Sandra and Justin's Kitchen Renovation: What it Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown

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Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet

Last week, we got out first look at Sandra and Justin's gorgeous, family-friendly new kitchen. This week, we're going to delve a little bit deeper and answer the question you've all been wondering about: how much did it all cost?

We'll be comparing the actual budget for the project with Sandra and Justin's project budget from before the renovation began. From Sandra:

We were really close on our estimated to our actual budget. I was pleased with how we did. But there were some things we opted to spend money on that took us over budget: the pie safe (we ended up not finding what we wanted and had one custom built), the backsplash tile (since we elected to install ourselves, we decided better tile with built-in bumpers would make it so much easier — it was), buying a new disposal (we forgot to save a key component to the old one), and paying someone else to texture the walls (since we didn't have the gift for that DIY task).

While I tried my best to make up in a few other areas, saving extra money on a few things, we still spent more than we expected, and more still that we had thought from our early budgets of around $25,000, before we elected to extend the flooring through the whole first floor, and realized how uneven the concrete underneath it all was, and the cost to level it. After doing research and pricing things out, we got a good sense of what it would cost, and went for it. After all, we bought the house at a good price, knowing the work and money that needed to be put into it to fix the kitchen. So when we look at it that way we are okay with it.

It helped that we reminded ourselves regularly that the renovation would end up taking longer and costing more than we had thought at the beginning. It also helped when one of our contractors informed us that it would have cost an additional 10-15 thousand if we had brought in a design team and general contractor. Considering the massive scope of our nearly full-gut remodel (requiring the pricey moving of the gas, electrical, and water lines), and the much larger size of the new kitchen compared to the old, we were good with the final numbers. And we simply love the final product.

Budget Specifics:
LABOR:
    Projected:
    Electric: $2230
    Plumbing: $3025
    Sheet Rock Installation: $740
    Total: $5,995

    Actual:
    Electric: $2230
    Plumbing: $3025
    Sheet Rock Installation: $740
    Wall Texture: $400
    Tiling Instruction: $100
    Total: $6,495

    Difference: +$500

DESIGN FEES:

    I managed the design of the kitchen myself, so we didn't pay anyone else for help with this aspect.
    Total: $0

APPLIANCES:

    Projected:
    Bosch Dishwasher (Sears Outlet): $557
    Frigidaire Range (Lowe's online): $800
    Range Hood (IKEA): $379
    Total: $1,736

    Actual:
    Bosch Dishwasher (Sears Outlet): $557
    Frigidaire Range (Lowe's online): $800
    Range Hood (IKEA): $379
    Disposal: $100
    Total: $1,836


    Difference: +$100

FIXTURES:

    Projected:
    Blanco Silgrant Super Single Sink (Homeperfect.com): $329
    Krauss Faucet with soap dispenser (Wayfair.com): $161
    Drawer Pulls (Amazon & Overstock.com): $70
    Total: $560

    Actual:
    Blanco Silgrant Super Single Sink (Homeperfect.com): $329
    Krauss Faucet with soap dispenser (Wayfair.com): $161
    Drawer Pulls (Amazon & Overstock.com): $70
    Total: $560


    Difference: $0

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:

    Projected:
    Cabinets (C&S Cabinets): 5,591
    Cabinetry painting: $2800
    Delivery and installation: $350
    Ceasarstone countertops (in Concrete)(IKEA): $3,040
    Total: $11,781

    Actual:
    Cabinets (C&S Cabinets): 5,498
    Cabinetry painting: $2800
    Delivery and installation: $350
    Ceasarstone countertops (in Concrete)(IKEA): $3,040
    Total: $11,688


    Difference: -$93

FLOORING:

    Projected:
    Stranded Bamboo flooring (whole house): $2248
    Installation (whole house): $3747
    Total: $5,995

    Actual:
    Stranded Bamboo flooring (whole house): $2248
    Installation (whole house): $3747
    Total: $5,995


    Difference: $0

FINISHES:

    Projected:
    Olympic Paint (Lowe's): $70
    Backsplash tile: $300
    Total: $370

    Actual:
    Olympic Paint (Lowe's): $86
    Backsplash tile and materials: $541
    Total: $627


    Difference: +$257

OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:

    Projected:
    Reclaimed wood for shelving (Orr Reed): $50
    Lumber
    Saw
    Grinder Rental
    Mudding Supplies
    new baseboards
    and all sorts of things we'll need as we go along: $500
    Total: $550

    Actual:
    Salvaged wood for shelving (Orr Reed Wrecking): $55
    Grinder Rental: $100
    Baseboards:$92
    Assortment of building, painting and finishing supplies $300
    Total: $547


    Difference: -$3

DECOR:

    Projected:
    3 Orange Tolix Replica Stools (4-chairs.com) $250
    2 Globe Pendant Lights (West Elm) $170
    Hoyne Pendant Lamp for dining table (Crate & Barrel) $320
    Accent Shelf Table (Nadeau) $260
    Pie Safe $300
    Total: $1,300

    Actual:
    Orange Stools (Overstock.com) $180
    Globe Pendants (West Elm)$148
    Pendant Lamp for dining room (Crate & Barrel)$320
    Accent Shelf Table (Nadeau)$260
    Pie Safe: $750
    Picture Frames:$35
    Total: $1373


    Difference: +$73

Total Budget (Projected):

    $28,287

Total Budget (Actual):

    $29,122

Difference:

    $835

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

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(Images and Diary Text: Sandra Jergensen)