Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Professionals' Hangout

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 01-08-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
Tileworks
Tile Contractor -- Akron, OH.
 
Tileworks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 339
Sanity Check

Hey there,

I quoted a square foot price today for a new builder for 2000 square feet of chiseled edge travertine, 16x16. I got quotes for the travertine ranging from $3.95 to $4.75 per foot.

I said "let's figure $12.00 per foot, which included stone tile, backerboard, thinset, grout, and seal." Remember, 2000 square feet, custom home.

He acted very strange and indicated that I was way over priced.

So where do you guys come in? Historically, the whole community here will chime in with how cheap I am and that I should raise my prices.

- Bob
__________________
- Bob

Classic Tileworks
http://www.classictileworks.com

Ohio Tile and Stone Installation Contractor in the Akron area serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, & Cuyahoga counties in Northeast Ohio
Tileworks is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 01-08-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
HS345
Tile Contractor
 
HS345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sherrodsville, Ohio
Posts: 6,598
I'd probably come in around $15.00 to $17.00, depending on the price of the stone. More for Ditra. Of course, I hate giving ballparks, sight unseen.

Sounds like you get a good price for purchasing that type of stone.

Builders just don't want to pay for quality it seems, they just want to GIT-R-DONE!
__________________
The name's Greg
HS345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
Davestone
Florida Tile & Stone Man
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Naples Fl.
Posts: 22,690
I would have been pretty close to you Bob, slightly higher, but i've been getting outbid by a mile since this RECESSION started. How about my last asskickin....$1.90 labor for chisel edge ashlar pattern over Proflex...stone walls included!
__________________
Dave



http://Davestonestile.com
Davestone is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
John Bridge
Mudmeister
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Rosanky, Texas
Posts: 68,174
Send a message via AIM to John Bridge
Bob, I don't want to say you're too cheap.

Listen, say you get the stone for five bucks, backer board for .75, tape and screws or nails .25, thin set and grout .25, sealer .25. The add sales tax if you don't have a resale number. With incidentals you're right at seven bucks. That leaves you five bucks to do the work. It's not high. I would bid seven bucks labor and materials at cost. But I've never screwed with "builders." They're all bums, save a very few high-end guys, and they would think your bid is low.
John Bridge is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 06:29 PM   #5
scuttlebuttrp
Tile Contractor -- Jacksonville, FL.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Jax., Fl. (Dinsmore)
Posts: 3,018
Bob,
I'm in Florida and I would have bid higher. With JB's senario, you were left with $5 to install CBU and set the stone, and seal the stone? Your price wasn't too high. Builders are just getting ridiculous.
__________________
Royce
scuttlebuttrp is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
kevjob
Licensed Remodeling GC
 
kevjob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,593
As a Gc that price is too low for stone quality work etc... I have been getting calls from guys looking for work, one guy quotes 1.50 a foot thinset included! the average around here is 6.00 sq ft for porcelain labor tniset only, stone tiles labor and medium bed I pay around 7-10 on floors

Davy you seeing a greater number of too low bids?
__________________
kevin
Highlands Ranch CO, Bathroom Remodeling
kevjob is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 08:03 PM   #7
Jason_Butler
Tile Setter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 4,840
16" Travertine over a slab would be around $6 per sq ft here - just labor !!!

Builders are insane. I've seen what they charge the end user and it's even worse. The last high end home I saw had a tile charge of $10 per sq ft . This is over a slab. I know the tile that was used- I pay $2.25 per ft. I'm sure a volume builder pays less. That leaves over $7 per sq ft for a 13" tile install. I didn't bid it but the two guys that did it were paid by the hour

Jason
__________________
Good..Fast..Cheap. Pick any 2...can't have all three
Jason_Butler is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-08-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
ceramictec
Tampa Florida Tile Contractor
 
ceramictec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 26,456
dont take the ait lowering your bids, they want you to drop your price so they can keep theres the same and make money during this drought. and hopefully if they use the "lowball" hack you will be back to fix it later and able to charge them double !
__________________
Brian
........
..........Tampa Florida Tile Installation
..............^^--Check out our Blog--^^
Tampa, Florida installer of Schluter Kerdi/Kerdiboard waterproofed showers
Tampa, Florida installer of Laticrete HydroBan/HydroBan board waterproofed showers
ceramictec is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-09-2008, 06:52 AM   #9
Tileworks
Tile Contractor -- Akron, OH.
 
Tileworks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 339
Thanks guys. I knew I was doing just fine. I have other builders that never even bat an eye at my prices.

- Bob
__________________
- Bob

Classic Tileworks
http://www.classictileworks.com

Ohio Tile and Stone Installation Contractor in the Akron area serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, & Cuyahoga counties in Northeast Ohio
Tileworks is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:47 AM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC