I bought a fiberglass shower unit last week for $60 at Home Depot. The other shower units that I saw there, or online, started at $250, so $60 is a great price. Apparently the style was discontinued, but there's nothing wrong with it. What a deal!
With the shower unit at home, I called the contractor recommended to me by the insurance company to see what they would charge to re-hang the drywall & install the shower unit. I told the guy that I was looking for the cheapest option possible while still making the finished product look relatively decent. A few days later, he sent me an estimate for $5000 that included cultured marble for the shower, & all kinds of other crazy stuff that I didn't ask for. I felt like writing a whole bunch of "Ha, ha, ha!"s all over the page & sending it back in the SASE that he provided. Instead, I called to try to reason with him. He wasn't in, so I left a message on his voicemail. That was yesterday morning, & he has yet to call me back.
Then I called another contractor recommended to me by my friend Jay. This guy is apparently so booked that he won't even be able to come by to look at the bathroom for another month. I guess *his* economy doesn't need stimulating.
While I was at the rock gym last night, the manager there recommended a third contractor. She says he did a great job on her own bathroom. When I called him, he balked at coming over, saying he would get my number from the manager herself.
The downstairs bathroom has been out of order since before Thanksgiving. It's more than a little frustrating. I'm sure the roommates aren't happy either. But what can I do?
This is what my bathroom looks like right now.
& this is where my toilet is.