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Kitchen remodel

Kitchen Remodels

We build custom kitchens of all shapes and sizes.

We take the time to understand your goals so we can build a kitchen that’s unique to you and your home. Maybe your ideal kitchen is contemporary or traditional, U-shaped or galley-style, custom or prefab — or somewhere in between. We can preserve the original look and feel, or build something completely different.

When remodeling a kitchen, there are countless layout and style options to choose from. Most often, our clients are interested in transforming a closed-off kitchen into larger open-concept space connected to the home’s dining and living areas. Common kitchen remodeling projects include:

  • Removing walls to create an open floor plan 
  • Reconfiguring the kitchen layout to improve the room’s flow
  • Updating the appliances, countertops, cabinets, and other fixtures 
  • Upgrading or repairing the appliances, electrical, or plumbing 
  • Adding windows, built-ins, or other custom features

Featured kitchen projects

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our recent projects — and start gathering ideas for your new kitchen.
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Kitchen remodeling costs

The total cost of a kitchen remodel varies heavily based on the city you live in, the size of the kitchen, the quality of materials, and changes to the room’s layout. The average kitchen remodel costs anywhere from $150 to $300 per square foot. 

While these estimates are broad, a licensed general contractor like can give you a more detailed estimate after examining your space in person. Whether you’re planning a major kitchen overhaul or a minor kitchen remodel, the team has quoted hundreds of projects, so we have a keen understanding of what might affect the cost of yours.

If you're not quite ready to get a quote, we recommend exploring localized cost data reports. The Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report includes the average costs for different kitchen remodeling projects, including minor, mid-range, and upscale examples. Below are sample project scopes for mid-range and upscale kitchen remodels — our team's specialty. Just keep in mind that these examples are national averages, and they don’t include changes to the floorplan: 

Major, mid-range kitchen remodel

Average cost: $69,000

Scope of work: Update a 200-square-foot kitchen with a new functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a new island, laminate countertops, and standard double-tub stainless steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Includes an energy efficient range, vented range hood, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

Major, upscale kitchen remodel

Average cost: $136,000 

Scope of work: Update a 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass-tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting, including low-voltage under-cabinet lights. Install tile or similar flooring that looks like wood.

Remember that a kitchen remodel is an investment in your home. While it’s certainly true that you’re adding to your home’s resale value, you’re also improving your quality of life. We spend hours in our kitchens every day. The simple experience of being in a place that perfectly meets your needs is hard to put a price on. 

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Kitchen remodeling FAQ

How will I pay for my kitchen remodel?

Your project will have progressive payment milestones as we complete the work. There is an initial down payment to finance permit and design fees, or any raw materials needed to start the project. From there, you’ll pay additional invoices as outlined in your contract’s payment schedule. 

There are several different strategies to fund a kitchen remodeling project. Examples include using your savings or taking out a loan. For more information, read our guide to financing a remodel

What kind of materials should I look for? 

In the construction industry, materials are often categorized by grade. These definitions are loose, but they correlate to their quality and cost:

  • Custom grade: above-average price, above-average durability
  • Quality grade: average price, average durability
  • Builder grade: budget price, below-average durability

High-end finishes like calacatta marble countertops or mahogany wood floors will quickly increase your total cost. By comparison, lower-grade alternatives like IKEA cabinets or vinyl floor tiles are inexpensive, but they won't last as long. There are plenty of mid-range options to consider as well. Our project consultants are happy to discuss what’s best for your lifestyle and budget. 

How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?

For most, kitchen remodeling takes between 8 to 10 weeks of construction for a project without structural changes and around 10 to 12 weeks for something with structural changes. However, as with most things, this all depends on your unique situation. When we start a kitchen remodel, we include a projected timeline for every phase of the project. It’s normal for things to shift around once the work begins; our goal is to make sure those changes are clearly communicated and updated as we go along. 

What are the best resources to gather kitchen remodeling ideas?

If you’re in the early stages of planning a remodel, we recommend starting online. Often, creating a Pinterest board or Houzz idea book is a helpful way to understand your likes and dislikes. There’s no limit to the number of photos you can use for inspiration.

You can also visit local showrooms to see what specific designs and materials look and feel like. Because these items are in a staged kitchen, it’s easier to make more practical choices, rather than having to pick items from a look-book of swatches and samples.

If you know you’re ready to move forward with your project, we recommend incorporating interior design services into your kitchen remodel. A decorator may charge by the hour or offer a la carte packages. While fee structures differ from designer to designer, they’ll help you think about your design holistically, so everything looks and feels intentional, from the faucet to the drawer pulls on your cabinets.

If you prefer to shop around for these items yourself, simply let your Pro team know you’re interested in, and we will make sure it’s ordered, shipped, and installed at the right time.

How do I get started on my kitchen remodel? 

We can guide you through every step of your kitchen project. Some clients already have designs and permits in hand. Others are just starting out with an idea and a budget. No matter where you are in the process, we can help you achieve the result you want — on time and on budget.