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On Tuesday we introduced you to Danielle and Austin's kitchen and garage remodel, and yesterday we took a look at some of their inspiration for the finished space. Today, we're taking a look behind the scenes at an important part of the project that often doesn't get a lot of attention: the budget.
So in an effort to cut costs, and because my man is quite savvy with manual labor, we’ll be doing all of the demolition ourselves. This includes wall, floor tile, and ceiling demolition in the garage, as well as a full gut job on the kitchen. Depending on how the budget holds up, we’re open to installing the kitchen cabinets and flooring ourselves too if needed. We have a little bungalow workshop in the backyard where we do a fair amount of woodworking, so we’ll be building both the farm table for the new kitchen and the sliding barn door for the master bathroom.
We’re also acting as the general contractor for this project, so we’ll be responsible for coordinating all of our subcontractors and keeping everyone informed and on schedule. It felt like a hassle at the time to go through the city for permitting, but seeing as we have no knowledge of how these things are supposed to be done, it brings a certain peace of mind knowing that each step must pass inspection before we can move forward. It also helps tremendously that we wholeheartedly trust our main contractor, David. He’s already sat down with us and given us a rough schedule of how things should be completed, and he actually recommended our other subcontractors, so the entire crew has a history of working together on projects.
Our Team of Subcontractors:
HVAC - Scary Cold AC & Heat
Plumbing - Lago Plumbing
Electrical - Fuccello-Smith Electrical
General Construction - David Adame
DESIGN AND PERMITTING:
• Mechanical permit: $53
Some of the items we’ve sourced already and thus have exact prices for. The remaining items we may know the model, or type, but are searching for the best deal, so what I’ve listed below is the most that we’re willing to spend on an item. So these subtotals are definitely a ballpark range. (* means it's an exact price)
CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:
Total: Yikes. We need to look into this.
OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:
• Lumber, drywall, insulation, piping, exterior brick & siding: it’s too soon to say how much this will cost.
Because these items are a lower priority we’re only setting aside $500 right now for miscellaneous decor (new linens, curtains, bathroom fixtures, etc…)
Knowing that the majority of what is listed above is the most that we’re willing to spend on items, and that we won’t reach the full amount on all of them, we’re working with a budget of $55,000.
Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Danielle and Austin's renovation gets underway.
(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)