Tile InstallationWhile getting countertop and tub surrounds bids, we learned a lot about various surface options and how they compare in today's market. (Things have really changed since we last built in 2003.) Unfortunately there are no perfect home surfaces. All have pros and cons.

While I love the look of tile, I really hate grout. Hate with a capital H. But after much consideration, we have decided that tile is still the best solution in some areas of our home.

Tile can be purchased in myriad materials: slate, marble, saltillo, granite, travertine, limestone, ceramic, porcelain, glass. As you can imagine, the prices vary even more than the selection. We found tiles for well under one dollar per square foot to well over twenty. (And even million dollar tile encrusted with diamonds.) Through the countertop contacts we made, we got a few incidental bids for tile installation. But with the tile purchase and installation mixed together in one price— along with fuzzy specifics about which tiles could be selected — we found the process convoluted and imprecise. It was difficult to compare the bids. So we're starting over.

We'd like to gather bids for tile installation as specified below on a per square foot basis, with the tile priced as a separate item. We have purchased some of the tile already and will likely purchase the rest as well. If our selected installer has some great tile sources or discounts they are willing to pass on to us (without all behind the scenes dealing), that will be a bonus. [Note that there are three showers that do not have tubs. The floors are concrete, so please include anything needed to prepare the floor in the bid.]

Price should include labor and everything needed to complete the job as specified, except the tile. The total square footage to be tiled is 692.3 square feet.

The house is located at 242 E 600 N, Lindon, Utah. Download the cabinet drawings and the whole house drawings if they will be helpful to you.

If you're interested in bidding, please use the contact form or comment below. Here are the areas we wil be tiling:

Kitchen Backsplash

  • 19.9 square feet
  • Range (north) wall, full wall from counter to upper cabinets and (behind the stove) from rangetop to hood

Master Shower

  • 198 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled), including small entry walls that extend to corners
  • Additions: bench, two shampoo shelves (or inset shelf), soap dish (or inset)

Master Jetted Tub

  • 31.4 square feet
  • Above jetted tub from tub to window sill height on two walls
  • Wrap bottom ledge of window sill
  • Jetted tub skirt on two exposed sides
  • Tile extends two inches beyond top of tub on each wall side from top of tile down to floor
  • Addition: removable tiled panel on short end of tub to access motor

Main Floor Guest Shower

  • 110.9  square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled), extending two inches beyond door
  • Additions: bench, shampoo shelf (or inset), soap dish (or inset)

Downstairs Guest Shower

  • 76.5 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled), extending two inches beyond door
  • Additions: shampoo shelf (or inset), soap dish (or inset)

Kids' Basement Shower/Tub Surround 1

  • 77.9 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled)
  • One window fully wrapped
  • Tile extends three inches beyond top of tub on each wall side from ceiling to floor
  • Additions: soap dish, shampoo shelf, towel bar

Kids' Basement Shower/Tub Surround 2

  • 77.9 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled)
  • One window fully wrapped
  • Tile extends three inches beyond top of tub on each wall side from ceiling to floor
  • Additions: soap dish, shampoo shelf, towel bar

Kids' Attic Shower/Tub Surround

  • 70.3 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling (ceiling not tiled)
  • Tile extends three inches beyond top of tub on each wall side from ceiling to floor
  • Additions: soap dish, shampoo shelf, towel bar

Kitchenette Backsplash

  • 13 square feet
  • Full backsplash from counter to upper cabinets
  • Two 4″ splashes — one on each end

Laundry Room Backsplash

  • 6.3 square feet
  • Full backsplash from counter behind sink to upper cabinets
  • Two 4″ splashes — one on each end

Fireplace Surrounds

  • 10.2 square feet
  • 6″ border around two fireplace openings
  • Will be edged with wood trim