Monday, January 6, 2014

Kitchen Renovation: Budget Breakdown

Well, we are all about transparency here is our budget breakdown for the kitchen. In case you missed the Kitchen Reveal, here is a  little Before & After of the kitchen. So, what does our total budget breakdown look like? 
  • Demo: FREE! (see that here)
  • Microwave: $180 on craiglist plus a $30 new microwave tray
  • Fridge, Range, D/W: $2481 (Fridge was scratch&dent from EE, D/W was new, and Range was negotiated down from $1250 new to $850 plus tax and electrical cord)
  • Tile Floor: $903 (free installation - oh yes, we did that here, here, and here)
  • Backsplash: $150 (seen here)
  • Electrical & Plumbing: $1125 (We had a professional install the sink, garbage disposal & dishwasher. We also had a LOT of electrical work done since our wiring was from 1950. This included some things in the Master Bedroom and Living Room, as well as adding a recessed light over the kitchen sink, but we just included all of it here)
  • Lighting & Garbage Disposal: $621 (We bought a fancy-shmancy 4-light fixture by Kichler & our garbage disposal on
  • Kitchen Island & Rug: $425 (Rug found on CL for $75)
  • Solid Wood Custom Cabinets & Installation: $7387 (We received 10% off plus a buy more, save more discount, plus an additional 10% off price match with HD, plus free soft close doors, free sink base, free roll out drawers in the pantry and a wood cutlery drawer)
  • Granite: $1250 (this was a STEAL for 3cm granite at $35/sq.ft. including installation and a free sink)
  • Tools: $150 
  • REBATE from Lowe's -$532
  • Selling old appliances and cabinets -$510 (old D/W, fridge, stove & microwave...and cabinets)

TOTAL COST: $13,660

Not too shabby for our first entire kitchen remodel.

In case you are interested in undergoing a kitchen remodel yourself here are some average costs for kitchen remodels:

A basic kitchen remodel: laminate counter-tops, everything remains in essentially the same spot, & average appliances costs around $12,000 and up

A major kitchen remodel: complete gutting, higher end appliances, granite/stone counter-tops, relocating or adding electrical, custom cabinets, new floorings: $50,700 average

Tell us about your kitchen remodel!
The good, the bad, the pricey...we want to hear ALL about it.

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