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Argh. Kitchen already over budget

March 3rd, 2010 at 05:53 pm

So yeah. I had budgeted $5000 for a modest kitchen update-- really nice counters and a cooktop that is converted to gas. The budget is already blown, despite my best efforts.

The cooktop cost $777 after tax. That was expected.

What I didn't expect was that the $78/sq. ft. quartz counters including installation don't REALLY include installation.

Every little tiny thing costs extra. They're charging me $500 plus to take out and haul away my old countertops, charging me for the cutouts for my sink and cooktop, etc.... so I'm looking at $4300 for the counters, about $500 more than I had planned.

So, from the get go the budget is blown.

The bad news is, the expenses are already mounting. The counter guys came today to make the template and told me there is no way to reuse my current sink, which is from the 1950s, because of the way it mounts to the counters. Long story short, I need to go buy a new sink.

And, I just realized that I need to pay to have the electric cooktop unhooked and pay to install a three-prong plug. Shame on me for not remembering that even gas cooktops need an outlet. That one is my fault. Luckily, I have a great electrician, but I am probably still looking at $100 to $200.

I have thought of trying to save by doing some demo and stuff myself, but with two babies under 2, that just isn't possible right now. Plus, if I accidentally destroyed the cabinets, I would really be in trouble budget wise. So looks like I am just going to have to take this one on the chin.

5 Responses to “Argh. Kitchen already over budget”

  1. snshijuptr Says:

    Ugh, I hate unethical contractors like that. They should have drawn up the total expenses for you upfront. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

  2. Homebody Says:

    Sorry, but just think how nice your new kitchen will be! Okay I am a pollyanna, but have you seen my kitchen pictures?? My new gray sink helped, but I could really use new cabinets and countertops!

    Oh and I agree, they should have detailed expenses.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    It does seem to be how those things go sometimes, since as non professionals, we don't think to ask about sink cut outs, ect! I hope it doesn't get worse expense wise.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I guess that's why they call it an estimate --ugh.
    We saved some money buying the sink from an online vendor. They were about 40% cheaper than any of our local folks.
    We're facing something similar with the basement remodeling--I'm scared to start, worried that it'll be way over.

  5. thriftorama Says:

    Oh, I don't think it's because they are unethical. I think I just didn't know about all the extra charges until I actually was ready to take on the project. In the budgeting stage, I called around asking for ballpark quotes and such and they all said it included installation, which in my mind included, well everything that goes along with installation. That just isn't the case. I did get bids form multiple places and this one was the best deal. Every place had the extra charges for disconnecting the sink, etc. I just really wasn't expecting to have to buy a new sink....

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