Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sometimes You Just Have To Wonder - WHAT?

For the most part we have been really pleased with what our home builder did and haven't found any really glaring construction disasters, just mainly builder basic and  run of the mill finishes and fixtures.  He didn't use the cheapest, but definitely lower middle of the road.  Today that all changed!!!

Ok, I know I just showed you this bathroom.  Totally builder basic but functional.  I wanted to give it a little face lift, so I was thrilled to receive two new light fixtures from Lamps Plus to replace these. ( @LampsPlus #LampsPlusBlogHer16 ) 

Here is a mock up showing what the new fixtures will look like.  Aren't they pretty.  Well hubby got busy taking the old ones down to put the new ones up.  Now here is where we couldn't believe our eyes.  See how the old ones have a really wide back plate that attaches to the wall and the new ones have a small square.  That is where the problem began and we couldn't believe our eyes.
This is what we found when he took the old fixtures down.  I have already patched the holes, but behind the old back plate were huge openings where someone cut the sheetrock back too far and didn't patch it.  The light on the left had to be patched with a 3" patch and the one on the right with a 6"square patch.  Why in the world would you just leave the wall open like that and not fix it.  I had to go to the store and buy some spackle and hole patch tape and fabric, plus we had to put a piece of sheetrock in the wall.  I had a small piece left over in the garage from when I took the medicine cabinet out of the hall bathroom and patched the wall in there.  You can see that tutorial here.  Now when the spackle drys I can paint and the wall will be fixed properly.

While we are waiting for the spackle to dry he did put the new hardware pulls on.  I think these pretty silver ones are much better than the previous bronze ones.  I just chose something simple and classic.

The makeover is coming together slowly but surely.  The new rugs I ordered should be here today and I did a makeover on the art, so once the new lights are installed we will be just about done.

Glad to have these big holes patched.

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  1. I just think builders cut corners wherever they can. And if not the builder, then the sloppy workers that don't take pride in their work. Unfortunately.

  2. Marty, you never know what you will find when you are remodeling. It's always a surprise.


  3. Isn't it amazing what you can run into while remodeling? Never a dull moment. Your bathroom is looking good. Can't wait to see the finished product.


  4. I love your new lights Marty! We had something similar in the Fashionista's bathroom in Litchfield Park but thankfully it required only 1 patch job. :)

  5. Isn't it nice to do a simple little refresh like that? Too bad it usually becomes a bigger project than it should be!

  6. That's the electrician's fault. Whoever did this made a mistake and corrected it by making the whole larger to get the fixture where it belonged and then mounted it with nobody knowing any better. When we remodeled our kitchen there was 4 big hoes behind the cupboards that made zero sense. My husband thinks someone was trying to find the electric behind the wall and just made holes until they found it. Well anyway the knew knobs look great and I'm sure the light fixtures will too!

  7. It is amazing what builders will do if they can hide it. We had been having TONS of stink bugs get into our home and after looking in every nook and cranny could NOT find where they were entering our home. A month ago my husband decided to change the under cabinet lights in the kitchen, and because of this he knew he would have to do some new wiring behind the kitchen cabinets to accommodate the new lights. When he took down the cabinets to do the wiring work he found that the electrician had literally taken a hammer and punched through the drywall slashing large holes in the walls to do the wiring!!! Who the hell does that??? My husband had to buy some drywall to fix those areas and then do the wiring the proper way. Jeeeeez. We have not had one stink bug in the house since.

  8. Sometimes, no matter how wonderful the contractor is, they hire the same subs. I had never bought a used home before and boy, do I regret it. The former owner lived here four years and claimed she didn't know hot water was never plumbed to the laundry room.
    To comment on Pepper's post. I swear by those plug ins for pest. When I moved here the spiders were so big they waved when they went by. Gone.

  9. Sorry to hear about the drywall Marty! But your lights are looking sharp! Lov how the bathroom is coming along.

  10. Marty,
    I hear you, loud and clear, dear friend!
    Sometimes, it's best n o t to uncover those types of things!
    We have two ceiling medallions here on the Prairie for just the same reason!!
    Your make over is going to be gorgeous!

  11. Comes down to too many people who do jobs correctly have to fix previous nincompoops shoddy work. We've moved into so many places where things were awful, we'd fix at our expense, then landlord would charge us, go figure.
    Last time that happened we were in better position by then and bought our own house. Landlords charged extra in those days, 70's-80's, cause we had four kids. We always left any house lot better than when we moved in. Few years later I worked for property mgmt. co. so knew how tenants felt. Have good week