The Budget For Erin & Ken's Backyard Makeover

The Budget For Erin & Ken's Backyard Makeover

Nora Taylor
Jun 30, 2016
(Image credit: Submitted by Erin & Ken)

Name: Erin & Ken
Type of Project: Backyard Redesign
Location:Upper Tangletown — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: 1930s Tudor-Style Duplex


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So we've seen what Erin & Ken are currently working with, and what inspired them to get going on a renovation, now let's get into the nitty-gritty of the budget.

From Erin:

Ken and I will perform all labor (DIY) for our backyard redesign with the exception of the electric work needed to provide power to the exterior backdoor light. We'll contract with an electrician for this portion.

Budget Specifics:

LABOR:

  • Electrician: $400

APPLIANCES:

  • Gas Grill: $500
FIXTURES:
  • Exterior Backdoor Light: $325
  • Semi Raised Gardens: $400
  • Storm/Screen Door: $300
  • Garage Man Door + Hardware: $300
  • A/C Fencing: $150
  • Stoop Surround Materials: $100
FLOORING:
  • Patio Pavers:$1550
FINISHES:
  • Paint: $80
DECOR:
  • Patio Furniture (Table, Chairs, Cushions, Umbrella): $800
  • Trellis: $100
  • Pots & Plantings: $600
  • Sod: $75

OTHER

  • $200

TOTAL BUDGET: $5,880.00

Project Schedule:

We plan for the project to last about seven weeks from start to finish.
  • Week 1: Demo existing patio and sidewalk. Stake out and dig for new patio/sidewalk layout.
  • Week 2: Install patio/sidewalk pavers.
  • Week 3: Build semi-raised planter beds, install and paint new garage man door, paint existing back door and trim.
  • Week 4: Fill planter beds with soil and plant vegetable garden. Begin planting along perimeter of the yard.
  • Week 5. Finish perimeter plantings, build stoop surround.
  • Week 6. Build A/C fencing, lay stepping stones on side of house.
  • Week 7. Install trellis and screen door, patio furniture, string cafe lights, plant potted plants.

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