The Balcony Issue

We’ve been waiting and planning and waiting and planning for our balcony to be torn down and rebuilt. And the day is nearly upon us. The balcony issue has been looming on the horizon since we moved into our condo, but the contract is signed and the work is nearly ready to begin.

I’m hoping that it all goes smoothly once it finally gets started. We are in the process of deciding what light fixture to put on the balcony once it’s finished. I am thinking I’d like to put in an outdoor ceiling fan. I’ve heard they’re good for keeping bugs away, in addition to that nice little breeze when you’re sitting outside eating dinner.

I’ve been looking around and haven’t found the exact ceiling fan that I want yet, but I’m going to keep looking and I’ve enlisted my mom to help!

Update: I found a fan! My mom found a link and then I did a search for one of the fans that was on that link and ended up on a site named Bellacor. After taking a look around, I stumbled on this fan, and the site had one on clearance for $101 because it was a return, which has been double checked and confirmed that it’s in new condition, but is cheaper because it’s been opened. At a savings of more than $55, and right in my goal price range of around $100 for both the fan and the light, it’s perfect!


Our Little Condo Lemon

So, we love our condo. Don’t get us wrong. But we’re seriously tired of the millions of things that seem to manage to go wrong with our place. It’s not THAT big!

First there was the ice-maker debacle. The refrigerator won’t produce ice. There was chipping of ice at the bottom of the refrigerator, a replacement part installed, and still, no ice from the icemaker.
Then there was the cable box ice – which kept us from getting cable in January of this year, even though the next technician said it wasn’t even the issue.

And finally, there was another freezer/ice problem, which caused our freezer NOT to cool properly and we had to throw out thawed food and completely defrost our refrigerator (several times) in order to get it to work properly again.

But because of all that defrosting and moving the fridge around, we ended up breaking the water line that leads to the fridge, therefore causing a leak into the storage unit below ours and had to pay for a plumber to come out and look all around before discovering that simple problem. (and may have to pay for the drywall in the storage unit as well.)

We have a fireplace, which is a good thing – but the first time we tried to use it, we discovered the gas starter doesn’t work. (and the tile has always been hideous!)

Our unit is one of the farthest away from the boiler and our heating sensor was taken from us, so our unit is quite chilly in the winter time, particularly in our front room. We think it may partially be due to the cold air coming up from the storage units below, but mostly due to that radiator in the front not blowing out enough warm air. We need a rug and lots of blankets!

Our outdoor space is one of the prime reasons why we purchased our unit. Unfortunately, it’s also in a bit of disrepair. This has been a source of much drama (and legal review) since we moved in, but particularly since one of the beams on the other side of the building fell off our neighbor’s balcony. This one is still up in the air, but could end up being quite expensive for us, depending on how it ends up.