It's been awhile since my last post. Not sure if you missed them or not, but I've missed writing them. We've been just a teensy weensy busy of late. It's typical fashion for the Moose and me. Never without another project, or two or three....
We are in the process of revamping our house. We've lived here for 8 years, and it's 13 years old. It needs a face lift.
We found a great bargain on travertine tile; 18x18, neutral tones. The tiles when sold individually run close to $9 bucks a tile, and we have around 600 tiles. We didn't pay near that much, since it was on clearance, that's why we moved up flooring on our wish list, to "we can't beat this deal so let's go for it" list. Now the fun part, learning how to install the stuff yourself. They wanted $7K to install just a little over 1,000 square feet.
To be clear, the $7K did NOT cover the cost of removing the old tile, carpet, baseboards, leveling of the floor and filling in cracks. It's wouldn't cover the whole house paint project we moved to the front of the list. Just the install, 2-3 guys for 2-3 days. It did not cover the cost of any materials.
It's apparent I'm in the wrong business. I don't begrudge anyone making a living, but I am not willing to part with that kind of money. We've enlisted help from Padre' (my Dad), my Uncle, and a dear friend Fred (who's actually laid the stuff before). Between the three of them, we should have it covered. My uncle even ran to the hardware store, and they gave him an actual class on laying the tile! I'm not sure who's more excited at the prospect of laying this stuff, the Moose and me, or them!
I'll keep you posted. I forgot to take before photos, sorry, and it's too late now. The place looks like a construction site or a war zone. You pick..