we had to have a french drain installed on the north side of the house. it sounds quite lovely, no? no. it's messy and labor intensive and if not for jim, the most amazing contractor in the world, way too expensive. last friday night, marcus called me while i was at ladies' night out. sigh. there was water on the basement floor which seemed to be coming in from the ground. thankfully, it was in the tile part of the basement. i called jim while leaving the restaurant, marcus shop vac'd the water and jim was already at our house by the time i pulled up. after cutting up some of the drywall to see what was going on, it was determined that there was too much water being poured down one downspout. So after some gutter adjustments, an impermeable layer put down under the rock and perforated pipe channeled in to the lawn and away from the house, we should be ok. jim laughed when i told him i had visions of jackhammer's busting up the tile floor and excavators in the back yard. marcus and i exchanged thankful glances when jim said "it's not so bad".
to say he's become a trusted friend is an understatement. jim is simply the best: his work is impeccable, he's one of the hardest working people i've ever met, he loves brach's chocolate covered peanuts washed down with a real coke, he kisses my dog on the head, he brings candy bars and cookies for the kids, he's always thinking about marcus' sleep schedule when he has work to complete here. we are so blessed to have found him. and he dreams about our projects right along with us. next up: the laundry room and next year, the deck. (i've promised photos of the new kitchen add on's...have to do some after's still!)