Greetings from the World’s Laziest Food Blogger! My husband protests against this title, because he asserts that, with taking care of three children, and staying home with a 20-month-old toddler all day, I am, in fact, quite busy. Oh, did I mention I’m about half way through growing another one (She’s due at the end of April)? So, we thought, what better time than now to remodel our kitchen and apartment? Yes, welcome to my life.
Truth be told, the remodel didn’t come up all of a sudden. In fact, this was planned about four years ago, and was supposed to be finished before Max was born. I put my foot down and said that remodeling was difficult enough, and I would NOT be remodeling with a baby around. I must have accidentally put my foot down in my mouth.
The problem with remodeling a New York City apartment, of course, is going through a coop board, which our apartment happens to have. For those of you not familiar with coop boards, think of them as neighborhood associations, only much more in your business and with about 50% more control issues. Each contractor must be approved and provide insurance certificates dated for the date of work; only, nobody knows the date of work, because nobody’s yet been approved, and nobody knows how long that will take. Also, it costs money every time the contractor requests the insurance certificate. That’s the bulk of the reason why it’s taken the greater part of four years to get anything done, and many of the contractors who initially want to do the work, end up not wanting to do it because of the board members they must deal with in the process. Then the process begins again.
We finally got the ball rolling by getting our cabinets picked out and arranged. That’s a huge step, actually. Now, I need to pick out appliances so that they can start building the cabinets. Yes, they really do need to make it that complicated. So, after calling a bunch of people and getting pretty much nowhere with many, I settled on a company in Coney Island to get me my appliances, The Buzz Electronics. I spoke to Shaya, and he was extremely helpful in helping me get what I need, and also giving me Black Friday prices to boot! Definitely talk to them if you’re in my area. After we get a delivery date for the cabinets, we will be ordering our new floors. Oy to the vay. Really. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to installation day.
At any rate, I thought it might be fun to blog about this experience. Also, I’d like to hear about yours! But go easy on the horror stories…I have a weak heart at this point! LOL