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That old house #8: Down to the wire - crunch time

Blog entry by BillyJ posted 06-29-2012 03:08 AM 3141 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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July 6, 2011. At 7:53 a.m., to be exact. I began my journey into a world of changes. Changes in design, scope, content, and finally – me. As Jerry Garcia would say – what a long, strange trip it’s been.

I’m doing many things at the same time. Although I had plans for various aspects of the kitchen to follow a sequence, today just proved how quickly my priorities change (I should say – forced to change). The customer purchased a small TV/VCR that will be mounted to the sink-side cupboard. Needless to say, that now takes priority over everything else. In the mean time, I was working on other cabinets, cupboards, wall tiling, and other items yet to be finished.

Above is a pic of the breezeway entry into the kitchen. You see the finished cabinets (I still need to install molding).

She wanted a pantry. Being very limited on space, I managed to squeeze a small upper and lower pull-out pantry. There is still one more shelf that needs to be put in.

I really wanted to finish the cabinets so the counter-top can be set. However, each day brings something unexpected and my priorities are changed. However, if all goes well, this time next week should bring about the last blog about this project.

Unless, of course, something changes.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.



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sandhill

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posted 06-29-2012 05:04 AM

Its been a while, I understand what you mean I am about to embark on a new endeavor around the end of the year. The shop should (I hope) be 100% done by the end of Oct and I must say it is taking me longer then I had anticipated. Both money and time plus having to make repairs to the home inside and out I have had to trouble shoot many electrical problems and the list goes on I hope to get back to working on the shop starting tomorrow.
Priorities for me are always changing

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posted 07-01-2012 05:00 PM

Sometimes you have to explain to the client that you hate having odds and ends lingering and they need to be finished first before moving on to other “add-on/extras”. This has happened to me before and then the client starts complaining about nothing is “finished”.
If you take the scheduling control back, this shows the customer that you are professional and you know the order that things need to be completed to keep the job on track and orderly.

But then again…I always say that the best plan is a flexible plan (especially in renovation work).....lol

Good luck!

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 07-01-2012 08:12 PM

Gary – I’ve tried that with this client. Unfortunately, it does not compute. I guess when you are her age, the priorities she sets are always the most important for her.

Now that I’m finished with my full-time job, I hope to finish this week. I’ve already told her that once her job is finished, I will not take on another until I finish what I need to do for my boss (SWMBO). My client’s list is already growing. From last count, she wants me to build book shelves, another cabinet for odds and ends, paint a couple of rooms, and work on the trim around her front door.

My bosses list is longer.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 07-13-2012 04:27 AM

Billy – Your blog series is absolutely fascinating. Thanks for keeping it up. I don’t feel so bad now that I have been working on my house steadily for a year and I’m not done. Everytime I think I’m getting somewhere, it “Changes”. Now where did I hear those words before?

BTW – I noticed a spammer has taken an interest in your thread. Is nothing sacred?

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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BillyJ

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posted 07-13-2012 02:40 PM

Mark – thanks. Although I’m still working, the list is starting to shrink. My hopes and dreams of finishing last week are dashed, but I’m still plugging away.

Regarding the spammer – there should be a way for us to remove and/or block those. But, even if that spammer was blocked or removed, they’ed just sign up with another name and continue spamming. I think the only way to stop it is to make it mandatory that a person completes the home page with the essentials: a little bit about themselves, at least one project (even if it’s an old one), an at least the city/state they live. I don’t think spammers would take that much time to fill out everything. But, then again, I’ve been wrong SO many times before!

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-19-2012 06:30 PM

So how things progressing? Has she added any more to the list of’s ”I want it now”.
Finally making the curved moldings. I’ve been snapping some pic’s. Maybe I’ll get it posted tonight on here or LJ’s.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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