His Remodeling Groans!

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Before paiting the finished "Liberta" sculpture, by Stacey MayerRemodeling and repair can add usability, and restore enjoyment, to a valuable real estate property.


But, it needs to be done efficiently, and correctly, in order to save time, and preserve the family from added stress.

Any builders with this reputation are gold; some clients won't even share their names with friends, hoping to keep their, "go-to" guy's calendar free, for their own projects.

My husband has known some great builders, and he's also discovered some true disasters, while he served as the building inspector for several local Snohomish County, WA jurisdictions, and the building official for Mill Creek, WA.

He's sure been making a lot of noise, lately! He's been watching those, "home repair and rescue" television shows, while recoving at home from knee surgury, and seeing some of the big messes created by well-meaning owners, scurilous previous contractors, plus various, "uninformed building inspectors". (Not around here, of course!)

Sculpture sent to Italy, by ssmayerNow, not all states use the same regulations or standards, but certain things are common sense, too. Railings too wide even for my grasp,  certainly impossible for children or seniors, are just one item on our "loud groan" list.  Another favorite, decks slanting into the house, contributing to the decay of perfectly good siding.


Or, here's a good one; the home-owner installed flooring, all cut to the same lengths, without staggering the end seams properly.

We've been amazed to watch lovely tile bathrooms undergoing extensive demolition, because of inadequate waterproofing placed behind the initial tile installation. So far, ruined bathroom tile jobs, count for the highest groans per hour!

Until he's better, I'm keeping him busy by helping me create my own sculpture, "installations." I'm a fine artist, working from home. (Ahem, trying to accomplish my social media strategies, and write a personal promotional article, while husband is at home; yikes!)

Finished sculpture, "Le Liberta", Stacey Mayer, artist.My cementitious acrylic fine art sculptures* have sure benefited from his strong hands, (cutting the copper wire armatures that are inside), and helping me prepare for a recent magazine article, plus; the entire family has enjoyed watching the real estate rescues, while listening to Phil's hilarious comments!

Any "groaners to share", anyone?

*Milestone Material

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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I enjoyed your read tonight, and thought it had great points to share with the readers.

Jul 03, 2015 12:36 PM #1
Stacey Mayer
Snohomish-Homes.com - Everett, WA

Thanks alot, it's been an adventure. Happy to share!

Jul 03, 2015 01:51 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Enjoy the holiday weekend and have a very productive week.

Jul 04, 2015 11:19 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I frequently see wood laminate installed by the owners and they do not install under the door frames, they notch it out. It looks terrible. Also painting in the kitchen should mean you also paint behind the refrigerator. 

Jul 05, 2015 01:36 AM #4
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Stacey, I still remember taking buyers to a home where so much of the remodeling was evidently done by someone who I would give a good grade for effort, however........  I sometimes wonder whether they ever sold the home,. The most egregious of all seemed to be the laminate wood kitchen floor. Seemed there must have been two different persons laying the floor - both starting at opposite ends. Problem was when they met in the middle of the kitchen, there were not enough inches/space to lay the final board. Please share my wishes to your husband for a speedy and beautiful recovery. 

Jul 06, 2015 09:08 AM #5
Stacey Mayer
Snohomish-Homes.com - Everett, WA

Thanks for your comment! That's a priceless story, Jane.

Jul 07, 2015 05:30 AM #6
Stacey Mayer
Snohomish-Homes.com - Everett, WA

Thanks, Winston!

Jul 07, 2015 08:35 AM #8
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