I am new to this discussion board. I have a question in regards to kitchen backsplashes. I went to a local LOWES and they quoted me (after measurements) 1500! for a 27 square feet kitchen. I dont know if that is a lot and was wondering if you guys have any input in regards to kitchen backsplashes.
I was considering doing it myself. Was going to do something like the picture that is attached.
If you want to hire it out I'd find a tile guy yourself and not go through Lowe's. The advantage of going through Lowe's is they find the contractor and make sure everything is in order. The disadvantage is they charge you for that service. So if they are charging you $1200, for labor the tile guy is making considerably less than that. Talk to friends and neighbors, look on Angie's List ask on social media for referrals. Small business owners I know live off of referrals. Once they are established word of mouth gets them most of their work.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I tiled my own backsplash. Wasn't that difficult and I have had many compliments on it.
$55 per SF is pretty steep for tile - especially for a backsplash, although some glass tiles can get up there both in material and labor costs.
I'll second the advice to either do it yourself if you are able or to go directly through a tile installer.
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