We got our first estimate in today. It was about 10% lower then our budget is, but didn’t include things like landscaping and permits. I’ve heard that permits can be as much as 8 – 10% of the value of the project. Landscaping is probably another 10 – 15% of the cost of the project. With everything added together, it probably exceeds our budget by about 10%.
The contractor figured a pretty big number for our appliances. Since we aren’t going with Wolf or Viking, the number that we got may have been a little high. Probably corners that we can cut there.
It will be interesting to see where the other quotes come in. We met with one contractor who felt that the job would take 9 – 12 months, or 3 – 6 months longer than everyone else. Ugh. Such a nightmare.