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.
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
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.
DESIGN & PERMITTING:
We were mostly on-budget for this one - we were just a little over on the design fees.
Difference: + $210
Difference: + $268.21
Difference: + $294.69
CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:
Cabinets, $3500 (approximately)
Engineered wood floor, $1000
Engineered wood floor, $1121.40
OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:
Drywall, screws, bits and bobs: $2,500
Drywall, screws, bits and bobs: $2,796.59
Tool rental: $90
Lighting, $1555.55 (recessed lighting, light over sink and LED lights in shelves)
Total Budget (Projected):
Total Budget (Actual):
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)