Need help from pros and customers on remodel
We are about to remodel a small master bath. It needs completely redone, new tub, toilet, vanity and sink, floor and skylight. It needs to be fresh, up to date, functional for a shower and bath every day, and something that will not be a drag when we go to sell the house in five years.
We are an older couple and never dyi types so we need to hire a contractor who will do a turnkey remodel. We do not need the latest and greatest of everything but we don't want any leaks or hassles with the contractor.
I have talked to a bath and kitchen remodeler who has a good rep and has been in business a long time. It seems they don't want to do a vinyl floor, they want to put tile on the walls, custom cabinets to the extent that imo it is squeezing too much stuff in an already very small bath. I don't want to go with a cheap outfit because I don't want problems with workmanship.
What are your suggestions about what to spend on and what to save on? The contractor is not very forth coming on how to save money. He originally said a small bath like this ran around 15 grand. Our bid was 25, and he included 'allowances' for the plumbing and electrical subs which makes me think they will run over.
Anything you can tell me from your experience about what to take into account is appreciated.