I figured all was going too well for our first major project. It’s better to get the difficulties right away so that there’s no future worry about when we’ll start running into problems.
So, yeah, the closet is gone and the wall’s been patched and painted but there are a few problems that we’re seeing now that work is “done.” First off, let me say that I still think it looks infinitely better than having the closet there. Seriously. But when you’re paying a lot of money on something you’re going to live with for years you want to get it right the first time.
As you can see from the picture, it’s not that bad! But upon closer inspection the most glaring issue is present: the new floor looks nothing like the old. In fact it looks almost like completely different wood. I understand that matching new hardwood to old is a nearly impossible task but there were claims that after staining and finishing that the final product would resemble our original floors much more closely.
Secondly, some of the paint has already begun to peel. Total bummer. There are a few other issues as well: the moulding on top of the baseboard doesn’t quite reach (it was there in the closet) so they just stuck some blocks there to connect it to the door frames and I thought that hardwood was suppose to run underneath the baseboard also? Right now there’s a bit of a gap.
It’s all well and good we get this out of the way now I suppose. It’ll help us deal with it when we inevitably run into problems again in the future.
We’ve already written the contractor with our concerns and hoping that there can be a satisfactory resolution. He seems like a very nice guy and easy to talk to. Crossing our fingers!