One of the first questions we get from homeowners looking to remodel their kitchen with Sea Pointe is – “How much will my kitchen remodel cost?“
Home remodeling is similar to purchasing a car—with so many options available, prices can vary drastically. Although this is a very difficult question to answer briefly, we will try to help you understand some general pricing guidelines when considering the cost of a kitchen remodel in Orange County.
Based on Sea Pointe Construction’s more than 35 years of Orange County remodeling experience, we’ve listed below the three greatest drivers in kitchen remodeling costs. We created this handy chart diagramming the cost break out of an Orange County kitchen remodel cost. This is one of many communication tools we use to help you budget and design your kitchen; knowing where the expenses break out enable you to see where you have the most flexibility to cut or add budget based on your priorities.
Generally speaking, kitchen cabinets and installation can account for 40 to 50 percent of your kitchen remodeling costs. When it comes to cabinetry, simply put, you get what you pay for. Outlined below are the key considerations associated with your three major options.
Refinishing Existing Cabinets:
- Least expensive option to reduce your average cost to remodel a kitchen in California
- Involves lightly sanding and or stripping the old cabinetry finish and applying new stain or paint
- No upgrade/alterations to cabinet quality and functionality
- New hardware to update your look and match new accessories like pendant lights
- Depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen, costs fall between $2,500 to $25,000
Refacing Existing Cabinets:
- Involves adding a very thin veneer to the outside of the existing cabinets and installing new doors and moldings
- No upgrade/alterations to cabinet quality and functionality – no cabinet inserts, roll-outs, or storage drawers
- New hardware to update your look and match new accessories
- Depending on the amount of cabinetry, costs fall between $15,000 to $35,000
Semi Custom or Custom Cabinetry:
- Wide range of quality & finish options
- Unlimited size modifications, maximizing storage and functionality down to 1/4 inch of cabinetry
- Freedom to mix/match wood species, finish stain or glass pain, door style and glazes.
- Wide range of storage inserts and accessories
- Each design decision will affect cost, but this option typically starts at $30,000.
Countertop materials are another large ticket item that is typically surprising to most homeowners. The amount of counter space you have in your kitchen will affect how many pieces of slab materials you will need and the labor needed to fabricate the material. The cost of countertop slab materials such as quartz or natural granite can also have quite the range in pricing based on the design, quality, accessibility and where it was mined from.
Removing Structural Walls
Removing a structural wall is absolutely not an “as seen on TV” process. Structural engineering can also become necessary if you are relocating or adding a window or door in a new location. When incorporating a structural aspect to your kitchen remodel project, the cost for construction plans required by the building departments will increase as will the construction costs mostly in foundation and framing. These costs depend on the structure of your existing kitchen and how small or large your project is. Plan on these costs starting at $10,000 to your remodel budget to include the additional construction documents, foundation and framing work needed.
Relocating Appliances and Plumbing
The space plan and layout of your kitchen also plays a large factor into the cost of a kitchen remodel in Orange County. Relocating plumbing and electrical to accommodate a new kitchen appliance or sink layout can be labor intensive. Starting in the 1990s, most Orange County homes were built with a post-tension slab foundation. We proactively x-ray the slab to avoid any issues and then precisely trench concrete in preparation for the new plumbing or appliance relocation. For homes built on a raised foundation, the process is much less intensive and can keep some money in your pocket. The advantages of using a design build construction firm is that we provide value engineering; this means that we have structural engineers on our team, enabling us to find ways to design your space for the most efficient cost whereas a using a general contractor will necessitate you to do your leg work with an architect and structural engineer independently.
To start dreaming of your kitchen remodel, take a look at our Orange County kitchen remodel portfolio. You’ll find traditional design, modern design, contemporary design, and transitional design. The more ornate your cabinetry detail, crown moulding, ceiling detail, and elaborate light fixtures are associated with traditional design. As you simplify your design lines and have cleaner lines, minimal details, you are heading more in the design style of modern and contemporary.
As a design/build company, we pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to design with them and make suggestions that give them their dream kitchen while making them feel comfortable with the investment they are making in their home.
Q: Can I cut cost on my kitchen remodel by painting my cabinets?
A: In some situations you can paint your existing cabinetry. The only challenge is the condition and structural integrity of your existing cabinetry; you will need to remove your doors and remove the cabinet pulls from the kitchen cabinet door.
You need to be sure that you will be able to reattach the door and maintain the integrity of the hinge holding the weight of the door.
You cannot reinforce a kitchen cabinet hinge, so Sea Pointe would need a release of liability for the 5-year warranty as we cannot warranty cabinets we did not source or build.
Q: How much is it remodel my kitchen in Orange County?
A: Because materials vary so drastically in quality, we cannot use average square foot price to cost out your kitchen remodel; One homeowner may want an over-the-top extravagant chef kitchen with top of the line marble, custom cabinets, custom inserts, reinforced pot rack, pot filler, kitchen island, butlers pantry, wet bar, and more.
While another homeowner may want a kitchen remodel on rental property where the materials will be on the lower end, custom features minimalized, and square footage low. Sea Pointe Construction takes pride in honoring our word and eliminating vague costing by designing your kitchen remodel first.
This enables us to know the exact materials, square footage, features, amenities, and the cost of every nail we need to build your new kitchen. This is how Sea Pointe continues to earn repeat business by delivering honest numbers based on real-life kitchen remodeling costs in Orange County.
Q: Will my property taxes increase if I do a kitchen remodel in Orange County?
A: Always consult your CPA, though the rule of thumbs is that you only incur additional property taxes on additional living space.
Provided you keep your kitchen remodel inside the walls of your existing home, you should not incur additional property taxes on top of the cost of a kitchen remodel in Orange County, CA.
Q: Will I save money if I remodel my kitchen and bathroom at the same time?
A: Absolutely; economies of scale impact the cost of your kitchen remodel when you combine project enabling the project manager to efficiently schedule your construction minimizing duplication that occurs when doing projects independently.