Need help with bid.
This is actually the first time I've sought out a bid other than for insulation, gutters, and a heat pump. I hope you don't mind that I'm posting here because it's mainly about floors with a hutch thrown in. But it seems there is more activity here in looking at bids than on the flooring forum.
I'm in the Pacific NW, I am replacing 1000 sq.ft of flooring with engineered hardwood. The hardwood is $4.65 per sq. and the install looks like it's $3.25 per sq. Including a 2 steps down into a sunken living room (2 openings to LR, one step down each), 8 vents. Total cost $9,614
Question: I'm thinking $3.25 per sq. is about right, but can I ask the contractor to drop off the materials for us to install? I think I can find someone to install including the steps at a lower price, but wonder if the contractor will charge more elsewhere.
We are also having a built in installed in a 4'3" alcove in the dining room. This house was built in 1973, I'm surprised no one has done it before! It is going to be a buffet with a wine cooler. I think I'm ok with the cabinet (Dynasty Omega), but I was quoted $1,129 for Absolute Black honed 3cm granite and Portofino Coast tiles for a backsplash. The cabinet itself is $2,166. Does this sound right?
Question: Is this a bit much for only 4 feet of counter space? In the first place, I asked about pewter and I noticed he immediately suggested granite. When the bid came in I asked again if he can do a pewter counter top for this bar/buffet area, or if it was just too expensive. But in his email to me he said that he suggested absolute black because of it's pewter color. I don't think this granite looks like pewter at all.
2nd Question: Can I ask him to just do the cabinet and look elsewhere for my pewter countertop and maybe backsplash too? It's such a small area, maybe he's not familiar with metal countertops? Are metal countertops more expensive than granite? Ok, that was more than just one question...
Everything in total with the flooring, new pebble tile in front of sliding glass door (4'X2'), on the fireplace hearth (1 1/2' X 6'), half walls installed (I want to add columns, not in the bid), cabinet with granite and backsplash, and base boards dropped off is a total of $15,000. Wow, and next is the kitchen! I'm having sticker shock!
This is the higher end of my budget. He didn't even ask; How did he know I had $15,000 in my pocket? LOL!! I guess this isn't too bad, but I am going to ask for a couple more bids. But I especially want my pewter counter top unless it's completely out of my budget. Sorry this was so long, I hope you made it this far.