Zillow Offers Homeowners Cost Information for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

I like to share information on remodeling cost from outside sources to lend creditability to our own estimates.

Todays homeowners have grown up in the DIY culture and underestimate the cost to many home improvement projects when calling a professional to get involved. We often find Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most underestimated areas of the home. Many homeowners we talk with in our own business, estimate their kitchen remodel will cost $5000-10,000. Homeowners are shocked to hear in most cases, $5000-$10,000 won’t cover the cost of their counter tops and cabinets.

Zillow and other popular sites are working hard to educate homeowners on todays prices based off of local and national averages. Want to see how much home improvements average in your area just go to Zillow  and type in your address, scroll down the page about half way until you see: Improve Your Home Value. 

>Minor Kitchen remodel @$20,000 (replace cabinets existing location, new counter tops, sink, faucet, labor) No relocating of appliances, or removal of walls or bulkheads as that will start to double this figure do to additional trades such as electrical and plumbing as well as code compliance requirements. Cabinets and counter tops are usually 70-80% of the remodel budget.
>Bathrooms @$18,000 if your upgrading from a standard tub/shower surround to tile shower, flooring, new vanity, lights, sink, faucet, toilet, labor. You will also see an added value price to the right of the improvement cost, this price will change based on your homes location as this photo shows in contrast to the above photo.
Zillow also has a Home Design tab on website that offers beautiful ideas to inspire you in creating you dream project ! 

Remodeling Good, Fast, Cheap…You can have only two !

I still laugh about the contractor triangle I heard about on an episode of the Bernie Mac Show. I’ll explain, Bernie’s wife Wanda wants an new room addition for their house. The contractor gives him the price for everything Wanda has asked for and Bernie is of course shocked.  The contractor shows him a triangle that looks similar to the one above, and Bernie is told he can only have two and he needs to make his pick.

Then the contractor tells Bernie the options he will get with the two he picks:

“You can have it GOOD + FAST, but it won’t be cheap, because they will postpone every other job, cancel all appointments, and stay up 25-hours a day just to get your job done. {By the way, this is what his wife Wanda wants}.”

“You can have GOOD + CHEAP, but it won’t be fast, because they will do a great job for a discounted price, but you’ll have to be patient until they have a free moment from paying clients.”

Finally, “You can have FAST + CHEAP, but don’t expect it to be good because you’ll get what you pay for, which usually means shoddy work.”

Well this is the truth of it in a nut shell when choosing a contractor you need to decide what’s of most importance to you…Quality, Price or Time?

If you want it “Good” it will take time and you will pay more because your labor is skilled.

If you want it “Fast” quality can suffer and If you want it “Cheap” corners get cut.

Good, Fast and Cheap is the utopia of remodeling, it just doesn’t exist.

At Holp Construction & Design we offer a professional remodeling service that delivers a quality project in the time required.

We don’t cut corners or use inferior products, we don’t rush your job and sacrifice quality, and we charge exactly what’s needed to get the job done right the first time.

                     You deserve more than a cheap job!

Kitchen Countertop Materials

Here are some of the most popular counter top choices in the industry today. How much will they cost really?  With todays products that’s not an easy answer, we see the typical homeowner spending between $2000- $4500 on kitchen counter tops. Laminate tends to be at the lower cost end, while granite and quartz are at the higher end and the most popular still.  

Laminate: Today’s laminate isn’t the Formica countertop you had growing up. In fact, there’s an almost endless supply of attractive laminate options that look like a wide variety more expensive countertop materials (for a fraction of the price).

Marble: Like granite, marble is a classic choice for high-end countertops. But, unlike granite, marble is highly susceptible to stains and etching, which can be pretty upsetting after shelling out the cash to have it installed.

Quartz: Silestone or CaesarStoneCaesarstone (the brand names typically associated with quartz) are the “plug-and-play” alternatives to marble and granite. While quartz is still expensive, it doesn’t require the sealing or constant maintenance that other materials do.

Granite: Granite is still king for a reason: it looks great, it doesn’t require massive amounts of upkeep and when compared to other natural stones (slate, soapstone, quartz), its costs are reasonable. While granite’s popularity has been waning slightly, it’s adoration among homeowners still soars.

Butcher Block: In terms of value, it doesn’t get much better than butcher block. While upkeep is a must with these countertops (oiling is required every six months), the price-to-impact ratio makes them extremely attractive to many homeowners.

Solid Surface: It’s all fun and games until something gets scratched — a lesson many solid surface (or Corian) countertop owners found out the hard way. While solid surface has been a popular choice in the past (and still looks great today), many homeowners have turned to other alternatives because of the potential scratching.

Stainless Steel: If you’re a serious cook (or just like the sleek look), stainless is a great choice. While stainless is practically indestructible (wine, beets and acidic liquids are no match), avoiding scratches and smears (finger prints and small crumbs become immediately apparent) can be difficult.

Composite: Composite, or eco-friendly, countertops are made from materials like recycled paper and are bacteria, stain, heat and scratch resistant. In addition to durability, these countertops also don’t emit radon gas, are free of VOCs and food safe. Composite countertops do require some sealing and specialized maintenance.