I thought I had already made the decision as to who was going to tile our bathrooms but now we have to start over again.
Instead of re-evaluating our first set of choices we opted to look at a totally new set of people.
- A tile contractor who had done work (not tile work) on my first house 30 years ago. He lives about 10 minutes away. (I know, what a memory.)
- The son of a friend who is a tile contractor but lives more than an hour’s drive from our house. (If you know Maryland, across the Bay Bridge.)
- Our original contractor who does excellent work but is generally very expensive.
Number 1 came out the day after we called to give us an estimate. Number 2 planned to come on the same day as Number 1 but never made it and is now scheduled for today if he doesn’t cancel again. Finally Number 3 is set to come on Monday.
Including the now-rejected first set and the hopeful second set of estimates the numbers look like this:
Tiler Orig #1 Orig #2 New #1
Conservatory bathroom floor: $890. $700 $576
Conservatory shower walls: $2900. $1800 $2135
Master bathroom floor: $1150. $920 $836
Master bathroom shower walls: $3300 $2640 $1620
Total $8000 $6060 $5167
Our inclination is to choose Tiler Number 1. When the first tile setter canceled I was really afraid that the estimates would go up from $8,000. I was prepared for it but didn’t like it. With a number under $5,200 I am ecstatic.
The new price opens up our finances so that I can purchase a double vanity for the master bathroom sooner than I thought.
What think ye?