The New Cooktop part of our Kitchen Remodel Expense
Our home warranty company had repaired our 30 year old cooktop lots of times.
Recently, when two burners stopped working, they offered us a new cooktop and downdraft. Naturally, the home warranty covered this cost. However, we had requested a stainless steel cooktop. Ultimately, they sent us a new white cooktop and down draft. Although the cook top was not the color we wanted, we had installed both.
In the end, with alterations, we only paid about $300 for the appliances and installation.
The Countertop was a major Kitchen Remodel Expense
Once we installed the cooktop and downdraft, we had to replace our outdated countertops with modern, exciting stone.
Consequently, we went to warehouses to look at slabs of different kinds of stone. There was quartzite, slate and granite. Beautiful porcelain slabs were imitating stone. For our countertop and backslash, we needed about 130 sq. feet of material. Incredibly, prices ranged for $47 to $250 /sq.foot. The material we picked had a total price of $6200. Wow!!
As well, on top of the material cost, we received bids to install the countertop. They ranged from $3800 to $5200 depending on the material. Incredibly, the cost for the material and labor could be almost $1400. We were not at all sure we needed a modern kitchen for that price.
New Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Naturally, we thought about a new sink and faucet to go with the new stove. We knew that we wanted a large, single bowl, stainless steel sink. As well, we wanted a new industrial faucet. In fact, our old porcelain sink and fixture had been around for 15 years. Consequently, we were sick of it and wanted something new and easier to clean. Beforehand, we had estimated that the cost for a new sink and fixture with installation would be about $500.
The Estimated Kitchen Remodel Expense Changed Things
Because of cost, we are going to demo the kitchen counter ourselves. Fortunately, we will eliminate that part of the cost. As well, I will hook up the sink and faucet eliminating the need for a plumber. Since the beginning of the project, we intended to redo the cabinets ourselves. Hopefully, we can cut our costs almost in half by making a few simple changes. Watch for the next episode of our senior adventure.