Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: What It Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: What It Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

Renovation Diary
Oct 10, 2014

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

Austin and Danielle's Austin home got a pretty extensive makeover — they enlarged and modernized their kitchen, and turned their garage into a dreamy master suite with a light-filled bedroom and a beautiful, modern bathroom. So how much did it all cost? Let's break it down.

From Danielle:

We anticipated that our budget would change fairly drastically, since we weren’t sure how much to budget for countertops and cabinets. Although it was more than we anticipated originally, we feel like we got a really great deal on those items. We knew there’d be surprises along the way, so we weren’t caught off guard with the added cost of a fiberglass shower pan or the additional time and materials spent on the step-down into our living room. All in all we’re very happy with our final project cost, and relatively speaking, we feel like the results far outweigh the money spent on the project!

Actua

Budget Specifics:

LABOR:

    Projected:
    • General Construction (framing, installation of new windows/doors, concrete demo, pouring of new cement floor, exterior siding, insulation, drywall, painting & haul fees): $10,800
    • Plumbing (trench new sewer line, re-plumb kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, and relocate gas line): $9,000
    • Electrical (replace old panel, rewire entire house, add new lighting/outlets, and cost of LED recessed fixtures): $6,100
    • HVAC (upgrade entire system to meet international building code, run new lines, and relocate new unit in attic): $7,990
    • Exterior Masonry (exterior brickwork to match rest of house): $1,000
    Total: $34,890

    Actual:
    • General Construction: $14,365
    • Plumbing: $8,764 (includes tankless water heater)
    • Fiberglass shower pan: $882
    • Electrical: $6,100
    • HVAC: $7,990
    • Exterior Masonry: $1,000
    Total: $39,101
    Difference: +$4,211

DESIGN AND PERMITTING:

    Projected:
    • Initial architect consultation: $300
    • Interior design resources meeting: $150
    • Residential permit review: $355
    • Building permit: $116
    • Demolition permit: $58
    • Electrical permit: $139
    • Plumbing permit: $53
    • Mechanical permit: $53
    Total: $1,224

    Actual:
    • Initial architect consultation, $300
    • Interior design resources meeting, $150
    • Residential permit review, $355
    • Building permit, $116
    • Demolition permit, $58
    • Electrical permit, $139
    • Plumbing permit, $53
    • Mechanical permit, $53
    Total: $1,224

    Difference: $0

APPLIANCES:

      Projected:

      Kitchen:
      • 36” Gas rangetop, $1,800
      • Electric double oven, free from a family friend!
      • Refrigerator, $1,200
      • 24” Built-in dishwasher, $600
      • 36” Chimney range hood, $400

      Bathroom:
      • Toilet: $150
      • Clawfoot tub: $1,200

      General:
      • Tankless water heater: $1,100
      • Nest thermostat system: $245*
      •New AC unit: included in HVAC labor quote

      Total: $6,695

      Actual:

      Kitchen:
      • 36” Gas rangetop: $1,799
      • Electric double oven, free from a family friend!
      • Refrigerator: $1,190
      • 24” Built-in dishwasher: $541
      • 36” Chimney range hood: $346

      Bathroom:
      • Toilet: $185
      • Clawfoot tub: $1,094

      General:
      • Tankless water heater: $1,034
      • Nest thermostat system: $245
      • New AC unit, included in HVAC labor quote

      Total: $6,234

      Difference: -$461

FIXTURES:

    Projected:

    Kitchen:
    • Aluminum 48” x 36” awning window: $345
    • Enameled cast iron apron front sink: $1,300
    • Faucet: $200
    • 1-2 Pendant lights: $250

    Bedroom:
    • 2 Aluminum tempered 36” x 72” fixed windows: $803
    • 4-Panel glass door: $1,613
    • 5 Panel solid core interior door: $138
    • Ceiling fan: $250

    Bathroom:
    • Aluminum 60” x 18” fixed window: $141
    • Double sinks: $300
    • Sink faucets: $200
    • Shower faucet kit & valve: $250
    • Tub faucet set: $250

    Total: $6,040

    Actual:
    Kitchen:
    • Aluminum 48” x 36” awning window: $345
    • Enameled cast iron apron front sink: $900
    • Faucet: $199
    • 1 Pendant light: $73
    Bedroom:
    • 2 Aluminum tempered 36” x 72” fixed windows, $803
    • 4-Panel glass door, $1,613
    • 5 Panel solid core interior door, $138
    • Ceiling fan, $215
    Bathroom:
    • Aluminum 60” x 18” fixed window: $141
    • Double sinks: $133
    • Sink faucets: $125
    • Shower faucet kit & valve: $192
    • Tub faucet set: $162
    • 2 Vanity lights: $24
    Pocket door for laundry room: $82
    Total: $5,145

    Difference: -$895

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:

    Projected:
    • Cabinets: we have no idea how much cabinets cost.
    • Cabinet hardware: another big question mark.
    • Countertops: our first choice is cement, but if we can’t afford it, then perhaps quartz.
    Total: Yikes. We need to look into this.

    Actual:
    • Lower cabinets & Silestone countertops, plus sink installation: $9,581
    • Broken Cabinet refund: -$1,285
    • Reclaimed wood for open shelves: $283
    Total: $8,579

    Difference: $8,579

FLOORING:

    Projected:
    • Reclaimed red & white oak for living room, kitchen, entry, and bedroom ($3.50/SF): $2,327
    • White & black 4” tile for bathroom, ($3/SF): $330
    • 12” x 12” Tile for laundry room: $200
    Total: $2,857

    Actual:
    • Engineered Birch Hardwood, transition pieces, and underlayment: $2,929
    • White & black 4” tile for bathroom: $281
    • 12” x 12” Tile for laundry room: $48
    Total: $3,258

    Difference: +$401

FINISHES:

    Projected:
    • Daltile matte subway tile tub/shower enclosure & kitchen backsplash ($2.58/SF): $696
    • Paint: not sure on this yet.
    Total: $696
    Actual:
    •Daltile matte subway tile tub/shower enclosure & kitchen backsplash: $696
    • Paint: $244
    Total: $940

    Difference: $244

OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:

    Projected:
    • Lumber, drywall, insulation, piping, exterior brick & siding: it’s too soon to say how much this will cost.

    Actual:
    • Included in General Construction cost above.

DECOR:

    Projected:
    • Because these items are a lower priority we’re only setting aside $500 right now for miscellaneous decor (new linens, curtains, bathroom fixtures, etc…)

    Actual:
    • New bed, curtains, rugs, mirrors, shelving, end tables, kitchen table, etc: $1,625

    Difference: +$1,125

Total Budget (Projected):

    $55,000

Total Budget (Actual):

    $66,106

Difference:

    $11,106

Readers, Check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And tune in tomorrow for Danielle and AUstin's final thoughts on what they learned during the renovation.

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(Diary Text: Danielle & Austin. Image: Adrienne Breaux)

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