I guess it should come as no surprise that we are turning to IKEA for budget reductions in the kitchen and possibly bath as well. Maybe I was crazy thinking we could fit a custom, “Urban Kitchen” into the 100K budget or maybe I just wanted another project since I’m not busy enough already. The “Urban Kitchen” idea will live on and we hope to see it in either the 120K House or the M&M 100K Plus House.
So how much will switching to IKEA save us? Our rough budget for the custom kitchen was $4K for the casework and $1K for the countertops. We have not chosen the exact IKEA cabinetry we want to go with as of yet, but I think it’s safe to say that we will stay under $2K for cabinets only. I’d like to go with a nice recycled content countertop still, so we’ll leave the countertop budget as is which should afford us $50 – $60 per linear feet. Not a lot, but we should be able to figure something out.
Another source of savings with the IKEA kitchen will be in labor as I intend to assemble and help install myself. Next week we will probably be posting a list of items that we can put our own sweat equity into to reduce the overall cost further. It is important that this list not be too long or require too much expertise in order to make the arguement that other buyers could accomplish the same list in an effort to achieve the $100K target.
IKEA Cabinets in Place of Custom Casework
Total Savings: $2,000
New Construction Total: $109,215
We broke the $110K mark! Our builder and architect met this AM to discuss further cost reduction strategies so hopefully we’ll have more exciting budget reduction posts soon on our way to our final goal.
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