Kitchens and Baths

Why are high quality Kitchens and Baths so darn expensive to remodel. It seams like many of my clients underestimate the potential costs involved in these particular projects. What is going on ?

Per square foot baths are most expensive followed by kitchens. Why, every trade can be found in both ? Lets break down what is involved in a bath remodel then we will tackle the kitchen.

Quality Baths will need ;

Professional attention in ;

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Dry wall – smooth wall
  • Tiling
  • Carpentry
  • Glass installer
  • Counter tops
  • Flooring 

Average Labor and overhead = 3 – 4 weeks + – = $32,000 to $45,000

New Components  ; 

  • Shower – bath – floor –
  • Shower – bath fixtures    [ $500 to $5000 ]
  • Sinks   [ $200 to $2000 ]
  • Sink Faucets  [ $200 to $1000 ]
  • Toilet      [ $300 to $2500 ]
  • Tub         [ $400 to $4000 ]
  • Natural Tile [ $2000 to $4000 ]
  • Medicine cabinet  [ $200 to $800 ]
  • Sconce light  [ $200 to $1000 ]
  • Recessed lights [ $180 each ]
  • New switches   [ $25 each ]
  • Heater              [ $250 wall electric ]
  • Shower Pan – base  [ $500 ]
  • Towel hardware    [ $300 ]
  • Shelves      [ $40 each in glass ]
  • Glass shower – bath inclosure   [ $3000 to $8,000 ]
  • Windows  [ $1000 to $5,000 ]
  • Vanity

Materials average =   [ $12,000 to $25,000 ]

**** Average Cost to rebuild a quality master bath =  [ $ 45,000 to $65,000 ]

Quality Kitchens will need ;

Professional attention in ;

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Counter tops
  • Tiling
  • Drywall – smooth wall
  • Carpentry
  • Flooring  

Labor and overhead = 4 – 8 weeks = [ $45,000 to$90,000 ]

New components ;

  • Counter tops
  • Tile
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Cabinets
  • Appliances – stove – dishwasher – micro wave – refrigerator – hood – garbage disposer 
  • Sink
  • Fixtures
  • Lights
  • Switches
  • Bar seats
  • Vent Hood
  • Framing
  • Doors
  • Hardware  

Materials and fixtures =  [ $25,000 to $50,000 ]

*****Average cost to build a quality kitchen = [  $70,000 to $140,000 ]

Whew these are expensive projects. To start with to build quality the contractor must use high quality components in the construction, these do not come cheap. With quality components it is best to hire a quality professional to install them correctly and efficiently. This reality is what drives the price of kitchens and baths to the levels we see today – Dave Mason

David Mason Marin Restorations 1-415-297-1489 #715338

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