This week we worked on the bathrooms. Life has been a little crazy and we have been packing up our house, getting ready for summer (the busiest time for my job) , and trying to finish this house. We are on schedule, but we called in reinforcements. We hired a tiler for the showers. It is against everything I know as a DIYer but sometimes your time is worth more than money. The tiler was the guy hired to do our wood floors and when Lee found out he was a tile guy he looked through his portfolio and decided to hire him. Here is the guest bathroom before:
We had our drywall contractor prep the tub for tile.
The goal, when you flip a house is to make money on the resale of the home so you don’t want to go to extravagant with the tile. A little trick is to take inexpensive tile and do an interesting pattern. We picked the 6 X 6 plain, white square tile and decided to tile it in a subway pattern. (technically its called “Running Bond” pattern or “Brick Pattern”). This is the most common use of this tile.
This is in another house we renovated to be a rental. We kept the backsplash but painted it to brighten it up. These tiles are actually 4X4 tiles. We went with 6X6 and they were 48 cents per tile. We needed about 270 tiles to complete this project so the cost of tile was around $130. With grout and mortar this shower tiling project cost us about $200. Not bad! I tweeted this preview out a few days ago:
We chose grey grout and one word to the wise about grey grout is that your tile has to be straight because a darker grout will show any inconsistencies. We knew that and were extra careful. Here is the finished product.
For those of you pricing out a new shower. I am telling ya it’s not that bad. Here were the costs:
- We bought a New tub: We got this one from Lowes for $138. You can sometimes find great deals at Re-Stores so check there first. They are hit and miss and it was a miss this time for us.
- Plumbing: $100. We didn’t change the plumbing but we will call a plumber to install the faucets. We don’t do plumbing. Believe me, we have opened up enough walls in different homes and seen what water can do. We don’t want to have any part of that mistake.
- Shower Prep: (Hardie Backer Board and Supplies $100)
- Tile and Supplies $200
- faucet and shower head: $150
- Caulk and finishing supplies: $20
- Hired Tile Guy: $200 (Since he was doing our hardwood floors and our master bathroom he gave us a discount…which was a blessing)
Total for this project: $700 if we would have done it ourselves. $900 total since we hired it out. The good news was that while he was tiling we worked on the downstairs bathroom. We are trying to get that all done for less than $500.