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.
Imagine this entire area beautifully tiled, marble on the floor and white ceramic on the walls.
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.
Our original contractor (Number 3) put in our kitchen backsplash which cost over $2000 not including material.
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.
The recent quote from Number 1 above.
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
When the tile is in I’ll feel the major part of our new bathrooms will be finished: only toilets, faucets, and sinks remaining.
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.
This is the vanity I’m considering for the master bathroom since I can’t find a practical substitute like the one that got away.
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?