Danielle and Austin's Remodel: Empty Pockets & Headaches

Renovation Diary

Having this roll up to your house is a little scary...
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Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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This week has been a little rough. I think the reality of the remodel has definitely set in. For the most part things are still running really smoothly, but the last few days definitely came with some headaches (both literal and figurative).

The bobcat at work. Although this only took about 4 hours, it was a LOUD 4 hours.
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After several failed attempts with our first vendor to secure an appointment to discuss kitchen cabinets, we headed over to Home Depot and they got us a next day appointment, which was wonderful. What was less wonderful is we finally learned how expensive kitchen cabinets are. We went into the appointment with the idea to start with our dream kitchen, and then work backwards from there until we were within our budget. I think I actually laughed out loud when we got our initial quote.

The mess outside of our front door. We'll put a few pavers down to make a walkway.
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Throughout our three hour appointment we kept changing our minds between black and white cabinets, and Robert was so helpful in providing us with “what if we” quotes as we played around with ideas until the cost was a little more manageable. The one thing that we knew we had to have was creative storage options to replace the pantry we’re losing, and we were able to keep that in the plan. To throw an extra twist in there, we were informed that orders that were closed that day,would be 10% off. And seeing as we didn’t account for cabinets taking this much of our budget in the first place, we needed to take advantage of that deal. What began as an initial consultation ended in a full purchase. I think we were a bit dizzy by the end of it, but we ultimately decided on white beadboard lower cabinets with a black quartz countertop.

The walkway is gone!
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That was the figurative headache — as for the literal one, the sound of a jackhammer has nothing on the bobcat machinery used to break up our walkway and the front of our driveway. Which again, took place on a Saturday, so I’m sort of waiting for our neighbors to kindly ask us to move away at any moment. Austin and I just stood in the yard as this thing went to work, because it was sort of unreal. Our contractor, David, seemed to be having the time of his life though. But I can now say with certainty that the house-rattling noise labor portion of the remodel is officially over!

Once the remodel is done, this portion of the driveway will be a porch with a low community fence.
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In other news, our rangetop arrived and it is beautiful. I cannot wait to start cooking on that bad boy. Oh, and after hours of searching online, followed by a Craigslist deal that took place in a grocery store parking lot, we now have a beautiful, brand-new enameled cast iron double basin sink! And we got it for $900. Obviously, this is still a lot of money for a sink, but we knew from the start that the kitchen was going to take the bulk of our budget. We also passed our rough-in plumbing inspection, which means we should be on schedule to pour the new level of flooring in the garage next week.

Estimated time for project: 13 weeks
Time remaining: 11 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #6 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)