Dude! Seriously? It costs THAT much??!
I thought I had an edge over the average Joe, since the construction industry indirectly pays my rent (and occasionally lays me off...) But it turns out, when I am asked to do pricing for others I am generally not overly concerned with the bottom line. After all, I didn't choose the fancy pavers in the plaza or the partitions in the restrooms, I just count how many of them there are and add the number to a spreadsheet. Also, when you are talking bugdets of $2.8 million, a $2500 counter top really ain't such a big deal.
But, $2500 is a big deal to me and my significantly reduced bank account. Think it can't possibly cost that much? Well, think again. All I wanted was a nice, granite counter. Is that so much to ask? I found out it is freaking $64 a square foot, not including the cost for backsplash or edging. Poo.
No granite for me.
Guess what else costs more than I thought?
3. Tile flooring.
4. Overlay for concrete floors.
7. Gardening tools.
8. Books about gardening.
9. Trash pick up service.
11. Cable television*
*Actually, on that last one, it is hard to say. You see, the cable company advertises this "triple play" deal which gives a great price for the first six months. However, no one seems to be able to quantify the costs after that. We don't even really want cable tv, but it is actually more expensive to get just a phone line and internet service. WTF?