I have to make a decision on who’s going to tile our bathrooms:
- Friend of a friend,
I have pretty much ruled #1 out because the amount of tile we have would be time-consuming and tedious, not to mention it must be done meticulously since it must also be waterproof. I’m not good at sustained tedious and meticulous. Plus I’d have to buy a tile saw.
Our friend (who by the way is a professional carpenter and all around handy man) has been helping us with various projects and he knows how to do everything. In addition he has access to other people who know how to do things. (He supplied us with our drywall finishers who did a fine job for us.)
If our friend’s colleague does the job I’ll need to supply the tile, the mastic, and the grout. His estimate for just the labor is $2500 (regular grout) or $3200 (epoxy grout) for the conservatory bathroom. Floors only in the downstairs bathroom: $700 to $900 depending on grout.
Finally the contractor who put the Kerdi waterproofing in our showers has given me the following estimate with the understanding that I will supply tile and grout. He will supply thinset or mastic.
- Conservatory bathroom floor: $890.
- Conservatory shower walls: $2900.
- Master bathroom floor: $1150.
- Master bathroom shower walls: $3300.
Since I received the pro’s quote first I had decided that if the subsequent estimate was in the 80% ball park I would let the pro have the contract. If the numbers were more like 50% then I would have to really consider the pros and cons of each proposal.
One of the considerations was that the pro had installed the waterproofing so if there was ultimately a water damage problem it would probably be better for the same person to have installed at least the floor tile. I’m trying to avoid a who-struck-John* incident.
Also I considered the personalities of the two men:
- The pro answered my questions and gave me information before I asked. He seemed proactive.
- The friend of a friend, while a professional tiler, seemed perplexed by some of my questions. He really didn’t want to make a recommendation.
So Charlie and I have decided to go with the Pro (who actually did a similar job at my workplace).
Phew. This whole affair gave me a headache.
*who struck John = finger-pointing, blame-fixing, excuses, accusations
Do you like artistic/practical decisions that also involve finances? Or do they give you a headache?