Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Yesterday they came and replaced the baseboard and trim, and re-stretched the carpet. Only hours later, the effects of Hurricane Sandy came to pound our west-facing home for hours and hours and hours.  And...you guessed it, it leaked. A lot.   

It had passed the garden hose test a couple weeks ago. I guess a garden hose is no match for the wind and blowing rain.  So now we're back at square one and I'm incredibly frustrated and on the verge of tears.

I don't know what the next step will be exactly.  Maybe they'll pull down all the stone, replace the window, both, or neither. I'm nervous about the state of the OSB underneath it all. Is it the window?  The stone?  Both?  One thing is for sure, it probably won't be done in time for me to unpack and decorate for my Thanksgiving guests.  

I don't know much about construction, but a friend sent me a link to this article (click here) explaining how porous stone is and how it should be installed to create a drainage space behind it like brick has.  I don't know if this is an option, but I'm going to ask J, at the risk of coming off like a jerk.  I hope I don't offend him or come off like a know-it-all. Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Leak Is Fixed

October 1, the stone guys came back out and re-did the stone on the left and right sides of the window.  After letting it dry for a couple days, we did another water test with the garden hose and it's fixed. 

The drywall on the inside has been fixed (I think it was done 10/10/12).  The trim guy is supposed to come later this week, then they'll schedule the painter, and carpet to be re-stretched last.  All the contractors are really busy right now with a boom in sales, so it's difficult to find one to come all the way out here for a smaller job.

We've been happy with the customer service from Wayne Homes and J's willingness and motivation to get it fixed correctly.  Hopefully it'll all be done soon since we'll have a house full of people here for Thanksgiving and I still need to unpack and decorate the office.