Name: Jennifer Pade
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: West Village, New York, New York
Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building
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Now that we've taken a look around Jennifer's tiny apartment kitchen, which is desperately in need of a renovation, and seen her inspiration for the finished space, we're going to take a look at an aspect of renovating that's often ignored, but one that is nonetheless incredibly important: the budget.
Knowing how much I don’t know, the first step I made was to hire an architect, which turned out to be a great decision. Jim shares my design aesthetic and we had a similar vision for the project, so we’ve been able to work together to make decisions on design, color and materials. As far as the work itself, I have no experience with renovation, electrical work or plumbing, so I’m hiring experts who do. Besides, there are demolition and electrical limitations, code requirements, and a variety of other parameters for doing an alteration in a building as old as mine. I can’t afford to make a mistake and accidentally break into an ancient gas line or water pipe.
Design and Permits: Besides designing and developing architectural plans, my architect’s fee includes filing for permits and negotiating for contractor labor. All things I definitely needed help with! My contractor will sub out a plumber and electrician, and our building’s engineer will do the inspection of the floor and ceiling joistwork, something that’s required by our building whenever an alteration project like this happens.
Construction: Because the ceiling and walls are in danger of collapsing, demolition will be done on those first and then on the floors. Ceiling and floor joists will be inspected at that time and any necessary repairs to those completed. Then the walls and ceiling will be sheetrocked and new hardwood (or engineered wood — still undecided) flooring will be installed. Since the kitchen is being expanded into the living room, the doorway between the two rooms will be widened and a closet demolished to make way for the extended cabinetry. For plumbing, no lines have to be moved, but a plumber will be needed for installation of new appliances and misc. plumbing work. For electrical, new outlets will be added, recessed ceiling lighting and cabinet lighting will be installed and the fuse box will be relocated to make room for the sliding door between the kitchen and bathroom. Then the sliding door will be fabricated and installed.
Appliances & Fixtures: The existing refrigerator will be replaced with a new Fisher & Paykel model. The oven and microwave will be replaced by a Jenn-Air Speed Oven and separate 2-burner Miele cooktop. My first dishwasher ever (!) will be a Fisher & Paykel one-drawer model. A new sink and IKEA faucet will be installed as well.
Cabinets and Countertops: IKEA “Abstrakt” cabinetry will be assembled and installed, which includes a small pull-out pantry. New engineered stone countertops are from also from IKEA!
Lighting: Three kinds of lighting will be installed: recessed ceiling fixtures, under-cabinet LED lighting, and interior cabinetry lighting, so I can see what’s in my cabinets when they’re opened.
Rent: Since I have to move out of my apartment for the duration of the renovation, I’ve had to rent another apartment for two months. Luckily, there was an apartment available in my building for a short-term rental, so I’m taking it for two months while the work is being done. Not so luckily, it IS New York City and even though I received a discount on the rent, the cost for the two month apartment rental is $3600. So that’s suddenly became a significant part of my budget!!
DESIGN AND PERMITTING:
Architectural/design/filing fees, $4450
CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS:
Included in "labor" section.
Included in "labor" section.
OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS:
New window security gate: $300
OTHER PROJECT COSTS:
Apartment rental for two months: $3600
Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Jennifer's renovation gets underway.
(Images and diary text: Jennifer Pade)