The Budget for Seth & Allison's Renovation

Renovation Diary

Name: Seth & Allison Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation Location: Ventura, California Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home
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And now for the part of the project you've all been curious about... the budget.

From Allison:

Seth will be acting as the general contractor and will be hiring all the subs himself. He will do most of the demolition (with a little help from me!) and minor construction work and will hire out all the rest.
Budget Specifics:


    Weir Framing and Building (kitchen and rest of the house)
    • general framing and rough carpentry, $6500
    • hang interior doors, install windows/sliding doors, $3000

    Ventura County Plumbing (kitchen and rest of the house)
    • plumbing (replumb new kitchen, bathroom, laundry room), $4800

    Swift Electric (kitchen and rest of the house)
    • electrical (upgrade old panel and re-wire entire house, add new lights/plugs where desired), $12000
    • stucco patch from new windows, $3000

    Bill Davis Drywall (kitchen and rest of the house)
    • drywall (skim coat to match existing plaster), $8500
    • insulation (attic; blown in exterior walls), $2800
    • Demolition/haul fees (most of demo done ourselves), $1500



    Sharp Microwave Drawer, $700 (Sears)
    • 36" Cooktop/Hood, Dishwasher, Fridge, Wall Oven, $1150 (Craigslist)



    • cabinets, $5000 (IKEA)
    • countertops (kitchen and bath), $4000 (Planet Stone)



    Fenton Floor Designs (throughout main level of house, including kitchen)
    • replace some floors to match original floors, sand and refinish all floors to match, $9000


    Kitchen and rest of the house:
    • lumber/misc building materials, $1500
    • new windows/sliding doors, $16000
    • new interior doors, $1500


    Kitchen and rest of the house:
    • light fixtures, $750
    • door hardware, $750 (Simpson's Hardware)

ESTIMATED BUDGET TOTAL (includes work in kitchen and rest of house):

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(Images & Diary Text: Alllison Gibson)

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