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Order of work in dwelling

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Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:38 pm

Those of you familiar with Egyptian work persons:
I am considering getting my bathrooms done out and also having all the floor tiles in living room and hallway replaced.
Under normal circumstances, I would do bathrooms, then main living areas.
However, and not being familiar with exactly what is required to replace the floor tiles and hearing a horror story about workmen mixing concrete in a friend's brand new expensive bath, what are your opinions on having the main living area tiling replaced first and then the bathrooms?
How much damage am I potentially looking at?

 

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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:53 pm

My suggestion is a logistical one. Start with which ever is farthest from the workers point of entry. If the bathrooms are farthest away from the front door (or back door if you have one) then start there. Make sure that the workers know that they must clean up all the mess they make otherwise you will deduct money from whatever has been agreed.

You can buy large sheets of plastic. Make them put this down over any flooring they will walk over which is not going to be changed. If they are painting anything they must ensure that the floor beneath them is covered with the sheeting and that you will not tolerate paint on the floors. You may find that none of this works and that the only way to ensure the above is to watch them the WHOLE time! I have discovered that workers will follow instructions whilst you watch them but the minute your back is turned they revert to their usual methods. Good luck and I recommend a spa weekend when they are finished in order to lower your stress levels! If, by any chance, you find workers who follow your instructions and don't leave a mess please share their contact numbers with everyone on this site!

 

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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:11 pm

Hi Parachuting

the most important thing is you inform them from the begining what you want and what you dont want to have

 

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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:55 pm

Hi again,

Having bought a villa which was just a concrete shell - no windows, no floors, no doors, no bathrooms or kitchen and also a store, the best advise is watch them all the time unless you have an excellent site manager who guarantees to watch them. If this is the case then write down exactly what you require, make sure the site manager signs the bottom of it to say that he has fully understood your requirements and make sure you do not pay them all the money until the job is finished to your satisfaction.

 

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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:00 pm

are your splash boards made of wood or matching ceramic which also will need to be replaced if ceramic as part of the process. this can result in the need to repaint and some minor repairs to the lower level of the walls depending on how they remove the tiles from this surface. also the lower levels of the walls will get smeared with cement when this area is recovered with tile and should be masked to protect the walls

which they never do here.

If the runs of tile on the floor line up currently from room to room point out this is what you want again before they start and take a couple of pictures with a camera prior to starting.

it would most likely be worth your time money and effort to visit the factory outlets for materials which are the end of a line and can be purchase at a really good discount at the factory we cut our tile expense by half when we did our villa based on the builders estimates for cost which used average show room prices.

you should expect to pay the same amount to remove the old tile and remove the debris as you do to install the new materials.

shorouky told you the truth you need qualified eyes there all the time.


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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:03 pm

Thanks all!
I think I have the right person to manage the job (thanks to Fatma Smile ) but I have also decided to have the job done in phases to avoid too much outlay at once and in case they end up making a total mess up, I can throw them out without worrying about incomplete work.
Good tip of yours Tim re the end of line tiles. I haven't got a huge area to do - a small bathroom, a cloakroom (half-bath) and about 50sq.m. of living area to do.

 

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Re: Order of work in dwelling

Post Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:38 pm

If you may consider selling this later you may want to look into using 1cm thick floor tiles from granite also and compare the cost to ceramic tiles.


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