Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Kitchen takes shape!

Hello as you all know that it has been a nightmare with the tilers so I went timber instead! I was confident to be able to install it myself and probably save some money in doing so. A big thanks to Stan Watson for making time to sand my floors on short notice even though I did go with water based polyurethane instead of his much loved oil based : )  

It was a sticky messy job. I used a 6mm notched trowel to lay the glue down. But not matter how much you tired, it got everywhere. 
Thanks Stan
I even let him do the first sealing coat. Man it was nice watching someone else work on my house for once. 
Three coats later vuola! 
We stayed of it for three days to help it cure. It is Tas Oak and I love how it is a bit darker than the roof. I am a bit worried about having too much timber in the room.... I had planned to install the timber bench tops and bulk head too.... hmmm we will see..... 
Girls said it remind them of a ballroom, so they had to dance on it. 
The kitchen arrived. Thanks Ezikit! Angus was an amazing help for the two days it took to assemble all of the carcasses. 

The oven! 11 layers of bubble wrap and another wooden box protecting more bubble wrap and styrofoam!
The kitchen tentatively in place waiting for me to adjust and screw it in. 

Didn't take long for the kids to move into the place.... 
 Hmmm working around them might be a bit difficult.
Needless to say we are very very very very very very very excited about the whole thing. Finally the heart of the home is coming together!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It has arrived!!!

Well finally the oven and kitchen arrived today. Didn't take a photo of the kitchen but I was amazed at how quick the oven arrived and how well packaged. I ordered it from Deluxe Appliances online. They are based in Hungary and sell goods to Australia at UK prices. They work out really cheap for expensive ovens. I purchased a nice AEG oven. The amazing thing is that I ordered it last Thursday night.... so in 4 business days it was FedEx'ed to my front door from Hungary! Amazing! More amazing was how well it was packed.... below is a picture of the oven we haven't opened yet but there was a second smaller mystery package with it which we did unwrap.... 

They mystery package
Wrapped 9 times in bubble wrap! about 9 metres all up!
A 19mm thick wooded box screwed shut... 
More bubble wrap!
For baking trays and racks! Wow!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

And it all came tumbling down ....

Well two days into my holidays and I want to quit. It has been 2 weeks of hell!

It all began two weeks ago when my supplier of the tiles said he would deliver the tiles. After two weeks of saying they would deliver it today.... then calling back that night and saying tomorrow morning with excuses ranging from wrong phone numbers, being let down by help, wrong tiles to shipping incidents and having to order more. Lies Lies Lies!!!!! Promises and guarantees galore that it would be tomorrow and he would personally deliver them. This apparently from the two directors of the company! The first guy apparently got fired over it, but he is still at the company?

I now still do not have my tiles or my money back. They brought down a cheque (they said cash on the phone) and said do not deposit until tomorrow. Well I did and the teller got her manager who gave a look horror after looking at the screen and said they couldn't give me the money. I missed a phone call that morning saying the money hadn't cleared by that wasn't the look I got from the teller! And seriously who runs a business on a 0 bank balance!!! So now after two weeks I still have no tiles or money and to be honest here I don't think that I ever will. I only found out recently that he owes money to two other people I know!

The tiling was meant to be finished yesterday so I could install my kitchen. Well, that isn't happening now is it. It has put me back to square one. I have spent the last two days researching tiles or other alternatives and I still haven't found a thing that I like. It has been such a big stuff up.

But wait that is not all..... my fans that I have been waiting 9 months for which were due to be released December 2013.... no Jan 2014... no March 2014 ... no June 2014..... now September 2014! So they cannot be installed at the end of my two weeks holiday as planned....

But wait there is more.... the kitchen that was meant to be here next week called and said that the runners I ordered are out of stock all over Australia and they need to be imported.... so I need to wait a few more weeks for them to arrive!!! They have only had my order now for 5 weeks and now they discover that they don't have the runners!!!!

But still that is not all. I decided to get a tiler in so I didnt have to worry about laying it. I even got him to self level as I didn't want to mess it up as I haven't ever been 100% happy with my self levelling job. Well he added too much water and it is now all powdery. I can rub it off with my finger. USELESS! Now I have another job to do... clean it off and prime AGAIN!

So the two months of careful planning have come crashing down into a huge pile of dung!