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vader 03-27-2008 12:02 PM

Need advice on job
Looooong time lurker but first time poster...

We're rethinking about retiling our kitchen and thought about doing the work ourselves. However, due to a limitation on time, we're thinking of contracting the job for labor only - we would provide materials and do all the demo work (my brothers friend bought tile for a job he was going to do in his house but the marriage is in trouble so he's not going to be using the tile).

One tile contractor came out to around $6 sq/ft and others are coming in with bids now. This is for the Fairfield County area in CT and not a very large kitchen - say 225 sq/ft in a perfect square with no fancy patterns. What is a valid price for a labor only tile contracting bid? I've never priced a job out like this before so I dont know where to begin.

I know pricing posts arent easy to answer but I guess i'm just looking for direction. Thanks guys.


jason1083 03-27-2008 04:25 PM

who is doing the floor prep?

$6 a sq ft really is not a bad price IMO

vader 03-27-2008 04:40 PM

We're doing all floor prep (if you mean removing old tile and scraping floor). Basically, the contractor will only be putting down the tile (we're providing all materials).

Thanks for the reply. This is the first time I've asked someone to do tile work in my house and I think I was a little caught off guard with the price. He comes recomended from a friend he does nice work. I have no issue paying for quality. I'll see what the other quotes come in at.

Lazarus 03-27-2008 04:45 PM

Guess I ought to move there....sounds like basic labor prices are pretty good. I would have figgured about $5 a foot......

ceramictec 03-27-2008 04:49 PM

yo Richie ! :)

johntrent 03-27-2008 04:49 PM

Joe - I'd agree with Jason - $6 not a bad price. If there isn't a lot of floor prep - If there isn't a lot of cuts - If there is easy access to the site - If all materials needed will be available when he arrives/needs them - If he is dependable and shows up when says he will - If he is insured & pays taxes - If he will do things right & not cut corners.

Sorry - been a bad day - didn't mean to rant on you. Is there any floor prep involved? On slab or off slab?

vader 03-27-2008 05:10 PM

No reason to apologize - everyone has a bad day and all are entitled to rant.

All materials (I'm even going to go through all the tiles) will be easily accessible and all floor prep will be done; basically we'll be down to plywood.

Thanks for all the responses.

lou432 03-27-2008 05:15 PM

Welcome Joe! Your supplying tile but I like to use my own thinsets & grouts (the ones I know & trust) none or minimal prep, 12x12 straight lay,show up,setup,chaulk out,start spreading thinset , yea!!! $5.50-$6.00 a ft
Its about right for my market & you aint that far from me.

lou432 03-27-2008 05:24 PM

Ok !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Installing over Ply wood ???! well thats almost a dirty word round here!!! BUT!!!!!! its done often up here .If all is done the way it should be like proper deflection,proper plywood,proper placement of second layer ,proper nailing schedule,proper spacing,proper thinsets & very important proper installation method ,so if a guy knows for sure all those are done properly ,It can be done successfully!!!!!!!!! But your prolly not meeting all those standards.

Can you see the floor framing joists ie.. is there a basement below? If so check the deflecto above in the blue tool bar,then tell us what you come up with. Then we can guide you a little better. But it would be wise to put a backer board or membrane such as Ditra down before tiling.

johntrent 03-27-2008 05:27 PM

Vader - you mention " all floor prep will be done.....basically we will be down to plywood" .....are you not putting any cbu or ditra down? you aren't gonna stick directly to the plywood are you?

johntrent 03-27-2008 05:28 PM

ok - Lou beat me to it...

Jeff from CT 03-27-2008 07:16 PM

I would like to know this as well...

vader 03-27-2008 07:19 PM

I misunderstood about floor prep - I meant we'll be doing all demo (removing old tile and scraping mortar) and then we'll ask the contractor to lay the ditra or backerboard and then the tile.

Thanks for all the great answers.


Lazarus 03-27-2008 07:38 PM

OK...If they're putting in the UL or Ditra as well as laying the tile, the price sounds good.

Scottish Tile and Stone 03-27-2008 07:47 PM

That price is good for putting down sub and tile..

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