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Defining when a contractor can start on your bathroom remodel

The holidays are approaching us fast and we are getting asked daily how long it will take for us start a bathroom remodel in San Marcos CA.  Bathroom remodeling timelines are not really that tricky, but they do depend on more than when the contractor has an opening in their schedule. Are you wondering what the factors are that determine when a remodeling contractor can start on your bathroom project?

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Type of bathroom

The type of bathroom you are going to remodel influences the start date.  If you are going to remodel a powder bathroom there are less moving parts than in remodeling a hall bathroom.  Some contractors may be able to get started much quicker.  A hall bathroom which is not going to require a permit will take less time to start than a master bathroom that is going to be completely gutted with a floor plan changes.

Permitted versus non-permitted

A bathroom remodel in San Marcos CA (or any other San Diego or Temecula project) which is going to be permitted will take longer to get started than a project that is not going to be permitted.  The reason is because of the extra steps that have to take place to get the project prepared for a permit to be submitted.  Then the permit process itself takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks (or longer, sometimes, if changes are required).

How decisive you are

How quickly you can select products will also be a factor in deciding when the contractor can start on your project.  The more available you make yourself to go shopping and the more decisive you are in regards to design – the quicker your contractor can get started on your project.  Oh, and if you are in a hurry – make sure you to select products that are readily available!  Selecting a tub that is back-ordered 8 weeks is not going to help your contractor get started on your project quickly.

How busy the remodeling team is

The winter is surprisingly busy for bathroom remodeling companies in San Marcos CA. Homeowners who want to have their permitted bathroom remodeled in time for the holiday parties they have planned are typically building their bathrooms by September (which means they started the process in July or August).  Your remodeling contractor will not want to disappoint previously contracted homeowners which means your project may be delayed in starting until they have completed other projects.  This works out best for you, as well.  Once construction begins on your project, you do not want to see multiple delays due to having labor spread too-thin on multiple jobs.

Planning a Bathroom Remodel in San Marcos CA?

If your question is not “how much does a bathroom remodel cost?”, but “how quickly can we get started?”…. then we suggest you start with the end in mind.  Come up with a date that you want to have your project completed by and share that with your contractor.  Your remodeling contractor will be able to assist you with determining if your completion date is realistic.  If you ready to discuss your San Marcos CA bathroom remodel, call us for a free consultation today at 858-224-7373!




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Guide to Kitchen Sink Options

When you start planning your kitchen remodel, we tell customers that you will be making a lot of decisions.  We aren’t kidding!  Think about your kitchen sink.   It surprises people that not only do you have to decide what material type you want, you also need to decide what size sink you want.  Then you also have to decide the bowl type that fits your needs best.  Here are some stylish sink types for kitchens of all types of kitchens. Let’s break down these options to help you find your next sink!

Re-purposed kitchen sinks

Repurposed Kitchen Sink - Kitchen Remodel San Marcos CA

If you are spending more money on other parts of the kitchen and don’t want to spend a lot on the sink, re-use an old sink. Shop at thrift stores or salvage shops and find a good functioning sink and have it refurbished. It’s a cost effect way of adding some character to your kitchen and save you some money.

Custom kitchen sinks

Custom Kitchen Sink - Kitchen Remodeling San Marcos CA

Do you have an odd space that maybe a standard sink wont fit?  Try getting a custom sink.  This option allows for you to be creative in your choice. You can pick the material it’s made out of, color, size and so much more.

Professional kitchen sinks

Professional Sink - Kitchen Remodel San Marcos CA

Are you creating your dream kitchen with the theme of master chef,?  Then you need a professional sink.  A professional-grade sink to stand up to all of your cooking. These professional sinks have heavy-gauge stainless steel, washing space and deep basins.  Perfect for washing large pots and pans.

Fully integrated kichen sinks

Integrated Kitchen Sink - San Marcos Kitchen Remodel

Fully integrated sinks are sinks that have no molding, caulking or sink edge.  These are easy to clean and it has invisible sinks.  You will need the exact size and sink depth.  This option is getting more and more popular

Apron kitchen sinks

Apron Kitchen Sink - Kitchen Remodeling San Marcos CA

Apron sinks don’t just belong in traditional kitchens; they can go with contemporary kitchens. Make sure your cabinet selection will fit this type of sink.

Hand painted kitchen sinks

Hand Painted Kitchen Sink - Custom Kitchen Remodel San Marcos CA

If you have a specific theme or style in your kitchen remodel and you want that theme to go down to the sink, it can be done. Hand painted sinks can add a personal flair to your kitchen and absolutely customize-able depending on the manufacturer.

Stone kitchen sinks

Stone Kitchen Sink - Kitchen Remodeling San Marcos

A stone sink is very durable and Is usually made of the same stone as the countertop.  If you want something that is seamless and durable for your sink option, this is a great choice.  Price varies on countertop material and size.

Single bowl kitchen sinks Vs: Double bowl kitchen sinks

The debate rages on with which is the better choice. It really comes down to the homeowner and what they are comfortable with. One large single bowl is perfect for washing large pots and pans.  Having dual bowls is helpful to separate clean versus dirty dishes. The decision depends on your activities and how you use your kitchen sink.  If you decide on a dual bowl sink then your kitchen sink options start up again because you will need to determine the best bowl depths for your cooking lifestyle.

With so many options out there for sinks, it’s hard to nail one chose down.  Remember to think about how you use your sink, what will make your kitchen experience better and your overall design.

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Senior Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas

The baby boomers are aging and we receive calls from them frequently asking for ideas on how they can safely stay in their home.  Most clients are concerned about their safety in the bathroom specifically because of the fear of falling in the shower.  If you are considering a senior-friendly bathroom remodeling project in San Diego or Temecula, here are some things to consider.

You may not have to remodel the whole bathroom

This bathroom remodeling project was specifically for a homeowner who had a concern about safety in her home.  The homeowner’s concern was mainly the shower so she did not remodel her cabinetry.  The shower went from having a dangerous curb to being curb-less.  You may want to add a fold down seat in the shower.

Cabinets are one of the most expensive parts of a remodel so that can save you some significant cash if you are comfortable leaving it as-is.  Do not remodel just for the sake of remodeling, especially if you are on a fixed budget.

Consider your flooring

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If you anticipate being in a wheelchair or using a walker, you may want to consider upgrading your flooring for easier maneuvering.  If you have smooth or glossy porcelain or ceramic tiles you will absolutely want to change out your flooring because they are relatively slippery when wet.  Textured floors are a must-have for a senior friendly bathroom remodel. Easy maintenance is also a concern for seniors who wish to age in place.  When considering your flooring you not only want to prevent falls, you also want to consider how hard the surface is in the event you do have a tumble.

Add wall support

Wall Support - Senior Friendly Bathroom Remodel San Marcos CA

When planning your senior friendly bathroom remodel, your contractor should absolutely include one or more grab bars in the space.  Your contractor will install bracing for the installation of grab bars which will prove to be helpful as you age in your home.

Add Adjustable and hand-held shower headsModern Shower - Home Renovation Rancho Bernardo CA

As someone who has been stuck in a wheelchair for a period, I can share with you that adjustable shower heads and seats in the shower are heavenly.  There is no other way to describe how helpful it is to have a hand held shower when you need one.

Senior Friendly Bathroom Remodel

If you are in need more senior friendly bathroom design ideas, you can find a very comprehensive list on the National Association of Builders website.  Are you ready to talk with a contractor to get specific ideas about your home?  Call San Diego home remodeling contractor Classic Home Improvements today to schedule a free consultation at 858-224-7373

Floor Tile Tips From A Home Remodeling Contractor

As a home remodeling contractor we have ordered hundreds of thousands of linear feet of tile.  If you are planning a remodel then we have some tips to for you to consider before you select and purchase your tile.  Yes, tile selection and tile purchase are two separate topics believe it or not!  Following these simple suggestions can make a huge difference in how your remodeling project turns out.

Location of flooring

Consider the location of where you will be installing the tile floor.  Is it space which is consistently near water, oil, or grease?  If so, you would be wise to avoid smooth or high gloss ceramic or porcelain tiles which will become dangerous in that type of setting.  We recently remodeled the front of a home where the owner had installed smooth ceramic tile in the entry way of the home.  Every time it rained or the sprinklers went off the homeowner nearly broke her neck.

Floor Tile by Product Type

Travertine, Marble, Slate, Ceramic, Porcelain, Faux Wood, Quartzite, Granite, Stone and Pebbles, Onyx, Cement – those are enough different types of tile to make your head swim.  Each product has pros and cons so you will want to research them to determine what product type works best for your home.  What do we mean by that? Each product type has different maintenance and cleaning requirements so before you purchase, make sure you are comfortable with how to properly care for your new tile.  Also, take the time to research durability, stain resistance, water absorption, matte finish options, and through-body color (in the event you chip the tile in the future).

Size of space being remodeled

If you are working with a home remodeling contractor ask their advice about what size tile you should purchase.  Tile flooring comes in different sizes starting at 1″ squares and increasing in size to 24″ squares.  Larger tiles can make a small room look larger and can keep a large area seem less busy.  Alternatively you can opt for plank tile which can add depth and texture to your space.

Tile Setters - Flooring Contractor San Marcos CAPattern options

There are dozens of different flooring pattern options for you to choose from.  Visually, tiles set in a diagonal pattern will give an optical illusion of the space being larger than it actually is.  You may want to consider adding a mosaic if you have a large space.  It is critical you make this decision before you actually purchase your tile so you can order the property quantity of tiles.  As you research your options, we feel the need to share with you that intricate patterns will likely increase the cost of installation.  If you are working a home remodeling contractor, we suggest considering the different patterns available to you.  If you are paying for a beautiful space and you are not the one installing it, why not take advantage of the professionals and get something that no one else has?

Getting measurements

When it comes time to purchase your floor tiles we can not stress enough – take proper measurements of your space.  Take the measurements and then re-take them.  In fact, take them a 3rd time for good measure.  One of the best things about hiring a home remodeling contractor is they are responsible for the measurements.  If you can’t tell, proper measurements are critical!  There are tons of tile calculators online, use them or give the measurements to the sales rep when you purchase the tiles.

Purchasing the tile

Find out from the retailer if they will allow for refunds for unused tile or unopened boxes because you want to order MORE tile than you need.  A safe bet is to order 15-20% more tile than you need.  If you do not use it all – great – return it.  Better yet, save it because if you break a tile and need to replace it the chances of you purchasing that same tile and having it match 100% are nil, none, nada.  Even if you measure three times, there is a chance you may have .miscalculated.

Home Remodeling Contractor Tip

Do NOT buy cheap tile.  If you buy cheap tile you are going to notice it once it is installed.  If you do purchase cheap tile then make sure you have larger grout lines.  Consequences of buying cheap tile include having edges which will not be smooth. Cheap tile is prone to moisture, cracks, and fading problems.  Trust us when we say you can not afford cheap, it is just not worth it.

If you are ready to speak with a home remodeling contractor about a project you are considering in San Marcos CA, call today 858-224-7373 to schedule a free consultation.

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3 Tips for planning a whole house remodel

Classic Home Improvements is proud to offer San Diego whole house remodeling services. Many times when customers are looking to build an addition to the house, they end up remodeling the whole house.  Remodeling is similar to pulling on a string on your sweater.  As soon as you pull the string the whole shirt starts to unravel.  In remodeling, once you upgrade one portion of the house, you start wanting to remodel the adjacent space.  Here are some tips on where to start when planning a whole house remodel:

Contact a San Diego Whole House Remodeling Contractor

San Diego Whole House Remodeling contractors are typically Design Build firms, which are different from the type of remodeling companies you would reach out to for a basic kitchen or bathroom remodel.  Design Build companies help you from concept to design and through construction.  Most San Diego whole house remodeling contractors have great reputations because they have been in construction their whole careers.  This means they have processes and procedures in place to ensure your project will be completed on time and on budget.

Architect Versus Design-Build

Some homeowners assume they have to start with an architect or a designer when planning a San Diego whole house remodeling project.  Learn the difference between working with an architect versus design-build firm.

Note:  A contractor who says they can not help you until you have worked with an architect is NOT a design build firm.

Another important note:  If you sign a design agreement, you have essentially decided that you are going to use that contractor for their construction services if you decide to move forward with the project.  Read up on the difference between an estimate and a design agreement so you understand the difference before meeting with your contractors.

Research the pros and cons of living in the home during the remodeI

You are making a plethora of decisions about style and design and spending a small fortune when remodeling a whole house.  On top of that, construction incredibly dirty, dusty, and smelly.  There is no way around it.  There may be times you are without water or electricity.  On top of that, construction is noisy.

A whole house remodel will not be completed in 4 weeks like a simple remodel.  Your San Diego whole house remodeling project can take anywhere from 4 months to 12 months, depending on the complexity of the project.  That can be incredibly stressful and may affect your family and work life negatively.  So for the love of Pete, spend some time considering the pros and cons of living elsewhere during your remodel.


Before you reach out to a San Diego Whole House Remodeling Contractor, check out some images of a recently completed project by Classic Home Improvements in Scripps Ranch (and then give us a call! 858-224-7373).  We are a design build firm, although we are happy to provide an estimate to build your remodel if you have already reached out to an architect or designer.

Kitchen Appliances You Must Include In Your New Kitchen

When homeowners hire us to complete their kitchen remodel, they frequently ask if they should go out and buy their appliances.  Our suggestions is to select appliances but not purchase them until we have had an opportunity to ensure the selection will work within the kitchen design.  As a San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor, here is a quick introduction to the different types of kitchen appliances you will be exposed to in the local showrooms.


Kitchen Range - San Marcos Kitchen Remodeling Company

Ranges are a necessity in the kitchen but do you settle for something simple or something that says you are a pro chef in the kitchen? There are so many ranges to choose from, there are standard slide-in freestanding, stainless steel, commercial-style and vintage cast iron ranges. Depending on your style of the remodel pick something you will love and what will work with your design.  Tip:  ask your San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor if you need to select a gas or electric range.


Oven Below Cooktop - Kitchen Remodeling San Marcos CA

In kitchen remodels we have stopped seeing the average ovens and cooktop combo and are seeing cooktops in one area and ovens in a wall. Separating the two is great because it opens the doors to many possibilities. Double ovens, wall ovens, warming drawers and steam ovens can all be added to your kitchen remodel, or just the one ones you really one.


Double Oven Microwave on Top - San Marcos Kitchen Remodeler

Having a separate cooktop allows you to have more room to cook around the kitchen. Don’t be disrupted during a task to move out of the way to put something in the oven. Keeping everything separate is convenient way of cooking. You have individual space and you keep your cooking and baking separate.


Modern Refrigerator - Custom Kitchen Remodel Contractor San Marcos CA

Refrigerators are a big part of your kitchen so picking the right refrigerator can be a unique experience. It is very easy to go overboard on your refrigerator selection. Make sure you pick a fridge that was everything you need and works for all your needs. Some fridges have bottom-freezer built-in to the refrigerator perfect for storing lots of items.  Tip:  ask your San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor if they have preferred vendors in town, you might be able to save some money on your purchase!


Modern Appliances - Kitchen Renovation San Marcos CAMicrowaves are starting to look trendy in new kitchens. Some are built in and some are countertop versions. Typically, in new remodels we tend to see more built in microwaves. Built ins are microwaves that are installed in a cabinet and has custom fitting and kits. These can be located and placed in various parts of the kitchen. Some are over the stove or on top of a build in oven. Others are built into the island with a microwave drawer installed instead of a typical microwave. If none of these are your style a stand countertop microwave can work just the same.

Wine refrigerators

Love wine but not a wine connoisseur? No problem wine refrigerators are starting to pop up more and more in kitchen remodels. Wine refrigerators come with single or dual refrigeration. No depending on what types of wine you want to store, the type of refrigeration is important. A single-zone fridge works well if you are storing one type of wine. Dual-zone refrigerators allows you to store multiple types of wine in the same refrigerator. So your love for wine can impact the cost and size of your next wine refrigerator!

We know remodeling a kitchen is a tough process but that is why we suggest reaching out to a San Marcos kitchen remodel contractor before you go out and purchase anything.  Make sure you select your appliances and review with your contractor before making the purchase. Knowing the sizes and type of appliances you are putting in the new kitchen will help alleviate any headache for the cabinet company or installer and can save you money in the long run.

Do I need a permit to remodel my kitchen?

As a San Diego remodeling contractor, we obviously do a lot of kitchen renovations.  When we meet with homeowners regarding their upcoming kitchen remodel, many consumers will ask whether or not they need a permit from the city.  Sometimes they will ask us what the process is for obtaining a permit. Other times homeowners will ask how long the permit process will take.  Here is some general information about permits for remodeling your kitchen.

Lets start with what permits are and why they are important because everyone loves to hate permits.  Basically, permits are a way for the city to regulate construction.  Not just a way for the city to collect fees, permits are used to govern safety and ensure energy conservation.  I can promise you your contractor loves permits just as  much as you do.  Let’s face it, no one wants to be babysat which is what the permits do, and no one likes delays, which is what permits cause.

The real question everyone wants answered is whether or not they need a permit for their kitchen remodel.  The quick answer is: only if you are moving or adding plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or walls within the home.  So if you are refinishing your cabinets – you will not need a permit.  If you are removing cabinetry and replacing cabinetry in the same location – you will not need a permit.  If you aren’t sure – just ask your contractor because they’d better know the answer.

There are a few different types of permits.  One type of permit is trade-specific (electrical, plumbing, or mechanical). So if you have decided to run some electrical to add some new outlets or install new lights, you would need to submit approval for an electrical permit.  If you wanted to add plumbing to your island so you could have a vegetable sink – you would need a plumbing permit.  The other type of permit is a building permit.  So if you were going to remove a wall, you would need a building permit.  If you were moving a wall and doing electrical and plumbing work, you would need a building permit plus a permit for each trade which will require a full set of plans rather than a line drawing strictly for the trade you will be affecting

So how you do get a permit?  There is a process which is why everyone dreads having to obtain permits.  You will need to have a qualified person, usually a draftsman, measure out your property and create a set of “as-built” drawings which will show how the home is currently built. From that set of plans you will create a set of plans for how you will remodel the house.  When you submit the plan to be reviewed, there are times when the city will have special zones review the plans before you are approved for the permit.  For example, if you live near the airport you may need to have the plans reviewed by the FAA.  If the plans need to be reviewed by a special zone, the city will arrange for that.  Your contractor should be very aware of the permit process and have solutions for how to go about getting your permit so you can build your kitchen remodel.

Once you have your permit, which takes typically 4-6 weeks, you will need to have the home inspected as you build the project.  Since you are likely working with a remodeling contractor, your contractor will call for inspections.  Inspections also delay the project because you have to a) schedule the appointment and stop work until the inspection is approved and b) if there is anything the inspector does not like then he will fail the inspection and your contractor will need to fix it and call for a second inspection on a different day.

No one truly enjoys the permit process.  We suspect even the inspectors dread them.  They process does ensure your remodel will be completed safely and to code.  If you need more information about San Diego permits for your kitchen remodel, visit the City of San Diego development services website.

Wainscoting Ideas For Your Bathroom

Wainscoting… you have heard the term but do you know what it is?  This method was once used to protect the bottom half of walls from dirt and damage to plaster walls and exposed wall. Wainscoting has evolved into a remodeling style and is done with various materials.  Here are some ideas on how to pull off a wainscoting style in your bathroom.

Bead board

Bead board is a popular choice in bathroom remodels. Bead board looks great when a free standing tub and pedestal sinks are in the bathroom. It gives the bathroom an overall vintage look. It dresses up the area and has a warming effect. Think of wainscoting as elegant armor for your walls.  Bead board is a great cost-effective alternative to tile.

Subway Tile

Subway Tile Wainscoting - General Contractor San Diego

Subway tile is a very decorate and functional way of creating a unique design. The great thing about wainscoting is that it acts like a backsplash or tub surround in bathrooms. The various options of tile that can be used for your bathroom is endless. Try Carrara marble subway tile for an upscale elegant look or glass subway tile of a bright and bold color. Even white classic subway tile can look classy and elegant.


Paneling is a great way to give your home a nice warm look and give your walls an elegant feel.  Paneling can be done with various wood designs. One way of making paneling work if you paired a wood paneling you love and add crown molding to your ceiling as well. The two working together in one room can add some definition to your room and also make it look very elegant.

Paneling and wallpaper

Bathroom Paneling with Wallpaper - San Diego Home Renovations

Wainscoting with paneling and wallpaper is also another fun way of adding a decorative flare to a room. Pick a fantastic panel you love along with your favorite wallpaper print and the combination. This gives your room an elegant look along with a pop of creative flare.


Barnwood Wainscoting - San Diego General Contractor

Want a unique rustic look? Try barn wood. Barn wood as wainscoting can look fantastic and really give your home an elegant rustic feel.

Metal paneling


Imagine giving the ultimate man cave a unique masculine look, try metal. Metal is a sharp material but can look fantastic with wood rimming.

Wainscoting works in various rooms of your home, living rooms, hallways, foyers, and laundry rooms. Depending on the look you want to achieve, it can be done with various materials types of woods, tiles, ect. Your house and walls will thank you in the long run for protecting the walls with such stylish options.


Kitchen Remodel For the New Year

If you are planning a kitchen remodel for the New Year then you need to start getting your estimates TODAY.  Not tomorrow.  Do not wait!  Below, we have included some timeline information you need to be very aware of when planning your San Marcos kitchen remodel.

Selecting a contractor – 3 weeks

We are hearing more and more frequently that homeowners are having a hard time getting return phone calls from kitchen remodel contractors in San Marcos.  The reason is because this is the busy season for remodeling contractors.  Most projects are coming out of permits and are getting ready to build in September and October.

When you start looking to get estimates for your San Marcos kitchen remodel, you need to budget 3 weeks to meet with contractors.  Typically you will have two meetings (per contractor). The first meeting is to gather information and a second time to review your proposal and estimate.  San Marcos kitchen remodel contractors usually ask for 7-10 days to prepare your estimate.  Will the process start-to-finish take you 3 weeks?  It depends on your availability as much as it depends on your contractor’s availability.  It also depends on whether or not your contractor NAILED it on the design and estimate on the first round.  3 weeks is a safe bet in our opinion if you are motivated to get started and have a flexible schedule.

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Designing your kitchen – 2 weeks

While you are finalizing your design for your new kitchen, your contractor will need to take measurements of your current space for construction.  The design, measurements, and drawing stage adds 1-2 weeks.  The act of measuring and designing does not take that long. Most of the time delays are in scheduling coordination between you and the contractor.

Obtaining City Permits – 6 weeks

If you are moving walls, moving or adding plumbing or electrical then you will require permits.   If you are getting permits you need to tack on at least 6 weeks in your schedule (permits usually take 4-6 weeks if there are no city delays, corrections, or additional reviews needed).

 Warm Kitchen Cabinets - San Marcos Kitchen Remodel

Product selection and delivery – 8 weeks

Selecting the finish materials for your San Marcos kitchen remodel can take quite a long time. Classic Home Improvements provide 4 hours product selection time with a coordinator to help expedite the process.  This is not a standard service though in San Marco so ask your contractor if they help you with product selection.  Once materials are ordered you are looking at 6 – 8 weeks to get all the materials delivered.  Most reputable contractors will not start on your project until all your finish materials have been delivered.  This helps to reduce construction time in your home if there is a material back-order or defective item.

Construction – 8 weeks

Once you start on construction there are some variables that need to be considered.  Each project is very individual in scope, complexity, and size.  We think it is best to budget 8 weeks. Holiday schedules, the access your contractor is given to the job site, and potential delays due to inspections may increase this time frame.

Budgeting for 8 weeks should keep you from disappointment.  Best case scenarios (if you are not using a handyman service) you can expect your kitchen remodel construction time to be to 4-6 weeks if you are just updating.  If you are doing a complete makeover with custom work (adding an island, removing a wall, etc) expect 8-10 weeks.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to suggest budgeting 8 weeks.  Use the higher time frame if you have a complex project.  ALWAYS get your schedule from your contractor because each remodeling contractor has a different schedule and timeline (which change throughout the year depending on how much work they have going on).

Scheduling to get started on your San Marcos kitchen remodel

As you can see – if you want to have your San Marcos kitchen remodel completed by the New Year then you are a little behind the 8 ball.  We took the highest range of each stage of your remodel to get our point across.  Can you hire a contractor in September or October can you get your kitchen remodeled by January?  Yes, but you had better move QUICK, be planning a simple remodel, and be very available to your contractor.  You will have to make quick decisions, resist making changes in scope of work, and select finish products which are not on back-order.  Most importantly – you much pick up the phone TODAY to get your free estimate.
If you are ready to discuss your San Marcos kitchen remodel, call us at 858-224-7373

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How much does it cost to build an addition?

How much does it cost to build an addition and what do you need to consider when pondering building an addition?  Homeowners in San Diego seem to be electing to stay in their home and expand by adding a room addition rather than move.  The market changes frequently and we do not know how long this trend will stick around, but for right now the “thing to do” seems to be building an addition.  Here are some tips for what you need to consider when trying to determine how much it will cost to build an addition.

Decide if you want a first floor or second floor addition

First, there are more than a dozen options for building an addition so the first question should not be how much does an addition cost, but what type of room addition do you want to build?  Let’s talk about first floor versus second floor.  If you want to save money, add on to your first floor. A second story home addition is going to cost you significantly more money and it will take much longer to complete.  We recently submitted a second story addition to the City of San Diego for permits and let me tell you – there are things you haven’t even considered which could cause a delay in permits for a second story addition.  Live near an airport?  The FAA may need to review your building plan.  Live near the coast?  Expect the city to take extra time to review that one too; your neighbors won’t want you disrupting their view.

How will your home addition affect other parts of the house

Next,  will you be remodeling other parts of the home as well?  Many home additions end up with alterations to the rest of the house as well.  We recently completed a home addition which included expanding two bedrooms and adding a bathroom while relocating the laundry room. That is a much different home addition than adding an office or expanding a kitchen.

Decide if you are going to add a bathroom or laundry area

Small Bathroom - Room Addition Contractors San DiegoWill you be adding a bathroom?  The cost to build an addition with a bathroom will fluctuate based on what you include.  For example:  will you have two sinks or one, will you add a bidet?  Will you have a free standing tub or a large shower?  The type of fixtures and finishes you select can significantly sway the pricing for the addition as well.  Laminate flooring is not very popular anymore, but is much less expensive than tile or hardwood.  Wallpaper, which is coming back in style, is more expensive than painting.  One item at a time the price may not fluctuate by more than a couple thousand dollars, but if you are on a tight budget, each item adds up quickly.

Decide how elaborate of a space you want

Are you considering the cost to build an addition for vehicle storage?  Well, you can have an attached garage or detached.  You may want to have the garage finished or completely decked out “man-cave” style.  Some homeowners, like a customer we had in Escondido, who want a garage but do not fully enclose it.  Another San Diego resident had us add a laundry room in their attached garage addition.  An unfinished floor versus epoxy coating can be a swing of a few thousand dollars.  Adding shelving versus not adding any shelves can be a swing of $1,000 up to $10,000.

Decide how big your addition will be

Additionally, no matter what type of addition you build, the cost to build an addition will largely be determined by the size of the new space.   A lot of homeowners will ask for a price per square foot so they can try to do the math to figure out how much it will cost to build their addition.  This is a flawed way to figure out a price for a remodel and not something a contractor should do sight-unseen.

So how much will it cost to build an addition?

I still have not answered the question, how much does it cost to build an addition, have I?  I am hoping that if you read everything that was written above that you have realized by now that a contractor could not possibly tell you what an average addition costs without having much more detail about what you are trying to accomplish.  The best possible way you can get an estimate is to speak with a home addition builder directly to determine what price ranges you would be looking at for your addition project.  If you are looking to speak with room addition contractors in San Diego, call us at 858-224-7373!