Archive for the ‘Kitchen Remodels’ Category

Top Reasons To Remodel A Kitchen

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

With all my years in the remodeling industry, I’ve come across plenty of different reasons why clients ultimately decide to remodel their kitchen. That said, most of the reasons fall into three main categories. Keep reading. Do any of these problems apply to your kitchen? If so, we’re only a phone call away!

Too Small

Families grow. Aging parents are brought in. Children move back after college. Or maybe you just want to be able to entertain more.  Whatever the reason, things are getting cramped. A kitchen expansion is in order, and a remodeling contractor can help you expand your kitchen to fit the dimensions of your life.

Not Functional

Every home has a different traffic pattern. Maybe your kitchen causes regular daily pile ups, or you hate where the drawers or cabinets are. If navigating your kitchen causes a serious spike in blood pressure, it might be time for a kitchen overhaul where you work directly with a designer/contractor to rebuild your personalized kitchen space.


If you’ve been living in your house for a long time (say, a decade or so), you might start questioning the lava lamps and shag carpeting. Not only is your kitchen out of date, but it may suffer from the wear and tear that happens to every room over time. Handles break, wood rots, hinges squeak, etc… It’s probably time for a standard remodel, which can include buying new and efficient appliances, refinishing cabinets, or replacing cabinets and putting in new counter finishes, faucets and handles, floorings and adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls. In a short amount of time, your kitchen will seem brand new again.

If your kitchen suffers from any of these issues, you might be due for a remodel.

Call K B Design and Remodeling at (619) 448-2927 for a free consultation and quote today.

Levels of a Kitchen Remodel: Conclusion

Monday, August 29th, 2011

So there you have it folks. In a nutshell of six blogs, I’ve reviewed the major categories of a kitchen remodel and included general pricing for each category.

I hope that this special series has been helpful to you as you start planning your own kitchen remodel. Remember, we can help! K B Design and Remodeling serves the San Diego area and has nearly 30 years of experience remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.  This means we can provide you with honest answers to your remodeling questions and offer quality design solutions and cost saving tips for your remodel.

We also provide a free in-home consultation, which can be very educational and illuminating, especially if this is your first remodel. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and the quality of the work we do. We’d love to show you first-hand what we can do for you , which is why we offer all new clients a $500 discount on their design services to get their remodeling project started.

Your design remodeling consultant:

Frank D. Edwards, CKD, CBD, CR.

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Kitchen Space Alterations

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The highest level of a kitchen remodel requires space alterations. This type of remodel includes many of the components of the “New Kitchen Layout” remodel as well as a physical expansion of the kitchen itself. Most clients seeking this type of remodel will want new flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances and a complete makeover of aesthetic design.  As you can imagine, a project of this breadth will require additional work effort, time and expense.

Most clients who choose a kitchen expansion remodel do so because they really enjoy using their kitchen and have a long-term mindset when it comes to investing in their home. They recognize that a kitchen expansion will not only enrich their lifestyle and the pleasure they get from their home, but that the money they put into the kitchen remodel is likely to come back to them when it comes time to sell the house.

K B Design and Remodeling recently finished such a project. The client loved to entertain, and he wanted more storage and countertop prep area, but with  only 29LF of kitchen space, his kitchen was very disfuntional and did not come close to meeting his needs or lifestyle.  We rearranged walls, relocated the sink and refrigerator, removed a window, and altered the patio door. The resulting 51LF kitchen provided our happy client with a dramatic improvement in the size, shape, functionality  and look of his kitchen. Tour this project.

Pricing for a kitchen expansion varies too much to provide even an approximate price range. Sometimes you can add as little as $5K to $20K to the cost of an average kitchen remodel for your home.   Often this extra cost can pay sincere dividends in the improved lifestyle and enhanced overall  value of the home.  If you are truly interested in learning how much a kitchen expansion will cost for your home, give us a call. We provide a free initial consultation, where we can discuss your vision and give you an idea of how long it will take and how much it will cost. 

New Kitchen Layout Within Existing Space

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

When investing big bucks into a kitchen remodel, most clients want the freedom to rearrange the major components of the kitchen to improve traffic flow, storage space and the aesthetic look of the kitchen itself. In this case, the “Pull and Put” may not offer enough flexibility. Instead, the client should opt for a new kitchen layout within the existing space. This means that anything and everything can be shifted within the existing confines of the kitchen.

A new kitchen layout includes many of the “Pull and Put” components such as new cabinets, floors, and countertops. In addition, the design of the kitchen is reworked for maximum space efficiency and workflow. Usually, the resulting kitchen looks more modern and roomy.

Other changes that clients sometimes opt for are additional cabinets and convenience accessories such as rollout trays and pullout trashcans. If major appliances are moved, plumbing, gas and electrical utilities may need to be reworked.

This level of design service allows the contractor and client to customize the kitchen to meet the client’s individual lifestyle needs. For example, a family with four children will need a very different kitchen than an empty nest couple.

As usual, the cost can vary greatly on this type of project depending on the components of the remodel and the size of the kitchen. However, I think it would be safe to say that anyone in the San Diego area could expect an approximate cost of $40,000 – $60,000. Just remember that a kitchen remodel is an investment in your house. A substantial portion of the money you put into a kitchen remodel will be earned back in the increased resale value of the home.

The Pull and Put

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The Economical Kitchen Remodel

The “Pull and Put” is an industry term for taking out a kitchen and putting a remodeled kitchen into the existing space. The new kitchen is similar to the original but includes minor alterations.  The remodeling portion of the “Pull and Put” typically includes replacing existing cabinets, floors and countertops. Storage space and appliance upgrades can also be addressed with this type of remodel.

The “Pull and Put” is a very popular option for rental or flip properties where owners are seeking a time-efficient and price-efficient kitchen upgrade. This can also be a good option for a homeowner who is satisfied with a current kitchen’s size and footprint, but wants to improve the quality and look of the room’s finishes (aka the room’s surfaces).

The pricing of the “Pull and Put” depends on the specific components of the job as well as the size of the kitchen. The pricing range below is very general. A “Pull and Put” for a smaller kitchen (24LF and under) can reasonably be done for $15,000 – $30,000. For average size kitchens, (24LF – 32LF), a “Pull and Put” remodel will probably cost in the range of $25,000 – $50,000. This pricing is still substantially lower than the average cost for a complete kitchen remodel in our San Diego area, which, according to Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost versus Value” Report, usually starts at approximately $65,000.