Remodeling Costs 101 Process

We're going to tell you a very important secret...there is no such thing as a cost per square foot in the remodeling world!  High pressure salesmen use this as a tactic to weed out prospective clients prior to investing a great amount of time into a project, or to get a feel for where a client's budget may be.  We occasionally use historical data to give a price range that a project will fall into, but no two remodeling projects are ever alike, so how can a square foot number from one job be used on another job with completely different conditions?

Grade differences from one house to another will affect foundation wall heights on additions, obstacles and access issues change between projects, number and sizes of windows will be different from one addition to the next, and client's taste and budget on finish materials will certainly vary

So how do we price? We price each job independently based on what we see at each job and the information you give us about your wants/desires/tastes. Other factors that we may account for are the time of the year (if we need inside work because it is winter), whether a job requires an accelerated schedule because of upcoming party or event, our schedule of upcoming work, and the overall risk and difficulty of the job.

To help this process, we are going to attempt to break down the costs of remodeling jobs into price categories to aide both you and us in evaluating if we're a good fit for each other.

Master Bathroom Remodels:
  • Basic level ($12,000-$15,000): Includes a basic swap out of fixtures for other commercially bought fixtures (Lowe's or Home Depot) with very little change to plumbing locations. The cabinets are standard, builder grade with builder grade granite and tile. We do not buy cabinets, granite, or plumbing fixtures from Lowe's or Home Depot, so we may not be a good fit for this level of bathroom.

  • Mid level ($20,000-$30,000): This Level of bathroom upgrade will include good quality fixtures provided by one of our approved supply houses. The showers will have ceramic floors and/or benches, tile up to the ceiling, frameless shower doors, quality vanities and countertops. Without question, this will be a beautiful bathroom that everyone will be proud of.

  • Luxury level ($35,000+): This is by far our favorite bathroom to build. We get to break the mold and create something that no one else has. Spa showers, furniture piece type vanities and exotic tile and granite are used to create a bathroom that is ready for a magazine cover. You will certainly be the envy of friends, family, and neighbors.

Kitchen Remodels:
  • Basic Kitchen ($55,000-$60,000): You will be in this price category if you hire a professional with insurance and permits. Even though it may be basic level, it doesn't have to be boring. You will need to stay within the footprint of your existing kitchen and keep cooking and plumbing fixtures where they remain. However, by choosing a unique cabinet door style, granite countertops, and coordinating floor and backsplash type material, you will create a custom kitchen even though it is a standard configuration.

  • Mid level Kitchen ($60,000-$90,000): Everything will be gutted in this level of renovation and non-load bearing walls can be moved to increase the kitchen size. Custom islands can be installed and appliance locations can be changed. Most people usually elect to upgrade the cabinets to self closing door and drawers and install stained grade crown molding in their entire kitchen to match the crown molding on the cabinets.

  • Luxury Kitchen ($95,000 +): A true one of a kind kitchen that is a chef's dream. Exotic granite backsplashes and countertops with custom edge profiles, top of the line appliances and cabinetry. You name it, and this kitchen has it and more. These projects don't come along often, which makes them unique and one of our favorite projects to undertake.

For an interesting read on ROI for common remodeling projects, broken down by region, please see:


Ah yes, that special room that will change the way you live in your home.  Undoubtedly, this project is something that has been dreamed of for quite some time and now you're finally ready to move forward.  The big question...How much?  While we can give you a ball park price, after discussing your plans and ideas, we cannot give you a firm price until detailed plans and specifications are complete.  The cost for the design service varies depending on the complexity of the project. Typically most design fees range from $1,800 to $2,500 for projects in our local area. 

We look forward to helping you on make your project a reality. 

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