The water damage spread fast, discoloring the ceiling and creating sagging and cracking.
The laundry room floor vinyl tile was removed and the subfloor left to dry.
Cleanup crews take down my ceiling on a Sunday night.
Fans and dehumidifiers ran for four days to try to dry out the saturated beams.
The contractors removed a small wall in the kitchen (where the linoleum and laminate meet). Ripping up the kitchen floor also revealed a very dated linoleum floor beneath.
New vinyl tile in the laundry room floor, with the addition of a washer bin and that now connects to a drainage pipe so in the event of another overflow the water will drain through a floor pipe.
I chose to replace the master bathroom floor with ceramic tile. (Mushroom-colored grout is not yet installed in this photo.)
When the kitchen was covered in plastic, it reminded me of the scene in E.T. where their house is quarantined.
During the remodel, literally everything was moved around. I opened the guest room one evening to find a toilet sitting in the middle of the floor.
The flooring installation was an easy two-day process.
The finished product included new flooring and paint.
I also chose to install recessed can lights in the kitchen and had to buy a new stove as the old one was filled with water.
After returning from a 10-day trip to Pittsburgh over the 4th of July, I spent my last day of vacation at home doing laundry and preparing for the week ahead. On my fifth and final load, I heard water flowing, but didn’t think much of it. My mistake. A hose had burst off my second-story washing machine and water had seeped through the floor then poured through the kitchen ceiling, dumping what ended up being at least 1/2 inch of water on the kitchen floor. At least 1 inch of water saturated the laundry room floor. The space between the floor and ceiling was soaked and water damage was spreading fast. I watched drywall turn yellow and cracks spread by the inch. After a frantic call to my insurance company, emergency cleanup workers appeared at my home at 10 p.m. on a Sunday, ripped up flooring and tore down ceilings and some wall. So much for a relaxing final day of vacation.
During the past 17 months, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about remodeling but have never had a firsthand taste of it until now. After interviewing a couple contractors, I decided on one who a friend recommended and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Chris organized each step of the remodel process impeccably. He arranged for the electrician, plumber and painters to come in in a timely, efficient fashion to speed the process. (I chose to use a separate company for the flooring replacement that he willingly worked around.)
He also made several improvement suggestions I acted upon, such as replacing the cracked tile hearth in front of my fireplace with a granite slab and replacing leaky, high-water using toilets with more modern, efficient models.
Every element of my house was done with the utmost precision. The laundry room floor that was ripped up was vinyl tile and I chose to replace it with a different vinyl tile. The before and after difference was astonishing. Chris laid it so the lines were even and professional looking, unlike the previous floor that looked crooked and off center. The electrician who installed the recessed can lights in the kitchen spent the majority of the day ensuring each wire was perfect and hooked up just right. I spent several days throughout the process working at home and enjoyed watching and listening to how Chris and the subcontractors proceeded.
Although I’m generally a level-headed person, I felt my stress and panic levels rising some days, like the day I had to attend jury duty (and was picked) coinciding with the one night the main bathroom and shower was completely inaccessible and the powder room and entire downstairs was covered in plastic and fine drywall dust. Even during times of extreme inconvenience such as that, Chris ensured the steps proceeded quickly.
On the upside of the unexpected remodel was the chance to make changes I had thought about making anyway. I never liked the flooring in my kitchen – it was too light of a color and the boards were too wide to look anything but very fake. I also didn’t like the dark walls. I opted for a cherry-look laminate floor with light walls that give the room an open feel. I also had Chris knock down a little wall dividing the kitchen prep and dining areas to create a large, open space that makes the entire downstairs seem larger.
After the flooring was laid, the paint smell dried and the new stove put into place, though, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the finished result.