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Home, Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel Cost

What does a kitchen remodel cost?  How do I determine home renovation costs?  What does a bathroom remodel cost?   These questions  are tough to find an answer to if you’ve never remodeled before.  And even if you’ve renovated in the last ten years, prices have changed and it’s hard to know if you are comparing apples to apples.

How To Plan For Your Remodel: Investment Ranges

You might be surprised to discover we’re one of the few companies posting our investment ranges for our projects online. We started this back in 2004 and had such overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve continued it through the present. MSK Design Build has completed:

  • Kitchens Remodels from $ 70,000 and up (does not include appliances and specialty lighting
    • Kitchen 1 – Large Kitchen with Small Island and Large Seating Area $75,000-$90,000
    • Kitchen 2 – Large Open Plan Kitchen  $150,000 – $175,000
    • Kitchen 3  – Medium Sized Kitchen with Large Island  $80,000 – $95,000
  • Hall Baths from $45,000 and up
  • Whole Home Renovations are really dependent on the home and on your budget. Call us!
  • Additions from $100,000 +

Sure. We know that’s a wide range, but with today’s hundreds of choices, it’s hard to pin down where your budget will be without some initial help on your part. So now that you have a basis for understanding the costs involved in a remodel, let us explain why it’s been so challenging to gather information on remodel costs.



When we research remodel costs online, often the articles do not indicate where the writer is located. Unfortunately, the San Francisco Bay area map showing where you live influences remodel costsand the New York Metropolitan area are two of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Therefore, helpful articles written about remodeling costs in other areas are woefully misleading regarding the true costs of remodeling here in the East Bay.

California is known for innovation, and as you know, it is expensive to be on the front end.  For example,  95% of our countertops over the past 10 years have been either stone or quartz.  In other parts of the country,  Formica, tile  and Corian  are still leading players.  Stone and quartz are gradually supplanting these other materials,  but in the mean time, the cost difference can be huge.



Prices were depressed during the recent Great Recession, especially in the construction industry, which took a hard hit. Now that the economy is recovering, we are seeing the costs of materials as well as labor and sub-trade pricing increase significantly. So be aware that a quote that you may have received last year for a kitchen remodel will most likely no longer be accurate.


Houzz, Pinterest, bathroom remodel costs vary depending on size and finish choicesand a variety of other online venues have really expanded homeowners’ awareness of the wide variety of design and products available. When working with a design build firm, you partner with your designer and begin to make what probably feels like hundreds of choices, from cabinetry woods and finishes to tile, flooring, countertops, casings, trim, windows, doors, hardware and more. Each selection brings you closer to your final price, but it is a work in progress. We can give you a ballpark range of what your remodel will cost, based on doing hundreds of similar remodels over the years.  After that, your design, allowances and product selections will determine the final cost. The more quickly that you make decisions  on your product selections and designs, the more quickly that you will have your final cost.

How We Price Projects

In order to be sure that you are comparing apples to apples, remodeled kitchen with estimated costskeep in mind that most design build firms quoting prices for a remodel  do not include appliances and plumbing fixtures in their estimate. Appliances and fixtures are  a separate cost, and we find clients are often more prepared to decide upon their budget for a  home renovation or kitchen renovation after they have done preliminary shopping for appliances and fixtures.