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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!

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!

Teknik Testimonial

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!

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!