... sounds about right, which explains why we still have the same kitchen 14 yrs later (with probably 30 yr old vinyl flooring). Watching your adventures and vicariously playing along at home, waiting til we've saved enough to even think about it ... :Dana
It's an adventure, that's for certain!
In France we have a slightly different system.
Step One: Call up a licensed, unionized contractor and ask them how much it will cost and how much time it will take.
Step Two: Have a heart attack when they tell you it will cost more than you home could possibly be worth and that it will take them six to nine months to accomplish after you've gotten the appropriate permits to get it done.
Step Three: Realize that it will take you at least a year to get the permits.
Step Four: Ask non native French speakers if they know anyone who can get the job done.
Step Five: Be referred to someone really, really nice and cool living in the Arab ghetto who is incredibly skilled but been constantly denied union membership and a license.
Contact them. Get told it will take a week to get done and cost roughly 1/10th of what the official contractor told you.
Step Six: Job is done.
Yeah, I have heard that this is often the case....
I was lucky. I had a friend and his father do my kitchen. About six grand and a few weeks later it was done, including installing the new breaker box to feed six new circuits.
It would be lovely to have that option!
We've been doing ours piecemeal, now that we've finished putting kids through college. We bought a new stove and a handy friend helped us install it for a reasonable cost. He also removed an ancient ugly wall oven, and built a frame for us to install ready made sliding 'basket' drawers. We finally got our kitchen tile floor replaced. It had been damaged in the 70's by an over- enthusiastic teen mopping with too much water. A local small contractor ( no job too small) put in a wood floor in two days for a reasonable price.
Kitchens and bathrooms. The two most expensive rooms in the house to have remodeled. This is...funny. And way close to accurate - from someone who rents, but grew up in a house where something was ALWAYS being done.
I wrote it to be funny, but the funniest things are the ones that are almost true.
The rule of 'thumb' as I was told..
Get the quote add 50% extra for cost and 40% more for time.
2011-05-17 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds about right...
Yup. But not nearly as funny.
This made me laugh - my dad's a contractor and the only boat he owns is one he bartered some work for. =D
Oh, I know it's a massive exaggeration, but I sometimes have to go for the laughs.
You were one of the people I was sure would appreciate it!
If only this wasn't so incredibly accurate.
I know the pain you are feeling right now, my dear. Hang in there.
We have an Ikea kitchen and it is very nice indeed. So many drawers and cubbys and they all slide in and out for very easy access. Also have glass-door pretty lighted cabinets to show off nice dishes. I know some people are Ikea averse but you can certainly get a lot for your $$'s in the kitchen dept and really use all your space well.
If we didn't have major structural changes happening, I might have considered it. And thanks to my sister working for a cabinet company we are getting a very good deal, too.
Sure! Unless something is friendlocked, assume that you may!
I fear this. I will likely inherit my grandmother's house as the only child or grandchild living in the state and it will need some serious remodeling. For instance, the kitchen was done in '72. It has a carpet.
Ugh! Carpet in the kitchen is such a bad idea. The only worse idea I have found was when we lived in England. The BATHROOM had carpet. I had 4 kids under 7 having baths in there. It did not end well.
It's about the same process for a bathroom renovation, only you can skip step six.
We did a bathroom in our previous house with tiled floor, new wall boards, tiled walls, new fixtures. Doing the work 100% ourselves, it still cost $5K six years ago. We're planning on at least $15k when we do our kitchen.
Our first house and lot cost $40k. Though we did get all the labour for free since it was built by a high school.
It's awesome when you are handy....
Followed this through from metaquotes
Funniest thing I've read for a while and has more than a grian of truth in it. :D
We've got a good contractor now and are on top of the budget situation, But there were more than a few shocks to the ol' system along the way!
This is yet another reason I'm really grateful that my husband's father was a contractor for a while. He can do just about anything, thanks to his dad's teaching.