The Budget for Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel

The Budget for Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel

Aug 14, 2014
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Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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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.

From Danielle:

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

Budget Specifics:


    • General Construction (framing, installation of new windows/doors, concrete demo, pouring of new cement floor, exterior siding, insulation, drywall, painting & haul fees): $10,800
    • Plumbing (trench new sewer line, re-plumb kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, and relocate gas line): $9,000
    • Electrical (replace old panel, rewire entire house, add new lighting/outlets, and cost of LED recessed fixtures): $6,100
    • HVAC (upgrade entire system to meet international building code, run new lines, and relocate new unit in attic): $7,990
    • Exterior Masonry (exterior brickwork to match rest of house): $1,000
    Total: $34,890


    • Initial architect consultation: $300
    • Interior design resources meeting: $150
    • Residential permit review: $355
    • Building permit: $116
    • Demolition permit: $58
    • Electrical permit: $139
    • Plumbing permit: $53
    • Mechanical permit: $53
    Total: $1,224


    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)

    • 36” Gas rangetop, $1,800
    • Electric double oven, free from a family friend!
    • Refrigerator, $1,200
    • 24” Built-in dishwasher, $600
    36” Chimney range hood, $400

    • Toilet: $150
    • Clawfoot tub: $1,200

    • Tankless water heater: $1,100
    • Nest thermostat system: $245*
    •New AC unit: included in HVAC labor quote

    Total: $6,695


    • Aluminum 48” x 36” awning window: $345*
    • Enameled cast iron apron front sink: $1,300
    • Faucet: $200
    •1-2 Pendant lights: $250

    • 2 Aluminum tempered 36” x 72” fixed windows: $803*
    • 4-Panel glass door: $1,613*
    • 5 Panel solid core interior door: $138*
    • Ceiling fan: $250

    • Aluminum 60” x 18” fixed window: $141*
    • Double sinks: $300
    • Sink faucets: $200
    • Shower faucet kit & valve: $250
    • Tub faucet set: $250
    Total: $6,040


    • Cabinets: we have no idea how much cabinets cost.
    • Cabinet hardware: another big question mark.
    • Countertops: our first choice is cement, but if we can’t afford it, then perhaps quartz.

    Total: Yikes. We need to look into this.


    • Reclaimed red & white oak for living room, kitchen, entry, and bedroom ($3.50/SF): $2,327
    • White & black 4” tile for bathroom, ($3/SF): $330
    • 12” x 12” Tile for laundry room: $200
    Total: $2,857


    • Daltile matte subway tile tub/shower enclosure & kitchen backsplash ($2.58/SF): $696
    • Paint: not sure on this yet.
    Total: $696


    • 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…)

Total Budget:

    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)

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