Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation: What It Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

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Name: Mike and Sandie
Type of Project: Foyer renovation
Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada
Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919

The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.

We've been following along with every step of Mike and Sandie's foyer renovation, from their creaky, dark original space to the light, bright and functional finished product. Now we're taking a closer look at an aspect of the project you're probably all curious about: the budget.

From Sandie:

We are surprised by staying on budget!

Rolling with some sacrifices (wallpaper), some no-shows (console), and putting the dollar elsewhere (marble) shifted things around, but glad to say we’re enjoying those choices to the max, and wouldn’t say we’ve sacrificed much. Saving a few pennies here and splurging a few pennies there seems to have balanced itself out rather well. Gold Star!

Humbling, though, because our previous projects (Kitchen, Bathrooms, and structural changes with trades-heavy work) were not the model of efficiency... so we’re getting better at this.

In our smarty-pants defense, 10% was added to our estimates to begin with, and materials/amounts were well researched before compiling the initial budget.

Budget Specifics:

LABOR:

    Projected:
    Demolition: $45 (a case of beer, takeout, and neighbours' truck)

    Actual:
    Demolition: $45

    Difference: $0

DESIGN AND PERMITTING:

    N/A

FIXTURES:

    Projected:
    Light: $0 (we planned to re-use a fixture on-hand)

    Actual:
    Light: $0

    Difference: $0

FLOORING:

    Projected:
    Subfloor & repairs: $150
    Hardwood: $25 (remnants from Kitchen)
    Cement board subfloor/mortar on tile: $115
    Marble/tile: $400
    Silicone grout & sealant for tile: $75
    Transition piece (between floorings): $100
    Total: $865

    Actual:
    Subfloor & repairs: $400
    Hardwood: $25 (remnants from Kitchen)
    Cement board subfloor/mortar on tile: $115
    Marble/tile: $1245
    Silicone grout & sealant for tile: $75
    Transition piece (between floorings): $40
    Total: $1900

    Difference: $1035

FINISHES:

    Projected:
    Paint for wainscoting/trim: $0 (on-hand)
    Primer: $30 (+on-hand)
    Re-finishing stairs (tools/finishes): $250
    STILL RUMINATING upon what application to use on the walls:
    -wallpaper $1180
    -OR a stencil (instead of wallpaper $300
    -OR just paint $100
    Total (with wallpaper): $1460

    Actual:
    Paint for wainscoting/trim: $0 (on-hand)
    Primer: $30 (+on-hand)
    Re-finishing stairs (tools/finishes): $80
    Wall finish (paint): $100
    Total (with paint): $210

    Difference: $-1250

OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:

    Projected:
    Electrical: $100
    Repairs & skim coating ceiling: $100
    Structural repairs to staircase/paneling: $100
    Re-configuration of bottom 2 stairs: $100
    Coat closet framing/drywall: $200
    Coat closet doors/hardware: $250
    Wainscoting/trims $400 (+on-hand remnants from Dining Room)
    Total: $1250

    Actual:

    Electrical: $100
    Repairs & skim coating ceiling: $25
    Structural repairs to staircase/paneling: $100
    Re-configuration of bottom 2 stairs: $150
    Coat closet framing/drywall: $200
    Coat closet doors/hardware: $250
    Wainscoting/trims $200 (+on-hand remnants from Dining Room)
    Total: $1025

    Difference: -$225

DECOR:

    Projected:
    Console/dresser: $400
    Mirror: $50
    Seating: $250
    Wall art: $0 (was considering a piece on-hand)
    Decorative plaster ring for light: $50
    Total: $750

    Actual:
    Console/dresser: $0 (from elsewhere in house)
    Mirror: $10
    Seating: $60
    Wall art: $350
    Decorative plaster ring for light: $20
    Other decor (basket, boot tray): $45
    Total: $485


    Difference: $265

Total Budget (Projected):

    $4,370

Total Budget (Actual):

    $3,665

Difference:

    $-705

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

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.

(Images and diary text: Mike and Sandie)

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