Sunday, 8 July 2012

Give me my house back!

A few weeks ago I posted about having out kitchen refitted, about a week cooking in the garden and a week of stress.

Well the kitchen and the stress materialised.  The cooking in the garden?  Not quite so much!

A mixture of things conspired to get in our way, strangely enough given the last few days bad weather was not one if them!

It all started on Monday.  The fitter came and ripped the old kitchen out - all in a couple of hours! In the afternoon the electrician came and annoyed the hell out of me.  You see I had worked out all of the energy use of the different bits of kit and had in my mind a way of connecting everything so that we had as much power available on the counter top as possible, and wasting as little as possible with the other circuits.  The electrician however had other ideas...  He insisted that he was going to do it his way and so now I have hidden circuits using nearly 1KW less that what is available and the counter top plug is shared with the fridge and extractor fan.  So that is 400W that I can't use on the counter, which would easily have ran with the other circuits.  I think I may have offended him by working out the groups myself...  Oh well, it's not the end of the world, just annoying!

I had a bit of a stressful day in the office, got home and to be honest just did not feel like the hassle involved with getting the BBQ working.  So I got the camping stove out instead and ruined one of my old frying pans on it.  Mrs Stace went to snack bar to get some unhealthy French fries and we had some salad with it to make life a little easier.

Tuesday...  The plasterer came, and we found out that he had the wrong instructions so he has to come back again to finish! And the energy company came to fit the 380v 3 phase supply that we need for the hob.  The house was built with a supply already, but it was never wired in. When it was wired in it also needed a new meter.  And whilst they were fitting it they also fitted a new gas meter.

And that is where it went wrong.  We only have on thing that uses gas in the house - the CV boiler.  They fitted the meter and left without checking if everything was working (it wasn't) so in the evening Mrs Stace went to fetch a Chinese take-away whilst I waited for the boiler people to talk me through resetting the machine.

On top of that the kitchen was delivered Tuesday morning and it took up the entire living room!  We had to climb over the back of the sofa to sit down!  After enjoying the take-away and we decided on an early night (seeing as there was not enough space in the room anyway ;p), I went to lock the front door and...  Sniff, sniff...  Gas.  Wonderful!  We called the emergency line, opened all of the windows and doors to clear everything away.  The emergency gas man arrived and did a simple test, something that he said looks weird but you never know.  he tried to undo the pipes with his hands.  Well I say tried, what I mean is he succeeded in undoing them by hand.  OK...  That would be the cause of the leak then!  All sorted, he actually restarted the gas boiler for us before leaving and we decided to wait half hour to check that the smell did not come back before going to bed.  An early night suddenly became a very late one!

Wednesday and Mrs Stace had to go in to the office so it was my turn to work from home. The fitter cam with someone else and whilst I was working away they fitted most of the kitchen.  It's actually amazing how quickly these things can get fitted once people start to work.

By the end of the day everything except for the extractor fan hose and the new hob was fitted; the fitter did not want to put a large glass hob (and single most expensive thing in the kitchen!) in place whilst he needed to drill above it.  Smart move :)

Wednesday we went to visit my sister-in-law and her family for food, so yet again nothing outside.

Thursday...  The last few bits and pieces were put in place, the hob dropped into it's temporary position and it was done! The people from the stone factory came to measure the for the counter top once everything was in place and then everyone left.  We could cook for the first time! A simple oriental dish just for the first use of the kitchen.  And... Everything worked!  During the evening we ran the ovens for the first time (240c for 1 hour just to burn them in and get rid of the smell) - and were amazed at how quickly they warm up!

So that was it.  Friday and yesterday were spent trying to get the kitchen, dining area and living area back to some kind of order (hahahahahaha) and today we are just living with it.  We have space to eat, space to cook and space to chill.  Things can slowly get back to normal over the next week.

Today I try to use everything!  I have a lovely meal planned for Mrs Stace and I today, where I can use lots of toys, and I am going to make a banana cake for the office tomorrow.  We'll see how everything turns out!


  1. Oh, been there, done that, eaten from the BBQ! I think when the contractor gives you a completion date, you double or maybe triple it. So much stress, but it's worth it in the end.

    And the electrician? What an idiot. You're the client and you're the one he's there to please.

    Calie xxx

    1. Actually they were not too bad - they said that they were going to be finished inside of 5 days and they actually finished at the end of the 4th! The things that are left should not have been damaged, but still we have a date for the to be replaced. In the mean time it does work, and work well!

      The electrician is just annoying! I think I am going to put in a complaint to the company as we have discovered another issue. He has moved trip switches in the fuse box without labeling them! So now we don't know what is connected to what (except for the induction cooker - you can't mistake those 4 switches for anything else)... When Mrs Stace commented she was told "It's easy, just turn off each of the fuses and see what stops working". Unreal!