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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!

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!

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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 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!

How To Slay Your Master Bathroom Remodel Costs & Timeline in 2022

Top concerns for a 10x10 or 10x15 master bathroom remodel:

  1. What you need to know about your bathroom preparation timeline in 2022
  2. What you need to know about your design timeline in 2022
  3. Material ETA's
  4. Bathroom Remodel Costs of Your 2022 Project

There is a LOT of remodeling information online but after all that has happened in the past two years, most of it is out of date.

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll share current and up to date information so you can make a great decision! 

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

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2021 is in the rear view mirror and it seems to have been just a blink.

There are a few portions of the timeline that you may not be aware of so we will lay them out here. Getting a remodel started "asap" is possible but understanding what "asap" means is important so there are clear expectations. So let's get into it!

Bathroom Renovation 2022 Timeline - Preparation


Let's assume you've done your due diligence starting with a Google search for "bathroom remodel near me". Then, let's assume that you've interviewed and chosen yours from the list of bathroom remodeling contractors.

Now, you'll want to sit down and pick their brain (or our brain!) about their process if you don't already understand it. Understanding their process up front will make the remodel process clear and fun!

Next, you'll want to sit down with them and confirm the desired scope of work and budget target. Finally, with that complete you're ready to jump into the work!

Finally, we see people get bit in the b**t by this a lot, so we will highlight it. Skipping the budget/boundary conversation and seeking estimates quickly but **without clarity** is not in your best interest  as the homeowner. 

Bathroom Renovation 2022 Timeline - Design


Now that you have your scope of work and budget set up, your project has boundaries that eliminate scope creep and distraction, so you can focus on designing your perfect bathroom! 

Next, as your interior design concierge, we will book a time to help you explore tile, plumbing and flooring options.

At this appointment, you will have interior design input from us but you'll get to feel out your own taste and what you want for brightness, contrast, cool or warm colors, etc. At the end of this appointment, you'll have samples of each material to take home so you can set them up in natural light.

Once materials are confirmed and ordered, the ETA's are as follows (as of quarter 1, 2022).

  • Flooring - usually less than 2 weeks
  • Tile - usually less than 3 weeks
  • Plumbing & lighting - wild card but we're seeing most mid-range brands available in 4 to 8 weeks. 

Once all the materials have arrived, we can schedule your bathroom remodel target starting date. Remember flexibility is the name of the game here!

For guest bathrooms and powder rooms, the remodel execution timeline is between three to six weeks.

Finally, how long does a master bathroom remodel take? Master bathroom remodels take five to ten weeks. Read on to understand how long it takes to prepare!

Bathroom Remodel Materials in 2022 - ETA's are long


As a contractor, we can't control the supply & demand, the raw materials, manufacturing limitations, or the container ships.

However, there is one thing you can personally do. Be decisive. When you find the tile, flooring, or fixtures you like, we will help you confirm that everything works so you can purchase everything right away.

How long does it take for bathroom remodel materials to arrive? After orders are placed, ETA's are received within one week and most materials arrive in 2 to 8 or even 10 weeks.

A product may come from another country or state and be marked as "available" or "delivered" when it's gotten to the regional or national distribution center nearest you BUT it could still be several hours and a truck driver away. 

Furthermore, we hear stories of companies stopping jobs "for no reason" but this can be why. If materials are "delivered" and the product has not arrived to the home owner, the team could execute a false start by accident. 

Now, what's the bottom line? We triple check and don't consider a material "delivered" until it's actually in your hand. We have a team who is aware of the details and process for each supplier and their regional warehousing.

Check out this bathroom search on Houzz.com to see great bathroom material ideas.

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!

Bathroom Remodel Costs of Your 2022 Project


Most of our families start their search looking for a legitimate contractor who is licensed, bonded, carries appropriate insurance and runs a safe and professional business.

We also know that most couples want to find a local contractor, family owned remodeling company, and "medium" sized firm. Too big and costs can balloon; too small and the schedule may suffer. These couples have been investing $40,000 to $105,000+ in their bathroom remodels.  

  1. Guest bathroom remodels cost $30,000 to $45,000+ for rough materials and labor. Home owners invest $5,000 to $10,000 in their finish materials (plumbing, lighting, tile and flooring).

  2. Master bathroom remodels cost $45,000 to $105,000+ for rough materials and labor. Homeowners invest $9,000 to $15,000 in their finish materials.

We're confidant that over 90% of first class A-Z remodels fall within these ballparks, so you can call with any questions you have! 

Bonus Tip to Value Engineer Your Bathroom Project!


The most popular value-engineering choice made in bathrooms, is to go with LVP flooring instead of tile flooring because the labor and materials are both less in the case of LVP and they don't loose the classy, beautiful and durable traits they were hoping to achieve by using tile.

Check out Rayo Wholesale's products or this LVP maintenance page and see how easy the stuff is to care for! 

Why Choose Teknik for Your Bathroom Renovation?


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 7 Ways to Save on Your Bathroom Remodel!

Bathroom remodeling is fun and exciting but it can get out of control if you're not on guard against the common pitfalls.

In this article you are going to learn about the top 7 ways to save money on your bathroom remodel in San Diego!

  1. Speak with real-life contractors
  2. Maintain the existing layout
  3. Refinish, don't replace
  4. Choose LVP over tile flooring
  5. Replace the tub/shower combo with a shower only
  6. Leave him alone - don't offer to help
  7. Purchase prefab instead of custom materials

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 TOP 7 things you can do or not do to save money!

1. Speak With Real-Life Contractors

First of all, you should know that there are websites that try to act as brokers for contractors, but they can't.

Secondly, they claim to know what bathrooms cost, but they can't tell you about something they don't do!

One nationally known website lists a "national average" for bathrooms as $6,000 to $15,000 which is hilarious if you know anything about remodeling. 

Avoid this confusion and only get ballpark estimates from real contractors who employ professionals. You'll be so happy you did!

2. Maintain the Existing Layout

First idea: you move the toilet, that's major plumbing modification.

Second idea: if you move the shower or bathtub, that's going to require a major plumbing modification.

Third idea: when you move framing and add or remove a wall, you're looking at additional design, permitting and labor fees. 

Fourth idea: If you stick with a cosmetic "gut and replace" then you'll minimized those extras and walk away with a lower contract price.

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. Refinish, Don't replace

If you're seeking how you can be thrifty down to the few hundred dollars, then you might consider refacing instead of replacing your single or double sink vanity. 

There are several options (at least three) if you decide to refinish your vanity. Call today to ask about these options and to schedule your free consultation!

Honestly though, if you go to homedepot.com right now, you can find single sink vanities starting under $500 and double sink vanities starting at about $1000. If it were our home, we'd get a new one one, but that's just us.

4. Choose LVP Over Tile Flooring

Yes, in construction time is money. Saving on labor is less "visible" than changing the look of your finish materials but it may have a significant impact on the bottom line. 

Many home owners' favorite way to save labor has been to choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring over tile. The benefits:

  1. Warmer to walk on barefoot
  2. 100% Waterproof material
  3. Durable & scratch resistant 
  4. Creates a warmer look than tile
  5. Installation of LVP is usually much less expensive than tile

There you have it! Check out high quality LVP flooring and create a warm contrast to your bright, clean new tiled shower!

6. Replace the Tub/Shower Combo with a Shower Only.

Small freestanding tubs are sometimes used to replace the old, giant built-in tubs that we're ripping out every week nowadays.

But a fair number of families are choosing to forego the tub altogether and enjoy an expanded shower footprint.

Check out our gallery at teknikinc.com/gallery to see our latest tub/shower combo conversions.

7. Leave Them Alone - Don't Offer to Help

An experienced licensed contractor will not need assistance or help from a client or their friends and family. 

But more than that, an experienced contractor will have established relationships that actually save you money because they have learned how to work with one another quickly, communicate efficiently, and complete work before you can call your cousin John the plumber to see if his bid is lower. 

Hire the team you want. Then let them and only them complete your project. 

To check out the bathroom remodeling prep article on Houzz!

Why Choose Teknik for Your 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.

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!

Three Things To Never Do To Your Contractor

There is a long list of traits you may want to avoid in a contractor. Valuing your time, you'll avoid contractors who have a reputation of being late or regularly no-showing.

Valuing your peace of mind, you'll avoid remodelers who don't communicate promptly. But this article flips the script; in this article you'll gain insight into what never to do to your contractor and why. 

Ever heard someone say these things?

  1. "I need to schedule someone to come out and give me a quote". Never ask them to give you a free bid
  2. "I need you to come out and take care of permitting and most of it but my brother has some plumbing experience so we were hoping to have him do the plumbing." Never ask them to use your cousin the electrician
  3. "We're just getting bids right now to see how we can get the best price." Never tell them you are going to select the lowest bid


Read on for the mindset switch you'll need to communicate well with your contractor.

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Never Ask Them To Give You A Free Bid


Firstly, here's the situation with remodeling. Remodeling companies, Teknik included, are like a conductor leading the orchestra. Each musician plays a different role but they are all tuned in to the conductor. The musicians play beautiful music because of accurate, in sync, harmonious coordination of all parties as they follow one leader. 

Secondly, this is the essence of remodeling as an art, not just a science. In order to execute a remodel with harmony, there are myriad systems that must already be in place so that all your materials are installed on time and without issue. 

In conclusion, estimates produced by any company similar to ours, cannot be free to you as the home owner because they are not free to produce. We write each estimate customized around each detail of your entire project. This is in sharp contrast to the industry "free bids" produced by Joe in a Pickup who took a few measurements during his first site visit.

If you would like to read a few reviews to see how home owners experience our estimates and our process, click here.

Shouldn't all bids be free? Well, let's define some terms:


  1. First, the ballpark price range. Don't confuse a ballpark price range with a legitimate bid or estimate. Many contractors will discuss, but not commit to, a general ballpark price range during the first site visit. This is merely to assess compatibility of each party, and to make sure that it makes sense to move forward together.

  2. Second, the bid. This term is widely used, misunderstood, and confused with other terms. The world of commercial and multi-family construction usually build a set of plans, a.k.a. construction documents and then "put it out to bid" so that multiple builders can provide their prices. But this term has unfortunately crept into custom residential remodeling and it has no home here.

  3. Third, the estimate. More specifically, a detailed line-item estimateThis is the complete description of your project in long sentence format that will include descriptions of labor, materials, product specs, and the price. A true detailed line-item estimate is the product of dozens of hours of collaboration, and multiple revisions. This process is going to be one of two things: it's going to be sold to you as "free" or it's going to be legitimate. It will not be both.

So, never ask a design-build firm to give you a free bid. The intension is legitimate, but the requested document does not exist for free. Check out this video that describes the bathroom remodel process and how costs can change throughout!

Never Ask Them To Use Your Cousin The Electrician


When you hire us, we will be putting our license on the line, so it makes sense for us be protective of it. Unless your cousin is a licensed electrician and willing to sign a subcontractor agreement, it's not likely we will use them.

Additionally, we have established relationships with our own subcontractors, should we need one for your job.

Thirdly, we will be trying to complete your job with the highest level of efficiency and coordinating with new people impairs efficiency. Impaired efficiency leads to more labor costs, which will drive the price up. Trying to save money this way would be a wash at best.

Stick with us and our team of pros and see how it turns out! 

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!

Never Tell Them You Are Going To Choose The Lowest Bid


First, of all, if you're attempting a fix n' flip, then we're not a good fit for you.

Second, when love your house and you are looking to stay, it makes sense to prioritize quality and relationship first...you can value engineer with the firm that you know delivers quality with a solid relationship.

Additionally, if you prioritize price above all else, then you'll attract the wrong type of company...much like a poor date, and the consequence will be inability or unwillingness to prioritize your needs. 

In conclusion, if you prioritize price above all else, then you'll also scare away quality contractors because they wont want to invest valuable collaboration, knowing that you're going to automatically select the lowest bidder rather than doing your due diligence to find the best fit.

Why Choose Teknik for Your San Diego 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!

10×10 Carmel Valley Master Bathroom Remodel

Not sure how 2021 flew by so darn quick, but 2022 in upon us and we know how much you've got to get done.

If you're anything like many of our families, you've got all of the usual projects. In addition, you need to get a master bathroom remodel done, but you're not sure how COVID, raw material availability, and the container ship situation is impacting construction, remodelers, and the remodel process.

Not to worry! You're scanning the right article!

We will lay out what has been happening so you can have some context for your research and decisions.

In this article we will cover:

  • What you can't control and what to do about it
  • What you can control and what to do about it
  • Parameters and expectations for a master bathroom remodel in 2022

So let's get into it.

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Bathroom Remodel Factors You Can't Control

Material ETA's for your bathroom remodel


Since March of 2020 appliances and plumbing fixtures are the two categories that got hit the hardest. 

Heavy metals (and other metals) have seen reduced availability but they are used in manufacturing. Steel, resin, microchips, you name it. Many hundreds of raw materials have seen production and transportation slow downs...which trickle into every category of basic commodities and durable goods.

Some appliances are available within 90 days. Many brands are out 8-10 months.

Generally, plumbing fixtures are available within 30-45 days. Most brands are out a few to several months.

Tile materials for your master bathroom remodel are usually available within 3 weeks.

Flooring materials for your Encinitas bathroom remodel are usually available within 2 weeks.

What to do about it


The best thing you can do is get an early start on clarity in your own mind. Here are a few things you can research on your own before choosing a contractor:

  1. Sort by least expensive $ and most expensive $$$$ to get a sense of the cost range you're shooting for, then set a tentative budget target for yourself and see if you can stay within it
  2. Choose your finish, i.e. brushed Nickle, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, brass, etc.
  3. Consider how many items you'd like to see on your plumbing wall. You can have all or a combination of the following: 
    • Shower head
    • Rain shower head
    • Handheld shower head in a cradle
    • Handheld shower head on a slider bar
    • Shower valve & temp control
    • Shower diverter separately
    • Shower valve & diverter combo

Tools:

It's difficult to know which of the options that Google brings up is truly the best tool for you. Here are out top two when making selections for a master bathroom remodeling project in San Diego.

  1. houzz.com - build an Ideabook of fixtures you find attractive or that fit your taste
  2. buildwithferguson.com - add everything you like to your cart and then compare & eliminate from there. 

Additional Costs Due to Economic & Global factors


Fuel: Costs of fuel have risen which causes any item that requires transportation to increase. 

Labor: Labor costs have risen which causes any item that requires labor to increase. 

S&D: Supply has decreased and demand has increased which causes prices to rise.

Inflation: The more times you slice a pie; 2 pieces, 4 pieces, 8, 16, 32, the smaller each slice will be compared to the whole pie. If you want 6oz of pie, or 15% of the pie, you'll need more slices in proportion to how many times your pie was sliced. Naturally, having a higher number of slices does not increase the amount of pie you have in the pan.

The concrete assets behind our currency have not increased but the mints have been printing more "slices" of pie with make each of them smaller in proportion to our total GDP. It's a question of concrete value vs. just counting dollars to know "how much" something costs or "how much" it's worth.  

These aren't the only four reasons costs are up but they are the main four.

What to do about it


Control what you can control by not just hiring any Jack that has a CA-B License or General Contractor's License. Invest time into finding a contractor who's reviews, clients, and staff are eager to share their process with you. If you want outstanding results, you've got to find someone who is meticulous about their process. Check out our Perfect Remodel Process here

How Do You Recommend I Save Cost?


This is a great question.

Here are three things that many Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Cardiff by the Sea home owners do to keep some cash in their wallet:

  • First, you can use LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring instead of tile. Tile is more expensive material per SF, and the time to install is three to eight times higher.  Check out pictures of bathrooms with LVP flooring in our gallery.

  • Second, make sure you do your research on that bathtub option. Two freestanding bathtubs could be visually identical, but one is porcelain, costing over $5000 and the other is hollow fiberglass, costing $1000. WOW. Save that cash on your bathroom remodel finish materials and direct it to something better!

  • Thirdly, we will help you to save costs by purchasing your finish materials directly and buy purchasing a stock vanity as opposed to building a custom piece. 

How Can I Figure Out The Cost Range?


The best way to find the range is to speak to actual contractors.

Websites that claim to have up-to-date data from home owners "in your area" are:

  • First, they are less accurate now than ever before due to the global and industry changes since March of 2020.
  • Next, they're not invested in the accuracy of that information
  • Then, they are not accountable for the accuracy of that information
  • Additionally, they are not actually contractors engaged in building anything
  • Furthermore, they are not thorough in the information gathering process, so many costs are not reported
  • They are paid to gather your name and email address, so the lower the prices they list, the more likely you are to provide your information. It ain't right.
  • Finally, Their algorithms include homeowner feedback on "what they spent" from 20 years ago. Therefore, the "average" includes data from the early 2000's that will pull the number down, and create emotional whip lash when you discover how much they actually cost in 2022. Can you imagine trying to budget for a road trip using the "average" gas prices since 1999? Us either.

In conclusion, If you chat with real companies, you'll find that some are high, some are low, and some are in the middle but each can have a unique approach to the remodel process and their PROCESS is what should interest you the most

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 Is The Ballpark Cost Range?


On the low end master bathrooms usually fall between $45,000 and $65,000. 


On the high end master bathrooms can range from $65,000 to $95,000

Why Choose Us for Your Master Bathroom Renovation?

Let us help you avoid:

  • Late Completion
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still need more comfort? 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!

Best Contractor To Add A Second Story

Hey, if you’re a San Diego homeowner and you are **this close** to having an ocean view, then you're in the right place!

Ocean view, home value, outdoor living. These and many more are the apeals of building a second story addition. Check out these common questions and their answers below:

  • Is the project possible?
  • Can I just "get a few bids" to see if it's feasible?
  • How long will it take to build?
  • Is there a way to keep it under $100,000?
  • What types of permits will I need to pull?

A large project takes time and due diligence. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation.

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Is The Project Possible?

In the world of remodeling, anything is possible. 

But it is possible to get the right answer to the wrong question. Try these collaborative questions and prompts when speaking with the design-build firm that you choose:

  • This is how I plan to use my second story addition, **insert description**. Allow questions and discussion to flow.

  • This is what frustrates me about the current layout/what it's missing **insert description**. How might you change it to accommodate x, y, or z function?

  • I plan to have my two boys use this as their bedroom, bathroom and play room, what can we do to bring the plumbing upstairs?

  • I'd like this second story addition to be an apartment eventually, but I'm not determined to have a second kitchen up here; what do you think?

These questions may be all wrong for your project but the format is collaborative and discussion based. They will allow you to discuss if your project is possible after project specific dialogue. 

Can I Just "Get A Few Bids" To See If It's Feasible?

You're welcome to try, but you'll find that most reputable contractors will charge you incrementally for the phases of design and you will not want to be design with multiple firms. 

Go ahead and survey their reviews, past clients, office staff, process, and choose your contractor early. Then work with them on design, layout, special features and value engineering. 

The art and the science of estimating projects occurs in tandem with or just after design and scope decisions are made. It requires tremendous focus.

The most common mistake we see people make is to get pre-qualified or fully qualified for a home equity line of credit and then see what they can have built for that amount.

We recommend doing more research up front. Don't talk to lenders until you know that what you're looking to build is possible, within reason, for approximately what you're looking to spend.


If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. 

- Russian Proverb

How Long Will It Take To Build?

For some perspective, the smallest remodel projects tend to be small bathrooms.

These small bathroom projects are often completed in two to four weeks. But with just a few hiccups, these small projects can extend to two or three months, and sometimes longer. 

It has become more difficult to build project schedules due to COVID-19 and how the pandemic affects each sector of the construction industry uniquely. 

For a large remodel like adding a second story addition, it is common to spend a few months in the design phase, and five to eight months in the build phase.

Many second story additions without any major hiccups do run more than twelve months from the first design consultation to the completion of the punch list

Is There A Way To Keep It Under $100,000?

Lol. Nah. Not even close.

What you could build for less than $100,000 wouldn't allow the project to be worth the hassle for most people. 

If you took the exact layout of the second story you're looking to build and, hypothetically, got bids to do that same scope except as a first story instead, it would cost significantly less.

Why? Because you'd be able to start from scratch, zero, a clean slate, tabula rasa. 

You'd be avoiding all the additional labor and materials required to gently navigate demolition and structurally enhancing your existing home $$$ before starting to build your second story. 

Second story addition projects can be extremely costly, so it is best to set your budget up front, and allow 7% to 10% for extras or unforeseen scope requests. 

Even the most thorough and experienced contractor cannot include everything.

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 Types of Permits Will We Need To Pull?

Each project is different and the specific permits required for your project will depend on the scope. 

Typically you'll see these permits cover most projects. 

  • Structural
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Combination

Your contractor will take care of coordination and can answer all project-specific questions you may have. 

Why Choose Teknik for Your Second Story Addition?

You need to choose a firm who has a track record that includes both of the following: 

  1. Foreseeing issues before they arise and solving issues before they become project delays or worse.

  2. Being professional, prompt, and communicative when unforeseeable issues arise so that you can rest at ease. 

If they and their team posses both of these qualities, they will help you avoid these classic industry pain points:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still have concerns? That's normal! 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!