Posts Tagged ‘Home remodel’

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 Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Three Different Ways to Update Your Cabinets

What if your kitchen needs more than a few touch ups? Specifically, what if your cabinets are looking a little dull, or they haven’t fully emerged from the 80s? In this case, I suggest you take a step up the kitchen remodel ladder and invest in what I like to call the “Kitchen Cabinet Makeover”.

The kitchen cabinet makeover comes in three flavors: refinishing existing cabinets, refacing existing cabinets, or replacing the cabinets altogether.

Refinishing existing cabinets is the least work intensive (i.e. least expensive) option of the three and entails sanding or stripping the old finish from the cabinet doors and then either painting or staining them.  Most clients also opt for new handles or pulls to complete the cabinet transformation. The total cost of refinishing will typically run $3,000 – $6,000 depending on how many cabinets the kitchen has, what kind of new finish is selected ,what type of new handles are chosen and if the project includes any additional small adjustments.

Refacing is more involved and, of course, more expensive. This process involves replacing the existing cabinet door and drawer fronts (the most expensive part of the cabinet), and refacing or veneering new material to the fronts and sides of the cabinets that are exposed.   If the client chooses a real wood replacement product, then it will need to be finished to match the color scheme of the new kitchen. Almost all clients who choose the refacing option also plunk down the extra bucks for new handles and pulls.  The refacing option typically starts at $8,000 and only goes up from there depending on the size and shape of the kitchen and the type of replacement door the client selects. It is not uncommon to see a final bill between $10,000 and $15,000.

Many people don’t realize that the costs of new cabinets without tear out and installation is often about the same price as refacing the old cabinets.  Consider also the return on investment. Refacing may yield a 10 to 15 year ROI, whereas new cabinets have a life cycle of 25 to 30 years. Also, if more than a few simple cabinet alterations are required along with refacing, the cost benefits of refacing quickly diminish.  Often, refacing is not the best value for your remodeling dollars, although for some, it is still a great solution, especially if resale or a short term investment is being considered.

Just the Countertops

Monday, August 1st, 2011

A Look at the Costs of New Countertops

So, you want a little more than a touch of powder and some new lipstick on your kitchen? Those who want the feel of a new kitchen without shelling out the big bucks might want to consider a basic Facelift option with new countertops thrown in.

It’s amazing how a new set of granite or stone countertops can really transform the look and feel of a kitchen. Of course, the price tag will begin to jump as you add more components to your remodel. Read below carefully so that you fully understand all the costs and additional options related to a countertop replacement.

Although other counter top options exist, most replacement tops in our area are made of either natural granite stone or engineered stone materials.  The average countertop job will include templating, fabrication, delivery and installation and will run about $3,000 to 6,000.

Depending on the project, additional costs may include the removal of the existing counter tops, replacing the sink, faucet, and garbage disposal and reinstalling or replacing the existing cooktop.  These extra costs and services can easily add another $1,500 to $2,500 to the bill.  If a new tile backsplash is in order, add on another $1,500 to $2,500 for materials and labor.

So, what often started out as a few thousand dollars for a new counter top can quickly grow into a $6,000 to $12,000 investment.  At this point, you may want to ask yourself how much longer the cabinets will really last, and if your kitchen remodel is a short term investment or long term.  If your cabinets are more than 20 to 30 years old, a replacement countertop may not be your best overall kitchen remodeling strategy.  Instead, you may want to read about refinishing, refacing or replacing cabinetry in the blog below.

The Facelift

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A Look at a Basic Kitchen Remodel

For the kitchen that just needs a light touch up, “The Facelift” (as I like to call it) usually entails new cabinet knobs or pull handles and a few little adjustments, such as the addition of  rollout trays or spin shelves. The Facelift may also include flooring.

The Facelift is the most basic level of a kitchen remodel (i.e. least expensive) and may be the best option for homeowners with a relatively new or well-functioning kitchen that just requires a few updates here or there. This is also a great option for a homeowner seeking to update the “look and feel” of the kitchen on a limited budget.

So, how much will a kitchen facelift set you back? Expect to pay $500 – $2,500 for this option, depending on the exact nature of what you may want done.

Kitchen Remodeling Explained

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

An In-Depth Look at the Different Levels for a Kitchen Remodel

What is a kitchen remodel?

Funny that such a simple question can have so many different answers. A kitchen remodel can be as simple as replacing counter tops and as complicated as breaking down an entire kitchen and completely rebuilding it from the ground up with all new materials, appliances, and color schemes.

Many people have asked me about what goes into a kitchen remodel, how much it costs and how long it takes. The vast dichotomy of options is why it is so difficult to answer these questions.

So, at long last, I’m going to lay it all out in a comprehensive series that attempts to define the many different levels or types of a kitchen remodeling project starting from the least expensive and moving up in price. If you are or will ever consider doing a kitchen remodel, stay tuned for this blog series. This information should be extremely useful in helping you determine what type of kitchen remodel you want and an approximate price range at each level.

Here are the main categories I will be reviewing: