Well, at least the bathroom’s still pretty …


Imagine sitting in your new, beautiful kitchen which had been renovated after the walls and ceiling were damaged by ice backup during the prior winter’s storms. Imagine yourself sipping your coffee and gazing around at the new walls and curtains. Imagine the view out the window into the back yard – it is summer, and the sun is shining.


Now imagine yourself looking up at the newly installed ceiling tiles.



Yes, that is a water mark on the new ceiling tiles. It rained over the weekend, and the roof is leaking AGAIN.


I know you all recall my two weeks of household renovations- heaven knows I wrote enough posts about it (click here, here, and here – hint, hint).

Really, I thought we were done, except for minor things such as painting the window frames and putting up new curtains.

But apparently, Mother Nature had other plans.

The roof that was installed in 2013 leaked and was repaired on an emergency basis just last month. The new leak is in an area of the kitchen other than where the repair was done. Which means that we now need to have the entire kitchen roof torn off and reinstalled.

You will recall that the original roofing contractor has disappeared – won’t return calls, and his office has been closed. Which is probably just as well – I wouldn’t want that guy coming back to screw up the roof even further. Enough is enough.

My good client – the one who sent a crew out within an hour for the emergency repair last month – will come tomorrow to estimate the cost of replacing that section of the roof. I know it’s going to be expensive, but at least I’ll know it will be done right, I can count on my client to stand behind his warranty, and I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere.

Are you all ready for more Tales from the Dark Side of Home Ownership? Please join me in hoping that the upcoming roof replacement will be the last repair.

Wine BlissBut as a homeowner, I somehow doubt that.

Anyone for wine?


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Kitchen images by Cordelia’s Mom; wine image by Movement Six

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40 Responses to Well, at least the bathroom’s still pretty …

  1. Paul says:

    Awww, CM if it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all. Your trusted roofer did say his repair was temporary though – at least he was honest.


    • No, actually, my trusted roofer (who did the emergency repair) did a great job – that section’s not leaking. He did tell me, however, that I should consider replacing that entire kitchen of roof, just to be safe – but I was hoping it wouldn’t actually come to that.


  2. Oh, this is nothing!
    Your house is beautiful. A little fixing and you are good to go! 😀

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  3. Victo Dolore says:

    Gah!!!!! That is not fair. Not at all. Booo to the fates!


  4. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    We have been lucky in FL that we haven’t had any major tropical storm systems. My roof is 10+ years old and I shudder to think what shape it would be in after a good hurricane or tropical storm.


  5. Awww it is not at all a pleasant sight. A mark on a new ceiling again as soon as you got your kitchen renovated is just not fair. I like the new curtains and flooring. All the best for your reinstalling.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Hick I’ll have a red please!!


  7. Well, that sucks. So sorry.


  8. Dan Antion says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. As hard as it is to take, tearing it off and replacing it correctly the best thing you can do. Good luck this time. I hope the contractor can determine what was wrong with the first job.


    • Thanks, Dan. I suspect that when the last contractor put the new boards on, he didn’t seal them properly or something. Or who knows, maybe one of his men didn’t even bother putting the boards down. The only way to find out is to take the shingles off.

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  9. Trent Lewin says:

    I think I need to bring you a bottle of wine… your luck has gotta turn!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Thumbup says:

    On a brand new ceiling? Upsetting very upsetting!


  11. markbialczak says:

    Oy. Ouch. Ohmygosh. First roof guy, on you I wish many evil happenstances.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    Sounds like a nightmare. Why do homes hate us? My house is constantly battling me and my freaking grass “breaks” wherever I move! How the hell do you break grass you may ask? Well apparently I can… -OM
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  13. Elyse says:

    Home ownership is completely overrated. Good luck, CM

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Ceiling, wall and floor materials and coverings should be impervious to water and readily and easily cleaned. The use of ceramic or glass, as well as smooth plastic materials, is common in bathrooms for their ease of cleaning.


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  19. Reblogged this on Cordelia's Mom, Still and commented:

    Thought you were done reading construction posts? No such luck in my world. Have a good weekend, everyone!


  20. willowdot21 says:

    Oh!no I am do sorry !


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