The resolution options offered were:
- Abruzzo would lay more tiles elsewhere at no charge - we did not want more tiling
- Abruzzo would refund us some money - we chose to build because we wanted to choose all of the finishes and we were not happy with what had been laid
- New tiles were to be laid over the wrong tiles - floor heights and wall thickness would have been massive and looked stupid, again, this is a new house, not someone's dodgy reno!
- Demolish the rooms and start again - this includes re-sheeting the walls, water proofing, screed... This was the only option we could accept, at massive impediment to the building schedule
Basically nothing else could continue because the vanities, plumbing, electrical, painting and flooring can't start until the tiling is finished. I cannot for the life of me understand how it could take over 5 weeks to resolve. We are now 7 months into construction (and 17 months since signing on for a tender) and we would probably be in this week had it not been for this. We have paid all but the Final Progress Claim so we are paying nearly full mortgage plus rent. We also have Baby #3 due soon. Any apologies from Fowler Homes? Did they snap to it, pull out all the stops to resolve it quickly. No freaking way! Is this the performance of a good building company?
I am going to have a look this afternoon. If the tiling is not completed I will be forced to depart from my Mr Nice Guy persona and start firing some rockets. Fingers crossed things start moving now.
My brother in law has just paid a deposit on a block of land and is starting to look for a builder. Am I suggesting he uses Fowler Homes? I wish I was typing 'yes' right now, but unfortunately it is a 'no'. Here's hoping that they can change my opinion between now and the end...
UPDATE 6/10 PM: Went to the house and 6 painters were hard at it on a late Saturday afternoon. Tiling had been finished, vanities and laundry tub were in, downpipesd installed. This was probably about as good as I'd hoped for. Luck changing?