After what seems like forever, the “worker guys” (as Brody lovingly calls them) are finally putting the fridge BACK into the kitchen! This is a good day here at the house. The floor looks AMAZING, the walls look better than before, and there is actual baseboard at the bottom of the walls! Not pretend baseboard – REAL baseboard! YIPPEE
Finally, a ray of sun.
UPDATE: The working guys moved the fridge back into the kitchen. I went to clean the dirt etc and found the fridge had leaked all over the hardwood floor causing the floor to MOLD and the floor boards to warp! GAH! I just spent 23 minutes on the phone with the claims department.
Apparently, the mold inspector came yesterday to “inspect” and test the mold. I’m not exactly sure what is involved in this process and I don’t really care. As long as it gets rid of the big huge machines in the kitchen… I’m good.
We feel as though we are living in an airplane hanger – with an airplane running at full speed all the time. This causes a ripple effect with sounds. We talk louder to each other, we have to turn the tv up, we can’t hear anyone else (the house is less than 1000 sq ft), all of this means way more NOISE and more walking. Then, there’s the added bonus of the fridge in the dining room, no counterspace in the kitchen, and tripping over the garbage.
We are already tired of take out. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if we lived in a town with decent take out. Can you believe I’m actually tired of Pizza? Tired. I want to sit down at my dining room table, eat a meal WITH vegetables and actually talk to my family. OMG I must have grown up! Did I mention how hot these little mold machines make the house? Uh ya… it’s about 75 all the time. Anyway, I tried to get to flickr because I had this witty post set to go (with pictures) and couldn’t access the site. Either they’ve blocked it (here at work… ahem) or the site is down. Whatever, I don’t have a lot of energy to waste on pictures anyway.
Remember this title… you’ll be seeing it extensively over the next 4-6 weeks.
Last week, we walked into the kitchen and found the rug by the sink sopping wet. Michael nor I thought anything of it because Brody sometimes “washes” the dishes. I’m guessing it helps me relieve some of his stresses as a 5 year old. Then, on Tuesday, we walked in and there was a very large puddle of water in the middle of the floor. Thinking it was cat pee (our cats currently hate our guts) Michael bent down to get a better whiff.
Luckily for our cats… there was no smell. This prompted the immediate removal of the dishwasher and fridge to find the source of the water. As it turns out, our fridge was leaking through the intake valve (it has a water and ice dispenser). Apparently, for longer than two weeks. We called the insurance and reported a claim. The adjuster came out today with some guys because we found black mold on the walls. They “contained” the mold and discussed the plan of attack.
I knew it was bad because when Michael stepped on the tiles closest to the fridge, water seeped through the grout. FYI – This is never a good sign! They won’t know the underlying damage but have guessed that the subfloor is completely damaged. All of the bottom cabinets will need to come up, the tiles will have to be ripped out, the fridge and stove will need to be moved to another room, the food and all of the contents of the cabinets will have to be moved. We will have no access to a stove (because our stove is gas) and I think we’re putting the fridge (without water) in the dining room. Where will we put the dining room table, you ask? Well, our thoughts are to put it on the back deck. (Classy)
We will probably be without a kitchen for the next 4-6 weeks. But there is a bright side to all of this. You see… I really hated our kitchen floor. With a passion. It was hard to clean, it looks gross when it’s dirty (which is all the time – because hello.. I have boys). It also sits about 1/2 an inch higher than the rest of the floor in the house. It houses the spot where all the floor “dust” gets collected because of this lip. Another bright side… we’ll finally have a finished kitchen. These nice young construction guys are going to be taping and painting behind the fridge… something we never got around to. Depending on the damage to the drywall, they might have to take the drywall off of the wall that currently houses a very broken pocket door (that irritates me)… this will be our chance to get rid of that too!
Also, depending on the price of the part that we need to order to fix the piece o’crap fridge… we might get a new fridge also. Hello darling!
Over the course of the next few weeks, you might hear some cursing, some “hoorays!” and some “I can’t believe our entire family is fat from eating out.” Just try to ignore the bad stuff and look for the good.