So, here it is.
Like a lot of people in Michigan we are underwater. My husband's parents need lots of help and live down the street. Moving, whether we rent this out or short sell, isn't an option. We are okay with size, 900 sq feet on a crawl, but we are just having the one kid.
House is worth about 40K, we have 10 years left to pay. Mortgage is less than rents in area.
The high end budget for a kitchen remodel says 15%. That would be 6K. I have the money, plus some more if I need. New appliances are needed/desired.
I think we could do it for 6. We took a week off work in April to do the work.
I really shouldn't ask this question, because I won't like the answer. We have gotten realistic about materials. No reason to spend a lot, as this house will likely never make us money. Maybe as a rental, but not counting on it.
Does 6K seem like a reasonable budget? Other than installation, where are the best places to save money? We are staying in the cheap range on appliances, maybe the high end of value appliances. The only place we have to splurge is getting an 18 inch DW because of space issues. This is an upgrade of the 1974 model(my DH) we have now.
109 sq feet with a peninsula to the dining room.
Appliances $2000 DW/Fridge/Range/MW (get an awesome deal through work)
Countertops $1000 laminate, twice that for solid surface
Floor $500 haven't really looked into just a guess
I am splurging on the backsplash, that is like $150
Am I missing any major categories/costs? I know there are a lot of little things, hardware and stuff, I have another $500 for those materials. I am trying to set $6500 as the high end of my limit.
I trust my husband to be able to do this. He has done this a few times for friends. I told him we should call in those favors, but he thinks we can do it on our own. I will let you know if we are still married on April 11th.
Also, no big plan changes, moving the sink a tiny bit, two inches, and adding a lot of cabinets, including a pantry.
This will be our first cosmetic change in the 14 years we have lived here. We have added insulation, a new roof, furnace/AC, and spent lots of money fixing the sagging kitchen floor and dealing with water issues.