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03-07-2010, 11:01 AM
Approx: 125 sq ft of tile...

Glass mosaic: on the two short walls of the tub surround and a wainscoting.
12 x 24 travertine: on the long wall of the tub surround.
16" travertine: on the floor in a pin-wheel design with a 2" Glass insert
13 linear ft of skirting (travertine)

I have all of the materials:

setting (2 part polymer thinset)
grout (spectralock)

Current contract, I was paying $5 sq ft.

Here is a link to my current thread...

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irish tileguy in michigan
03-07-2010, 11:18 AM
Hi Andrea,
125 sq ft total @ 5 FT is only $625,
with glass tile install and large format tile i think that is a dirt cheap price.
Dont know what the going price is there but that still sounds cheap.
Im sure someone local will chime in :tup2:

03-07-2010, 11:48 AM
I agree with Steve, too many things going on for that low sq.ft. price.

03-07-2010, 11:55 AM
Well not that is matters but I was going to pay him $700.00.

03-07-2010, 12:10 PM
I'm thinking about twice that price for all that you have going on there. And that's if all the proper prep is done already. But I don't know how it is in Chicago.

Shawn Prentice
03-07-2010, 12:12 PM
I was thinking the same thing, Mark.

03-07-2010, 12:13 PM
what happened to the tile guy you were paying $700 ?

03-07-2010, 12:16 PM
He did the math.....finally.


03-07-2010, 12:34 PM
Well that just really sucks for me. I had a budget. He gave me a price. I kept $700 out and spent the rest on materials, etc.

03-07-2010, 12:42 PM
What happened to your installer that gave you a price??

New installer = new price

Not every car dealership sells the same car for the same price, and that's apples for apples.

Old installer with low price doesn't always equate to new installer with low price.....

...but that's just how I see it.

03-07-2010, 12:45 PM
I don't know. He was out of town (MN) with a family illness. The last I spoke with him was last Monday. I have left numerous messages. No return calls.

Yes, I understand that everybodies prices are different. But I am not willing to pay union prices. UGH, sorry about that comment. I am just really upset right now.

03-07-2010, 12:55 PM
Union prices are usually close to the going rate for installs (retail at least). Scale in the northern Illinois area is close to $70/hr sooooooooo......your quantity of tile to set would prolly take two 8 hour man days to complete(if the prep work is done already).......

16 x $70/hr = $1120 total with no prep on floor if it's ready to go.....

someone already mentioned that your quote is at least half of what they'd charge.......

You only got one price?

03-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Well we just used the same guy that did our last bathroom project. That is the price he gave us. So now I guess I need to start collecting price quotes.

Prep work has been mentioned a couple of times. What exactly does that mean? I am assuming that it is ready to be tiled.

Shawn Prentice
03-07-2010, 01:07 PM
Yes, you are correct, "ready to be tiled."

Is there some reason why you can't do this yourself? The way I see it you could start right away, get help/tips here as you proceed, and stay within your budget. It's not that big of a job, just detailed.

03-07-2010, 01:10 PM
I also feel that anyone at your budgeted price won't give you the quality of install to fit the quality of material....

.....it's not that difficult of a job to complete yourself, honestly. Sounds like a tub surround, a wall of the bath, and some floor tile. Nothing too difficult....

03-07-2010, 01:11 PM
I guess I am scared. I don't want it to be mediocre.

I wouldn't know where to start.

03-07-2010, 01:14 PM
I wouldn't know where to start.....by Andrea....

...right here, but maybe on the DIY page. Most are willing to help here though....

03-07-2010, 01:14 PM
Ugh, I am already feeling nervous just thinking about it. I mean we are pretty handy people but It would suck if i f'ed this up.

I do have a $150.00 store credit at home depot. This could go toward a tile saw.

Shawn Prentice
03-07-2010, 01:15 PM
Start with some pictures of the area.

03-07-2010, 01:21 PM
She has a thread started on the advice page....nice job on the prep work. If you can prep it out, you can tile it IMHO. Prep work is almost half the job....http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=79750

...You can also keep contacting your tile guy....he might have a valid reason for not contacting you.....Don't burn that bridge yet.

03-07-2010, 01:24 PM
This is how the bathroom sits right now...

Brian in San Diego
03-07-2010, 03:47 PM

I moved nine posts over to your project thread (http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=79750). I think that would be a good place to continue the discussion if you are going to go forward as a confident DIYer.

Renee (http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/member.php?u=57530) hasn't been around since the end of last month but I'm sure she would share her experience with you if you sent her an email.


03-07-2010, 04:09 PM
That prep work looks great! You can do it.

03-07-2010, 04:58 PM
Thank you! I can't take all of the credit. My hubby had a lot to do with that too!

Okay, so I am going to do this. I just posted over in my other thread. I am going to have lots "o" questions!!!

03-07-2010, 05:44 PM
Yeah, for your budget you better do it yourself.

I wouldn't touch that tub surround alone for 700 bucks. And I am one of the cheapest guys on the board... oh did I mention that chicago is a much higher priced area too.

03-07-2010, 05:48 PM
Somebody likes redgard! I would tile the floor for 700 and thats how it is now.

03-07-2010, 06:06 PM
It would cost $700 for me to just drive there and back. I'd have to do the job for free. :drevil:

You'll be fine, nice people here to help you. I mean these other people, not me.