Monday, April 14, 2014

Sticker Shock

I wish I had more in the way of exciting updates to report on our kitchen remodel, but we're still finalizing some details and trying to get the biggest bang for our buck. Admittedly, ours will not be a budget remodel, but I do still have to work within a budget.  The dollar signs are starting to add up and the fun of planning our remodel has kind of dissipated.

Here's what no one told me before I set my sights so high:

A cabinet paneled Sub Zero fridge alone will cost more than 3 times as much as a basic Fridgidaire range, dishwasher, and refrigerator stainless package. Oh, and the one we want doesn't even include a filtered water dispenser.
Subzero-Wolf
An inset cabinet door, a subtle luxury that places the cabinet door on the same plane as the cabinet frame, will add 5-8% to the total cost of cabinets vs a full overlay cabinet door
Elle Decor
Adding "feet" to make a cabinet look like a piece of furniture can cost up to $150 per cabinet
Hazardous Design
If you opt for a professional grade range, it is going to require a more expensive range hood that is powerful enough to draw smoke, grease, and odors away from the cooktop
Subzero-Wolf
We're still crunching the numbers to determine what (if any) of our wish list items we'll be able to afford, but right now it is looking like I might need to sell a kidney. Or... maybe I should let Chris tackle this project himself???


17 comments:

Kristen said...

holy add ons. thats scary, and sounds like i would be the exact same - i want all the fun and pretty and shiny things, and then i find out how much they cost. boo.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Why do they always have to rain on the add ons parade? That would be a challenge to pick from your list of favorites.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

It is horrifying how those little details add up, isn't it? Hence the reason we STILL have yet to tackle our kitchen - we just want to many things and can't stand to sacrifice certain things. OY. Doesn't help that we live in one of the most expensive parts of the country for kitchen remodels! I know you two will make it amazing, even if you have to trim some things off the wish list!

Jenny said...

You could add some of those things yourself, couldn't you? I'm thinking of the furniture look cabinetry anyway - that's something you could DIY. Didn't know the difference in the hinges though, or all of the high end stuff either, for that matter! I guess it's a matter of prioritizing, right?

Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

I feel your pain! We're pretty much at the end of our budget, so it's DIY from here out. You'd be surprised what you can do though. As far as appliances...we shopped online at Sears Outlet and got some steals. We ended up with a gorgeous LG fridge at half the price because of a dent on the side that you can't even see. Definitely worth a look! Good luck!! :)

Ashley said...

Thanks for the reality check, Carrie. It's funny because all off the wish-list items you mentioned are definitely things on my someday list. How will you prioritize?

Down Raspberry Lane said...

With all of the exposure we now have to seeing these high-end kitchens, we have convinced ourselves that these things are "must-haves", but, while they are certainly beautiful, they are not necessary to a lovely home. I too had to (way) scale back my kitchen dreams, but in the end I still love it. It's a bright and happy room, and we are proud of it because we did so much of it ourselves. And the things I thought I was really sacrificing are things I absolutely do not ever think about. Get some nice lighting, splurge on your countertops and hardware. They dress up the less expensive cabinetry nicely. Do you really need a professional range? We got a slide-in range from Sears, and a very pretty LG French-door fridge. Run of the mill I guess, but very attractive nonetheless. We get tons of compliments!

Tiffany said...

I have not heard good things about subzero. They're beautiful, but I'm not sure they're worth the money. Kitchen remodels really do add up, don't they? Good luck with all of your decisions.

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Holly said...

I think about this often as I anticipate our remodel someday. I know that some of the features that I want are going to come at a steep price. I guess you need to weigh the pros and cons and compromise where you can. I'd love to know the he said/she said of the process. Have you and Chris agreed on most features or do you both have different wants? Since this is not just a quick/cheap remodel, I'm glad you're taking your time and nailing down the plan and details first. THAT is reality ;)

Gail Storti said...

I say....go for it! The higher end appliances are worth it...I love my SubZero frig and Wolf range. I also have inset cabinet doors and love the look. Of course, my husband is a cabinet maker, so that helped out immensely with our budget! And no, they are not necessary things to make a wonderful kitchen, but I do think they add to the value of your home and that you will certainly enjoy using them! Can't wait to see the end results! It's such an exciting process....good luck!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

No fun when budget has to be discussed! But it will be amazing, no matter what you end up going with. You have great taste. :)

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Cathy Wall said...

Gotta rob Peter to pay Paul when doing a kitchen remodel!
Splurge on items that are difficult to replace or change later. Personally I would not bother with the inset doors. Not worth the extra $$ and could end up being a hassle with seasonal expansion and contraction making them difficult to open and close, just like old doors. Spend your $$ on the details, like the furniture feet and nice appliances.

Ri Home said...

Cathy is right about insets. The humidity changes that we have along the RI coast make it difficult. I had a friend who had them and drove the kitchen place crazy with “the gap must be no more than the thickness of a dime!” They stopped coming back.

Check out Gils in Bristol, RI for appliances. They had a Wolf range that I thought would be prefect. But my better half, who does the majority of the cooking (thankfully), nixed it because it would put us over budget. Buy your knobs and handles on line (Don’t put knobs on doors. Belt loops catch on them).

A good kitchen place will help you get almost what you really want while staying within budget.

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Calypso In The Country said...

Wow, that really does add up! I didn't know that about the range hood! We are planning our kitchen remodel too and now I am thinking I will just go with the stainless steel instead of the paneled fridge. I hope you don't have to sell a kidney...
-Shelley

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