Sticker Shock

The meeting with contractor and designers just ended and I am suffering from sticker shock.  However, I don’ think we are far off on a final price.  I also know that this particular contractor is honest and I trust him and his estimator.  We will have a final verdict probably in a couple of weeks.  Remodeling is much harder than building a house correctly in the first place.  Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket.  I hear the money is building up. 

Truthfully, there is a lot to do to bring the house up to the level I so want it to be raised to.   And, yes, I know that when you do one thing that creates problems with something else.  For example, removing walls creates problems with the wood floors which are laid at an angle.  Therefore, that means that new wood floors will have to be laid.  While I groan and moan about that, I know the contractor, David, is right.  Cha-ching.   Also, it just makes sense that while we are redoing the master bedroom we should also redo the master bathroom.  So, we are redoing the kitchen and a bathroom and adding a kitchenette downstairs which are the most expensive rooms you can do.   I repeat, cha-ching.

So, now the question is where do I cut corners where it won’t matter and doesn’t look cheap.  I know there are ways; I just have to think of them.  This calls for thinking outside of the box.  Or rather to be definitive about what I won’t change and what can be or will easily change.  Using a prior example, I could put in carpet as opposed to wood floors.  Since carpet requires vacuuming, that’s out, but, perchance, there is an alternative to wood.  That’s a thought.  Tomorrow will bring much research on flooring, what’s available, and it’s cost per square foot versus the cost of wood flooring.  Best guess is that I will bite the bullet and go with wood, but right now, I don’t have enough information to make a sound decision. 

So much to think about, research, and learn about and I love every minute of it.  Can’t wait to get started.  You have to enjoy problem solving to do the job and do it right.  There are still way too many questions that need an answer but this is the time for them.  The idea is that when all is said and done that everyone will say job well done and the right choices will were made.

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2 Responses to Sticker Shock

  1. Doris says:

    Oh, the sweet agony of creativity!!

  2. Leo says:

    I would say that we need to have you build a house from scratch, but I know you love the remodeling too much to do that. I look forward to seeing the changes you begin making to the house and how it all works out.

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