And that was in my happy place!
|"The floor looks so good no one will even guess how many bodies are buried beneath it!"|
The most important thing that all you project voyeurs probably want to know is if I stayed on my budget. The answer iiiisssssss.......
Good enough for me!
|"It's a good thing I have such low expectations!"|
|"Yes, do my bidding you ignorant swine. I have weapons to polish!"|
If you believe in the concept of national averages, for what the rest of the country spent on a low end kitchen remodel (new laminate counters, refacing cabinets and new vinyl floors) I got an entirely new kitchen top to bottom.
"They" can suck my 21% dick. I fucking killed it.
So where did I go over? Well, lots of places actually. I made a super scientific ghetto-ass spreadsheet where I pre-shopped for everything I would need to purchase long before the project even started. I'm sure there are official forms somewhere but hell if I could find them and they couldn't be better than my superb Excel skillz. That freshman computer science class is really paying off! This was my project bible and let me know when to praise jeebus for sale prices or when I needed to start drinking more (something I forgot to include in the budget).
My estimates weren't perfect but I don't know how people could even entertain the idea of any remodel without some sort of research like this. They probably used a number like my original original estimate and were fucked. The amount of people I heard about that just jumped into remodels completely blind made me question the future of the human race. Maybe this is my anxiety-ridden nerd talking but Madame tip #93493938: DO YOUR HOMEWORK, Y'ALL.
Some things I saved money on like the glass inserts for my cabinet doors (I saved, like, 20 whole dollars!) and faucet (shout out to Brizo!); a lot of things I broke even on like the hardware, sink and garbage disposal.
|Behold my Excel skillz. Click to make larger if you care to read.|
I also totally fucked up the backsplash tile estimates. It was a last minute addition anyway because I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to afford it and therefore didn't have time for my usual amount of ulcer-causing obsession. Then I realized that I'd rather just do it all right now rather than wait so... Boom. Done. Tile. Turns out the tile of my dreams that I would accept no substitutes for ended up costing the same as all of the tile for my floor. SHIT! I also didn't realize that I had to pay for the freight (not just shipping!) for the tile that was hundreds of dollars. THE FUCK?! I kinda assumed buying from a tile store meant I didn't have to pay for that stuff but oh the things you learn... It was still worth it for me.
I also went over my initial cabinet budget because I had no idea that glass door cabinets are SO expensive. Even paying for the glass myself, the fact that they are finished on the inside somehow translates into wallet-raping numbers. Hey manufacturers, it's all the same cheap shit on the inside. You're not fooling anyone!
Of course there were some additional labor expenses that I knew would pop up because no one really knew what existed at the base of the hellgate until we got down and dirty in the remodel. Nothing major showed up except for some moldy insulation inside the walls, a damaged joist that needed repairing and other thrilling details you just have to deal with. Nobody has X-ray vision even though that was on my list of wants in potential contractors.
The other extra expenses resulted from a lack of communication rather than a renovating mishap. Some ended up being semantic debates (What exactly does the word "trim" include? Apparently, we had different meanings...) and some were just incorrect assumptions from both parties. We'll delve into this bullshit when we talk about contractors later. Aren't you excited?!!!!! I'm not.
In the end, the unexpected down and dirty parts put me about 10% over budget on my the entire cost of the project. I was expecting 20% so that's not too bad. I would have liked it to be 5% because I wanted to funnel some money to my bathroom project but whatever - I didn't have to make Charlemagne resort to whoring (again!) to pay for anything so it's still a win.
|"I spent so much money on this gorgeous wallpaper border I had to use broken glass from the alley in your sandwich."|
|"Finally that kidnapper took the hint!" This Madame needs some alone time."|
Maybe the ignorance factor is like a handicap in golf if I actually understood what a handicap in golf is...
Sometimes it's not all about the math or numbers or percentages anyway. It's about the backsplash tile or the yellow sink or the hush money that really makes a kitchen have value.