Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Make a little space, make a better place
Today we have two builders in the kitchen, replacing the entire bench surface in order to fix a small spot of fire damage.
The kitchen was only renovated in late 2004, about two years prior to the stove-top fire incident. It is astounding to discover that the whole bench top has to be chucked. It's almost all in one piece but even the separate piece goes too, as they couldn't match the surface. And apparently there's no acceptable way to repair the damaged spot. What an insane waste of effort and materials. I would have been perfectly happy with a little bit of not-quite matching laminate stuck on the spot. But then I'm a bit of a grot and cheap to boot. And it's not my house.
The good news is the owner's insurance is fully covering the cost and we don't have to pay an excess. They are repainting the kitchen too, as there are smoke marks that don't come off.
Mia had happy fun times when she found some interesting grot back there after the dishwasher was pulled out.
Yes, in that renovation we scored a dishwasher and I love it a little more than is healthy for an inanimate object. Incidentally, there is also a little melted/scorched spot on the top of the dishwasher. It's unfortunate for her, but in a way I'm actually glad that the owner's insurance didn't cover replacement of the dishwasher too - because it is considered to be 'contents', and she only has house insurance. If that happened and the dishwasher was to be disposed of, I probably would have tried to buy it. Not just because of the aforementioned love, but because it's awful to see things disposed of so easily.
We were very lucky that our little stove top fire, while scary, (and wow, so stinky) did not get out of control and did little damage. But can I put a little suggestion out there? If something does catch fire in the kitchen, and you would like to alert any other people in the house, try shouting "Fire!" Yelling out your choice of swear words loudly might lead other people in the house to think that you merely dropped a pan of food on the floor or something like that. And they might stay away to avoid adding fuel to your frustration. Instead of rushing in with fire-fighting assistance.