It’s done! The basement kitchen is finally done! We’re one step closer to closing this claim. I snapped some pictures late last night, and found a few older ones to show the transformation of a plain basement. MIL picked the paint color, which is a painfully bold green lol. One day I’d like to redo all that! But that’s not important for now.
It’s obviously an identical kitchen. It’s a basic set up using off the shelf cabinets from Lowes/Home Depot. The original kitchen had the beveled/grooved cabinet fronts, but those have been discontinued. The new kitchen has the shaker panel cabinet fronts. I like the look better with the shaker panel. I’d still like to add crown molding to the top of the wall mounted cabinets and repaint, but that’s certainly not a priority. Not bad for a basement kitchen. The only downside is we weren’t able to install a dishwasher down here. We were quoted $4,000-$6,000 to do so, because they’d have to break up the foundation to run the plumbing. The sink was difficult enough to maneuver, but we couldn’t get away with a dishwasher. At least it was pre-plumbed for a bathroom!
Insurance gave us $5200 to do all repairs outside of flooring. This kitchen cost us $4,150 to replace. $1600 in labor, $2200 cabinets, and $350 for a dumpster. I think we did really good staying under budget!! I can’t think of anything else we need to do at this point. It helped getting the cabinets on sale and finding good, but inexpensive, labor.
The flooring was paid directly by insurance, minus my $950 deductible I paid. I pulled up the invoice but can’t make heads or tails of the numbers. All I know is insurance paid out $13,866.01 for flooring, basement (vinyl) and main level (hardwood). But I can’t figure out how much per floor, the uploaded invoice is very messy.
Also, can anyone explain “recoverable depreciation”? I have a lot of those numbers, in the thousands, on my claim notices. I need to research that.
I pulled up our claim portal for the flooring invoice and noticed that insurance has paid out a lot more recently. $5,300 for moving company (absolutely ridiculous!), $2,100 for hotels, $4,000 water mitigation. Wow! I never got copies of invoices for any of these. I feel like I should have after our last water mitigation experience with the old house. (They charged about $800 for things they didn’t do!)
That’s all for today. Almost ready to close out this claim, woohoo!