I wanted hardwood floors, granite countertops, a new sink, one of those faucets you touch and the water comes on or goes off, a backsplash to complement everything, stainless steel appliances, and finally replacing or refacing the cabinets and adding new doors.

We’ve been losing some sleep over all the little details that our initial budget didn’t take into consideration – building a wall to support the oven which will be installed at an angle, designing and building a support for the table top at the end of the island, patching the ceiling where the soffit is removed, etc.kitchen remodel cost

Today began with a breakfast in downtown Folsom (out of the window of the restaurant I could still see a few runners from the half-marathon that I had considered running trickle by as my eggs benedict arrived), followed by a long walk down to the river, and an afternoon and evening at Grandpa and Grandma’s.kitchen remodel costkitchen remodel cost

Every November they put out an issue called Cost vs. Value.” This annual survey not only shows you the approximate cost of a particular remodel in your region of the US, but it will also tell you what kind of return you could see if you were to sell your home after the remodel.

We spent about a week agonizing over whether we could go up that high or try to scale back in some areas, but we ultimately decided that we wouldn’t be happy cutting corners, and we decided to just go for it. My husband probably would have been okay with the $70,000 kitchen, but knowing me I was convinced that I would spend the next ten years obsessing over what we didn’t get.