The city inspector just shook his head and said "it's really too bad".
Here's the sump pit after 48 hours of the new builder on the job:
Also done at the same time, the footing for one of the primary supporting posts.
This was the washer box installation which the city inspector made us rip out:
The new builder cut it out and replaced it with a new one.
The porch has to be mostly rebuilt - the inspector wouldn't pass it:
Our patio was destroyed too. This one we'll have to fix by ourselves.
The cabinets that were supposed to be saved for the basement were
found scattered around in the garbage or tossed in the dirt.
It turns out that in addition to some very serious deficiencies and breach of trust issues, materials left by subcontractors for the completion of their work were reported missing. So we will have to pay for new paint and some electrical and HVAC components. The tile prep work has to be redone as well. We learned that the professional tiler who we were told was doing the work, actually had nothing to do with it. Once brought on site, he was quite taken aback that we thought he'd done it.
But what a difference to see a foreman and full crew on site daily at 7am, going full force to complete our renovation and doing authentically professional work.
The trucks are there every day, things getting done before you knew they were started. These guys don't mess around. We're so impressed and thankful. It's been less than a week so it's a bit too early to say how things are going but they've certainly gotten off to a good start.