Meg and Josh's Mudroom: What it Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

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Name: Meg and Josh
Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel
Location: Chinook, Washington
Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet

For the past few months, we've been following along with Meg and Josh as they opened up their breakfast nook and utility room into a light, bright, multifunctional space. Last week we saw the beautiful results of all their hard work, and this week we're taking a deeper look into an aspect of the project I'm sure you're all curious about: the budget.

Here, we're comparing Meg and Josh's actual budget with their projected budget from the beginning of the project. From Meg:

We came in at only $95.39 over budget — not too shabby! Our first estimate was inflated a bit knowing we'd probably overlooked a few items, like the cost of dumping, for example. This allowed for some wiggle room and for us to make changes as needed.

Initially, we planned to replace the electrical panel ourselves, but limited experience left us calling in the pros — hence the huge difference between what was budgeted and what we actually spent. Those labor costs can suck you dry! Luckily, a few other items came in below our estimates, like the flooring, and kept us close to our $3000 budget.

Budget Specifics:

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:

    Projected:
    Built-ins:
    Closet, $110
    Benches, $150
    Shelves, $50
    Finish, $100
    Total: $410

    Actual:
    Built-ins:
    Closet, $60
    Benches, $180.95
    Shelves, $50
    Finish, $0 (included in finishes section)
    Total: $290.95

    Difference: -$119.05

FLOORING:

    Projected:
    Subflooring, $100
    Cork flooring, $1000
    Total: $1100

    Actual:
    Cork Flooring, $786.83
    Subflooring, $89.98
    Extras, $19.93
    Total: $896.74

    Difference: -$203.26

FINISHES:

    Projected:
    Paint, $50
    Trim, $50
    Total: $100

    Actual:
    Paint, $53.90
    Trim, $392.96
    Total: $446.86

    Difference: +$346.86

OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:

    Projected:
    Beam Construction, $125

    Half Wall:
    Lumber, $50
    Sheetrock, $40

    Mudroom Wall:
    Lumber, $50

    Electrical:
    Panel, $300
    Wiring, $100
    Heaters, $100
    Misc, $50

    Ceiling:
    Sheetrock, $150

    Overage, $375

    Total: $1340

    Actual:

    Beam Construction, $100

    Half Wall:
    Lumber, $20
    Sheetrock, $20

    Mudroom Wall:
    Lumber, $20
    Sheetrock, $40

    Electrical:
    Panel, $749.21
    Wiring, $116.05
    Heaters, $120
    Misc, $27.26

    Ceiling:
    Sheetrock, $80
    Dumping, $60

    Total: $1352.52

    Difference: +$12.52

DECOR:

    Proposed:
    Lighting, $50

    Actual:
    Lighting, $108.32

    Difference: +$58.32

Total Budget (Projected):

    $3,000

Total Budget (Actual):

    $3,095.39

Difference:

    $95.39

Readers, Check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And tune in next week for Meg and Josh's final thoughts on the renovation.

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(Image credits: Meg Padgett)

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