Why am I having such a hard time buying Daltile?
I have put Daltile Rittenhouse subway tile 3/4 of the way up our tub surround walls. We then decided that it is too plain and that we wanted an accent piece. We picked out a marble mosaic that comes in 12x12 sheets that we can cut apart to make 4 inch strip. Simple and inexpensive. But it needs a transition piece from the subway tile as it's thicker than the tile. No problem, I thought, I'll just go to a tile store that sells Daltile and pick something out. Turns out it's not that simple.
Two stores I called won't sell to me unless they were designing and installing the tile. The Daltile dealer I originally got the Rittenhouse from only sells to contractors and asking the original contractor who ordered it for me to also order this is not an option.
I did find one store who would sell to me. My original choice was from the Tribute Collection by Precision H2O (comes in Daltile colors). Even though the brochure I have says 3-5 day lead time, the tile store said it was a custom order, would take 3 weeks, and cost close to $300 for the 50 pieces I need (half round, 1/2 x 6 inches). This is too much.
Next I found the Simple Elegance line from Daltile. The store who would sell to me said it was the same situation: 3 weeks, $300. I'm surprised at this as it seems like it would be a stock piece.
What am I missing here? Has anyone ordered Daltile from an online place or from a store in the DC area? Is $300 actually the price for 50 Simple Elegance (stock?) trim pieces? Again, all I want is a plain half round that is 1/2x6 inches. It also surprises me that in today's economy stores would turn down business
Any source sugesstions would be appreciated. Thanks!