Bay Area Remodel - realistic budget
Hello! This is my first post on GardenWeb after months of quietly lurking, so please be kind.
We are remodeling our ~1300sf San Francisco condo, and after finalizing the designs and having several contractors bid, I am shocked by the numbers I am seeing. For our Kitchen, Living Room and a 5x8 Bathroom, the estimates are coming in between $125-175K, not including appliances or flooring. Does this sound right, or did I just get referred to some of the most expensive contractors? We are creating an opening in a load bearing wall and there will be some amount of custom carpentry involved in the living room, so I know those add to the cost, but everything else is pretty straightforward.
Can others in the Bay Area weigh-in with what is a reasonable remodeling budget? And if anyone has any recommendations for contractors that are reliable and not so expensive, please let me know!