I apologize for the delay. Took the photos, but while there, the contractor did some additional work--preferences and code upgrades--that he only now says are extra costs. In the contract and also stressed by him before signing the contract, he states that any additional work must be written of and signed as change orders to the contract along with cost agreements prior to the work being performed. Now we are faced with a list of additional charges, many of which we don't believe are worth the costs.
So with the exception of one, we'd like to forget about what you asked for and focus instead on these new charges. I'll look for a JustAnswer attorney to answer most of the confusing issues, less one, one dealing with the ventilation of the furnace and tank-less water heater. Perhaps, only perhaps, you can answer this one.
Originally, when the proposal had been drafted, the contractor would build the cavity (shaft) between the basement, the next (main) level, short attic space above, and roof on top. An HVAC person would install the PVC vents (exhaust and intake) as well as a "box" on the roof to secure the pipes in different directions (so that exhaust wouldn't be next to a fresh air vent). Prior to the contract, the HVAC person suddenly dropped out of communications (for months now). Contractor agreed to do the installation for that HVAC person, of course, for an additional price.
Here's where things get hot. Although the contact states that any additional work must be agreed upon (signed) change order to the contract, he went ahead and installed the furnace and tank-less water heaters as well as the PVC tubing and box to secure them on the roof. But now he has given us a bill--along with other charges--claiming that the PVC tubing wasn't part of the contract.
CONTRACT essentially states that he will install them and elsewhere says that we are responsible for essentially the more decorative materials, while he, for the essentially rough building materials.
While we believe we could just say there was no change order, we are interested in paying him for what work we would have had done anyway. Although, we don't believe that the installation of these PVC pipes is our responsibility. He even had us pay for the PVC pipes, and after talking it out between me and my husband, we believe those are his charges, not ours.
Any insights? (We believe these charges are the result of him walking onto the sight and discovering that his crew hadn't done enough work to date. So we believe he decided to make up for the financial losses by charging us for whatever he felt he could, in the spur of the moment.
Again, if you are willing, any insights/answers?