We’re On the Schedule

Notice I didn’t say “we’re on schedule”. I received an email yesterday from our tile setter:

The conservatory shower wall accent tile.
The conservatory shower wall accent tile.

“Hi Charlie and Jo. With all the polishing of the glass tile edges and setting tiles looks like I can drop the price down to $8000 even. I wish I could do more on the price but the work I do I pay close attention to detail. Most tile setters won’t take the time that I do on polishing the tiles and try to hide it by covering it up with grout. Let me know what you think. Let me know as soon as possible.
Thanks Rod.”

Floorplan for the master suite including the master bathroom.
Floorplan for the master suite including the master bathroom.

The original quote totaled $8240 (broken into 4 separate quotes). Charlie asked him if he could look at the job and his numbers again and sharpen his pencil.  His sharpened pencil saved us $240.  That’s a day’s wages at least, right?

Conservatory floorplan with bathroom.
Conservatory floorplan with bathroom.

He had already put us on his schedule for November. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know exactly when since our date is based on the finishing of his other projects.

Our tile setter laying waterproofing membrane.
Our tile setter laying waterproofing membrane.

This is the same person that put in our shower waterproofing here and here.

The conservatory bathroom will have tiled floors, shower walls and bench.
The conservatory bathroom will have tiled floors, shower walls and bench.

From that job I know he is a detail oriented craftsman.

The master bathroom is a large space to tile.
The master bathroom is a large space to tile and will also have floor, shower walls, and bench fully tiled.

To get everything in perspective for the bathrooms the list looks like this:

Master Bathroom

Conservatory Bathroom

  • Tile shower and floor (November, 2015)
  • Install plumbing fixtures in shower
  • Install glass panels and door in shower
  • Install toilet (December, 2015)
  • Design and make divider for access space behind shower

    The area on the right is a narrow access room to get to the plumbing which should be closed off with a removable panel.
    The area on the right is a narrow access room to get to the plumbing which should be closed off with a removable panel.
  • Make vanity from salvaged wood
  • Install sink on vanity
  • Install remaining plumbing fixtures
  • Install over-vanity lights
  • Choose, buy, and install towel bars
  • Hang mirror
  • Hang cabinet

So that ought to keep us busy.  I’m predicting the bathrooms won’t be finished by the end of 2015 but by the time Spring, 2016, is upon us we’ll have 2 more working bathrooms. Hoping to have the toilets up and running before Christmas.

Are you good at predicting how long projects will take? Cost?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “We’re On the Schedule”

  1. Being on the schedule might not be as good as being on schedule, but it is a far cry from not being on the schedule which would be worse. I wish you well. I know that relying on someone else can be nerve wracking.

    1. Not as nerve wracking as thinking I would have to tile 2 bathrooms. Just the learning curve had me anxious. I can learn on the sink backsplashes. Which is my ultimate plan. Jo

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