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Question DetailsAsked on 12/20/2015

Is a shower door typically included in a walk in shower remodel estimate? My contractor claims its extra.

I hired a general contractor to remodel my entire bathroom, included retiling the walk in shower (no tub) and then he claimed later ( after he did the work) that the shower door was extra. Doesn't a "shower remodel" include a door??

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Sounds like a failure to have a specific scope of work in the contract - exactly what was to be done, finish materials to be provided (like make/model of manufactured products, materials and colors of vanity, specific brand and colors of paints, etc.)

Generally, a shower remodel would include all new pan, premanufactured or tile shower floor, enclosure (tile or panel as specified), and doors/front enclosure. However, if this was not spelled out up front ...

Certainly a shower that had a door in the first place gets a door in a remodel - if he had been sneaky I guess he could have reinstalled the old one if a new shower door was not spelled out in the contract.

If he failed to ask for a change order at the time you first talked about the shower door and BEFORE installing it, and it is not spelled out one way or the the other in the contract I would say he is trying to make up a shortfall on his expenses on the job and eek a profit out of it (or more profit), and you should refuse to pay extra. Especially if the job is actually done because you have him over the barrel, so in that case (assuming completely done) pay him the rest of the original contract price and deny the extra claim on the ground it was included in the contract price.

If you are working off an "estimate" rather than a bid followed up by a contract with firm price, then you are in real gray area without a specific scope of work and materials list up front - basically a he-said, she-said situation about what the scope was. This is where plans and specs from an architect come in - clearly defining the scope of work.

Course, he has the option of filing a lien on the property to try to force the money out of you, but if you took him to court on that not only would he probably lose (assuming you had a firm contract/bid), but there is a chance in some jurisdictions of the court awarding you punitive damages because of fraud on his part for filing a lien when he has been paid the contract price in full.

And do an appropriate review on AL after all is said and done.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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