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Bathroom Remodeling

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This part of Don's answer follows my thoughts exactly: 

"You want to deal with a professional person that is selling you a bath that was not working as a cashier a few months ago."


Do you go to the gracery store and ask for someone to cook your steak?  Of course not.  So why would you go to a building supply store and ask for someone to remodel your bathroom?  Rarely will you see a legitimate contractor take jobs from a retailer.  Why?  Because they don't pay much.  Speed is the most important thing to them, along with getting it done cheap so they can maximize profit.  About 10 years ago I worked on a few contracted structures (sheds, garages, etc.) from Home Depot.  They contracted to another company who then contracted people to build them.  At that time they paid a flat $250 for a contractor to pick up the supplies, build the structure on site, paint it, and use their own tools.  By the time the cost of a helper, fuel, tools, etc. was factored in there was nothing left for the contractor.  Anyway, the point I'm making is that the guy who will eventually show up to do the work will be so far down the line that everyone else has already taken the profits (Home Depot, ReBath, possibly someone else, and finally the guy working) that he probably isn't going to care what kind of job he does for you, quality or not.  He likely won't have much experience due to a high turnover rate and any experience he does have will probably be limited to his teachings at that job.  He probably can't answer any building code questions or identify other hazards once things are taken apart and he certainly won't do anything he doesn't have to while it is apart. 


Another problem I've heard of repeatedly is that if (when) there is a problem there is always someone else you need to speak to.  You might have to talk to 4 or 5 different people before you can even get to someone that can address the problem.  Now multiply that due to having (at least) two separate companies involoved.  "You need to call ReBath."  "No, you need to call Home Depot."


You hire a general contractor for a reason.  We learn, understand, and keep up on building codes.  We are the one point of contact for all questions and issues on a project.  There is no manager in some other store, state, etc. to call.  You contract a GC and deal directly with that GC, or a site supervisor in some cases.  There isn't a huge chain of command to get through to reach the main decision maker for the business.  In a bathroom remodel you need someone who can do the plumbing, repair and/or move any electrical, install tile/flooring, drywall and paint, trim carpentry, and someone to coordinate all of that.  Sometimes you can find a qualified contractor to do all of those things and sometimes he will sub-contract out certain components (especially due to licensing laws) but you will always have that one definitive person to go to for any questions or issues.  A salesman in a store doesn't visit your home throughout the project to check on the status.  Even if he did, he likely wouldn't now what he is looking at.  The same goes for a retail manager.


Hire someone who specializes in taking care of your home.  Hire based on reputation & knowledge/experience.  You are right that not every customer can be happy so an occassional bad review can be found on just about any business.  Read the reviews, not the grades (they are always biased).  Look to see if the contractor attempted to rectify the problem, not ignore it.  Lastly, unless you want cheap, sloppy work and a whole heap of other troubles, don't hire based on a low price.


You gave a good description, but without seeing some photos and maybe even the space itself it would still just be a guess.  


A few years ago we replaced a significant load bearing beam to raise it up a foot in the new kitchen.  It was nearly 17' long with a new LVL beam.  For us this was pretty reasonable.  The LVL was about $250.  And maybe 12-15 2x6s, to temporarily support the ceiling joists, were probably like another $75.  The labor was $800.  There was also some finish work done afterward, but that was worked into a much bigger job for the entire floor. 


Technically speaking, it is likely that you need to have something spec'd out by an engineer or architect, to calculate load, etc.  I don't know your area but in most places "a mere contractor, GC, or carpenter" is probably not allowed to just rip out a load-bearing wall without someone who is qualified to do the load calculations (which will be VERY conservative.  A brand new LVL will be VASTLY stronger than it really needs to be, but it won't be expensive.  The typical contractor will be like "hey we'll sister up two 2x12s", and not really know if that'll do the trick or not.  I'm not saying that all guys are like that, but ... it is what it is. 


What you are talking about is probably at least a bit more involved and I'd love to give a good estimate but it's hard to say without a better understanding of the space. 


You may be looking at $1500 - $3500?  It depends on too many specifics that we just can't know without a bunch of photos, and maybe even opening up a wall or ceiling to see exactly how temporary supports could be installed, and where the permanent beam/header could be placed and properly supported.  Your span isn't all that big so if at all possible I would do it without columns - it'll be much nicer. 


If I were you I would first have a quick consultation with a "professional engineer".  They are qualified to calculate load etc - and cost a lot less than a full architect.  In my experience, an engineer just wants to provide a quick, proper solution without a lot of extra BS.  My experience with architects has been less than favorable.  Too much drama and expense and he actually spec'd things wrong and my carpenter had to pick up on it. 


Sorry I couldn't be of more help.  Good luck!!!

Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
What I always ask my customers regarding this question when remodeling bathrooms is how good they will be about maintaining and cleaning the new bathroom, especially when the old bathroom is obviously neglected.  If you are one of those people who wipes the glass down after a shower and cleans your bathroom every week or two you really don't need to spend the extra money.  If you are at the other end of the spectrum and clean it when it finally bothers you enough it may not be a bad investment.  I've had customer tell me they can tell a difference compared to their old glass without it and others say it made no difference at all.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Bathroom And Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in Sapphire, NC

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A & P Developers

116 Halls Industrial Dr

Above Standards Renovations & Repairs

8637 Bend Of The River Rd
Rocky Mount

American Tubs

17940 Ajax Cir

Andy&Son skilled handymen

112 fairview road


High Point

B.L.S Construction

P.O. Box 1506

Battle Plastering and assoc

4708 hickory ridge rd

Bragg Premier Home Improvements

65 Edgemont Ave

Bullock's Home Improvements

607 Dabney Woods Lane

Charles Frazier Contractor


Classic Copper Works

9443 Cossey Road

Cole's Custom Closets

146 Creasman Hill Rd
Mills River

Con-Mech INC.

P.O. Box 383
Howell River

Cook Roofing And Siding

2128 U.S. 64

Dale's Home Improvement

2521 marshall ln

Dale's Home Improvement

2521 marshall ln
Rocky Mount

DeL carpentry llc

500 hwy 15 lot 1

Delta Mechanical Inc

2486 Lawrenceville Hwy

Designs by Michael, LLC

109 Meadow Green Dr

Dream, Design & Build, LLC

803 Celtic Crossing Drive
High Point

East Atlantic Plumbing

321 Yulan Dr

Eastern Renovators

757 falls rd

Foothills Remodeling

1896 Hay Meadow Rd

Handyman Xpress

1039 Morgan Mill Rd

Hawkins Maintenance Services LLC

364 Collins Rd

High Tech Home Warranties

PO Box 24881

Jason T. Gear Contractor

143 Boulder Blvd

Jeff Walston Builders

6413 Tonya Road
Elm City

JRS Resurfacing

3412 Cheek Rd

Justice Home Improvements Inc

3321 N. Main Street

Ken's Construction

1 Coltsfoot Ct

kenneth swanson builders inc

55 old hy 64 west


2210 Geddie Pl
High Point

kitchens ETC

19 South Belmont Ave

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd

Kolousek Plumbing

2369 Rabbit Creek Road

Lamphere Construction

315 East Franklin St.

Lazzari Construction, Inc.

445 Shipyard Blvd

Lehotsky and Sons Builders Inc

Po Box 3291



Marek Custom Carpentry

226 nash st

Master Baths & Tile

111 Seahorse Drive

MCD Woodworking, Inc


MEDAccess, Inc.

205 Hardaman Cirlce

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Perfect Coats Painting & Remodeling

8031 Goldenrain Way

Powell Handyman Company

3307 Old Battleboro Rd
Rocky Mount

R K & B Plumbing Inc

215 Yatkin St

RC Construction

130 Lopes Circle

Rector Electric, LLC.

940 Fisher Branch Road

Red Head Rehabs

1541 N Laurel Avenue

Reese Home Services

50 Spring dr
Lake Toxaway

Reliable Claims Adjusting

9953 Stockbridge Drive

Reliable Contracting

626 Mapletown Ln.

Sandy Run Construction

240 Stirrup Downs

Sapphire Builders, Inc.

3077 Hwy. 64 East

Stanley Contractors

625 Berry Hill Bridge Rd

T & T Home Improvements

P.O. Box 25

Tarheel Footprints & Transports

306 Farthing St

Taylor Family Construction

115 PicWhit Lane
Bryson City

Taylor Renovations

5622 Pickett's Mill Rd

The Garage Authority

44 Buck Shoals Road Suite F2

Total Construction by Dale Lands LLC

13376 US Hwy 70 Business West

Turn-Key Home Solutions

9635 NC Hwy 39

Vintage Stone Products

1327 Us 29 Bus

Ward Pumbling Inc

PO Box 1184
Kill Devil Hills


12637 S 265 W Suite 100



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