||09-01-2013 10:27 AM
If the house is old, the original tile might be set in a mud base up to 1" thick. You will destroy the old tile trying to get it out. It is not worth the contractor's time to do this --- and you would pay a fortune for him trying.
Wallpaper in a bathroom? As they say in NY: "Forget abour it!" In my mind (and I have done this), I would gut the bathroom entirely and start over with updated wiring, wallboard, Hardie backer in the shower with waterproof membrane, update the angle stops (water shut offs) and faucets.
The bearing wall? Get multiple opinions. Get plans and a permit. Why? If you make a serious, unpermitted structural change and something goes wrong your hone insurance might be invalid. Talk about a nightmare!
Sometimes, it is better to hire a pro ... Do what you can but leave the tough stuff to somebody who does this for a living.