Asked on Apr 25, 2021

Do tiles have to be uniform in bathroom?

by Faddu

Hi all! Like many, covid has caused me to start projects around my house. I removed old tiles from my master bath roman tub. I tried to tile it myself with 6X12 subway tiles, but got frustrated and bored with it. I planned on doing the shower later. A tile company I called is willing to redo my poor job for me, but he recommended I use the same size tile in both the tub and shower. However, I wanted to go with a bigger size for the shower but use the same pattern tile.

  1. He quoted me 6k for redoing both the tub, shower tile, new glass doors, and new floor pan. Just for the tub, $600. Is that a reasonable amount?
  2. Do I have to stick to the same size in both tub and shower? The floor will also be eventually replaced. Did not know this is $$$!!!!

Pic of original cream tile and what I attempted is below.

q do tiles have to be uniform in bathroom
q do tiles have to be uniform in bathroom
  22 answers
  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 26, 2021

    Hi Faddu: Well, first of all, I'd get some other quotes for the work. And secondly, it's your home, so you put in what you want. You have to live with it, and whatever you choose is up to you. The contractor just does the job. However, since they've been doing it for a long time, they pretty well know what looks good and it is, sometimes, a good idea to go with their opinion. I have a gray brick house and wanted brass door handles, but the contractor said that it would look tacky, but I wanted them. I went with the polished steel as they suggested and it looks great. Same with the garage door and windows. I wanted one thing and they suggested something else and they were right so I went with their suggestion and am very happy. But, as I said earlier, your home, your choice of how it looks. But, I would get some more quotes, that seems a tad high. Make sure they are licensed, insured and bonded in THEIR name. Some independents use other peoples names and if something goes wrong, you can't sue for damages. A job this big should go to a well known company.

    Good luck

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    • Betsy Betsy on Apr 26, 2021

      Glass doors are easy to put on. Just be careful with who you choose. Get references, and the guy who is dragging his feet should not be one of your choices as he's not showing any interest in doing this. Also, when you get your contract, put this in, it's important "Time is of the essence." and put a start and end date with a provision of costs, like $25 a day that they don't finish the job when stated. That way they can't drag the job out for months.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 26, 2021

    And ask for references and pictures of their previous work also.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 26, 2021

    Uniform in size, color, texture or in how they are stacked?

    • Faddu Faddu on Apr 26, 2021

      Uniform in size and color. The bathtub will be subway style. Not sure about the shower since I am not doing it yet. But he told me to stick with same stacking, size and color

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 26, 2021

    Hi! I would also go with a licensed, insured contractor. Get bids and references. One contractor offered telephone reference only and verbal promises as to what we would get on a recent roofing contract. The next contractor had a detailed contract listing every detail, including the cost of any repairs to the decking under the shingles, after we were shown it. We were given a list of local houses they had done for the colors we were interested in, an estimated date for the work etc. Etc. We were also given a written warranty. We signed that contract and everything was done very professionally. Their bid was $1000 less than the guy we saw first. They were also local and easy to check out. Go with the best contractor you can. As for the tiles, it's your house and if you want to go with a certain tile, ask questions about why they don't think it would work. Odds are, it's his opinion. Ask if there is a different cost for labor with the tiles. I would think large tile would go up faster and be less labor intensive. Good luck!

    • Faddu Faddu on Apr 26, 2021

      Thanks! He did say it’s ok to do a larger size in shower as long as it’s the same color/design tile.

  • Yura Yura on Apr 26, 2021

    I think it's a matter of taste, so do it how you like it)

    About pricing, try to search on the internet for prices in your area for simillar work.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Apr 26, 2021

    I would get a few quotes to compare

    • Faddu Faddu on Apr 26, 2021

      Yah I had someone else come and look and he said 8k for tub and shower. He has yet to get back to me about the tub. He reassured me they will take care of me but never reached out 👎🏽

  • Faddu Faddu on Apr 26, 2021

    He is going to redo everything and the 600 price includes the demo, tiles and supplies they will provide

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 26, 2021

    I don't see why you would have to use the same size in tub & shower. Many people mix sizes even inside the shower. However, I would want to go with the same color family or accenting colors. The price seems reasonable to me because removing tile is not an easy job. If money is an issue, you may want to see what the cost would be if you do the demo yourself.

    • Faddu Faddu on Apr 26, 2021

      Yes I was thinking to demo myself! I did it already and it’s only two walls I got tile on.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 27, 2021

    Whichever company you choose to go with to do the work in your bathroom be sure to get a written contract signed by both you and them before any money exchanges hands. The contract should state clearly the deposit amount and conditions, the square footage of the exact areas to be tiled, and the dates of when the work will commence and be completed.

    Do not pay the full amount of the job until you are satisfied with the results.

    Also, do not rely on just a handshake or verbal agreement only, no matter how 'nice they seem to be', or how much they 'reassure you that they will redo everything'. If the company refuses to issue you a proper written contract, then go with someone else.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 27, 2021

    In my experience, generally with hiring out someone else to do work such as flooring, tiling, etc. in your home (as opposed to diy) the cost of the labour for the job is double the price of the materials. So for example, if the tiles you choose are $3 a sq foot, then the labour to install them will be an additional $3 pr sq foot, plus charges for requisite materials used.

    Also keep in mind that the labour charges for installation often do not include the charges for removal, disposal of the old tiles, and any necessary repairs to the walls that may be needed after the removal of the old tiles. These are separate from the installation charges, but are added up all together by the estimator to arrive at comprehensive billing amount for the entire job.

    If you are considering removing and disposing the old tiles yourself, then ask for two written quotations - one without these labour charges, and one with.

  • I don’t thing your job looks bad at all. You def don’t have to match. It’s your house, do what you want

  • Dee Dee on Apr 27, 2021

    Definitely a matter of taste. I have small 1x1 tiles on my shower floor, then the walls have 18x18 with a row of glass tiles separating the top from the bottom. The edges have bull nose tiles. They are all the same pattern and look fantastic.

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    • Dee Dee on Apr 28, 2021

      Faddu: That what I did and I love it. The bottom tiles are in a brick pattern separated by glass tiles and the top tiles are in a diagonal pattern. If you have not purchased the tiles yet, got to floor and decor and set out the pattern you like, They even display boards with different set ups.

  • Maura White Maura White on Apr 28, 2021

    bottom line - you are the owner of the house and its your money. If you want different size tiles - you can choose to do so. :)

  • Dolores Dolores on Apr 28, 2021

    ideally, one would use the same size tile for similar applications such as walls or vertical and a different size for floors. As someone else suggested, go to a DIY store and try some different pattern layouts. Put them next to each other so that you can see how they will look in the same space. (I would recommend sticking with one pattern tho (for all vertical vs horizontal spaces)...otherwise your project/room will look chaotic)

    I have done several bathrooms and entry ways myself and enjoy doing tile work, but if done WILL be noticeable!

    The quote is probably not far off, but I would definitely get a couple more and compare! Don't necessarily go with the cheapest tho...especially if they are WAAAY below other quotes.

  • Do what you like! There are no rules in decor. That has always been my decorating will live there, you will look at it. If you love it, it's fine. I wouldn't worry about resale, no matter what you do you'll never please everyone.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Apr 29, 2021

    no they don’t you can create a design

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Apr 29, 2021

    Do what you love! Sometimes taking a step back and coming back to a project will give you the design inspiration to complete your project!

  • Annie Annie on Apr 29, 2021

    You can definitely go with larger tiles in the shower - I think that would look much better than the smaller ones there.

    And I like your tile job around the tub!

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    • Annie Annie on May 02, 2021

      I couldn't help but wonder if he wanted to do the same small tiles because the job would take him longer = more $$ for him.

      I think it would look much better to do larger tiles in the shower!

  • Will surely choose the larger tiles. I mean if that's what you like, and I personally think it'll be better👍

  • Be sure to get several quotes. It is very expensive for this kind of work, so $6k is not a total shock. Go ahead and pick whatever tiles and sizes you like since it’s your home.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Aug 16, 2021

    no, you can do herringbone design

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 10, 2022

    Hi Faddu, definitely get references and pictures of previous work buy this contractor. The tub and shower are separate so there is no reason to make the tiles the same size if you don't want to, the color is really what matter, and you said you had the same color! It's your bathroom so you tell the contractor wah you want, don't let him push you into something you won't be happy with.