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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:50 PM
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HOLY SHIT! Anyone ever used 1800contractor.com???
we are looking to put ceramic tile in our kitchen (finally).

have been hearing commercials for 1800contractor.com on the radio. all contractors are pre-screened, insured, have customer reviews, etc...

sooooo

i fill out the form with what i'm looking to do (hire a tile installer).

that was 10 minutes ago.

since then, have received 6 emails with contractors available, 2 phone calls and the first guy will be out for an estimate (free) within the next 40 minutes. and this is SATURDAY

:crazy:

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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:52 PM
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1. Wow - that's fast! I used craigslist to find fencing guys.
I hired two guys who are firemen, but put up fencing on their off days. They did a hell of a job.

But damn...10 minutes? Is this a national outfit? I've got some other work I'd like to have done. :D
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:54 PM
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3. and it is currently SNOWING!
:crazy:

yup. national (as far as i can tell).

you put your zip in and they match people up

amazing
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:05 PM
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9. Wow - I might have to check them out.
Let me know how it goes.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:54 PM
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2. you using your lottery winnings for that tiling
:P
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:55 PM
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4. Tile is a funny thing. A job can be done crappy but technically still done
I would rather wait and get someone word of mouth but that's me.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:56 PM
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5. that is the thing. they have customer reviews on the site
and i ALWAYS check references
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:57 PM
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6. Not to play devil's advocate, but why did you select tile?
I have heard it is murder on the legs and if you drop something and crack a tile, the ones you have left over haven't 'discolored' so to speak to the same hue.

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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:01 PM
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7. shut up
:D

everyone KNOWS ceramic tile absolutely kicks ass in a kitchen. better than that peel & stick crap that came with this house

go away :P

:hide:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:03 PM
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8. What about hardwood?
I put hardwood in the kitchen and family room about 7 years ago and it is just now looking like it needs to be re-poly'd.

I am being serious here, dude, you spend a lot of time on your feet cooking, you might want to check out hardwood. and not that pergo crap...the real deal.

Hardwood that is installed is about 3/4", so it can be sanded and stained and poly'd for many, many years.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:07 PM
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10. we have original hardwood throughout the rest of the house
built in 1877.

no we are sure about tile. we are doing a tuscan style kitchen. i have researched and the ceramic has a higher resale value than hardwood in kitchens (not that we are leaving for another 5 years or so but...)
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:12 PM
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11. Tuscan style, huh? Are you redoing the whole kitchen?
I am getting ready to gut my kitchen and redo the cabinets and countertops. I like the floor and my appliances are new, but this is still a daunting project. So many types, colors from which to choose. And, we added on last year, so we aren't going anywhere until we retire.

My brother in New Haven has a 100 year old house as well, and the contractor who lived there last pulled up the hardwood in the kitchen and put down ceramic. You guys must know more than me.

I was intimidated by the 'hard on the legs' thing.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:26 PM
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18. this has been a LONG process
we are doing a little at a time. new counters went in last year. new copper backsplash went in about 6 months after. now it is time for the floor. I am doing the walls myself (beadboard over original horse-hair plaster)

cabinates will come in a year or two
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:29 PM
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19. What kind of counters?
Our house is a typical 5/4 with a door, so it isn't anything as architecturally interesting as yours. I am thinking of going with either Corian with an integrated sink, or the sink you are starting to see that is partially exposed?

I'm not replacing the cabinets, because they are solid wood, but I am adding to them and changing the doors/hardware. I really didn't want to replace the cabinets because it renders your kitchen useless for such a long time.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:31 PM
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20. just formica for now
only cost me about $200 but a MAJOR improvement just in color

once everything else is done we will go with something else but these look really good for the interim
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:33 PM
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22. Do you have an opinion on the Corian?
the cooking and baking group thinks granite is the way to go, but I have heard major horror stories about cracking.

I really, really like that integrated sink. I am hoping to add enough storage to completely eliminate stuff on my counters. Our kitchen is pretty decent sized, but the cabinet space is for crap. Just a basic L shape. No room for anything.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:40 PM
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23. my choice?
granite with an under-mounted sink
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:15 PM
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13. Be careful with the Tuscan style
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:19 PM
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14. While I like tile, grout invites bacteria
Should be cleaned and sealed periodically.

My son just had pebble tech installed in his kitchen...looks awesome.

example:
http://apfepoxy.com/granitex.asp
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:21 PM
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15. I love the look of tile. We have a tile backsplash and when I
redo our bathroom, I am going to do a fancy Mexican type tile with heater underneath.


Of course, that is probably decades away, but a person can dream.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:12 PM
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12. Let me know how much they charge
We're thinking of tile in the kitchen, too, and I've been wondering what the going rate per square foot is.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:23 PM
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16. we have a big kitchen (about 200 square feet)
this is just the first estimate but i'll post it here when he leaves
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:26 PM
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17. Cool -- thanks
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 04:33 PM
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25. ESTIMATE
guy just left. i was real close. he measured 180 square feet and suggest i buy 200 square feet of tile to allow for cutting etc...

VERY professional!

normally charges $8/square foot for install but BECAUSE i went through 1800contractor.com they offer a discount of $6.50/square foot install (another perk)

essentially it will be around $1500 complete and that INCLUDES ripping up 2 layers of vinyl flooring. i'm getting a couple of more estimates next week but am REALLY happy so far.

about $2k complete when all said and done
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:33 PM
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21. So is it finished yet? Can I come over and look?
:eyes:
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 03:41 PM
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24. fuck off
i'm entertaining Monica right now. you are like 489th on my calendar :eyes:
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