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Kitchen Remodeling Costs: Budget Breakdown

Kitchen Remodeling Costs: Budget Breakdown

Cost of Kitchen RemodelOne of the first questions we get from homeowners here at 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 a kitchen remodel in Orange County.

Based on Sea Pointe Construction’s more than 30 years of remodeling experience, we’ve listed below the three greatest drivers in kitchen remodeling costs.

Kitchen Cabinetry

Generally speaking, kitchen cabinets and installation can account for 40 to 50 percent of 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Freedom to mix/match wood species, finish stain or pain, door style and grazes.
  • Wide range of storage inserts and accessories
  • Each design decision will affect cost, but this option typically starts at $30,000.

Countertop Material

Countertops 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 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 home 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 remodel. 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.

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.

 

How to Legally Convert a Garage into a Usable Room

How to Legally Convert a Garage into a Usable Room

Garage Conversion Orange CountyFor homeowners who feel like they could use a little more elbow room, converting a garage into living space may seem like the easiest, cheapest way to add an extra room onto their house. When remodeling in Orange County especially, it may not seem like a big deal to leave your car parked in the driveway year-round to gain some extra space. However, converting your garage properly involves a lot more work than simply installing some drywall and carpeting, and doing it the wrong way can be an expensive headache.

City building permits are required for most types of construction in California, and garage conversions are no exception. But permits are just the first step. The intended use for your converted garage space will outline the building requirements you’ll be expected to abide by. Outlined below are the most important factors and requirements to consider when converting your garage to either a bedroom or general living space.

Converting a Garage into a Living Space

In a garage to general living space conversion, having the space’s existing electrical wiring evaluated should be towards the top of your list. Firstly, it is possible that the electrical wiring no longer meets building code which would require the rewiring work of a licensed electrician. Secondly, the standards set by the California Energy Commission’s “Title 24 – Building Energy Efficiency” will determine an acceptable lighting plan. This is easy with a professionals help.

While evaluating the existing state of the garage intended for conversion, it’s equally important to note whether or not there is a step between the garage floor and your homes existing living space. Such a step is most often found in attached garage units. According to the California construction building codes, in a garage conversion where this type of step exists, the garage floor will need to be filled in and raised to meet the height of your homes floor height.

Converting a Garage into a Bedroom

Converting a garage to a bedroom space oftentimes entails many more building regulations and standards. While exploring your conversion possibilities, consider that Orange County homes are required to have a certain number of covered off-street parking spaces based upon a home’s square footage and/or number of bedrooms. Meaning that part of your garage conversion project will be adding an on-site parking space.

Along with the general living space electrical compliances outlined above, complying with the required “egress” building code is imperative. Egress is creating a means of evacuation or escape should there be a fire or other life-threatening emergency. Egress is determined by the square footage and relevant location of a space. This will be enforced by your city’s building inspector.

While illegal garage conversions are all too common, you should avoid the temptation to ask forgiveness instead of permission when contemplating such a project. If you’re caught by the city, as many homeowners are, fines for unpermitted work can double or triple what you would have paid in original permit fees, and the process of retroactively obtaining permits is likely to be more trouble than having the proper inspections during construction. You may be required to open up walls to allow the inspector to view any electrical or plumbing work. In some cases, the city may require you to convert the space back to a garage. Even if the city doesn’t find out, an unpermitted garage conversion may deter potential buyers should you try to sell your home.

When you’ve confirmed that you can obtain a permit for your desired conversion, then keep in mind that you will need to make some major changes in order to make a space meant to store cars into a comfortable, attractive living area. Think electrical, insulation, drywall, heating and/or air conditioning, additional windows and/or doors—you not only need to meet your city’s building requirements, but you also want to make sure that your conversion blends with the overall look of your house. This will ensure that your conversion adds to the value and beauty of your home instead of detracting from it.

If you’re looking to add some space to your home, the assistance of an experienced remodeling company is invaluable in helping you plan and construct in the best possible way. Contact the experts at Sea Pointe Construction today to explore the possibilities.

The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER

Sea Pointe ConstructionProject Planning for home remodel believes that attention to details and meticulous planning are essential to a successful design and residential remodel. Accounting for specific construction logistics before starting a project is something the Sea Pointe Construction team prides ourselves on. This extra effort is also what keeps a project on schedule and within budget. The same careful planning and consideration applies to homeowners thinking about a residential remodel. We find that prioritizing a remodel according to the following factors help homeowners though decisions that affect cost, lead time and aesthetic.

Needs vs. Wants

First, we advise homeowners to call out those areas of the home where they would like to see the most change versus those spaces that can do without a major modification. In other words, what spaces are fine with a “remove and replace” style remodel, and what spaces need a reworked space plan? Itemizing your remodel in such a way will help to keep you focused on results. It is easy to get caught up in all the “pretty & fun” elements of home remodeling, but a prioritized list will help to keep a project’s scope of work realistic.

Timeline

Everyone craves instant gratification but before ripping out your kitchen, be sure you have all plans and materials for your kitchen remodel ready to go! This is especially important when working with specialty design materials which may have longer lead times, such as tile or cabinets. Sea Pointe Construction schedules demolition days in accordance with material delivery dates.  Not planning accordingly will lead to unnecessary stress and an unexpectedly long project. Although you may be eager to get the job done in record time, do not start until all your ducks are in a row.

Design

The Sea Pointe Construction design team understands that clients are eager to jump into the design phase. After all, material selection and color renderings are arguably the most exciting part of any home remodel. However; before spending time with your designer in our showroom, we advise clients to research design styles and elements on websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Being prepared with a broad design aesthetic helps your designer to understand your style. This can save time during design, moving your construction start date up on the calendar.

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

STUNNING DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR SECONDARY SPACES

Design for Small SpacesWhen it comes to residential remodeling, homeowners tend to prioritize kitchens, living spaces and master suites above their homes smaller or secondary spaces. Seeing as the larger spaces are the most frequented by family, friends and houseguests; this remodeling mindset is not unwarranted. On the same hand, dream kitchens should never come at the expense of powder bathroom design. The Sea Pointe Construction team believes that spaces, both big and small, deserve the same attention to detail. Straight from our industry experts, here are a few tips and tricks for adding that wow-factor to those overlooked and under-designed small spaces.

POWDER BATHROOM

Powder bathroom designs can be tricky, we know. Larger spaces allow for multidimensional design, whereas a similar approach may feel overwhelming in a powder bathroom. While working with clients, Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Carolyn Hall shares “after guests admire your beautifully designed kitchen, blow them away with an equally excellent powder bathroom!” Rather than selecting a serious tile, Carolyn encourages homeowners to make a single daring and adventurous selection. Deco, Mediterranean or Malibu style tile statement walls, add both design interest and personality to the smallest of spaces. Even as a framing detail, an unexpected tile feature is exactly the pop of flair most powder bathrooms are lacking.

LAUNDRY ROOM

Traditionally tucked away in a drab, unfrequented area of the home, laundry rooms are in serious need of design attention. Best said by Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Georgia Clarke, “No one enjoys doing laundry, but there is no reason why that workspace can’t be a beautiful one!” Luckily for homeowners, laundry room updates don’t typically make a huge impact on budget. Incorporating custom cabinetry, for specific storage needs, keeps miscellaneous laundry items off surfaces, and adds a sense of organization. A countertop, however small, makes for a great folding or sorting station. Rounding out the room with a specialty design feature, such as a sliding barn door or a phenomenal backsplash, adds extra style.

GUEST BATHROOM

Guest bathroom remodeling budgets are often compromised by a homeowner’s master bathroom focused excitement. What many clients don’t realize is that, unlike a master bathroom, most guest bathroom remodels call for minimal cabinetry, fewer tiles and less surface material. In other words, stylish guest bathroom remodels are much more manageable and attainable than they’re perceived to be! The Sea Pointe Construction design team starts with statement cabinetry for an eye catching vanity. Such a commanding design element builds character, without the need for expensive, luxury tile. In place of a shower curtain or pony wall, frameless shower doors create the illusion of space, and hugely impact the charm of small guest bathrooms. As a finishing touch, interesting plumbing fixtures further ignite the sense of professional design.

All in all, small spaces can add lively design and excitement to your home. Have fun, and explore attention-grabbing design materials before glazing over a seemingly secondary space.

The Ultimate Tile Guide

The Ultimate Tile Guide

Surface Selection 101Sea Pointe Stand Out Tile

Tile allows for originality and creates that wow-factor in kitchens and bathrooms. With endless options and possibilities, clients oftentimes have a hard time making a decision. Courtesy of the Sea Pointe Construction Design Team, below are some of our favorite tile options, combinations and applications.

Sophisticated Stone

For a client seeking an elegant and understated tile that doesn’t compromise on design and style, we suggest employing a marble mosaic. When an ultra-stylish design feature, such as a mosaic, comes together with an elegant and timeless design material, such as marble, the results are stunning.

Vibrant Variety

“When it comes to mixing and matching tile, harmony is key” says Sea Pointe Designer, Georgia Clarke. Indecisiveness is inevitable when it comes to tile selection, and we always encourage our clients to think outside the box. Limiting a kitchen remodel or bathroom design to one or two simple tiles is ordinary. At Sea Pointe Construction, we believe every design can be unique!  With professional design guidance, featuring four different tiles in a shower can be stunningly seamless!

Retro Reinvented

Subway style tile has been a staple of design since its inception. That being said, there are so many ways to take this classic design element to the next level. Utilizing materials such as metal or glass, will bring a breath of fresh air into a subway tile feature. Consider alternative patterns, such as herringbone, when using glass tiles.

Percaline Perfection

Porcelain tile “wood” planks have been pushed to the front lines of flooring options. Available in various colors and sizes, this is a great option for homeowners who love the wood floor aesthetic, but have concerns about durability and longevity. Not to mention, porcelain tile wood planks keep perfectly cool in our Southern California climate. But why limit this versatile design material to flooring? Explore the option of porcelain tile wood planks on walls for a stylized design aesthetic. You won’t be disappointed!

Distinctive Design

Don’t shy away from unconventional designs!  Any type of home remodeling is a large investment of not only time, but also money. When it’s all said and done, a newly remodeled space should be a reflection of the homeowner. We encourage clients to select materials that excite them and bring life into a space. We want every client to feel like a “kid in a candy shop” during the design process and it’s our duty to translate that excitement into a beautiful design.