Pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong today. I’m not even sure where to start.
First off, the cabinet installer was supposed to meet me at 9am this morning and install the support for my breakfast nook that he failed to install last time, as well as do some other planned finishing work like install the errant refrigerator and the panels for the toe kicks. I had to leave my apartment no later than 9:42 to catch a ferry, so I was sure I had plenty of time. It was freezing inside the apartment because the heat isn’t hooked up yet.
The installer didn’t arrive until 9:35, and then proceeded to sit in his car and take an obviously personal phone call for the next five minutes while I stood out in the freezing cold waiting for him to finish so I could hand him the keys. Needless to say there was no time to have an actual conversation. Perhaps this lack of communication is why when I came back after work I found this:
What you see here is a beautifully installed support system for the countertop that is supposed to span the window to make a breakfast bar. Unfortunately, it isn’t installed flush with the base cabinets, which it almost certainly was supposed to be. The countertop is going to be a continuous L, so there’s no way this is a correct installation.
Second, the plasterer who is supposed to do the microcement never showed up for an inspection, even though he promised he would come last week, and he didn’t show up during the day today either. I sent him an embarrassingly desperate sms and he agreed to come at 7pm this evening.
I went up to meet him and he had a thorough look at the bathroom. Apparently nothing is set up right for microcement. I have been trying to get this guy to come and check out the prep work, and/or talk directly with my contractor for literally weeks, and he kept blowing me off. Technically he could still do the job, but it would mean that the project would be delayed a minimum of three more weeks. Everything else is on hold until the bathroom walls are finished. Moreover, the price per square meter he quoted me was significantly higher (and in addition did not include tax) than what I had initially been told back in September, and he would also charge me his hourly wage for his driving time (an hour each way), which is exorbitant. He has to make 9 separate trips to finish a job and hourly wages are sky high here in Norway, so that alone would add a huge amount to the total price.
At a certain point in the conversation I just knew that I was going to have to bail on the idea of microcement. I had a strong sense that I need to cut my losses and move on. The guy was kind of squirrelly, he is almost impossible to get ahold of, and he was very vague about a timeline. I just can’t deal with that at this late point in the process, after I have been trying unsuccessfully for over a month to get the details worked out. I need this apartment finished so I can get on with my life. I just sent an even more desperate email to the contractor begging him to help me work out a plan B. I have a couple of ideas, and just hope against hope that his crew has time to pull together a workable solution.
A few good things did happen on the project, despite all this. The biggest is that the errant refrigerator is now installed, and it is awfully fancy, with its integrated doors:
It was almost enough to cheer me up. You can also just see that the toe kick panels are now installed (there’s a vent in the part that’s under the refrigerator).