Has anyone recently done an extensive remodel of an Eichler? We're looking at the possibility of purchasing a fixer Eichler (1700-2000 sqft) in the Bay Area and fixing it up and we were wondering what kind of budget we should consider for the remodel.
even when contemplating only a kitchen, figures could range from $5K to $50K... so it all depends on what you need/want/expect and where you want to start. we've kept a pretty extensive blog on our own project and try to share costs where we can... others have done the same.
perhaps you can list what you hope to accomplish and how much you can expect to do yourself and our answers can be more specific. for us, for instance, a new foam roof ran about $18K and we had the skylights reworked (and one added)... others have paid less and a few have likely paid more. just like anything, it's hard to put a specific number on things...
but when you're talking about relative costs, sometimes, it's like asking: how much does a new car cost? (insert number between $8K and $80K here)... but more specifically, how much does a new pickup truck cost? (insert number from $10K to $40K)... even more specifically, how much does a new ford F-150 cost ($18K to $25K)... etc. the more specific the request, the narrower the range will be.
then add 10%... ;)
It would also be helpful to know where it's located.
It also depends upon how many unforseen obstacles one runs into during the process. Despite having had a home inspection, we ran into several unexpected problems during our project. That created alot of stress, prolonged the project and substantially increased the amount of money we spent. Be prepared for something to crop up - no plan goes exactly as envisioned. It may sound silly, but if possible, make sure you check prior water bills in order to find out if there are undisclosed leaks in the water supply lines. That was one of the problems we ran into and it forced us to completely abandon all existing water supply pipes (both hot and cold) and re-route new pipes over the roof. Make sure you have enough money available for these types of unexpected problems. When working on an Eichler, you can pretty much count on opening a can of worms at some point in the process. BTW, I'm not trying to scare you, just trying to prepare you. Good Luck!
Like others have said, it depends on the quality of the remodel and how "original" the house is. We bought a fixer in Cupertino and have been throwing $$ at it since January. The foundation was great, as was the radiant heat system. The rest is a work in progress but will be an amazing home when we're finished (hopefully in a few weeks). We've lived in it since March, starting in one room and gradually unpacking as the remodeling cleared each room. I figure we'll be close to the 150K mark for an extensive remodel as it can get.
Here's our list of repairs, upgrades, remodel... The roof, kitchen and glass probably account for half of the budget spent.
Replace single pane glass with double-paned - Add supersized skylight over atrium
Upgrade electrical to 200 amp
Flip-flop a kitchen/dining room - complete kitchen remodel
Level and tile entire house
Remodel both bathrooms
Paint interior/exterior and replacing some panels
Convert 1+carport into 2-car garage
redneck modern has an awesome blog that we were lucky to find in the beginning part of our remodel so it has been very helpful and informative...in the spirit of sharing information, we have also been chronicling our remodel with pictures etc.
we posted a bunch here: http://myeichler.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html
we bought a major fixer this past summer and have spent the last 3 months fixing it up.
we have upgraded/remodeled:
added gas to kitchen
low profile HVAC system
a few windows