Blue House | Renovation

Working with a Contractor: Asking for What You Want

June 3, 2015

My husband and I very much believe in doing work ourselves, so working with contractors on our master bathroom is a first for both of us. (Spoiler: I like it!) However, since we’re both slightly introverted, learning to communicate with the contractor and his team has been a challenge for us.

When we first met with the contractor, I asked for a half wall with two niches built in for shampoo bottles, etc. He said it would be no problem, and then we waited a couple of months for him to come back and start the job. We had plenty of work to do ourselves before he could begin work anyway.

When he and his team arrived and prepared the room for tile, they set one niche in the half wall and the other in the wall directly across from it. I was told that it simply wouldn’t work where I had originally requested.

Working with a Contractor Ask for What You Want aka Lesson Learned at

That night Travis and I had several conversation about the niches and decided to leave well enough alone. After all, it would look better with tile, and we would be the only ones to see it. I’m not going to lie, though, I was hugely disappointed. The purpose of the half wall was to hide all of those unsightly bottles.

My father-in-law has been here every day that the contractors have been here, which has been so nice! I mentioned to him how disappointed I was about the niche but told him that I had decided to just let it go.

Little did I know that he would make it his mission to correct the problem.

It costs the contractors 2.5 hours of work to move the niche, and it was time well spent in my opinion. There are now two niches tucked away, out of sight in the half wall.

Working with a Contractor Ask for What You Want aka Lesson Learned at

Lesson learned: always speak up if you’re not pleased with work your contractor is doing. They aren’t happy if you aren’t happy.

Tile work is moving right along! I hope to have an update this week.

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!