Doing One’s Homework is Always Essential

Ok, so I didn’t exactly follow this mantra in high school or in college, but as I get older, I see the merit of doing my research. Because we know we don’t want to live in a builder grade condo forever, I have taken it upon myself to do some estimates for the updates we’d like to do.

Here’s what I’m looking at currently:

ITEMS PRICE
FLOORING $4,278.38
APPLIANCES $5,376.19
PLUMBING FIXTURES $7,011.64
FANS & LIGHTING $1,895.00
KITCHEN CABINETS $3,040.88
QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS $2,831.75
CABINET LEGS $172.00
PAX STORAGE SYSTEMS $1,676.00
FURNITURE $328.00
ARCHITECTURAL WALL $1,295.14
PAINT $652.75
TOTAL $28,557.73

This estimate doesn’t include everything (we are missing out on numbers for stair treads, tiled risers, etc.) but I wanted to go through as much as I could feasibly do myself to see where we are sitting at with our goals. Ideally, we’ll like to spend no more than $40,000 updating the entire condo to make it our own. Most things we’d do ourselves other than installing the quartz countertops and possibly some of the electric work. We would probably be looking at living in the condo anywhere from five to ten years depending on our other goals, so I think with the upgrades and how much we’ve paid off for the mortgage we’d come out with a substantial profit when it is time to sell.

Here’s the Young House Love paint colors from Home Depot that I’m interested in as well:

YOLO Colorhouse Aspire eggshell

YOLO Colorhouse Aspire eggshell

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .02 semi gloss

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .02 semi gloss

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .06

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .06

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .07

YOLO Colorhouse leaf .07

And some great ideas I found on Houzz.com:

We'd like to copy this idea to do a map of Europe on our office ceiling.

We’d like to copy this idea to do a map of Europe on our office ceiling.

Everyone needs a gorgeous built-in bookcase and it would be great to not have extra furniture eating up floor space.

Everyone needs a gorgeous built-in bookcase and it would be great to not have extra furniture eating up floor space.

And a desk for two. :)

And a desk for two. 🙂

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