Every home remodel/building project has hiccups.
But what really stink is when that hiccup is a major one and comes at the end of a project.
So our beautiful granite top arrived last Thursday. I was so excited for David to come home and hook up the plumbing fixtures.
* Granite top
I can't remember the name of the color. It is a remnant though.
So what's a remnant? You pay a much lower price for a "left over" piece of granite from someone elses project.
It can be a bit of a treasure hunt. If you are wanting a particular look, well, the search is limited.
That route, though, is TOTALLY worth it for a vanity top! (Save 1/2 the price on granite.)
* Vanity sink
We wanted something different and unique looking. We perused houzz.com for a long time and trough-style sinks kept impressing us.
David wanted to keep the clean lines going throughout the bathroom.
We chose a Lavabo Gea 90 sink.
We received the wrong drain and are missing the pretty, chrome plug for the overspill...those are coming. That was minor.
* Faucets & Shower head
We went with the Hansgrohe "Metris" grouping.
David knows his plumbing and did not want any plastic parts in the faucets or shower head. (Technically, we won't need to replace these fixtures due to something breaking on them.)
Now for the first MAJOR problem...
See this over flow hole?
After David hooked up all the fixtures and plumbing, he tested for water leaks. The drain worked just fine.
Then he filled the sink up to check the over flow hole. It leaked like a sieve!
He found a hairline fracture underneath and behind the main part of the sink. It was clearly a defect.
We were like holy crap! Everything was installed...the sink was glued to the granite...the granite was siliconed to the vanity...the backsplash to the wall...ugh. We felt sick.
What a huge problem...would the sink be replaced?...who would cover the cost for the new granite top?...Will the vanity be damaged?....the walls?
It was a bad, bad moment.
He filled the fracture with some plumbers putty. A temporary fix.
Ready for the second BIG mistake?
We sat back on our haunches and noticed that granite sink hole had been cut out wrong...off center by almost 2 inches!
And when he held up a drawer front, it was even more noticeable ::
We were like WTH?!
So here's the skinny ~
Everything is clearer in the morning, right? (And you know what else? There are a whole lot of horrific issues people in other parts of the world are facing.)
1. We have to start this phase completely over.
2. Granite people were out yesterday. They will replace the top. Fingers crossed, we will find something similar to what we had.
3. Sink will need to be replaced. (It took 3 weeks for the first one to come in!) Nothing will be torn out until all products are in.
4. Project may take up to another month. (We will survive. Life goes on.)
Happier thoughts now...
So stepping back, here is another view (minus two drawer fronts) of the beautiful vanity David built...
It is a floating vanity, anchored inside and underneath to the wall.
The tile underneath goes straight back to the wall. He is installing a long drawer underneath for towels, and the a false front on the top.
We are waiting for the light bar and drawer pulls to arrive...any day now. And then we measure for the mirror.
Back in August, I jokingly asked if the project would be done by the holidays :) Always plan for the unplanned and then it is easier to accept when it happens!
It's just a shame that it all has to come out. Good grief.
Until the next update...
~ Patty ~