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12×12 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego

Hey, if you’re a San Diego homeowner about a few changes to your kitchen, this article will share four of the most common questions that home owners ask our design team.

  • Can I convert the peninsula to an island?
  • Can I move my appliances in my medium sized kitchen?
  • I love my cabinets, can I just reface them?
  • How much do San Diego kitchens cost to remodel?

There are so many questions but here are the top four questions for this week!

You’re in the right place to get started! One question at a time. 

Read on!

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1. Can I Convert The Peninsula To An Island?

You sure can! The top benefits you might take into consideration when looking into your peninsula-to-island conversion are:

  1. Improved flow in and out of the kitchen into surrounding rooms
  2. Improved workspace flow for food preparation
  3. Your kitchen will feel larger
  4. A new island will have new cabinets which means the cabinet options will be custom selected by you to fit exactly what you would like to be stored in them, i.e. large bowls, food storage containers, cookie sheets. 

Here are some of the options that will come with your decision to build an island:

  1. How much counter top space would you like? What are the dimensions you could see in that space?
  2. Do you want drawers or cabinet doors?
  3. If you'd like drawers, do you want deep drawers or shallow ones?
  4. Could you use inserts and dividers for each cabinet box to help you stay organized?
  5. Do you want a sink in the island or perhaps your cook top?

These options and many more are available for this one item in your kitchen!

2. Can I Move My Appliances in my Medium Sized Kitchen?

Don't you love to hear "Yes!"? 

It is possible, but the plumbing determines the feasibility of this option so make sure that you check with your contractor first!

3. I LOVE My Cabinets - Can I Just Reface Them?

It's possible to reface your cabinets by:

  1. Repainting them
  2. Sanding and refinishing them
  3. Replacing the doors, hinges, and pulls but keeping the cabinet boxes.

However, most estimates we provide for refacing cabinets get shredded and the home owner chooses to replace them with new cabinets.

The cost savings exist, but the margin is not that significant, when you consider all the organization options and other options that you forfeit by refacing instead of replacing.

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

4. How Much Do Kitchen Remodels Cost?

The cost varies so widely, there is no way to give you a price without the design process.

At the same time, here are some general rules of thumb for what a kitchen remodel range might look like for you.

The kitchen remodel cost range may fall between $70,000 and $95,000 for the following sizes. Scope and selections will vary.

  • 10x10 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 10x12 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 12x12 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego


The kitchen remodel cost range may fall between $90,000 and $115,000 for the following sizes. Scope and selections will vary.

  • 12x14 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 14x14 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 14x16 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego


The kitchen remodel cost range may fall between $110,000 and $140,000 for the following sizes. Scope and selections will vary.

  • 16x16 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 16x18 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 18x18 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego


The kitchen remodel cost range may fall between $135,000 and $170,000 for the following sizes. Scope and selections will vary.

  • 18x20 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 20x20 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 25x25 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego
  • 25x30 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego

None of the ranges listed are representative of what your project will cost. 

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

Why Choose Teknik for Your Kitchen Remodel

Being in love with your own kitchen is so important if you want to food prep, host company, and enjoy all the moments at home that center around the kitchen. 

Don't get stuck in the unending remodel by getting snagged by these industry failures. Choose Teknik to help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

If you're excited to call but still nervous, don't worry! 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!

8 Things to Never Say to A San Diego Contractor


Hey, if you’re a San Diego homeowner and wondering what questions you should ask or not ask, check out these eight hot buttons that you'd be better off avoiding. 


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1. Never Say "I'm Talking To Five or Six Contractors"

Dead give-away that you're either kicking tires or just surveying professionals to get oriented in your local market.

There's nothing wrong with checking things out...BUT...if you want accurate estimates, each estimate will take time and a lot of collaboration. If the contractor gets the sense that you're doing research and not ready to buy, he'll find a way to bail.

What you should say: Share that you are either doing research to get general ballpark ranges, or that you're serious about selecting the right person and collaborating with them to get a detailed line item estimate

2. Never Say "I Just Need A Material Installer"

I'm sure your heart is in the right place (Bless your heart!) but it's insulting to lump general contractors into the same group with a material installer. Here is what she's thinking when you tell her you have your materials and you just need labor costs for installation.

"No"
"Heck no"
"Call a handyman."
"You don't need a GC apparently...you are acting like your own GC."
"Good luck if you need a permit"
"Have fun with finding qualified tradesman if you need a subcontractor or specialty material"
"So you're planning to have no snags or problems throughout your project?"

What you should say: Ask if you have called the right firm. Is this a general contractor? Is this a design-build firm that's a one-stop shop? Do you have a service labor department? Here is my scope; what type of firm would you recommend?

3. Never Say "I Need To See All The Pricing Options"

Quality estimates take time and different materials have different installation styles/types, and different labor costs. Most of your questions can be answered in conversations and design options should be considered. However, the options available to you range from the dozens into the thousands. It is unwise for the contractor to begin estimating with no information from you to serve as his direction.

Work from the macro to the micro and make the big decisions first. For example: choose your kitchen style and layout first (macro), and then look at, for example, all the design and selection options for your cabinets (micro). 

Don't Say: "I'd like to see three different pricing options for my kitchen, please."

Do Say: "I'm shooting to keep the kitchen between $XY,000 and $XYZ,000 and here is a list of what I know I want, and what I'm not sure about." 

4. Never Say "Cost Is Really The Biggest Factor"

If cost is the biggest factor, you are putting yourself in a loosing position. As a friend, he might help you out and give you an "estimate" or "bid" but it will not reflect the level of effort and thoroughness that you'd like. It will simply reflect what you told him mattered; a number.

Shift your mindset with the following questions:

"What makes a remodel as painless as possible?"
"What makes some families trust their contractor with multiple projects, in multiple homes, over multiple years?"
"What type of firm is most compatible with my project and what systems make them most compatible?"
"What are my assumptions and expectations regarding communication, my experience of my project, etc."
"If I get what I pay for, will I be happy with the product if select mostly based on 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!

5. Never Say "We Need This Done Next Week or Next Month"

Remodeling takes time and usually more time than you think it will. Heck, for most contractors, it takes longer than they think it will.

First, you've got to interview and select contractors. Then you've got to go through design & selections followed by building an accurate estimate, signing your contract, ordering product, and then you can begin after your materials have been delivered. Material ETA's are not the contractors responsibility, be it credit or fault.

We'd recommend cooling down your expectations; a lot of good contractors are lost because a client flies off the handle about how "long everything takes" when in reality, the owner should have started their process much sooner. Ask about timeline before the first day of demo.

6. Never Say "We Don't Have A Budget"

This is for a different reason than you'd think. Most think it is because you don't want the contractors to take advantage and build an astronomical estimate, just hoping you're a sucker. In reality most families that say "We don't have a budget" mean that they don't know how much things cost in general, so they aren't there yet.

Solution: understand that there are two separate categories of "estimates". It's impossible to give you a price, but it might be possible to give you a general ballpark range based on their experience.

Each project is different, but aside from the costs associated with your remodel, you'll need to know that you won't spend more than $20,000, more than $50,000, or more than $160,000. There may be flexibility, but you still need to have an accurate understanding of your budget for yourself. 

7. Never Say "We Want You To Use My Brother"

You may know a few tradesman, your brother may be a plumber, and you may have grown up around construction because your dad was a contractor. Please keep this experience separate from your project.

Every contractor will have established relationships with his tradesman and crews. The efficient cost and timeline you desire will come from trusting one ecosystem to produce results, not from breaking your project apart to avoid paying markup. 

Find someone that you can trust. Then deploy your trust.

8. Never Say "Can You Provide A Discount For Early Payment?"

This goes against the law and common sense.

By law in the state of California, a contractor may not invoice you for labor or materials not yet delivered. Their payment schedule will reflect this. 

By common sense, you want peace of mind and paying someone in advance to get peace of mind from a discount, actually discounts the peace of mind you will get from paying at regular installments as the project meets benchmarks.

Why choose Teknik for Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel?

For over twenty years we've been helping families to walk through the remodeling mine field safely. The most common three mines that families hit are:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Use of Subcontractors

Call today for your free consultation!

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 for a 10 x 12 Kitchen Remodel in San Diego

Hey, if you're a San Diego homeowner and you're not sure if you can host one more year of holiday parties with your 10x12 kitchen, you're not alone. Many of the families' who's kitchens we update, start out with a lot of frustration, and even more questions. Do any of these resonate with you?

  • how long will I be cooking in my garage if I remodel my kitchen?
  • what needs to happen before we can get started?
  • how much does it cost?
  • who the best contractor is for the job?  

Boy, do we know how it feels to want quality at a fair price and not know where to start.

But don’t worry. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, we'll answer all your questions so you can make a great decision about your kitchen for you and your family.  

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How Long Will I Be Cooking In My Garage?

As a sweeping generalization, it is common for design and collaboration to take eight to sixteen weeks. This depends most heavily on the home owners' schedule, availability and readiness. 

  • Home owner A might make a decision in three minutes and reply to our text in five minutes
  • Home owner B might spend two of every four weeks traveling for work and reply to us every three to five business days. 
  • Home owner C is most people who reply in one to two business days. Our team most closely resembles home owner C.

You can't control the marketplace, material suppliers, or your contractor, but you can control yourself and decide on your own contribution and proactive response times.

Most 10x12 kitchens, from demo to completion, take 7 to 12 weeks.

What Needs To Happen Before We Can Get Started?

First things first build two scope lists. Since your kitchen is going to get a full face lift, this is the time to decide if you want to also update the flooring, painting, doors and trim throughout the whole main floor. New windows? Remove a non-load bearing wall? Remove drop ceiling to enlarge the space?

  • A: Must have list - "These things are non-negotiable for me". 
  • B: Wish list - "These things would be great, but it depends on other factors such as timeline and feasibility".

Your two lists will provide clarity so that the whole team can better serve you during the design process.

How Much?

This question is our favorite - and here's why!

Mindset, mindset, mindset.

If the goals are only expediency and low cost, then the remodel will suffer because of the hyper focus.
If the goals are long-term, quality, value, communication, a great remodel experience, then it stands to reason that a firm who can deliver on these high promises would be offering them at a fair price too.

By virtue of their long term upright character, they will function with the same standard of integrity across each area of their business.

Who Is The Best Contractor For The Job?

Take it from us, there is nothing like wasting two days off work to have a bunch of contractors in your home, half of which should never have been booked. But there is a solution: Better strategy!

The site visit is no substitution for doing your due diligence online. By the time you schedule your site visit you have already verified that each contractor:

  1. Is licensed, bonded, and ensured. Verify here https://www.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx
  2. Is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Verify here http://bbb.com/
  3. Is currently engaged in other projects in the community. Verify on their website or social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Houzz. Remember, most contractors are pretty small businesses, so it's okay if there aren't lots of recent updates. You just want to make sure they have been active!
  4. Is receiving a good proportion of recent 5-star reviews. Are they leaving their clients satisfied customers or raving fansAre they being invited back to complete a second or third project?

And that's it folks. Now you are ready to:

  • Schedule a site visit with only your top 2 and get a ballpark range from each.
  • Select your contractor 
  • Follow their process to collaborate on a design, layout, and scope that you love. This collaboration will produce your detailed estimate. Yes, this price will fall within the initial ballpark range, unless the scope is increased. 
  • Complete your project on time!

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!

Our Industry Secret...

The gold standard for what any contractor recommends is to ask them, "What would you do if it were your house?"

  • Most people are decent and honest
  • Most people want to help
  • Most people don't have extravagant taste, but to require quality

Ask many questions. Listen. Trust your gut. And have peace in your decision.

Why choose Teknik for Your 10x12 Kitchen?

There are many design & remodeling firms in San Diego who will take great care of you. We are one of the few at the top, one of the best. But we do not peddle scarcity. We want to remodel your kitchen, so we can spoil you rotten and help you avoid classic industry paint points:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Use of Subcontractors

Still nervous? You'll be 100% protected by 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!