What's the Ultimate cost of DIY tile tub/shower surround?
I thought I had convinced myself that I can do my own tile tub surround. We currently have a three piece tub surround over a cast iron tub. I am keeping the tub. I have no idea what is under the tub surround - so was planning to likely have to take it down to the studs. If I tile to the ceiling, it will be a little more than 31 sq. ft. total.
I've gone over and over the steps and I think I understand what to do. I'm a handy person and this is not beyond my abilities.
However, I don't have the vast majority of the tools that I will need since I have never tiled before. I'll probably need to buy not only the trowels, spacers and tile nippers/cutter, but also a paddle bit for the drill to mix the thinset, and either a hole saw or drill bits to make holes in the cement board for the plumbing.
All of these expenses will surely eat into my DIY savings. I have as much pride in a job well done as the next DIY'er, but I'm wondering if it will cost as much in overhead as it would in someone else's labor. I actually like to to home improvement projects, so I don't factor in the value of my time - that's a cost neutral to me.
I know the tools would be an investment, but aside from a fairly recently renovated master bath, the kitchen backsplash, and some asbestos filled tiles in the laundry room which we will probably never touch, this is a tile free house, so there won't be a lot of use for the tools - but you never know.
For anyone who has done this before - any thoughts on my concerns?