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This is how much my kitchen actually cost me

March 30th, 2010 at 09:03 pm

Call it the saga of the kitchen remodel. I laughed when I heard on HGTV that the average mid-range kitchen remodel cost $59,000. Who spends that? Thankfully, I am not that ambitious. However I did think I was budgeting plenty of money when we decided to replace our dying, down-to-one-burner cooktop and heavily damaged 1957 counters.

Budget $5,000 for new quartz counters and a new gas-cooktop.
Actual cost? Gulp : $6,252.82

Cost for countertops, demolition and installation : $4,305.82

Extra magic amount they charged me later after they claimed it was more work than expected, despite my detailed drawings and description (Bear in mind I have taken many architectural drafting classes...):$282

Extra cost because they said they couldn't reuse my current sink: $150, and the extra cost because current faucet didn't fit any other sink : $150

Cooktop : $780

Electrician for pre-demo work on cooktop and outlet for new cooktop : $135

Cost for plumber to run a new gas line: $450

I've never gone over budget like this in my life. I love the counters and the new cooktop, but was it worth that much money? I'm not so sure.

Just for the curious, We chose quartz because it doesn't need sealing and it contains 35 percent recycled glass.

5 Responses to “This is how much my kitchen actually cost me”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope you do find that it was the extra $1.2K at some point. How much longer do you expect to live there? Six years, an extra $1K per year, or 30 years it cost you an extra $200 per year or less than a dollar a day. Enjoy!!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    The average kitchen remodel is 59k? Wow.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Glad my hubby is so handy. He could do it all by himself. I agree tho, countertops are so expensive.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    We recently installed granite tops and paid about $4K. I know how you feel about going over budget, but I think you'll be much happier cooking in your new kitchen. Enjoy!

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    It's upsetting financially, but we do plan to stay in this house until the kids finish college, so that's another 20 some years?

    It is REALLY nice, so I can't complain about that part. But, it technically still isn't finished. This was the heavy lifting. I still need to put in baseboards (torn out when we redid the floor a couple years back) and give the cabinets refurbed hardware a a serious scrubbing. We're got 53 years of grime to scrub off. But, I guess it could have been worse. It would have cost a whole lot more with new cabinets or moving plumbing.

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