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Old January 14th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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2700 to install a tub and drop some tile? Come on!!!!!!!!

My wife and i were really excited that we were meeting with a contractor to do some work on our dated bathroom. Its a smaller room 5x9 and we wanted a new tub with tile for the surround. He quoted us 2750 for the tile work and tub install. He said he would supply all the mortar and backing. I supply everything else. I'm at a losss... So what am i getting for 2750. He said it would take a weeks worth of work to get it done. I'm SO discouraged now. I just want to redo my bath but after all is said and done ill have 4500 into the stupid room. 4500 into one of the smallest bathrooms Ive ever been in.

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Old January 14th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #2
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Do it yourself and then ask yourself if it's worth $2700
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Old January 14th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #3
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I just refinished the bathroom in here with the help of a family friend plumber. We didn't do anything with the bath but we put a new subfloor in, sink, toilet, baseboard, and vinyl tile. Took probably 3 or 4 days I think. The floor is smaller than 4x8.
I think the plumber got like $300. Materials were probably $500 for everything.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #4
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Really, if you follow the home depot book on tiling, it isn't so difficult. I've completed 3 so far in my lifetime. Seal the sheetrock, apply mortar, tile, grout, sealer, done.

Added note: I have not installed the tub into place, or put in felt and sheetrock. I also have not installed the shower and tub fixtures... I'm sure someone would ask these things so I'll make it clear up front...
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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I did this exact job in my old house in Warren 15 yrs ago, small bathroom.... after finishing the job I would gladly paid $2700 to have it done. Had to cut the old tub in half to get it out, and removed the door and frame to get the new one in. We were out a bathroom for over a week. Yes, the ONLY bathroom. Lucky we had understanding neighbors.
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Do it yourself and then ask yourself if it's worth $2700
I just re did my bath.... I would gladly pay $2700 for someone to do it for me. It took me a year and I'm still not completely done lol. My wife is pissed. But she is really happy how the shower turned out.
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I just refinished the bathroom in here with the help of a family friend plumber. We didn't do anything with the bath but we put a new subfloor in, sink, toilet, baseboard, and vinyl tile. Took probably 3 or 4 days I think. The floor is smaller than 4x8.
I think the plumber got like $300. Materials were probably $500 for everything.
I thought I would have $1500 in materials. I was wrong. I completely gutted mine, found that 75% of the floor was rotted, as well as the back wall was rotted and had to be re framed . I think I'm at $2800 for materials.
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I did this exact job in my old house in Warren 15 yrs ago, small bathroom.... after finishing the job I would gladly paid $2700 to have it done. Had to cut the old tub in half to get it out, and removed the door and frame to get the new one in. We were out a bathroom for over a week. Yes, the ONLY bathroom. Lucky we had understanding neighbors.
Motrctyman was out of town, I completely demo'd the downstairs bathroom when he was gone. I had to have a neighbor come and get the bathtub out. He had to cut the drain with a reciprocrating saw but he got it out in one piece. I would never been able to do that myself.... We luckily had two baths, so it wasn't that bad for us.. LOL! Needless to say, Motrcytman was shocked when he came home from his trip....
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:14 PM   #8
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Motrctyman was out of town, I completely demo'd the downstairs bathroom when he was gone. I had to have a neighbor come and get the bathtub out. He had to cut the drain with a reciprocrating saw but he got it out in one piece. I would never been able to do that myself.... We luckily had two baths, so it wasn't that bad for us.. LOL! Needless to say, Motrcytman was shocked when he came home from his trip....
Especially when he went to sit down....



BTW, still in b'ham..... well bessemer to be exact....
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #9
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I thought I would have $1500 in materials. I was wrong. I completely gutted mine, found that 75% of the floor was rotted, as well as the back wall was rotted and had to be re framed . I think I'm at $2800 for materials.
Well, my case isn't nearly the same. I'm not using ceramic tile, nor did I put a tub in. But the sink and toilet didn't cost too much from Home Depot. The labor costs would have been through the roof though.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:27 PM   #10
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price it out with someone else
its not as easy as you would think
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #11
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price it out with someone else
its not as easy as you would think
I will do it for $2500 same deal I will supply all the mortar and backing. You supply everything else. I might even go cheaper after I see what all is involved and should be able to knock everything out in less than 3 days.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #12
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price it out with someone else
its not as easy as you would think
this is so true
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:21 PM   #13
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Price sounds good to me.
I have double that in my bath, but we did a lot of ceramic.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 12:57 AM   #14
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Ours took $1200 in materials. That was with using the old tub, and me building the vanity. For the cost of materials in the vanity I may have been able to buy a cheap store bought one. I still need to build a floating cabinet next to the vanity, and probably above the toilet. The biggest PITA was matching the new drywall to the old plaster. I should have torn the whole room to the studs.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 04:19 AM   #15
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prozak1986 knows some workers that will do the work cheap
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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:07 AM   #16
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I've done a few bathrooms for customers. The bath is the most expensive room, per square foot, to remodel. 2700 doesn't sounds too far off, probably close to what I would charge.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:12 AM   #17
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I paid a bit over that for a 3/4 bath doing the work myself, with the help of a neighbor/unemployed master plumber.

Oh, and no floor tile in that...

had to demo the existing tile shower due to an undisclosed grout failure, tear out and treat studs/sheathing, re-drywall, install new marbelite shower floor pan, cut/install marbelite shower surround, install shower doors, and as a bonus we installed a matching vanity top.

thankfully we had an extra full bath, and ½ bath downstairs so I only had to put up with a grumbling wife for about 4 months that it took to manage to acquire/pay for and perform the work.

(yes, it easily could have been done in a week or less if I hadn't have been putting in 50+ hour weeks plus another 10-12 during the commute)
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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:13 AM   #18
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$2700 is cheap!
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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:13 AM   #19
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humm $2700.. guessing on the low end $200 in materials.... so thats $2500 for a weeks worth of work? thats what $62ish dollar per hour.. considering the going rate of labor these days that doesn't sound bad at all. Listen to the people who have gone through this not the people who haven't. Also as i tell my customers you get what you pay for, so when you find the guy to do it for less and he takes longer or isn't up to your level of craftsmen ship remember of all the money you saved
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I've done a few bathrooms for customers. The bath is the most expensive room, per square foot, to remodel. 2700 doesn't sounds too far off, probably close to what I would charge.
x2, thats not a bad price
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