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StElmoQn

09:55AM | 08/19/05
Member Since: 08/18/05
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My husband and I are having a new home built but due to the exorbitant costs imposed by the builder for upgraded tile in the master bathroom, we are having "standard" ceramic tile installed, which in reality is the typical white or almond dal-tile glazed ceramic. I hate having it installed in new construction and I'm wondering how difficult and/or expensive it will be to replace it with something better and more attractive which is appropriate for a master bath tub surround and shower.

Any thoughts or ideas, or should we just bite the bullet and open our wallet for something we want?

Tileguybob

02:12PM | 08/19/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
I would say to open the wallet now, IF, IF,IF the builder has a tile setter who will do the install right.

Builders will always mark up the cost the installer charges, sometimes to the point of being a pig so you ought to hold the builder accountable for every little detail in what you want and how you want it to look.

The problem with doing it later is that the room will basically be torn apart and there will be dirt and dust everywhere. If the installer sets the tile correctly they wont come off clean, they will take some of the wall with them. drywall and cement board will have to be replaced, fixtures and trim removed, just a mess, and costly too what with the dumpster or disposal fees.

We can coach you to make sure things are done by the book during installation. What rooms are you looking to do with the fancy tile, floors, walls, both? What kind and size of tile?
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