Renovation nightmare Journal – episode 3
2 minutes later, I heard the loud noise of Niagra falls and saw my plumber running out of the bathroom all wet. My back was to the bathroom door, I was turning around and couldn’t believe my eyes.
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Whether you are looking to do renovations in your place, or you already did renovate your place, in that case, you know what I am talking about, you never know when you will need to do some changes to your home, you should read this, it might help you in the near or far future.
Did you know? Even if you have all paperwork and permit from the city the building can still oppose what you want to do with your renovation. I found this the hard way.
The apartment I am living in is from the ’70s. The genius architect that built this building thought it would be a great idea to put the electricity panel on a wall separating the kitchen and the living room. As much as some people like to have a closed kitchen, I like an open floorplan, like most people, and I like to have guests in my home and be able to talk to them with no walls between us. That would be impossible without removing the kitchen walls and making it an open space.
So we made a plan to move the electric panel to a different wall in order to have an open space, we had the architect draw all plans and we got a licensed electrician to add his notes. If you didn’t figure that out before, this will cost you an arm and a leg. Unfortunately, our plan did not seat well with the building property manager and his staff. And they found a way to show me they are not happy.
While all this is happening, my plumber was working on the plumbing in the bathroom. It took the building 4 hours to be able to shut down the water, an action that even if you tried very hard to do slowly can take you 5 minutes. They shut down the water and told us all is good the work, but the water was still running. This went on for 4 hours. Until finally they found the right person that knows what he is doing and the water was shut down. This pleasure cost you in my building $100. Meanwhile, my neighbors are becoming impatient due to the fact that they already have no water for 4 hours. Not my fault, but they didn’t know that.
My plumber was working in the bathroom for 2 hours when a man opened my apartment door, put his head inside the apartment, didn’t bother to go in. didn’t bother to ring the bell, didn’t bother to find out if anybody is hearing him, and asked a question that not me or my plumber heard. While this was going on, I was on Zoom at work with my headset on, and my plumber was making a lot of noise and I was trying to participate in my work meeting. Also, keep in mind that my room and my bathroom are not close to the apartment entrance and you cannot see or hear if there is anyone there.
2 minutes later, I heard a loud noise of Niagra falls and saw my plumber running out of the bathroom all wet. My back was to the bathroom door, I was turning around and couldn’t believe my eyes. Water was pouring out from everywhere, walls ceiling and the whole corridor started to get flooded. Yes, you guessed it right! The genus man who was coming to the door to ask us if he can turn on the building water decided that we said YES sure why not, we all want a swimming pool apartment.
Needless to say, I called the HOA office ASAP shouting with all my strength to send someone from maintenance to shut down the water building immediately as they are flooding my apartment. Later on, I found out that my next-door neighbor and the one below me suffered from this as well.
What a fun day 🤦♀️
Since this happened, the property manager decided to call the city and complained about the work in my unit about moving the electricity since they got so scared that they sent 6 men to come and see the miracle in action.
So, on Friday afternoon, I got a visit from the city inspector. The guy was very nice, and very nicely he added a sticker to my door that forces me to stop all work until we resolve the issue.
Guys, you tell me, would they have complained to the city if they were not flooding my apartment?