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Re: Bathroom designer and contractor needed
We just finished a new bathroom - tiled tub surround, floor and vanity top and want to recommend the tile contractor, Tessera Tile and Stone. We got a quick reply to scheduling the estimate, work and coordinating the plumber. We had some previous water damage, and they really know their water proofing. We were also impressed that the work passed inspection easily. The installers were friendly, professional and left the work area neat at the end of each day. The finished bathroom is beautiful and we highly recommend them. The owner's name is Bruce Freedman. 510-237-2018 Carroll
We highly recommend Gelu Ilie (510 506 5073) for tiling work. We have remodeled one bathroom and also built a new bathroom as part of an extension. Gelu Ilie did an excellent tile work in both bathrooms, both floors and walls. He did both the preparation and the actual laying of the tile. Part of the work was with marble and the rest was with ceramic tile. In both of the bathrooms there were significant challenges as we were very picky with the symmetry lines and patterns even in cases when the wall configuration was complex. Gelu was very accommodating to all our wishes, even if that meant doubling the number of cuts or more delicate planning of the layout. He did the job very patiently and skillfully, with a very nice end result. On top of that he is very trustworthy and a very pleasant person to have around. We will hire him for the next job without even considering other contractors. Simona
We are remodeling our house, and need a good tiler who can do the floors and the bathroom in record time. We're not picky, we want a professional, durable job done on time (and on the double). The concrete floor needs to have the substandard tile ripped out, be leveled and have tile put on the floor and in the 3 x 3 shower. Any leads on someone who works fast???
Can you recommend anyone for tiling my bathroom floor? sk
Hello I am looking for a bathroom tile contractor for a shower & shower pan- just shower or also plumbing, wall fixing... thank you debbie
Snyder Tile Company Lic. # 720265 510 444-8103 Oakland, Ca
We want to install a tile floor in our bathroom. We currently have carpet over subflooring. So any experience with installing tile floors - great tilesetters to do it, and best places to purchase tile - would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! jessica
Re: Bathroom remodel
If you are having ANY tile or stone work done in your bathroom, I can highly recommend Nicole from Ascension Tile. Here is her email address and phone #. Bashezo Nicole Boyd [ascension22[at]hotmail.com]. 510.469.6252 Her work was very professional and meticulous. She is reliable, hardworking and creative. She and her helper were always courteous and friendly to our two curious little boys. They always consulted us when necessary and they even did a great job cleaning up at the end of each day. They worked in our new bathroom by tiling the floor, walls and around a window. They also installed a marble floor. It looks awesome! We couldn't be happier with our choice. I could email you a photo of our bathroom, if you are interested. gay
I want to recommend Posch Tile (510-932-5895) for laying tile. They did our very complex bathroom tile job efficiently and beautifully. They were polite and a pleasure to work with as well as affordable. They did a great job with our complex design layout and our handmade irregular tile! Oliver Posch is the owner and is great to work with. Feel free to contact me should you want to see pix of the bathroom job or with other questions Jenn
Our fireplace face and hearth were prepped for tile years ago. We intended to do the finish work ourselves but...well, you know how it goes. Two children later we still have concrete and metal. At this point, we need someone to (1) put the detail touches on the design -- for which we have a concept and did pick out some tile, but that was long enough ago now that we don't know the same stuff will still be available -- and help us order the right quantities; and (2)install the tile. Experience with Arts & Crafts style handmade ceramic tiles would be great but mostly we want someone meticulous and responsive who will do this smallish project well. The recommendations on the website are kinda old. Anyone hire a great tile person recently? Holly
Tim Eriste has done several tile jobs for me over the past year and I have always been exceptionally pleased with his work. He is prompt, efficient, clean and always has great ideas and input if he thinks we should modify a job. I highly suggest you give him a call, he works all over the bay area. For the quality of work you receive, his prices are very reasonable. His phone # is (617)823-6371. Christina
I want to post a recommendation for people who need tile
installation in their bathroom or kitchen:
Mike Rudd does great work at very reasonable prices. I highly
recommend him - he is fair, honest and trustworthy to boot. Please
contact me with questions...
His contact info is:
We recently had Ron van Leeuwaarde re-tile one wall of our bathroom (above the tub/shower) after we had our plumbing replaced. I don't know how his cost compares to other tilers, but he charged (if I recall correctly) $40 per hour. He did a great job on a challenging project -- he had to line up the new tiles with the existing tiles that were a fraction of an inch larger. He communicated well with us and accommodated our shifting schedule. He is a really nice guy, too. Ron van Leeuwaarde (The Flying Dutchman), 848-6996 robin
Hi - we hired Nicole Boyd of ASCENSION TILE AND STONE to do both of our bathrooms and our kitchen back-splash. We LOVED her work and I would call her again for any other tile work. In the bathrooms, she laid stone tiles on the floor and did the shower stall in one and the bathtub in the other. In the bathroom with the shower stall, she also created the shower pan because it was an odd size. We have an old house with quirky floors and walls but she was able to work with them and do a great job. She is extremely professional, easy to work with, artistic, etc. She gave us some great ideas and suggestions that we would not have even thought of. I'd be happy to email you some pictures of the work we had done if you'd like. She can be reached by email or VM - 510.469.6252 or ascension22 AT hotmail.com Lani
We can't say enough about Deborah Buckley, whom we hired to install our antique marble tile floor and marble and glass mosaic backsplash in our recently remodeled kitchen. She is really helpful in all aspects, from ordering materials (without a lot of excess), to helping with grout colors & sealants, to accomodating special requests. She works out of the City of Paris Studios in Oakland and can be reached at 655-5454. Good luck! proud owner of a gorgeous kitchen
I searched for a while to find a good tile guy. I was given Rafael's name by a contractor friend and Rafael was amazing. As hard as I looked, I thought I should make it easier for the next person. He is skilled, polite, considerate, on time and affordable, or was (he has his license now). He did my bathroom, including the floor, three walls around my shower, a niche in the shower and a tile apron for the tub all in a week and all for about 3K. He floated everything, including the walls, the sign of a true pro. I would strongly recommend him for any tile job. His name is Rafael and his cell number is: 415-793-5014. I would be happy to show you pics if you'd like to see his work up close. Hunter
We recently sold our house and wanted to make the front entrance a WOW!. We picked out tile at Import Tile (in Berkeley) and they were incredibly kind enough to make contact with a tiler (as we had had zero success getting anyone with short notice). We used Aesthetics and they did an incredible job. Kathy
I cannot recommend Jim Zwaal highly enough. He does excellent work at an affordable price, works with you to get the look you want and will also let you do legwork (if you desire) to cut down on the cost. He is an independent contractor, so he can get quite busy. Once he begins the project however, he is very good about getting it done ON TIME, even if he needs to come in extra days, weekends, etc. Jim can be reached at his home number: 652-8258
I highly recommend Kathleen Curry. She did a wonderful job on the tile work in the bathroom that we put in during our remodel in last year. She was reasonably priced and pleasant to work with. She was a building contractor for 20 years before she became a tile setter, so she knows all the ins and outs of a remodel. She worked with us in an often awkward situation, as we sub-contracted the work ourselves and she had to fix some of the initial carpentry work in preparation for the job. She handled the whole thing with grace and aplomb. Her number is 510-528-1219.
By the way, do be careful about where you purchase tile. We initially ordered ours from at Home Expo. They did not advise us correctly on how much to buy, kept calling us out to the Emeryville store to pick up more tile that was supposed to be there when it wasn't and then finally sent us home with a lot of unusable, broken tile. Kathleen was able to find us additional tile through another distributor at the last minute, thus averting disaster (without it, it would have held up our project by another 3 weeks). In retrospect, we should have gone with one of the two tile shops in Berkeley we had purchased from in the past (there is one on Harrison and one on Hearst--not related to one another). We had good experiences with both of them. Anyway, I can't recommend Kathleen enough. Good luck. sarah
Can anyone recommend someone to install floor tile in a new bathroom?
I have picked out the tile that I would like to use but need someone who can
install it, seal it and give me tips on taking care of it.
Any advice or leads would be appreciated,
I hate to use this forum to plug my husband's company, but I wanted to respond to your search for a tile installer. My husband started Albert Tile & Marble (lic. #699890) over ten years ago. He still does most of the work himself. Most of his clients love working with him because he is great at communicating, and his customers end up knowing more about tile installation just from his estimates. It goes without saying that his work is excellent (most of his clients tend to reside in Oakland & Berkeley Hills, a lot of high-end homes where the material for installation is expensive), and he tends to get the job done in less time than he originally estimates for the client. Prior to starting his company, he worked in general construction, thus his knowledge extends beyond the area to be tiled - he sees the big picture. If you would like to arrange an estimate, feel free to call his office (510) 225-8664 - there is usually someone in the office from 10:00am. - 3:00p.m. Daphne
I highly recommend Debra Buckley. She did an amazing job on our two bathrooms. Her number is 658-0798.
I can recommend Karen of Sun Set Tile (510) 419-0449 She recently retiled my bathroom walls and floor and did an excellent job Andrea
We just had the tile replaced on the floor of our bathroom and can highly recommend our contractors from Sonoma Custom Tile (415-456-5577 ask for Rick). I don't know whether they work in the East Bay, but Mike from Sonoma Custom Tile did a fantastic job. I was especially impressed since they were one of the few contractors to even return my phone calls this summer, and they were very patient with our many questions about tile style, size, color, mortar base, etc. Our bathroom is quite small, so it wasn't a big job for them, but they gave it the same attention as their big jobs (at least I felt like they did). Their estimate was right in line with the one other we could get, so I think price was reasonable. Good luck! Gretchen
Where to Buy Ceramic Tiles
While selecting limestone decorative tile for a bathroom remodel, I came across Decorium Tile and Stone in San Leandro. They had the tile I was looking for at a very good price.
When I picked the tile up, the owner had shorted me about 22 pieces. Instead of telling me this, he led me to believe that the entire order was being given to me. I did not find out that I had been sold short until my tiler was half way done with my bathroom. When I contacted the owner he said that he knew he owed me tile and would get me the balance in a few days.
For the next several weeks, he told me he was trying to locate more tiles. He would continue to tell me that he had ''ordered them but they were never delivered'', or that ''when they arrived they were damaged''. Piece by piece, I finally had all but 7 tiles but needed the rest to complete my job or face ripping the entire bathroom out and finding a new tile/company.
The last straw was when the owner finally told me that he had the last 7 that I needed. When I came to pick them up, they were wrapped very tightly in cellophane (presumably so that I wouldn't open them up until I got home). Fortunately, I opened them at the store only to find that each of the seven pieces had been old broken pieces that he had tried to glue back together (and not very well I might add!).
I finally got my tiles after pitching a huge scene in the store -- even still, they were a slightly different color. Anon
I recently bought tile to redo my bathroom and got it from Euro Marble & Granite in San Leandro, tel.no. 614-1790. They were very knowledgeable and gave me great advice on how to get the look I wanted. I highly recommend them. Nancy
Looking for recommendations for ceramic tile dealers. We plan to install the tile ourselves on our kitchen counter and backsplash. I've checked out Import Tile and Art Tiles, but would like to broaden my search. Other dealers you've worked with? Thanks!
Names of places to purchase floor and wall tiles for a bathroom and kitchen. I already know of Import Tile and Art and Tile but am looking for more choices. Thanks. Sue
We have recently inclosed a window that was in our shower and have been unable to match the existing tile. We have no choice but to replace the all of the shower tile. I have checked the archives and there has been no recent postings since 2000. Can anyone recommend a quality tile installer who will not charge us an arm and a leg? Thank you. Katherine
We are planning to remove a window seat from a sunroom, only to find that the flooring beneath hasn't been finished out. The room is finished with 8x8 slate tile, which doesn't seem to exist anywhere or requires an unbelievably long time to order. We've tried all the usual outlets but can't seem to make any headway. Does anyone know where I might be able to find some? I only need about 3-4 dozen tiles. I'm researching the color name (Import Tile had African something that was close but too dark). These tiles are medium darkish gray-green with orange/brownish/greenish and come in multi-colored lots. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you! Cindy
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