Re: what does a 100K renovation look like?
posted at 3/20/2011 8:29 PM EDT
In Response to what does a 100K renovation look like?
[QUOTE]We recently spoke to a number of contractors about the possibility of doing a small kitchen bump out for a mudroom and extra space in the kitchen. We thought it would not be extensive pluming or electrical and would be in the 30-50K range and were shocked - SHOCKED - to get bids back in the 80-100K range. Can anyone tell me what you did in terms of a renovation and what it cost? I'm enjoying all these pictures about people's renovations, and I'm curious - what does a $100K buy you in eastern MA in terms of renovation? I wish the Boston Globe would do a photo series on this topic of what does x $ get you in a renovation.
Posted by ml2620-2[/QUOTE]
Cost is a factor of what you are doing/getting. The kitchen and bathrooms are almost always the most expensive rooms to renovate and rough plumbing and rough electrical costs are a tiny part of either. In your case though, you aren't just doing a kitchen renno. A "small bump out" is going to require some structural work to the existing structure since you are pushing through a wall and then you have new foundation, framing, siding, windows/doors, roofing, flooring, etc... for that bump out. You're doing an addition AND a kitchen renno.
Compare 3 possible situations:
House "A" has a 20'x30' open room for a kitchen.
House "B" has two 20'x15' open neighboring rooms with a wall between them.
House "C" has only a 20'x15' room.
For all of them to get to an equeal starting point, "B" is going to have to spend $5-10K to get one 20'x30' room to match "A". "C" is going to have to spend $40-$50K for a 20'x15' addition to get there.
AFTER you've gotten to that point "A" still has $100K to furnish their kitchen. "B" has $90K and "C" only has $50K. A's kitchen in going to end up "nicer" (i.e. better cabinets, fixtures, flooring, applicances, etc) than C's every time. ;)