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The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary significantly, how you determine the price depends on multiple factors:

Size Of The Kitchen

The size of a kitchen is often determined by the room’s square footage, lineal footage of cabinets and countertops. 

Quality of Materials

The cost of materials can vary widely, depending on the quality and type of products used. For example, custom fabricated countertops, additional appliances such as a steam oven, from brands like Sub-Zero and Wolf, and other finishes will be more expensive than basic options. When high end materials are used, labor price goes up to handle, typically because of additional installation requirements and tools.


A kitchen remodel can involve varying degrees of changes, ranging from simple updates of fixtures and finishes to more complex renovations that entail altering the floor plan, moving utilities and walls, or even creating an entirely new kitchen in a different part of the house.

At the most basic level of kitchen remodeling, replacing fixtures and finishes is the primary focus, which involves refreshing elements like cabinets, lighting, flooring, and countertops to create a fresh new look and feel. This kind of renovation usually does not entail modifying the kitchen’s layout or structure.

On the other hand, changing the floor plan, which involves relocating walls and utilities, is a more extensive remodeling process that might involve relocating the kitchen to another section of the house or expanding its area. This type of renovation necessitates more thorough planning, including considerations for plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.

Creating a new kitchen or relocating the existing one to another part of the house entails designing a completely new kitchen space, which can be quite challenging. It necessitates careful preparation to ensure that the new kitchen area is functional, efficient, and meets the homeowner’s requirements.


Are you only looking for the physical construction portion of your remodel? Do you need professional design or architecture services?

To give you an idea of what to expect for your kitchen renovation in Northern California, let’s take a look at starting costs for a standard project with no layout changes (appliance packages aren’t typically included in the estimate due to price range for those alone going anywhere from $2500 to $30,000+). These prices are removing and replacing everything in a standard sized kitchen (10’x12′), excluding the appliances:

  1. Budget kitchen: starting at $32,000 (Includes: White shaker cabinets, quartzite or granite composite prefabricated countertops, 6′ Island)
  2. Mid-grade kitchen: starting at $44,000
  3. High-end full kitchen: starting at $68,000 (high-end is typically only used in larger kitchens)







Size: How dimensions and finishes impact the remodel cost

While it may seem obvious that larger kitchens cost more to renovate, the real cost drivers are lineal feet of cabinets, countertops, and brands of appliances, and finishes you choose. More exotic materials for the cabinets, hardware, and countertop material means higher costs, regardless of the size of your kitchen:

Small Kitchens

70-100 Square Feet. Typically a galley or L shaped kitchen with minimal counterspace and just enough space for one person to comfortably work. Appliances: Narrow fridge, four-burner range, overhead microwave.

Medium Kitchens

The most common sized kitchen in older homes. Medium-sized kitchens may feature an “L” or “U” shaped layout, and may also have an island or peninsula to provide additional workspace. With an area ranging from 100-144 square feet, medium kitchens offer comfortable space for two cooks to move around and work in. Commonly found appliances in medium-sized kitchens include an upright refrigerator, a four-burner range, a dishwasher, and a microwave.

Large Kitchens

Spacious large kitchens are typically equipped with plenty of cabinets or a pantry, as well as an island or peninsula for extra workspace. With a size ranging from 144-225 square feet, large kitchens offer comfortable space for three cooks to work in, as well as extra room for socializing and dining. Commonly found appliances in large kitchens include a wide upright refrigerator, a six-burner range or cooktop along with a separate oven, a dishwasher, microwave, and possibly even a wine refrigerator.

Extra Large Kitchens

Extra large kitchens exceed 225 square feet in size and feature a pantry or larder, and even can have a Prep Kitchen adjacent to the main kitchen. These spacious kitchens are often equipped with a variety of amenities, making them ideal for cooking and socializing with family and friends. In addition to ample room for dining or lounging, extra large kitchens are commonly outfitted with an extra wide upright refrigerator, six-burner range or cooktop, multiple ovens, multiple dishwashers, a microwave, and a wine refrigerator.

Small Kitchen

Medium Kitchen

Large Kitchen

Quality of Materials (A.K.A Finish Level)

The term “finish level” pertains to the overall quality and cost of the materials, fixtures, and finishes used in a home renovation project. This encompasses various elements such as wall treatments, flooring options, countertop species and fabrication, cabinet materials and construction, as well as the specific brands and models of sinks, faucets, and fixtures selected. The more upscale the finish level, the greater the potential for expenses to escalate quickly.

  • Budget Finish: Typically, when working on a tight budget, home renovation projects rely on readily available materials sourced from large retail chains like IKEA and other large manufacturers, such as Lioher and Mantra. These include pre-made cabinets in standard sizes. Countertops are prefabricated and locally sourced from a large warehouse. Backsplash comes in the form of tile from a big box store such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Floor & Decor, as well as a variety of floor tiles/vinyl plank flooring costing under $3 per square foot, including options from brands like DuraLux and Daltile. For the kitchen sink, popular brands such as Delta, Moen, and Kohler offer budget friendly product lines.
  • Mid-grade Finish: Mid-grade materials strike a balance between cost-effectiveness and quality of materials. Examples of mid-grade materials are cabinets from brands like 21st Century Cabinets (offering classic selections), Bertch Cabinets, Mantra and Fabuwood, which offer both durability and style at reasonable prices. Arizona Tile is a company that provides mid-grade tile for your backsplash options, and raw slabs of stone to be fabricated for your countertops. Additionally, mid-grade fixtures from well-known brands such as American Standard, Hansgrohe, and Kohler offer reliable performance and attractive design without the hefty price tag. Homeowners can achieve a high-quality look and feel in their renovation projects while keeping costs under control by selecting mid-grade materials.
  • High-end Finish: High-end, also referred to as luxury, materials represent a level of quality and craftsmanship that goes beyond the norm, and typically includes custom work. This category includes a range of materials, high-end tile options from brands like Walker Zanger, Ann Sacks, and Artistic Tile, which offer unique and luxurious designs. Cabinets from brands such as Grabill, Kountry Kraft, and Plato Woodwork feature high-end construction and design elements, often with customizable options.

    Luxury home renovation projects offer virtually limitless possibilities in terms of customization, craftsmanship, and material quality. Brands like Axor, THG Paris, and Dorn Bracht represent the highest echelon of luxury, offering the most exclusive and high-end fixtures available on the market. When it comes to luxury home renovations, no expense is spared, and every detail is meticulously considered to create a one-of-a-kind experience.





The term “project scope” refers to the size and nature of the work that needs to be undertaken, and can have an impact on the types of professionals that need to be hired. Generally, project scope is divided into the following broad categories:

  • Minor Renovations (Facelift): These are small-scale renovations that generally involve cosmetic updates, such as painting, replacing light fixtures, or installing new plumbing fixtures, painting cabinets etc.
  • Major Renovations (Standard Project): These is a larger scope of work than a facelift, requiring more extensive work, such as replacing flooring, cabinetry, new countertops and backsplash, upgrading plumbing or electrical systems, and installing new fixtures.
  • Structural Renovations: This type of kitchen renovation is typically suggested for individuals who want to fix a badly configured space or enlarge their kitchen. If you’re planning a complete transformation, it may require the removal of walls, rerouting of plumbing lines, and rewiring of electrical connections. This often involves stripping the room down to its bare bones, including the studs and subfloor, and potentially even completely removing them. In some cases, even moving the kitchen to a completely different area of the house.


When planning a kitchen renovation, you will need to consider what type of service you are looking for: Builder, designers, and architects are all parts of the industry. Depending on your specific requirements, there are various options available for selecting the type of firms to engage with.


If you have already made all the necessary selections for the finishes and have a clear idea of what you want your project to look like, a build-only service is the appropriate choice for you. This service involves a general contractor who carries out the demolition and construction work required for the project. While some general contractors focus only on the build service, there are different levels of service offerings available within this category. This means that some contractors may not provide professional design services.


Design services can be categorized into creative and technical design. Creative design involves working with an architect or interior designer to redesign the space and typically costs 10-20% of the construction budget, depending on the level of service. However, some firms may charge a flat fee based on the project scope and anticipated duration. Technical design expertise, on the other hand, is necessary for projects that require permits and safety considerations, such as gut renovations. An architect or structural engineer is needed to ensure that the project is done safely and to code.


For design and build services, you can hire a designer/architect and a general contractor separately, or opt for a design-build firm. The latter offers advantages like working with the same firm for planning, design, and construction, which can save time, provide seamless coordination, and keep the project on budget. Many clients appreciate the working relationship and its benefits.

When it comes to remodeling, it’s many customer’s first time. There are a lot of questions that may come up, hopefully we can answer some of them for you here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The final cost of a kitchen remodel depends on the size of the kitchen, quality of fixtures and finishes, and whether plumbing fixtures will be moving or changing. In Chico, a full, rip-and-replace kitchen remodel for an average-sized kitchen with budget finishes ranges from $32,000 to $45,500. A major gut remodel adds an extra 15-25% to the total cost. A medium tier kitchen price can be anywhere from $45,000 to $68,000 depending on the size and final finishes, typically higher tier finishes costs more.

You can purchase materials for the project, but we won’t ensure their quality, warranty them, or handle any issues that arise if they’re not ordered correctly. Opting for our full service can provide a more streamlined and defined price for your project, and prevent delays that may occur due to inexperience.

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen there is a lot of planning involved. Unlike a bathroom remodel, where you likely have a second one that won’t be impacted during the entire project, a kitchen remodel means you will not have a place to prepare food during construction. To reduce the duration that you won’t have a place to prepare food we won’t start the physical construction until all of the materials have been decided on, ordered, and are ready for installation. Depending on what types of finishes are ordered can make the waiting time last anywhere from a couple weeks to six or more months. The physical construction part of the remodel, from removing everything and installing all of the new components, typically takes anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on finishes.

The best layout for a kitchen remodel depends on your specific needs and preferences, as well as the size and shape of your kitchen. However, here are some of the most common and popular kitchen layouts:

  1. L-shaped layout: This layout is ideal for small to medium-sized kitchens and involves placing the main work area in an L-shape, with cabinets and appliances along two adjacent walls.
  2. U-shaped layout: This layout is ideal for larger kitchens and involves placing the main work area in a U-shape, with cabinets and appliances along three walls.
  3. Galley layout: This layout is ideal for narrow kitchens and involves placing the main work area along two parallel walls, with cabinets and appliances facing each other.
  4. Island layout: This layout is ideal for larger kitchens and involves adding an island in the center of the room, which can serve as a workspace, storage area, or seating area.
  5. Open-concept layout: This layout is ideal for modern homes and involves opening up the kitchen to the living or dining area, creating a seamless and open living space.

Ultimately, the best layout for your kitchen remodel will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the size and shape of your kitchen. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional kitchen designer or contractor who can help you choose the right layout for your specific needs.

Based on the age of a home, some upgrades or fixes may be necessary, such as:

  1. Structural issues: If your kitchen remodel involves moving walls or changing the layout, you may discover structural issues that require additional work and costs to address.
  2. Plumbing and electrical upgrades: Older homes may require updates to plumbing and electrical systems to meet building codes, which can add to the overall cost of the project. Plumbing has often become corroded and is either reducing water flow or has metal deposits in the water. Electrical often doesn’t have ground wires.
  3. Mold or water damage: If there is existing mold or water damage in the bathroom, it will need to be addressed before the remodel can begin, which can add to the overall cost.

Permitting fees for major projects and change orders after a contract has been signed can also increase costs. To protect yourself from unforeseen expenses, it’s recommended to set aside a contingency budget of 10-15% for a non-gut renovation and 15-20% for a gut remodel. This monetary cushion can help keep your project on track. One of the things that we see often is that once the room has everything removed it becomes a lot easier for customers to see different possibilities that they were unable to see prior. In this instance be prepared that you may be interested in changing the plan once the construction phase has started.

In California, any construction of new buildings and most home remodeling work requires a permit, according to the California building code. This means that a permit is necessary for modifications that change the footprint of your living space or the roof line of your home. This includes alterations such as building or changing detached structures, cutting new holes for doors, windows and skylights, and making major electrical or plumbing changes. For larger changes, typically those involving structural changes, will require drawings to submit for review from the local building department. A permit is not required for cosmetic changes indoors, such as hanging wallpaper, painting, installing carpet or flooring, installing countertops, or making minor electrical or plumbing repairs.

Our contractor is the owner, and has been remodeling custom bathrooms, kitchens, and whole homes for over 30 years in California. He is in the field for every project, and makes sure that his staff completes the work to the highest standards. If anything is missed or needs correction we will be there to take care of it. No scope is too large for us, and nothing is too custom for our crew to handle.

When it comes to storage space, we all struggle with having enough space. In the day and age of needing 100 different countertop appliances we are often looking for space to store them when they’re not in use, or they quickly overrun our countertops. One of the designs we don’t recommend, unless you have a large space, is having a pantry, not in the form of a cabinet. Framing a walk-in pantry uses a lot of room, and aesthetically can be disconnected from your kitchen. For kitchens under 200 square feet we would recommend using tall kitchen cabinets for your storage and pantry space.

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