Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

tile backsplashJessica emails:

I'm looking for a tile contractor to do a small kitchen (16x16') and bathroom in Troy. I have the tile picked out, but need an installer. Looking for someone who is responsive, has some availability this month, and reasonably priced. I'd also be interested in working with someone that would let me participate in the work and learn for myself how to do it.

We had a similar tile question a few years back. But Jessica's interest in finding someone who'd let her work alongside and learn is a a different angle. And it makes us wonder if maybe the right candidate won't be a traditional contractor.

Got a suggestion for Jessica? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a person or business can be a big help.


Yes, to paraphrase the old sign sometimes seen in auto garages:

  • $500 if I do it

  • $750 if you offer advice on how to do it

  • $1000 if you help me do it

16x16’ and a small bathroom is a little vague. My partner recently helped a skilled client tile an entire bathroom from floor to ceiling in 4x4” tiles but it was still labor intensive and quite expensive. To give you an idea, expect:

Less than 200 sq.ft. = $572 - $1,777
Between 200 - 1,000 sq.ft. = $1,599 - $4,432
More than 1,000 sq.ft. = $4,446 - $9,496

That being said, it would be helpful to mention more about the scope of the project.

Tiling a backsplash is a great first project for skilled learners, but cutting in tile for a bathroom floor takes professional skill and tools to do the job properly. Floors and walls typically aren’t square and many of the tiles along the floor, walls and ceiling need to be cut with a tile saw. And don’t forget about cutting around openings for pluming pipes, heating and electric outlets. Fun!

Personally I love doing tiling, but it’s long hard work and depending on the size and weight of the tiles and could be frustrating or super fun. There are some very good DIY videos out there. Good luck!

Hi Jessica,

I own a local home improvement business, MacFee Home Services, but am not your typical contractor. I pride myself on exceptional customer service and would be more than happy to work with you on your tiling project! I'm patient, dependable, and offer reasonable rates. If you're interested in discussing further, please feel free to be in touch or visit my website to set up a consultation. Thanks so much!

Jamie, here are the details of the project:
The kitchen right now is down to the studs and getting drywalled. There are no cabinets yet, so other than cutting for the walls, there would only be cuts for plumbing and the outlet for the stove, but these would be under the cabinets, so they won't need to be precise cuts. No backsplash it planned right now. Planning for 12x12 or 18x18 tile on the floor.

For the bathroom I want to do a mesh mounted hexagon tile. Since this won't require a tile saw, this is the room I'm debating doing myself. Then I really just need to become comfortable with prep and grouting.

Hey Jessica.

Laying floor tile is pretty straight forward. This is the best video I found:

And to lay the tile in the bathroom, see this step by step:

You got this!

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