Plan Your Project

You have made the decision to transform your inefficient or outdated space into a beautiful functional room you will love to live in.  We put together some guidelines to help with the process, and when you have questions, we’re always here to help.  

CHECK CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE

www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx

Make sure your contractor’s license is up-to-date.

DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT

  1. What is the main purpose of remodeling your room? To add extra space, upgrade the kitchen/bathroom, increase value for selling, make changes for health reasons, change aesthetic, or just improve your living environment.

  2. What are your options?  Is there space to expand into other rooms or is there enough space to redesign using the existing footprint?

  3. Make 2 columns.  In the first column list what currently works in the room and in the other list what doesn’t work at all.  Get input from all members of your household-find out their needs and wants and consider short-term and long-term implications of your renovation decisions.  For example, will you have more or any children, how long do you plan to live in this house, will your choices increase or decrease the value of the home?  These lists will assist you in figuring out what most needs to change.

  4. Take note of traffic patterns in the room. Does the current location of appliances or facilities work or are there bottlenecks?

  5. Evaluate your light.  How much natural light can you use?  Is there an opportunity to get more with skylights, tube lights, can lights, pendants or French doors?

  6. Define the primary function of the room? Entertaining, Food prep, Multi-tasking family space, Gourmet cooks, Home office?

  7. Do you want to work in concert with the architectural style of your home?

  8. Is this your dream home, or are you remodeling to sell?

CRAFT YOUR VISION

  1.  Take out your scissors and head for the magazine rack or bookstore.  Collect images that inspire you and represent your style. 

  2.  Watch HGTV, they have great ideas, also view Better Homes and Gardens website to view their virtual rooms.

  3.  Evaluate your belongs from dishes to art, and identify what you’ll want to display in your new room.

  4.  Make an appointment and bring your ideas folder to our kitchen/bath designers and they will coordinate your ultimate desires and functionality.

PLAN YOUR TIME LINE

  1. Assume construction will be 5-10 weeks for a kitchen remodel and 3-5 weeks for a bathroom remodel, depending on the scope of work to be done.  Before construction starts, materials need to be selected and ordered. Cabinets may take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to deliver depending on the manufacture and the customizations selected.

  2. Appliances and plumbing fixtures, tile, lighting fixtures and flooring should be selected and ordered before cabinets are ordered.  This helps to ensure that both the cabinet

  3. measurements are exact and the installation doesn’t stall due to lace of materials.

  4. Consider what time of year is best to be without a kitchen.

THE BUDGET

Typically a kitchen remodel will cost about 10-15% of the total cost of your home, but these are anything but typical times, so we have put together the following material price guide and labor price guide, based on a remodel of a 10 X 10 ft. kitchen.

 
Material Low-End Mid-Range High-End
Appliances $2,700

$4,600

$12,500
Cabinets $6,500 $9,500 $19,000
Counters

$1,800-2,000

$4,200 $6,000
Fixture/Sink $700 $1,100 $2,200
Flooring $1,320 $2,000 $3,350
Lighting $700 $1,300 $2,400
Totals $12,720-13,920 $22,700 $45,650
 
Below is an average range of construction for a licensed and bonded contractor to complete demolition, plumbing, electrical and installation of flooring, cabinets, countertops and lighting.

 

  Low-End Mid-Range High-End
Construction $15-24,00 $25-35,000 $35-45,000
Avg. Total Cost (Including materials) $33,000 $55,000 $80,000

 

Additional items that affect cost
  • Permits & inspections
  • Changing the existing floor plan
  • Structural changes (i.e.) move windows, elevate ceiling etc.
  • Relocating plumbing
  • Updating and or relocating electrical
  • Repairing dry-rot or pest damage
 
THE PROCESS
 1.  Complimentary In-Studio Consultation 
  •  Introduction to materials and product lines 
  •  Define design direction and project goals 
  •  Develop basic cabinet layout 
  •  Define a ballpark budget 
 
2. Define Working Relationships
  • Determine extent of design services needed 
  • Determine contracting services needed 
  • Set project time line 
 
3. Develop Layout 
  •  In-home consultation 
  •  On-site measurement 
  •  Preliminary cabinet layout 
  •  Review of material choices in context 
 
4.  Order Materials 
  • Finalize material choices 
  • Finalize cabinet specifications 
  • Get Permits