This Is What James Wound Up Spending on His Kitchen Renovation

This Is What James Wound Up Spending on His Kitchen Renovation

Renovation Diary
Jan 11, 2017
(Image credit: Submitted by James)

Name: James
Type of Project: Kitchen Remodel
Location: Prospect Heights — Brooklyn, New York
Type of building: One Bedroom Co-op

How did the estimates stack up against the real life costs? Let's find out.

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Cost Breakdown:


  • Demolition: $2,700 (includes: removal of wall, all kitchen cabinets and appliances, dropped ceiling soffit, and tile)
  • Electrical: $850 (includes: relocating various outlets/switches, updating lighting, relocating intercom)
  • Plumbing: $2,400 (replace copper branch lines, update waste lines, sink supply and install all appliances)
  • Carpentry: $5,300 (includes: custom pantry doors, removal of extra wall, custom shelving, skim-coating, fixing subfloor, installing cabinets, matching baseboards as needed, installing crown molding in bedroom, tile work, etc.)
  • Painting: $1,900 (entire apartment, including bedroom)
  • Overhead: $1,350
  • Miscellaneous: $2,000


  • Fisher & Paykel refrigerator: $1,500
  • Bosch dishwasher: $725
  • Bertazzoni 24" range: $1900


  • Blanco sink: $265
  • Grohe faucet: $260
  • Hardware: $32

Cabinets & Countertops:

  • Countertop: $1,600
  • IKEA cabinet boxes: $450
  • Semihandmade doors: $670


  • Tile: $620 (45 sq ft)


  • Paint: $440

Building Materials:

  • Exhaust fan: $110

Total Final Budget: $25,072

From James: The budget changed, but I wouldn't say that any added expenses were unexpected — each dollar reflects additional work and a good investment. When demolition started and it became clear that more than one wall could be removed, the plan had to be altered. Extra plumbing work (including the costly rerouting of a gas line) was required. It was worth it. I had planned to do most of painting myself, but as the project wore on, the decision to have the place professionally painted is what ultimately saved my sanity. And in two days the painters did a better job than I could have done in the two weeks it would have taken me to get around it.

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