So honestly our project has gone nowhere fast. Very fast. As of today we sit and wait for a barge to get around to visiting our tiny little abode and put 2 concrete pilings in under the new pool….sound familiar? Yes, its been about about 27 days since “they were being installed tomorrow”. Well the barge didn’t make it and we are still “next on the list”, Aaron -“do you know when that could be? A week a month?” Barge People, “I really don’t know, the boss is in key west right now.” So we sit with a pump in the pool hole filled with re bar pumping water out until the mysterious barge decides to show up. So we wait and focus on the inside of the house.
You would think drywall would be the easy part. Not in the keys. What I thought would be a nice simple, throw some rock on the wall and call it day has turned into an 8 week cluster….apparently having work done in the keys during lobster mini season and opening of the regular season is a terrible idea. Basically it seems everyone tries to finish up their projects leading up to “the season” and then disappears from all civilization searching for bugs as they are called. Nothing happens for 2-3 full weeks…so I have learned. Now I can’t really blame them because that is pretty much what I plan to do…but still.
So the first drywall team
wants the interior doors in, so we order all the doors, Home Depot of Marathon and I are not getting along right now. The 2-3 week delivery time turned into 5-6. Why you ask? Because it took 4 hours in the store to get them ordered, then we just found out they didnt get processed so after a week battle they finally got ordered. Luckly for us, the 5th drywall company didnt want to the doors in first. What happened to company 2-4? Fired by the contractor for…get this…not showing up. Repeatedly.
While we wait for drywall and pool pilings we get to work priming and paint the ceiling we were also able to get most of the floor leveling done and…get this…the pool actually had some progress!
I am still trying to find out if the ceiling is the highly desirable “Miami Dade Pine” which is basically old Florida pine which was a very hard wood and extremely large. I say “was” because the trees are long gone and the only Miami Dade Pine left are the planks and beams the make up many of the South Florida and Florida Keys historic homes. With our tiny house, unfortunately the best way to brighten it up and provide the open feeling we want was to paint the ceiling white. It will still have the rustic character but hopefully really brighten the home up.
So this was a frustrating trip to say the least. No pool pilings, a long battle with home depot, no drywall work done, but we were able to fix the rest of the insulation. Feeling defeated we head home.