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The Ugly Truth About Kitchen Remodels in 2022

Welcome to our page and welcome to the biggest undertaking of 2022, should you choose to embark on this adventure!

There is a lot of information available online, so it can be difficult to discern who is telling the truth and who just wants you in their sales funnel.

Our goal with this website and article is to help you understand, specifically, what it takes to execute a clear strategy so you can have a successful kitchen remodel, on budget and on schedule.

In this article you will find:

  1. Your 2022 kitchen remodel planning & design
  2. Your kitchen remodel construction timeline
  3. Choosing the right company - a design-build firm
  4. What are the kitchen remodel tips & tricks we recommend?

If you've been planning on a kitchen remodel for a while, you'll want honest and thorough input to get you started. 

Well, not to worry! In this article, we'll share an honest and thorough take on kitchen remodels, so you can know what to keep in mind along the way! 

Read on to prepare for your San Diego kitchen remodel fully grounded in reality!

Your 2022 Kitchen Remodel Planning & Design


Our design team will eliminate the clutter by clearing your path and guiding you through design options, layout, selections, colors, and interior decorating decisions.

Every quality process takes time, and it's normal for a full kitchen design process to take several weeks; usually between four and eight weeks. So, buckle in and enjoy the ride!

The Teknik team and home owner lean on each other to expedite what we can. But the party remaining outside of our control is the city's permitting department.

Whether we are pulling a permit in the City of Carlsbad, City of Encinitas, City of San Diego, or Del Mar, each office has been understaffed due to social distancing restrictions, and back-logged due to increased numbers of remodels. 

Permits are currently taking several weeks longer than usual,  so remember that this will impact your projects' start date. 

How long does permitting take in San Diego? It varies from city to city (Del Mar being the longest), but over the counter permits can be obtained in as little as two to three weeks. Most combination permits (which is what most kitchens require) are taking three to five months. 

Your Kitchen Remodel Construction Timeline


The saving grace! When you've gone through our process fully, you'll be prepared for every aspect of your remodel from demolition to finishes and the punch list!

If permitting was the bad news, then construction is the good news because 75% of Teknik projects are completed on time or early. Most kitchen renovations take eight to sixteen weeks, so you'll hear "a few weeks" or "a few months" from most contractors you ask.

Multiple times per week, you will receive real-time updates on your smart phone. These updated will include daily logs, progress photos, comments, requests for information (RFI's), and answers to all your questions. Receiving customizable updates is a part of why our home owners love the Perfect Remodel Process.

Are you looking for a firm who can provide thorough documentation of your project, especially when you're not home? Ask about our client-facing project profile software today, so you can see what yours would look like!

If you have questions about kitchen remodel costs, even if its a part of your larger home remodel plan, check out our Kitchens page.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Choosing the Right Kitchen Company - A Design-Build Firm

You have options in today's marketplace so you can interview and choose any of the following:

  1. A material installer general contractor; "You find and order your stuff and I'll have my guys install it for you, so I'm less money".

  2. A design & project management firm with a general contractors license: "We do it all for you, A to Z, but we take a large markup and subcontract 100% of our work to other smaller companies.". Look for this in large multi-generational firms.

  3. A licensed general contractor with a design-build model and a firm process: "Here is what the design process, permitting process and construction process all look like in terms of time and cost. Here is how we can make these dreams on your list come true with the budget you provided, so when would you like to get started?"

The best remodeling contractors available in our industry are marked by responsiveness, competency and transparency.

Equally important as finding the right fit is to acknowledge that the other two options are great business models for some. 

Our experience tells us that the third type of company (firms like Teknik) provide the best experience to the homeowner, so we recommend sticking close to the design-build model. 

Next, you'll need to start gathering companies to interview. For this process, we recommend creating an account on houzz.com, referenced below.

What Are the Kitchen Remodel Tips & Tricks We Recommend?

There are three things we recommend for our kitchen remodeling families, so check these out!

  1. Again, go to Houzz.com to create an account. Next create an Ideabook. Then, fill that Ideabook with looks, materials, and layouts that you and your partner can agree on. Finally, this vital design preparation will serve you well and make next steps much easier! Preparation equals separation.

  2. Go to Angi.com to find reliable reviews left for contractors over time. These reviews along with those found on Google & Yelp tend to be the most reliable. Additionally, if you're looking for a hyper-local app to use, check out Nextdoor.com to see what your neighbors thing or who they've hired recently.

  3. Finally, visit build.com and build.com/appliances to jump start your selections and get an idea of ETAs. If you tentatively select your kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures, you'll be better prepared to have a conversation about your budget and investment goals. Next, you can print to PDF and share with your contractor or design-build team, or share it with us!

  4. For more tips, you'll have to call 858-775-7628 and see if you're eligible for one of our free consultations! Call NOW!

Furthermore, to read about the progression in overall kitchen renovation costs or about the average kitchen remodel cost, check out this Encinitas Kitchen Remodel article.

Why Choose Teknik for Your 2022 Kitchen Remodel?

Finally, Let us be your small kitchen remodel guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Your Bathroom Remodel in 2022

Next to your kitchen, your bathroom has the most demand put on it to perform well for you and your family.  

Your bathroom, ideally, includes the following functionality: 

  • Bright and well-lit 

  • Operable window(s) and quiet 110 CFM (cubic feet per minute) vent fan. 

  • Durable waterproof flooring 

  • Minimal caulking around edges anywhere to minimize water traps over time 

  • Ample vanity storage & linen storage 

  • Ample countertop space, either on the vanity or a makeup station 

  • Large shower footprint 

  • Space to move around and add a bench or additional storage as needed 

When you contact us, we will as you several questions to uncover all your needs and make your free-consultation as informative as possible.   

Budgeting for Your Remodel

When considering the scope of your bathroom remodel, the first step is to determine your target budget range. You will need to have an overall budget consisting of two parts; the remodel portion and the finish material portion. 

The remodel portion will be your contractor's budget and includes labor, rough materials, vanities and linen cabinets.  

The finish material portion includes your plumbing fixtures, sconces or other lighting fixtures, tile and flooring materials. 

Check out our Bathroom Remodels in San Diego article to see typical price ranges for this last two years. Costs can increase from the ranges listed but they will never be less. Call us at 858-775-7628 to book your remote free consultation today! 

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Timeline for Your Remodel

The Pareto Principle, commonly referred to as the 80/20 principle, applies to the bathroom remodel timeline. Sometimes it's 70/30 or 60/40 but the principle is plain to see on every job. The majority of the bathroom remodeling work is complete in a smaller portion of time, and the smaller percentage of work, like very detail oriented or labor intensive trades. 

A great example of this is the first two weeks of your remodel contrasted by the last two weeks. The first 10 business days of your bathroom remodel will include demolition, clean up, framing, rough plumbing waterproofing, rough electrical and usually drywall.  

A lot of work gets accomplished in the middle including the most time-consuming trade of them all; tile. But just when the bathroom looks like it's ready for finishing touches and nearly ready, the custom glass shower glass measurements will be taken.  

The next ten business days, you'll be waiting for the ordering of the glass, fabrication, delivery & installation. Notice "how much was accomplished" is different but it's just the way the process goes.  

So don't worry too much if there are weeks where not a lot changes from day to day. Your contractor may be slacking, but you can't rely on your eyes alone to provide the evidence.  

To Wait or Not To Wait

Do not wait until your bathroom is in a state of disrepair to start your remodeling project. If you wait too long, water can get into all kinds of places that may balloon your costs. If the toilet flange is allowed to leak, you'll ruin your subfloor. If your waterproofing fails or your fiberglass shower insert breaks and is left alone, you'll cause dry rot, mold, and corrosion.  

Call 858-775-7628 today for more information on what it takes to execute your bathroom remodel quickly and on budget. We remodel individual bathrooms, but most of our families take care of all three bathrooms in one project. We can remodel them simultaneously but often do a 2/1 rhythm so there is always one bathroom in the house available for use. In rare cases when a family is out of town or able to use their gym showers, we can complete them simultaneously.  

Have multiple rooms you need to remodel? Check out our kitchens or process page to understand the benefits of our Perfect Remodel Process. 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Why Choose Teknik for Your 2022 Bathroom Remodel

  • Peace in our hearts and minds
  • Focus on the small daily choices that we can control
  • Harmony between our internal and external world

Dear husbands, wives, moms, and dads! We are in this with you. Please let us know how we can be of service to you. Please call if you would like to talk to someone.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Encinitas Kitchen Remodel; A Design-Build Model Is Your Cost Solution

We know how much you'd love for your kitchen to have ample cabinet storage, an excellent pantry, expanded counterspace, and continuous flooring throughout the main floor that will tie it all together!

We are dedicated to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true. From 92023 and 92024 to 92007 and 92075, we've got crew members who have been renovating Encinitas kitchens for over 20 years. 

Here are the resources we've put together for you:

  1. Kitchen remodel cost - the bad news first
  2. Design firm & contractor or design-build firm?
  3. The sane i.e., clear process i.e. The Perfect Remodel Process

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start during these times.

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you how and where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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1. Kitchen Remodel Cost - The Bad News First

We are so glad you've decided to scan this article in preparation for your kitchen remodel. Welcome!

A quick recap on costs:
 
In 2015 excellent kitchen remodels, large and small, were being done for $60,000 to $130,000 + appliances and finishes.

In 2019 kitchens were costing anywhere from $65,000 to $140,000 + appliances and finishes.

In 2020 and 2021 everything was in a state of flux. By "everything", we mean material cost, material ETA's, labor cost, labor availability and everything in between.

Thank goodness lumber is no longer 300% of what is cost in 2019. Still, all materials are up double digits and most are up between 20% and 60%. This shouldn't scare you, but it should create perspective.

That being said, we're doing kitchens right now between $85,000 and $180,000+. Most single family home kitchens are >$100,000 + finishes and appliances.

So far, the numbers are tracking for 2022 to remain in that range.

Please call 858-775-7628 for more information.

2. Kitchen Design Firm & Contractor or Design-Build Firm?

Home owner wants a remodel. Home owner starts asking around. Home owner finds someone who does something in construction and the opinion-gathering begins.

It's a normal experience to start research through organic methods like asking friends, coworkers or neighbors. But it is also considered  "normal" to have delays, change orders, and project timelines that just don't work out.

We're here to help you take your power back

Don't allow miscellaneous opinions from people who aren't paying for your project direct you to generic general contractors. Over 4500 entities in San Diego county hold a B-License; a general contractors license. But most of those aren't qualified for your project! 

So "how do I choose the right contractor for my project?"

Pursue This:


You want a design-build firm so that the team estimating and the team building are on the same team. You can value-engineer without paying over $100/hr for revisions. Furthermore, you can discuss options and accomplish adjustments in the scope with speed.

Interview three or interview ten. But please, make them design-build firms!

Avoid This:


Being a home owner who tells their architect, designer or family friend what they want and their target budget, has the designs drawn up, submits to the city and acquires their permit without first seeking council from a firm that designs, estimates and builds (this is your triple-threat key!).

Finally, the #1 reason for heartbreak in the remodel process is that the home owner innocently gives their power away to a designer who hasn't earned trust by demonstrating project after project on BUDGET

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

3. A Sane, i.e. Clear Process


So what's all this about a clear process for Encinitas kitchen remodels? Let's get into it.

Free In-Office Consultation

  • This is a conference call on which we discuss property info, project info, target scope, target budget, and the design process including design concepts, construction documents, permitting and material selections.

Free Phone Consultation

  • First look at your home on the big screen in our conference room, discuss use & function of space, lifestyle, tangible & intangible goals. We will also revisit scope & budget to confirm that the desired scope can be supported by the desired budget.

Design

  • Next, we collaborate to determine the best design process for your specific project! This is like grocery shopping; you go get what you need and leave the rest.

  • Then, we get started on the design process! Call 858-775-7628 for additional information and to find our which design items are available to you!

  • This step determines your dream design!

Teknik True Quote

  • Now that we've got clarity on your dream design, we can estimate, value engineer and find that perfect balance in your Teknik True Quote.

  • Next, if you'd like to compare it to the national and west coast averages, you can use the Cost vs. Value PDF from remodeling.com

Complete On-Time

  • The Teknik Clean Cut Crew only gets started once all materials are on-site or around the corner! Waiting to begin gives us the ability to work continuously without leaving the jobsite on "breaks" due to missing materials.

  • Our raving fans talk most enthusiastically about our Teknik Clean Cut Crew members. Since our employees are full-time with us, we can fully rely on our training, culture and quality control to make sure you've got the right trades being executed at the right times. No waiting on endless subcontractors who refuse to show up or communicate.

  • Our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee! We give you 10 business days after substantial completion to provide us with an exhaustive punch list. We make a 30-day warranty call and we make an 11-month warranty call. These calls are such relief and a joy because you're working someone who not only answers their phone, we call you to see if anything has come up!

Celebrate!

  • It's party time! Get ready for your neighbors to start interrogating you and taking pictures!

Where & How to Get Started on Your Encinitas Kitchen Remodel

Where to get started:

If it was us, we would check out customer reviews on three primary platforms:

  1. Home Advisor 
  2. Houzz
  3. Google
  4. Yelp (honorary mention, but a lot more handyman services here than legit design-build firms)

Home owner questions usually answered by reviews: "Can I trust you?" "Are you on time?" "Will you treat my house/kids/pets/family well?" "Will you usually be right about the price and timeline estimates you give me?" "Will I be happy with just the finished product or will I enjoy the process of my remodel?"

All these and more will be addressed in reviews when you're searching for top kitchen remodel companies in Encinitas

How to get started:

If it was us, we would execute the following steps to get started and prepare for your kitchen remodel

  1. First, establish a top budget limit based on the finances available and the total investment that makes sense your home
  2. Then, establish which business model you're looking for; designers, builders, or design-build?
  3. Next, establish a needs list and a wants list. This will allow you to see how far down your priority list your budget can take you. 
  4. Finally, you can visit houzz.com to create an account and start putting your "needs list" items into an Ideabook.

Thank you for spending this time on our blog! We hope that helps to move forward!


P.S. To check out our Perfect Remodel Process in detail visit teknikinc.com/about and feast your eyes!

Why Choose Teknik for Your Encinitas Kitchen?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Cardiff Kitchen Design Companies

Top tips for your Cardiff by the Sea kitchen remodel:

  1. Timeline for your Cardiff kitchen remodel
  2. Tile selections for your Cardiff kitchen remodel
  3. Please make two lists before you begin

Read on for the gold nuggets of wisdom produced by our top design-build team members!

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1. Timeline for Your Cardiff Kitchen Remodel

For winter/spring remodels, here are a few things to consider.

Lead time on material is beyond our control, so of course these estimates are really really approximate.

Small to medium Cardiff kitchen remodels including 10x10 kitchens, 10x12 kitchens, 12x15, the demolition to finishing touches portion of that for months may be 8 to 16 weeks.

2. Tile Selections for Your Cardiff Kitchen

If we're talking tile quality, look for

Good - ceramic. Ceramic tiles are basically baked clay, they chip easily because they are brittle. Not a good durable option. Flippers use ceramic tile often because of the attractive price point.

Better - Porcelain. Porcelain is probably the 80% of the 80/20 rule. Most families can find a wonderful porcelain tile option most of the time.

Brand/origin advice: The best porcelain in the world comes out of Italy. The second best comes out of Spain. If you buy from either of these places, you've got a pretty good shot at really liking your tile.

Best - stone. Of course, real stone will be the most durable but it also comes with a cost that reflects that durability. The cost of mining, manufacturing, cutting, and sanding to the desired finish is high. Some stone tiles can cost $150 per square foot, and many most more than that.

You may think that durability is the primary concern when looking at tile options, but unfortunately you need to worry about uniformity too.

There are knock-off versions of every product known to man but the devil is in the details. If you hire the BEST tile setter in the state and give him a box of cheap tile, you may have to:

Throw away up to 50% of the tile before use

Spend extra labor to trim tile that is not uniform

End up with asymmetrical tile lay patterns after all that extra headache.

You're buying tile so infrequently anyway...save yourself! Buy once, buy right.

 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

3. Please Make Two Lists Before You Begin

Here are examples of the two lists that you'll want to create for yourself:

Must Have List

  • Replace appliances
  • New cabinets
  • New counter tops
  • Updated plumbing 
  • Updated electrical
  • New flooring

Wish List

  • New doors 
  • New windows
  • Additional lighting
  • Blow out a wall
  • Add indoor/outdoor seating

Whether you are listing several items or just a few, your clarity will allow you to major in the majors when you address how to get the most for your budget.

Why Choose Teknik for Your Cardiff Kitchen Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Encinitas Kitchen Remodel

Top concerns for a 10x15 kitchen remodel:

  1. Please shop for your contractor, not your contract
  2. Timeline of Encinitas Kitchen Remodel
  3. Kitchen Permits in Encinitas

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

Teknik Testimonial

1. Shop For Your Contractor, Not Your Contract

We know, get a bunch of bids and then decide on the right guy. 

Sounds like a good idea but the truth is, you'll end up with an average contractor and larger-than-average problems. 

Adding insult to injury, you'll have change orders to fix those problems...but you no doubt chose that contractor to save money so you're actually upside down a little bit. 

If you want the truth, ask the car salesman where he buys cars for his kids...

Ask the luxury jewelry saleswoman where she buys her personal diamonds...

Ask the contractor how he shops for contractors to do work on his home and how he value engineers his own projects to achieve both of your goals: 

  1. Get the job done right the first time
  2. Do it as efficiently as possible 

If you shop for your contractor, not your contract you can have the best of both.

2. Timeline of Encinitas Kitchen Remodels

For winter remodels in Encinitas, here are a few things to consider:

Lead time on material is beyond the control of your contractor, so these estimates are really really approximate.

Small to medium kitchen remodels in the city of Encinitas, 10x10 kitchens, 10x12 kitchens, 12x15 kitchens, etc.:

  1. Plan on your windows and your cabinets taking the longest.
  2. Cabinet lead time is anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks depending on the manufacturer you choose and the quality of finish you are willing to invest in.

It is common to collaborate with your contractor for two to four weeks to make sure everything is ready to order. Once ordered, you'll wait two weeks for the plumbing to come in, and then get started.

From start to finish your Encinitas kitchen remodel may take three or four months or more if it entails structural modification. 

The demolition to finishing touches for your Encinitas kitchen remodel may only be 12 to 16 weeks.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

3. Kitchen Permits in Encinitas

After design is almost complete you're ready to submit to the city. Permitting takes several weeks but after you receive either approval or your comments back, you'll be ready...

Ready for what? You'll be ready to either:

Make adjustments based on the comments from the city.

Solidify the budget and estimate based on the permitted design.

The permitting process can feel like hurry up and wait. Permitting has taken up to twice as long since the March mandates were put into place. Some permits in Encinitas are taking 8 to 16 weeks to be issued.

Why Choose Teknik for Your Encinitas Kitchen Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Top 3 Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen

You might be wondering if you can still remodel your kitchen in 2022, despite all the recent changes! The most important thing is to get input from the right sources. We're pretty confidant that the Teknik team is one of the right sources! Here are our Top Three Tips!

  1. Open up the layout
  2. Embrace the design build process
  3. Prepare for the execution

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

Teknik Testimonial

1. Open Up The Layout


The new world in 2022 is one where we work and educate remotely. We can connect and celebrate remotely. Life can be a constant struggle if our space doesn't accommodate our needs to work, play, rest, and remain organized.

When you're remodeling your kitchen, its important to consider a lot more than looks. 

  • First, who cooks the most often, and for how many?
  • Then, who works or studies in the kitchen or would like to if the seating/island was accommodating?
  • Finally, how do you want the kitchen to flow into surrounding rooms and the outside?

Answers to these questions will set the ideal standard for your new space. Now you are ready for feasibility and asking the structural engineering questions:

  1. First, can it be done?
  2. Second, if so, what would it take?
  3. Thirdly, do you need to hide a beam, would you like to consider steel framing instead of wood?
  4. Finally, does that strategy fit with the big picture?

An open layout is a gamechanger for how the family gathers and how company flows throughout your space. You will love how much larger your space feels if you take the leap and remove a wall or two. 

To check out what some home owners spent on their similar remodels here

2. Embrace The Design-Build Process

Initially every home owner has ideas and dreams for their ideal space.

Then, as you get into preparation and planning, we help you take inventory of the physical limitations of the space.

Finally, the design-build process is about find the ideal way to use your space. You'll discover the list of features that will make your life easier and the list of possibilities that will blow your mind! 

Remember, when remodeling the sky is the limit. Anything is possible. 

Additionally, to get started on your kitchen design ideas now, use the Houzz platform today and build your first Ideabook!

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

3. Prepare For The Execution

After you've completed design and preparation, it's time to get dusty!

Next is demolition; demo will be quick, messy and loud. Even with HEPA vacuums and top of the line equipment, including air scrubbers, etc., the process of demolition is always messy. 

Additionally, it is wise to plan for 15% adjustment of the project calendar plus additional time for every change order or request for additional work.

The project timeline can get emotional at about 60% completion. Remember that if you're feeling uneasy or antsy, your superintendent can address every question and concern you have as long as you share it with him. 

You'll be done in no time at all and ready to party!

In conclusion, fire up the barbecue, invite the neighbors! Time to celebrate your new kitchen and make some jealous neighbors!

Why Choose Teknik for Your 2020 Kitchen Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Bathroom Remodels During The Holidays

We're closing in on the month of November and you've got a few things on your mind! These concerns may include school schedules, work deadlines, holidays, how to navigate family gatherings, and now you're realizing you can't keep putting off your bathroom remodel!

Don't worry, we've got your back. We've been stressed out before with a lot of legitimate work to do, and stuck in the martyr narrative of "everyone else first, I can't afford to take the time or money to do this remodel". We get it and we're here to help. 

The reality is that bathroom remodels can be put off for up to five or ten years but if you wait too long, you may be at risk of leaks, both plumbing or faulty waterproofing. If there are leaks, then you'll have dry rot or worse and much more pain long term.

Check out these three tips to help you get through your holiday bathroom remodel!

  1. Understand the holiday bathroom remodel timeline
  2. Understand the materials delivery protocols
  3. Understand the dust and dirt before you schedule gatherings
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Understand The Holiday Remodel Timeline

For the 2020 Holiday schedule, here is what you need to know:

The following holidays are not business days, so manufacturers, venders, and suppliers will be closed.

  1. Thanksgiving - November 26th
  2. Black Friday - November 27th
  3. Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th 
  4. Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th
  5. News Years Eve - Thursday, December 31st
  6. New Years Day - Friday, January 1st

Hopefully this list helps, because it will affect production in two ways. There are six fewer business days in this next season, so we loose one week there.

But, momentum matters and three of six weeks are three day work weeks instead of five day work weeks.

Therefore momentum will be negatively affected for all the players on the team. This is beautiful and necessary for enjoying the holidays and our families.

Ensure you take this into account and add another two+ weeks to your project schedule if it stratals the holiday season.

Understand The Materials Delivery Protocols

Materials are in stock in some cases, but are back ordered in other cases.

The goal is to keep the project going once it is started. When we can wait until we have all products on hand before starting, we will have a great time getting your project complted on time with no breaks. 

The thing to be on the lookout for is when a contractor wants to get started ASAP, then play it by ear...no! This will not end well. 

At Teknik, we ensure that we are checking on product availability before a contract has even been signed so that we can pivot if we need to and select a similar product/material that will be available and allow the project to move forward. 

Once we have everything we need for the first 50% of construction, we will begin demolition, so that the phases play out in smooth succession.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Understand The Dust Before You Schedule Parties

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? 

Let's go with the bad news first.

The bad news is that your holiday season will be affected by your remodel and there is nothing you can do about it. Your contractor will impact the cleanliness and schedule but he doesn't have 100% control over it so schedule parties at your own risk.

Now for the good news.

The good news is that Teknik teams will do the following to keep your home clean during construction:

  1. Mask off the construction area whenever possible
  2. Cover and mask or move furniture as needed
  3. Cover the floor with ram paper
  4. Run an air scrubber during demolition
  5. Run a HEPA filter
  6. Maintain a broom clean work area every day

With these practices in place, we end up with "the crew was so clean!" in most of our reviews. But don't take our word for it. Check out our reviews at rb.gy/h2u1su

Why Choose Teknik for Your Holiday Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Bathroom Remodeler Near Me | What You Need To Know

We are so happy you've found this article. We are excited to answer a few key questions for you before you beginning your bathroom remodel project.

  1. How can I trust a bathroom remodeler near me?
  2. How should I communicate with a bathroom remodeler near me?
  3. What can I expect from a bathroom remodeler near me?

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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How Can I trust a bathroom remodeler near me?

A Mutual Vetting Process

Trust is a gift, but retained trust is the goal

Bathrooms

First, many home owners know if they have purchased a stepping stone home or if they plan to be there long term. This article is for the home owner looking to stay long term.

When choosing to invest into your lifestyle design by creating more beautiful and effective spaces in your home, you'll select your favorite design features and finishes.  

It's our job to help you answer each design question along the way make all your product selections. You can prepare to invest $45,000 to $100,000 on a primary bathroom or $30,000 to $45,000 on a guest bathroom.

There are families who love their home but they aren't sure they're going to be there forever, despite no existing plans to sell. These families love quality, classy timeless looks and avoid hot trends that will be here today and gone tomorrow. These families choose a design-build firm to have everything done for them at a one-stop-shop. They select finishes that are durable and can take a lot of regular use. These families will often spend between $25,000 and $65,000 on a master bath or other large bathroom. Nothing extravagant and nothing cheap. 


How can I communicate with a bathroom remodeler near me?

The timeline is dependent on many factors but here are a few general ideas. 

You can expect a partial bathroom remodel to take between one and three weeks, depending on the scope specified in your detailed line-item estimate. This includes powder rooms.

Small bathrooms are typically 5x7, 6x8, or some variation thereof. These small bathrooms can take two to four weeks to complete, assuming no special order custom finishes.

Master bathrooms start out at a rounded 10x10. These bathrooms can be much larger but we're just talking about the classic size and layouts. They will take anywhere from three to six weeks typically. 

Remember, these timelines are construction only and your design and collaboration occur beforehand and are not counted in these approximate timelines. 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

What can I expect from a bathroom remodeler near me?

There are always a few key things to look out for when preparing for a bathroom remodel, no matter how simple. Here are a few for your reference:

  1. Keep in mind that the bathroom has more moisture in it than any other room in the house. Watch for mold and mildew.
  2. Current or past leaks can contribute to dry rot of the framing which would need to be replaced.
  3. The seal around old toilets often goes bad, so there are tiny slow leaks that cause dry rot and disintegration of the subflooring which needs to be replaced. 
  4. San Diego bathroom remodelers near you should all be looking for pests too. We have a high concentration of termites and other pests in this area of the country. 

At any rate, if you open up walls, you may get more than you asked for. So what do we do to avoid change orders? First thing, we educate you along the way to keep you informed in advance as much as possible. Second, we execute a "demo-and-discovery" before we finalize your detailed line-item estimate so that your price includes all foreseeable work.

Our families love the demo-and-discovery process because it allows them to rest at ease, knowing that we've done our due diligence at every step. 

Why Choose Teknik, A Remodeler Near You, for Your Bathroom Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Top Three Benefits of Remodeling Multiple Bathrooms at Once

So you're excited to get your bathrooms updated but you're not sold AT ALL on doing them all at once. You're thinking correctly when you recite that your goals are to save time and save money. And you'd also be thinking correctly when you remember that you'd like to get all the work done efficiently and you'd like to get on with your life! Here are three points that will help you.

  1. Improved timeline
  2. Improved cost
  3. Improved product availability

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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Improved Timeline

The timeline of your project will be custom designed for you. It will be informed by the scope, material availability, crews assigned to your project, and several other factors. 

If you're considering adding a second or third bathroom, for example, then your project timeline can be custom built around the efficiency of doing many thing simultaneously. Basically, three times the work will not triple your project timeline.

Can you imagine having to start with demolition, transition to 15 different stages, reach full completion, then start over with demolition in a second bathroom? Neither can we!

When you bundle scope together, the pre-construction work only happens once. The coordination and ordering of materials only happens once, and the setup phase only happens once. 

You will love your decision to bundle your different projects into one.

BONUS: When you wait to do your second bathroom until "later", the calendar of your favorite contractor is getting full. During COVID, we've been busier than ever in this industry. We are often booked out 4 to 6 months, so there is no guarantee that a crew will be available for you on demand. Bundle and save time!

Improved Cost

If your timeline doesn't triple just because the work triples, then there will also be a cost savings associated with doing more work at once. 

First, pre-construction work includes collaboration on design, layout, material selections, and value-engineering. The bigger the scope, the more opportunities there are to get creative and find solutions that might not otherwise exist!

Secondly, when you bundle work our crews can execute with great efficiency, so you'll save money on labor and you'll be surprised with how trim, tidy, and timely our crews are. That's our Three-T Promise to you!

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Improved Material Availability

COVID has made ordering materials a great challenge.

Sourcing some raw materials and manufacturing at plants with throttled production capacity has lead to a decrease in supply across industries.

All home owners that are working remotely are also in the mood to remodel since they will be stuck at home anyway, which has lead to an increase in demand. 

So, if you're seriously considering going through all the work and effort to remodel, make sure you include all the work on your wish list. This will allow you to get ahead of the crowd and get all your materials, specialty or standard, in one fell swoop. Then you can get started and prepare for an on-time completion!

Why Choose Teknik for Your Multi-Bathroom Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

How to Select a Contractor for Triple Bathroom Remodel

It's October 2020 and you've got to get your bathrooms updated right away. Don't rush yourself; let us walk you through a few top concerns and what you should consider when selecting your contractor and selecting your finishes.

  1. Right up front - no need for three to five site visits
  2. Second -  How to choose your contractor 
  3. Third - How to choose your selections

Of course this year has not gone according to plan. But two things are for sure. There are still two and a half months left, and your triple bathroom remodel can definitely go according to plan.

You're in the right place! In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the keys to a successful pre-construction and construction process. 

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Right Up Front - No Need For Three To Five Site Visits

We know. We see it every day.

Get a bunch of site visits booked, follow up to get a bunch of bids and then decide on the right guy. 

Sounds like a good idea but the truth is, you'll end up with an average contractor and larger-than-average problems. Que change order *buzzer*. 

The idea is this: Homeowner thinks, "I'll do my due diligence so I don't overspend"

The reality is this: Contractor thinks, "If I'm giving away free estimates all day long, then I'll just approximate and hopefully I get enough jobs to keep the doors open."

The result is this: Homeowner chooses based on price (mistake), the contractor gets on the job and starts to do due diligence at that point, and change orders are issued. This of course frustrates the homeowner to no end.

The solution is this: Slow down and breath when you're going to sit down and research contractors. Don't start making calls frantically over your lunch break. Take 30 minutes. Get organized. Single out a few contractors who look promising and move forward.

Wondering how do you move forward? Read on!

Second - How to Choose Your Contractor

You can whittle down your list of seven to ten contractors without any site visits.

Visit websites like homeadvisor.com, houzz.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, instagram.com and cslb.com to see if the contractors on your list are licensed, bonded, ensured, carrying workers comp insurance. 

Once you've done that, read their reviews online and have a conversation or two with each of them. For sure, you will have the list down to one or two.

Book your site visits with each of them and then make a decision and be at peace with it. Both companies are qualified pros.   

Once you choose your contractor, you'll begin working from the ballpark price range that was agreed upon, to get all your selections chosen and into your detailed, line-item estimate.

...Which brings us to selections!...

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Second - How To Choose Your Selections

In order to be better prepared than 80% of home owners, build an Ideabook on Houzz.com

This allows for two things:

  1. You'll select what you like and don't like in each photo. You'll be able to add a note or caption so you remember exactly which feature you liked within that photo.
  2. You'll gain clarity on the entire look and functionality, vs. having a bunch of unrelated ideas. As you select photos 12, 13, 14, and 15, you'll start to see themes and you'll be excited to go back and delete some of the first photos you selected because they no longer fit your aesthetic!

Instructions:

Create Your Ideabook

  • Get Ideas>Bathroom>Use filters if desired>Hover over the photo>Click Save>Add notes on the photo>Drop down menu> + Create New>Save!
  • Repeat for all photos as desired.

 Share with us

  • Hover over “Your Houzz” (top right)
  • Your Ideabooks
  • Click the desired Ideabook
  • Finally click “Invite” to search for Teknik and invite us to view it!

Once you're prepared with your Houzz Ideabook, you'll be excited to have fun at your selection meetings to choose plumbing fixtures, tile, and flooring!

Can't wait to see you there!

Why Choose Teknik for Your Triple Bathroom Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!