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Two Twenty One
October 24, 2017
7:48 pm
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celerywoman
Hamcat
Meows: 54
Snarking Since:
December 27, 2014

Ooooook folks, coming in hot here with some admittedly biased opinions because I consider Chelsea to be a friend. (We've never met in person, but I used to blog and we met through the webs that way.) So a little insider info on her new house since that seems to be what everyone is talking about here…we actually bought with the same builder. I can't remember if she has named the builder on her blog, so I won't name it here. But definitely not a company with a rep for being a budget builder, and they have different tiered lines of homes too.

Anyways, so we bought a spec home (basically just a new empty home that they choose all the finishes on) from the builder in a different state, so we didn't go through the build process with them. I have heard mixed reviews from our neighbors regarding how that process went…everything from great to terrible, as is to be expected. But I will say that we had some issues with our home that REALLY pissed me off, such as our master bathroom toilet leaking through the subfloor within a couple months of moving in because whatever sub they used to install them didn't put a damn wax ring on. Simple mistake that could have led to a HUGE issue for us had we not already been ripping up the tile floor to re-do it. No one wants a toilet leaking through their kitchen ceiling. They also effed up something with one of our hose bibs and it ended up freezing and having issues after the winter that they tried to pin on us. Also they did a terrible job on the bath tile in our master and second bathroom and there were some sketchy spots with the drywall. We could overlook all of this because it was a spec home that we got a great deal on, it is our first purchased home, and we liked the majority of the house. But let me tell you what, if I did a build from scratch with them, I would have been LIVID at the issues her house has had. I figured our sketchy tile work was probably a result of the builder not really giving a crap for a spec home, and hers was even worse than ours. Also, they mislead her on the porch. It had issues and they were supposed to completely redo it, but they tried to get around it by skim-coating it. I would have been pissed too! 

And regarding re-doing some stuff, I understand one way people cut costs for custom builds is to pick budget choices that they know they'll just redo. Especially when selections are limited (even with custom builds). And especially when you're a blogger and can probably work with sponsors to re-do certain things to your liking. I aint hatin on that, gotta do what you gotta do. idontknow

Anyways, if I'm being honest, there are a lot of kinda shallow women in the DIY/home blogging sphere, and I would not put Chelsea in that category. Yeah she is snarky but so am I, and tbh I have a lot of respect for her for being vocal about certain issues (and losing followers for it) when other bloggers sit around acting like nothing is going on outside of their little blogging world. 

Also, I wouldn't put pictures of fruit in my kitchen, but you don't gotta be a dick just because you don't totally share someone's style. A lot of her readers might be fruit people. The midwest is a weird place dancinglemondancinglemondancinglemon

October 24, 2017
10:07 pm
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EmLaur
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1136
Snarking Since:
May 1, 2013

celerywoman meowed

Ooooook folks, coming in hot here with some admittedly biased opinions because I consider Chelsea to be a friend. (We've never met in person, but I used to blog and we met through the webs that way.) So a little insider info on her new house since that seems to be what everyone is talking about here…we actually bought with the same builder. I can't remember if she has named the builder on her blog, so I won't name it here. But definitely not a company with a rep for being a budget builder, and they have different tiered lines of homes too.

Anyways, so we bought a spec home (basically just a new empty home that they choose all the finishes on) from the builder in a different state, so we didn't go through the build process with them. I have heard mixed reviews from our neighbors regarding how that process went…everything from great to terrible, as is to be expected. But I will say that we had some issues with our home that REALLY pissed me off, such as our master bathroom toilet leaking through the subfloor within a couple months of moving in because whatever sub they used to install them didn't put a damn wax ring on. Simple mistake that could have led to a HUGE issue for us had we not already been ripping up the tile floor to re-do it. No one wants a toilet leaking through their kitchen ceiling. They also effed up something with one of our hose bibs and it ended up freezing and having issues after the winter that they tried to pin on us. Also they did a terrible job on the bath tile in our master and second bathroom and there were some sketchy spots with the drywall. We could overlook all of this because it was a spec home that we got a great deal on, it is our first purchased home, and we liked the majority of the house. But let me tell you what, if I did a build from scratch with them, I would have been LIVID at the issues her house has had. I figured our sketchy tile work was probably a result of the builder not really giving a crap for a spec home, and hers was even worse than ours. Also, they mislead her on the porch. It had issues and they were supposed to completely redo it, but they tried to get around it by skim-coating it. I would have been pissed too! 

And regarding re-doing some stuff, I understand one way people cut costs for custom builds is to pick budget choices that they know they'll just redo. Especially when selections are limited (even with custom builds). And especially when you're a blogger and can probably work with sponsors to re-do certain things to your liking. I aint hatin on that, gotta do what you gotta do. idontknow

Anyways, if I'm being honest, there are a lot of kinda shallow women in the DIY/home blogging sphere, and I would not put Chelsea in that category. Yeah she is snarky but so am I, and tbh I have a lot of respect for her for being vocal about certain issues (and losing followers for it) when other bloggers sit around acting like nothing is going on outside of their little blogging world. 

Also, I wouldn't put pictures of fruit in my kitchen, but you don't gotta be a dick just because you don't totally share someone's style. A lot of her readers might be fruit people. The midwest is a weird place dancinglemondancinglemondancinglemon

Everyone seems to agree the builder did shoddy work. It’s fine to be vocal about it. She seems to be past that. I kind of feel like she’s feeding off all of this, like she’s enjoying all the drama of this stuff being messed up. I can’t put into words, but she’s rubbing people the wrong way. I’d be pissed as hell if my railings had gloss and matte stain on them like hers. But I don’t have to broadcast every thought I have on Instagram.

Don’t put in a vinyl floor floor just to rip it out because you have a blog and might be able to finagle a free one. That’s gross. Either put in the floor that you want (however you get it) or pick one you can live with. Don’t fill a landfill with linoleum because you pinched tile out of Home Depot two months after you moved in.

October 25, 2017
7:29 pm
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gomi2017
Kitten
Meows: 8
Snarking Since:
December 23, 2016

I hadn't heard of this blog before the thread – but the few posts I read seem like they bought a mcmansion from a shoddy builder and are paying the price – i've had nicer tiles in grungy rentals than that master bath with the sad little shower heard.  am I missing something? 

October 25, 2017
8:03 pm
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EmLaur
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1136
Snarking Since:
May 1, 2013

gomi2017 meowed

I hadn't heard of this blog before the thread – but the few posts I read seem like they bought a mcmansion from a shoddy builder and are paying the price – i've had nicer tiles in grungy rentals than that master bath with the sad little shower heard.  am I missing something? 

It’s not a McMansion. And that kind of crappy work is unacceptable from any builder. She’s not wrong to complain, but she’s annoying about it.

October 26, 2017
2:11 pm
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ouch
Hamcat
Meows: 124
Snarking Since:
August 15, 2013

I gotta chime in and agree about the wastefulness of installing things that you'll soon replace. Even if a sponsor pays for it. The issue isn't the money, it's the waste in a world where we gotta stop wasting resources like that. How has this become normal and acceptable??? It's actually shocking to me. It's like our lust for consumption just accelerates with every generation. What the hell.

And, I say that as a design blogger myself who likes to have things my way, but there are a lot of things I live with and that make areas of my house not very photo-worthy for picky people. Because I just don't believe in ripping everything out and re-doing it for aesthetics only. It doesn't matter in the big picture of life. But that's what happens when you live your life for a blog and an audience.

November 10, 2017
2:48 pm
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Ditto
Feline Porklord
Meows: 2251
Snarking Since:
October 10, 2012

OMG.  The porch has been replaced and now she's b****ing because they haven't come back to clean it.  It looks to me like all it needs is swept and maybe hosed off.  She can't do that herself???  

From her instastories, she must spend all day walking around examining everything.  I understand some things are done wrong and need replaced… but now she's b****ing because a doorknob has a scratch on it.

November 11, 2017
12:49 am
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inPinkattheBeach
Cat
Meows: 19
Snarking Since:
April 27, 2017

Ditto meowed

OMG.  The porch has been replaced and now she's b****ing because they haven't come back to clean it.  It looks to me like all it needs is swept and maybe hosed off.  She can't do that herself???  

From her instastories, she must spend all day walking around examining everything.  I understand some things are done wrong and need replaced… but now she's b****ing because a doorknob has a scratch on it.

That's hilarious. I unfollowed her so I missed it. I don't understand why they even bought a house with so many things she was unhappy with. I wonder how much of an obligation the builder actually has to do all these things she is asking. They probably dread her phone calls.

November 11, 2017
8:43 am
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Pancakes and Bullets
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 347
Snarking Since:
January 25, 2014

She popped up a while ago in my Instagram people you might want to check out or whatever. By her headshot she uses for IG I assumed she was in her late 40s. Is it the hairstyle? Because I feel the same about Natalie Hill Jensen and they have the same hairstyle.

Planning to rip out brand new flooring etc is like what Jaclyn Hill did to their McMansion. They bought it near the end of completion and had the builder rip out two bathrooms so they could be done how they wanted them. I mean I get wanting it the way you want but it seems SO wasteful to rip out two bathrooms worth of decent tile.

November 14, 2017
4:00 pm
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reclaimingmytime
Cat
Meows: 44
Snarking Since:
March 21, 2012

Their shower is being redone for a third time, and they are giving her the coveted tile upgrade for all her troubles.

November 15, 2017
10:00 am
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Dollar Store Craft Project
Count de Meowmy
Meows: 836
Snarking Since:
September 11, 2012

reclaimingmytime meowed
Their shower is being redone for a third time, and they are giving her the coveted tile upgrade for all her troubles.

The amount of crappy work the contractor and subcontractors did in their build is insane. I mean three times to do the porch, three times for this shower, shitty drywalling all over the place. I just don't get it. 





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