Christine & Pierre's Kitchen Renovation: What it Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

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Name: Christine & Pierre
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet

Yesterday, we got our first look at Christine and Pierre's gorgeous, re-oriented and re-vamped kitchen. Today, we're going to take a peek behind the scenes and answer a question I'm sure you're all curious about: how much did it all cost?

We'll be comparing the actual cost for the project with Christine and Pierre's project budget from before the renovation began. From Christine:

Well, obviously, we went over budget. I was a little bit too optimistic in some areas of the budget — taxes and delivery and all the little details really add up. When you are in the midst of a renovation, you are dealing with much bigger costs than you are in day-to-day life and your "average" gets skewed. So where I might normally hum and haw over a $200 purchase, in the context of a huge renovation, it seems pretty small. That can be a little dangerous.

Finally, it sounds stupid, but I was surprised just how EASY it is for a kitchen renovation to be crazy expensive. We had to work really hard just to keep the budget at this level.

Budget Specifics:


LABOR:

    Projected:
    Plumbing, electricity, masonry, drywall finishing, tile demo, floor leveling, radiant floor installation, and hardwood installation: $11,000
    Installation & material cost of three load-bearing beams, $5500
    Moving an electrical panel, $1000
    Scrap removal, $450
    Total: $17,950

    Actual:
    We had a very rough idea of the labour cost at the beginning. Given that our contractor ended up doing more than originally quoted for (additional finishing, installing the sill), I'm not surprised we're over.
    Installation & material cost of three load-bearing beams, $5500
    Electrical, $2850
    Plumbing, $1600
    Other labour (insulation/framing/drywall, floor installation, sill replacement, some tiling & misc. finishing): $11,341.59
    Scrap removal, $480
    Total: $21,771.59
    Difference: +$3821.59

DESIGN & PERMITTING:

    Projected:
    Design fees, $120
    Permit, $135
    Architect fees, $200
    Drafting fees, $250
    Engineering fees, $1500
    Total: $2,205

    Actual:
    We were mostly on-budget for this one - we were just a little over on the design fees.
    Design fees, $330
    Permit, $135
    Architect fees, $200
    Drafting fees, $250
    Engineering fees, $1500
    Total: $2,415
    Difference: + $210

APPLIANCES:

    Projected:
    Dishwasher, $650
    Range hood, $650
    Total: $1,300

    Actual:
    Dishwasher, $699.00
    Range hood, $869.21
    Total: $1,568.21
    Difference: + $268.21

FIXTURES:

    Projected:
    Sink, $400
    Faucet, $200

    Total: $600

    Actual:
    Sink, $425.41
    Faucet, $349.28
    Water filtration system: $120.00
    Total: $894.69

    Difference: + $294.69

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:

    Projected:
    Cabinets, $3500
    Countertops, $3000

    Total: $6,500

    Actual:
    Cabinets, $3500 (approximately)

    Countertops, $3,675.00
    Total: $7,175.00
    Difference: +$675

FLOORING:

    Projected:
    Engineered wood floor, $1000
    Radiant heating coils, $600

    Total: $1,600

    Actual:
    Engineered wood floor, $1121.40
    Total: $1121.40
    Difference: -$478.60

FINISHES:

    Projected:
    Tile, $300
    Paint, $300

    Total: $600


    Actual:
    Tile, $300

    Paint, $300
    Total: $600
    Difference: $0

OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:

    Projected:
    Drywall, screws, bits and bobs: $2,500

    Actual:
    Drywall, screws, bits and bobs: $2,796.59
    Tool rental: $90
    Total: $2886.59
    Difference: +$386.59

DECOR:

    Projected:
    Lighting, $1000
    Misc., $800
    Total: $1,800

    Actual:
    Lighting, $1555.55 (recessed lighting, light over sink and LED lights in shelves)
    Table, $229.00
    Wood shelves & stain: $250
    Total: $2034.55
    Difference: +$234.55

Total Budget (Projected):

    $35,055

Total Budget (Actual):

    $40,476.03

Difference:

    $5,421.03

Readers, Check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And tune in tomorrow for Christine and Pierre's final thoughts on the renovation.

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(Images and Diary Text: Christine Zoltok)