Originally Posted by TMcG
See what happens when I leave the forum for a couple of months and you are left to your own devices? Progress, that's what happens!!
How's the lobby shaping up? I assume they are close to finishing, right?
You know what assuming gets you...
To the best of my knowledge, I have all the materials that are required to finish this lobby - but that's an assumption.
I'm expecting, but have been unable to confirm, that the guys are coming back to the house tomorrow. The project manager talks like this will be the last scheduled day of work. It think he's a little crazy - I also think that he's concerned that he is already over his time/labor budget based on the way the job was quoted and paid for.
some flooring and stair nose
all the brick
molding (baseboards, toe-kick, half-wall top)
molding paint, including stair faces
countertop - template, installation, sink finish plumbing
Obviously, the project manager knows that he's responsible for sink and faucet connection which can only happen after the counters go in. He's expecting to bring the crew back for one day to finish that and any punch-list items.
We'll see. I have a hunch that all that will happen tomorrow is final cabinet setting and the brick installation. The brick is a huge job - cut, mortar, set, grout/point. If they can get the last of the extra drywall and mud small spots as well, I'll be impressed: the area around the rack and the end of the half-wall by the stairs need some finish work before we go for a coat of paint in those areas. Their responsibility for that is a little ambiguous, because they were asked to finish those areas, but we didn't specify paint and the square footage of those areas wasn't included in the labor estimate for paint. Meanwhile, the crew have said, "just tell me what color to put on it; I don't wan't to leave it half-done." I told him that it should just be white, the same as the rest of the basement which was all sprayed white by the crew the bank brought in following the previous owner's foreclosure. So it's not special or challenging, but I don't see when it fits in the schedule.
Let's assume that they can get the cabinets set for templating and the brick done tomorrow. They'll end up coming back over the weekend probably to get the drywall and paint odds-and-ends I referred to. Ideally, the countertop guys will have been scheduled to come tomorrow afternoon (as I suggested they try to do), but I really doubt it. The way this is going, it's going to some time in the middle of next week before they show up. Then 2 weeks for counter prep and installation. That puts installation somewhere around September 6, and the main crew coming back for the punch-list and sink, plus final walkthrough around the 7th-8th. Which means I will have missed the opening week of football (but that's okay because I am scheduled to go somewhere else to watch the game). Hopefully I can get the rack all put back together before week 2.
Once that all happens we will be open for business but still with plenty of calibration, acoustic measurement and treatment, and electronic setup to work through. None of that will stop me from connecting the kegerator and firing up the Tivo for football. It's very close now...