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 range 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 34 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.