Monday, February 12, 2007

I Have Some Good News and Some Bad News

Bad News #1: Remember my last update on my bathroom remodeling when I told you I picked out all the stuff to remodel my bathrooms? Well, forget it. I'm still remodeling the bathrooms, but I changed my mind about the designs, which in turn meant picking out and locating all new fixtures, plumbing, etc.

Bad News #2: It's taken me over two weeks to fine everything I needed to start the job. I've been going around and around with two suppliers for over two weeks, with problems like, no returned telephone calls, parts that are obsolete, parts that will take forever to get in, supplier screwed up on what they advised me I needed, appointments canceled and on and on and on......................

Bad news #3: Yesterday I ordered 95% of what I need to do the remodeling of both bathrooms and I can get the contractor to come here to go over my designs so I can order the tile.

Why is that bad news you ask? Excellent question! It's bad news because all of the stuff I ordered yesterday cost $4,614.30 and that doesn't include the tile for either bathroom or the labor to install everything.

Bad News #4: The tile costs about $6.00 a square foot and I need, lets see, how much will I need? The 1/2-bath is only 4' x 4 1/2' so that tile will only cost a little over $100. The master bath is 8' x 7'. I'm tiling the entire bathroom. The floor (56 sq ft), ceiling (56 sq ft), walls (240 sq ft) and two small floor to ceiling walls to enclose the shower (70 sq ft). That brings the grand total to tile to 359 sq ft. Now multiplying that by $6, that means the tile will cost me a minimum of $2,154. There will be scrap and waste, so I'll add on a few dollars for that. So I figure about $2,500 for the tile.

Now for the good news! HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good News #1: Yesterday, Frank at Home Depot Expo spent 1 1/2 hours with Lori going over what I wanted and what I needed. I saw his boss last week and it seems he made a few errors on what I needed. Frank caught those errors and probably saved me a lot of headaches. Can you imagine having your only bathroom with a shower not being finished because of wrong part? Thank goodness Frank was so alert. I suppose his 30 years as plumber helped.

Good News #2: The tile for the Master bath is in stock at the tile store. As soon as I can get the contractor over here to go over my design, I can get the tile. I'm sure I'm going to have to wait a couple of weeks for the things I ordered yesterday to come in, so I still have some time for this.

That's about it for my bathrooms so far, but I have some more good news.

Good News #3: A week or so ago Lori asked me in passing, if I was ever on the receiving end of Valentines Day. Truthfully, I never have, so that's what I told her. It seems to me that's the day women expect the man to go all out and they don't, so that's the way it's always been for me. I didn't think much about her question after that. Saturday I brought up the subject of Valentines Day and to my surprise, Lori told me she had made plans. I'm going to be the one on the receiving end this year for the first time ever! Can you fucking believe it,!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll tell you all about when I find out what we're doing. Lori did tell one thing. To pack the camera and tripod, so I'm sure there's going be a lot of naughtiness involved. HEE, HEE, HEE...................

10 comments:

No One In Particular said...

I thought all those bathrooms would be done by now - don't you wish?! Hope ya'll have a nice V-Day!

Anonymous said...

Tony,

Why not go with marble? We put it in wall to ceiling and it looks great, cleans easy, and never needs grouting. For our floor we put in a marble pan in the shower and cross-cut 12" tile around the toilet and vanity.

barman said...

I hope that bathroom remodeling all comes together for you. I have one bathroom that at minimum needs a new tub which will not be easy. I would rather add about 15 square feet and turn the bathroom into a real full bathroom. One with a nice long sink and a little more room. I can spare the room out of my bedroom. I am not sure my wallet would appreciate these plans however.

lime said...

gees, what a headache....i'n betting lori will take your thoughts of the bathroom though....have fun

patti_cake said...

Wow I would be literally ripping my hair out over the bathroom remodel. Yikes!
That is SO COOL of Lori to do this for you. But I would expect no less from her. She is one cool lady! We want pics lots of pics :)

Jodes said...

I agree with Patticake....good luck with it all.

SM said...

Dang man! Sounds like you are going to town on the remodeling! Good luck and I hope to see some pictures when it's done. My idea of remodeling the bathroom is changing the shower curtain. ;)

Tish said...

So sorry to hear all the bad news! But at least you have some good too! And I hope you and Lori have a wonderful V-Day together! :)

gab said...

Good grief thats alot of money to remodel. But I know it will be worth it when its all said and done. will you take pics of your bathrooms when done so we can see? Hoope you and Lori have a great V-day! snuggle away you two.

Alyssa said...

I know it can be a pain in the arse to remodel...but it's all well worth it when you are looking at the finished product. :)

I enjoy your blog, by the way. :D

Happy Valentine's Day!