Then his plumber friend stopped by...more bad news. Same with the electrician and the hvac guy. They said it wasn't the end of the world, but it wasn't good either.
So I fired the contractors.
Thankfully, I knew random people with different skills who are now fixing and finishing the job. But let's go over what went wrong...
The studs weren't 16 inches on center, nor were they flush or straight. (Also take note of the plumbing. They moved my kitchen sink plumbing, why? I don't know. Now I won't have a functioning sink until the wall comes down and the plumbing can be redone. I've been doing the dishes in my bathroom sink. Not so happy about that.)
They obviously didn't measure anything out. They just framed the door and stuck it in, thus the big gap on the top.
Since they were installing the recessed lights already, I'm guessing they planned on installing the new ceiling right over the old one! Yeesh.
You live and you learn, I guess. I'm just glad I found out what was going before it was too late. My friend said it would've probably been okay for the first couple of years, but then I would've had all sorts of water problems. That is if the house didn't burn down from their shoddy wiring first!