Upon inspection of the job, some additional demo was still needed and the concrete basin in the shower needed to be removed after the first attempt went array. (If you look closely at the image to the right, you will not find the traditional rubber liner used in archaic shower remodels which would be an absolute integral part of the installation. Had this project proceeded, water would literally poor from the base of the shower to the spaces surrounding the shower. This would have required a 100% removal and reinstallation of the shower to correct.) Brad opted to do the remaining demo himself, which he was perfectly capable of completing, as he had already demonstrated!
We provided, as always, a highly detailed estimate and a detailed list of everything they needed to provide for the finish materials (essentially all materials requiring an opinion, such as: faucets, tile, mirror, fixtures & vanity). Upon approval of the estimate, we scheduled the start of the job for April 9th with an estimated timeline of 3-4 weeks.
To prevent any potential leaks in the future and for the most peace of mind, we used the Schluter-Kerdi Shower Waterproofing System, which is a requirement for all of our shower remodels. We always suggest to replace the shower or tub valve and the valve stops for the vanity and toilet with all of our projects regardless of age to eliminate any potential existing issues. Based on the cost versus the benefits, the clients opted against centering the drain in the shower, which is merely an aesthetic preference. Some electrical changes were made including elimination of the wall mounted sconce light, adding of two recessed can lights in the ceiling, a bath exhaust fan, and relocation of an outlet. Granite was the choice for the vanity countertop, shower threshold, shower shelving and window sill.
The tile the clients selected complimented the granite very nicely, however the pattern selected was fairly complex, which was a little different than what our estimate accounted for, resulting in a small change order. As with many of our estimates, tile and the tile pattern has seldomly been selected at the time, so we base the cost on a basic installation. If an “exotic” tile is selected or complex pattern is chosen the cost can change. We originally bid a metal framed glass shower enclosure, however after seeing the dramatic difference of a frameless glass enclosure, the clients found room in their budget to upgrade. The frameless glass enclosure provided a virtually invisible and obstruction-free view of the beautiful tile selected for this newly remodeled bathroom.
This project had very few potential “surprises” as the demo was completed prior to bidding, so we did not expect too many additional costs to pop up. The entire project had only 2 small change orders: replacement of the cast iron drain flange for the shower and small change in the details of the tile work, requested by the client.
The job was finished Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, right on schedule at 3 weeks!
Owner & President Logan Steege relocated to Tampa in 2003 to assist in a local start-up building 25 new homes in under two years. In 2005 Jack O’ Trades was launched. In 2010 he acquired a State Certified Residential Contractor license (CRC 1330291). Logan has an uncanny eye for detail and imaginative functionality. Jack O’ Trades is more than a contractor bidding and completing your job, we will share ideas with you, inspire design, and work with you to visualize and create the best use of your space. Logan continues to keep both hands on every project, but also offers you his eyes for aesthetics and ears for understanding your desires to make you love where you live.