Labor shortages, low supply of construction materials and high demand during the pandemic have all contributed to higher home improvement costs. Global supply chains have since come back online and lumber, steel and concrete prices have fallen precipitously. However, other materials costs like those of PVC piping and house paint remain high. To cut costs, many homeowners have opted to DIY their remodels. Unfortunately, homeowners who DIY will not save much and they end up assuming a lot of risk. Instead, homeowners should seek the help of a licensed design-build firm in their area. A remodeling expert can guide homeowners through the design, permitting and construction phases.
Homeowners should also prioritize remodels with high ROIs or returns on investment. According to Carl Vogel in an article for This Old House, kitchen remodels have some of the highest ROIs when compared to other renovations. Homeowners can expect anywhere from 80% to over 90% ROI on a professionally executed, fully permitted kitchen remodel. Professional remodelers know how to properly estimate the amount and cost of materials. They also know how to set and follow the timeline of each project and solve any issues that might arise. As a Washington State homeowner, follow below to learn how much it will cost to remodel a kitchen in Snohomish County with a design-build firm.
What is the Difference in Cost Between a Minor and Major Kitchen Remodel?
There are a number of differences between minor and major kitchen remodels — many of which impact the overall cost of one’s home improvement project. Though we provide a detailed accounting of these differences in our Snohomish County Kitchen Cost & Considerations Guide, read on for a brief snapshot. Typically, remodel refreshes are primarily cosmetic while remodel redesigns address structural issues as well. Both kitchen remodel refreshes and redesigns involve updating the layout of an outdated space to make that space more functional for its owners.
An Example of a Kitchen Refresh
(The basic layout remained the same, while cabinetry, countertops, flooring and paint were all updated)
(Walls were removed, electrical and plumbing all moved and a new kitchen island with sink was added)
A kitchen redesign often involves removal of non-load-bearing walls and/or expanding the footprint to restructure the floorplan so it provides the best functionality and flow. Kitchen refreshes and redesigns both involve updating appliances, sinks, countertops, backsplashes and light fixtures. Kitchen Redesigns, however, often involve rewiring electrical, relocating plumbing and adding new built-ins like a kitchen island or pantry. Each of these differences could represent a dramatic difference in the overall cost of your renovation. You can expect a quality kitchen redesign in which a practiced design-build firm is involved to cost between $95,000 and $135,000. A kitchen refresh of the same caliber will cost between $85,00 and $115,000.
4 Key Factors That Impact the Cost of Kitchen Remodels
#1 The Scale and Complexity of Your Remodel
First and foremost, the scale of your remodel will absolutely impact its cost — no matter where you live. The scale of your project will likely depend on how old your home is and how well the kitchen currently functions. As such, homeowners must first determine whether they want a kitchen refresh or a kitchen redesign. Next, the cost of your kitchen remodel will depend heavily on where you live. Local laws, ordinances and standards will restrict when your design-build team can demolish and rebuild your kitchen. Whether you need permits and how drawn-out and expensive the permitting process is in your area could also impact the cost of your remodel. The availability of experienced labor in your area will also greatly impact the cost of your kitchen remodel. Last but not least, the material selection you choose can drive costs up as well.
#2 Whether Permits Are Required For Your Remodel
Not all residential remodeling projects in Snohomish County require permits. However, those that involve reframing doors, adding skylights or making major changes to electrical or plumbing systems require permits in Washington State. Minor repairs such as fixing plumbing leaks or blockages, replacing fixtures and patching holes do not require permits in Snohomish County.
The permitting process can be tricky and failing to follow it can be dire. As such, homeowners would be best-served by hiring a design-build team who can help navigate the whole process. Not only will adhering to local permitting laws help you avoid headaches in the future, it will help keep you and your family safe in your newly updated home. For a full list of renovations that require building permits in unincorporated Snohomish County, read the government’s resource on common permit exemptions here.
#3 The Current Cost of Labor and Materials
Labor costs and materials costs will all vary depending on where you live. For example, both construction materials and specialized labor tend to be more expensive in remote areas like Hawaii. Thankfully, Snohomish homeowners who choose to work with a design-build firm need not search for, interview or hire their own contractors. Instead, a turn-key design-build remodeling firm, like VanderBeken Remodel, provides the best building professionals for your kitchen remodel.
Design-build firms will also provide a range of cost estimates for each material, fixture and finish involved in your remodel. Whether you are interested in high-end designer finishes or simply high-quality selections, the options are out there. To find the right remodeler for your project, check out our recent post “How to Find a Reliable Remodeler in Everett, WA.”
#4 Local Construction Restrictions
Your local government, apartment building or co-op board might restrict when demolition and construction for home remodels may occur. For example, the city of Snohomish regulates “construction noise…and other sounds that could create a ‘public disturbance’” in Municipal Code 8.16. The city’s Code Compliance resource notes “no construction or home maintenance noise…is allowed outside the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.” This includes noises “such as hammering, lawn mowing, or heavy equipment.” Construction is allowed between “9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays.”
Working with VanderBeken Remodel on Your Snohomish County Kitchen Remodel
Founded in 2007, VanderBeken Remodel is based in and passionate about building beautiful spaces for fantastic people in Snohomish County! We have served in various leadership capacities at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County and have been recognized with remodeling awards at the regional, state and national levels. Click here to see what our past clients have to say about their experience with us. Learn more about our remodel process here.
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