What happens when a homeowner tries to repair tile - Ardsley NY 10502

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

I thought this was pretty funny...or maybe sad.  I couldn't help but laugh. (And, thankfully my customer was laughing too).

Bad tile job in Ardsley NY

I have a nice customer in Ardsley NY who just moved into their new home the day before.  They want to redo their bathroom (as well as several other places) because they just couldn't live with this.  I warned them that redoing bathrooms can be expensive, especially when the walls are plaster (as they are in this house).

So I walked in to see it and I couldn't stop laughing.  It was clear that the original work was not wonderful, but OMG on the repair work.  They couldn't believe it either. I told them, I had to take some pictures and blog about this.

This looks like the previous homeowner took the tile off and then reaffixed it on top.  It's so bad that all you can do is laugh.  Oh, and check out all that caulk on the bathtub.  I've never seen anything quite that bad either.  I'm not even sure if that is repairable at this point.  We'll see.

bad tile and tub job in Ardsley NY

They want to turn the bathtub into a bath/shower, but as you can see the plumbing is not set up correctly (or even on the right wall) so this may also be expensive to correct.

We found some nice neutral and larger tiles for them along with a fun border so I can't wait to see the end result on this one.  But, this will be a while since they first need to take care of the kitchen.  I should have taken pictures of that as well.

Lesson:  When it comes to repair work, if you don't know what you are doing it's best to call in the professionals.

Comments (34)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Michele - Thx.  Yes, it certainly is!

Apr 27, 2011 05:13 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

OMgosh, who would do that and then leave it that way.  Thanks for the laugh Debbie. 

 

Apr 27, 2011 05:26 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Ginger - I don't know. It's crazy.  Glad you got a good laugh out of it, too.

Apr 27, 2011 06:14 AM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

WOW.  I mean, what else can you say?  HORRIBLE!!!

I assume this was the previous homeowner that did that job, and this is what the current homeowner inherited?

And the real kicker is the plumbing out of the side wall.  WOW!!  Never seen that before!

Apr 27, 2011 07:05 AM
Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate

This is truly dreadful. But a good laugh. Glad you were there to save the day!

Apr 27, 2011 07:52 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debbie, very funny and to think they were probably proud of themselves. LOL

Apr 27, 2011 08:06 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

C'mon, a little chewing gum in those grout voids at the top and it is as good as new.

Apr 27, 2011 09:01 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jeremy - Yes, "wow"...that's what I kept saying.  Yes, it was the previous homeowner; my customer had just moved in the day before.  I can't for the life of me figure out why the plumbing isn't on the other wall.

Marcie - Yes, it is a good laugh

Ellen - LOL, you're probably right.

Jay - ROFL, yes, that might just do the trick.

Apr 27, 2011 12:02 PM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

I think I have seen that bathroom Debbie!

Apr 27, 2011 12:31 PM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Debbie.. LOL.  I think maybe a 5 year old in the house did it.  Maybe they should take lessons first, next time.

Apr 27, 2011 12:36 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Christine - I'm sure you have.  I have seen many bad tile jobs...but I had my digital for this one and thankfully snapped a picture.

Valerie - LOL, you may be right.

Apr 27, 2011 12:58 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Valerie - I know, it's so awful that you have to laugh.  The caulk is disgusting.  I think it was recaulked MANY times...which may mean there's another underlying issue.

Apr 28, 2011 03:52 AM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Debbie, you and Reuben could combine your caulk stories and start a blog! :)

Apr 28, 2011 05:20 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jeremy - Yes, I know, I remember reading his post.  But, I don't know if this caulk can be removed and/or what's behind it - probably some bigger issue.  As I'm thinking abt this more, there's prob. mold somewhere in these walls.

Apr 28, 2011 06:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Debbie - I have seen some bad tile jobs in my life, but I am certain your photos illustrate the worst I've seen. 

I had one homeowners, who actually did a pretty good job of setting tiles, but when he went to grout it, he spunged it on, and left it while he rested. . .He was in his 70s, and it was a hot day in the 100s, without air-conditioning.  The grout set up so fast, and he was unable to adequately clean the tiles afterward.  Fortunately, someone came in and helped him apply muratic acid and clean them a bit.  Still the job was far from perfect.

Apr 30, 2011 11:44 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Myrl - OMG, that is sooo funny.

Apr 30, 2011 12:09 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

It's a good thing those customers have a good sense of humor - but I guess they knew what they were getting into when they bought the house.

Hope you post the "after" pictures once this is remodeled.

May 03, 2011 08:41 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Marte - Yes, glad they did too and yes, they knew what they were getting into...although I don't think they realized how much everything would cost.  it will be a while before I have after pictures since they need to work on kitchen first.

May 03, 2011 11:03 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Whatcher problem here?  Smooth, flat, shiny.  That's how tile is supposed to be.  You women want everything straight and sound.  I don't get it.

There is some style there, if you look at it

 

upside down

 

from a distance

 

with your thumb in front of one eye...

May 03, 2013 08:48 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jay -LOL, Yes, I guess when you look at it that way, it's not so bad.  Maybe it's okay in the dark, too.

May 03, 2013 09:59 AM