERED.

We ordered doors that were black metal clad on the outside and white on the inside with oil rubbed bronze hardware.  These doors were white on the outside, unfinished on inside with brushed metal hardware.  Expletive, expletive, expletive!!!  These doors took 8 weeks to deliver.  How were we going to wait another 8 weeks for new doors?  To add to the torture, there is nothing we can do about it before Monday morning when the window distributor opens, which was probably lucky for the contractor because I for one was fit to be tied.