My wife almost cried when she visited our new apartment (under renovation) on Saturday.
Our builder has been brilliant. Everything has been done well. Questions have been asked, then work completed. The finished result has been neat and as expected.
However, the cabinet makers...
With such a small apartment we opted to have a lot of built in fixtures to make the most of the space. The company that designed these was doing well in the design phase, but has really screwed the pooch in the construction and installation phase.
I expect there to be a few problems. My undergrad is Architecture and I was a Design Tech (workshop) teacher - I understand how stuff is built and what can go wrong.
Despite this, I'm pretty surprised at the cock ups we're looking at.
Half the problems are easily fixed. Re-fit this, replace that, this bit needs to be re-painted. Standard stuff you find in any job - it's part of the 'defects' period.
What I really don't like is the two key components that are just plain WRONG. Simple failure to meet specifications.
The reaction of these guys hurts my head even more. I had an hour long meeting (I videotaped the whole thing) with the designer and specifically pointed out one significant problem that was not only a failure to meet my spec, it was dangerous (wrong levels in a floor, tripping hazard). He had a couple of suggestions for a fix that I rejected immediately as an inadequate 'quick fix' that did not address the core problem - it the unit would still fail to meet spec and be dangerous.
I gave this guy a couple of days to consult his staff etc and come back with a suggestion for a solution.
His suggestion? The two things I had already rejected.
Would God think poorly of me if I threw this ass clown out of the apartment window?
Gearing up for a visit to the small claims tribunal....