Whether we just helped you purchase your new home in Del Cerro or you want to sell your home in South Park for a higher price, remodeling your kitchen can help you increase the value of your home or simply just help increase the aesthetics of your home. Kitchen remodels are always a great investment and can make a huge difference in your home. Below are the steps you should consider when you have decided you want to remodel your kitchen. Whether you want to remodel it yourself or have someone do it for you, knowing the steps to remodeling your kitchen can help you through the budgeting, design, and process of it all.
The “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reported the total median cost for a complete renovation for a 210 square-foot kitchen is around $60,000. If you can’t afford to remodel the entire kitchen at once, do it in five budget-saving stages. If you have just purchased a house or thinking of moving to a fixer-upper, you can request an extended mortgage that will cover the costs of the renovation.
Stage One: Complete Design Plan
Stage one is the definitely one of the most fun aspects when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. This is where you get to plan out everything that’s going to happen to your kitchen. This includes knocking down necessary walls, the location of everything in your kitchen, potential electrical and plumbing work, cabinets, lighting fixtures, sinks, appliances, colors, everything!
There are a few ways you can go about designing your new kitchen, if you’re a do it yourself and have an eye for design, you can scroll through kitchens on the internet that you like to start creating your ideal kitchen. You can also head over to Ikea and walk through their maze of kitchens to get ideas. If you are more hands-off, consider hiring a certified kitchen designer, architect or contractor to tackle the project. If you use a professional, you should expect to spend about 10% more on top of the total project costs. You can also seek professional remodeling help from major home improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Ikea.
Cost: Professional Designer: About $5,800
Strategy: All plans are set for the remodel. Can begin the work when you’re ready.
Time Frame: 3 – 6 Months
Stage Two: Order Appliances, Cabinets, Lighting Fixtures and Flooring
The biggest cost of your kitchen remodel is the cabinets and appliances. It may take four to six weeks for the cabinets to be delivered and if you want to have them laying around until you are ready to install them, that is also an option. If your current appliances are still functional and you are happy with them, then don’t waste money on brand new ones. If it’s just not in your budget right now, you can slowly buy new ones in the future, one-by-one as you can afford them. Be sure to consider the size of your future appliances during the remodel so they will fit afterward. Lighting fixtures are also something that can wait or not completely necessary to replace if you’re happy with yours.
Flooring, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. You will need to see if your kitchen floors go underneath the cabinets or if they are placed against the cabinets. If you’re changing your cabinet configuration and the floor is placed against the cabinets, you will need to replace the flooring. If the old flooring matches the new cabinets and the floor is placed under the cabinets or you’re keeping the same configuration, just keep your flooring to save costs. When picking new flooring, you will need to consider the height of the flooring. Vinyl and linoleum are thin while tile and wood are a bit thicker. This should be considered when measuring the heights of cabinets.
Cost: Cabinets: $16,000, Appliances & Lighting: $8,000, Vinyl Flooring: $1,000
Strategy: Keep old lighting fixtures, flooring and old appliances if possible. You can replace later if you want.
Time Frame: 2 – 3 Weeks
Stage Three: Do Plumbing & Electrical Work
This is when the work really begins. You will need to have your kitchen gutted, appliances and old cabinets removed and walls may need to be opened up for electrical work. Move your fridge, microwave, and toaster to the garage, or empty room so you can still cook meals at home. It’s best to renovate your kitchen during summer so you can at least grill your meals outside.
Cost: $14,500 for removal and installation of new electrical and plumbing
Strategy: Tear out and install new electrical and plumbing in a quick timeframe if possible. Plan for a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in your home, like grilling outside.
Time Frame: 6 – 10 Weeks
Stage Four: Installation
Once the gutting of the kitchen and plumbing and electrical work are complete, here comes the fun part: installation. You should have ordered all of your cabinets, appliances, flooring and lighting fixtures in advance so you are ready to install the minute the other work is complete. This is the time where you will paint the walls, install any backsplash on the walls and install countertops. To save money, consider installing an inexpensive countertop such as marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. You can always swap these out later for marble, granite, tile or a solid surface when you have the budget.
Strategy: Install a more expensive countertop when you can afford it.
Time Frame: 1 – 2 Weeks
Final Stage: Upgrade When Possible
If you went down the least expensive route to just begin your kitchen remodel, the final stage includes upgrading when it’s possible in your budget. You can replace the laminate flooring or countertop, or buy those new appliances you have been keeping your eye on. This is the final step in transforming your kitchen into the one you have been dreaming of. If you’re considering selling your home after the remodel, be sure to contact the Wolf Real Estate Team to help you get the most money for your home. We specialize in buying and selling homes across San Diego County while specializing in the areas of South Park, Del Cerro, and San Carlos. Contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Known as San Diego’s “hipster neighborhood,” South Park is one of San Diego’s best neighborhoods for walkability and local businesses. Located in San Diego’s metro area, South Park borders Balboa Park, Burlingame, Golden Hill and Stockton. It is also only quick drive from Downtown and coastal areas. South Park’s real estate is taking off and homes for sale are going off the market in weeks. Learn what makes this hipster neighborhood so inviting to families and young professionals.
The History of South Park San Diego
This charming old San Diego neighborhood has a lot of history to it and even historical spots you can visit. This is an ideal neighborhood for exploring, visiting or living in if you are a history buff. In 1870, South Park was first established as a subdivision by E. Bartlett Webster. After established, the Bartlett Estate Company developed sidewalks, sewer, electricity, water and to begin selling lots and building homes. It was first known as a “high-class residential district”. More development occurred in 1906 after the opening of the East Side and South Park Railway. This linked up with Downtown San Diego using Class 1 Streetcars. These streetcars were used all over San Diego until their retirement in 1939. Their retirement was caused by the Great Depression because they were too expensive to maintain and use.
Historic Buildings in South Park
Downtown San Diego’s first suburbs included South Park, which is why there is so much history in the neighborhood. One of the historical sites includes 30th and Fern Street. In this area, residents will find three historically significant buildings that date back from 1913 to 1945. Among these includes Fire Station No. 9 which was built in 1913 and was used as so until 1949 and is the oldest surviving fire station in San Diego. The fire station is now currently South Park Fitness. In addition to the fire station is the Rose Grocery Store which was built in 1923 and was used until 1941. Also included is the Burlingame Garage which was used from 1914 to 1945.
These old historic buildings are now home to The Rose, The Sidebar at the Rose, Salon on 30th, Community Realty Co, Gold Leaf, Graffiti Beach Boutique, Edward Jones, Gingerly Wax and The Vishuddha Creatives. There is also an old trolley station that is now converted into Station Tavern & Burgers. These buildings are an example of South Park’s distinct architectural elements and reflect the growth of its urban neighborhood meeting the needs of the commercialism of residents in the area.
What Makes South Park so Unique?
South Park is one of San Diego’s most friendly neighborhoods with a high sense of community. You will find local businesses referring their customers to one another to ensure their customers find what they are looking for. South Park is also a haven for local vendors and restaurants; you won’t find a chain restaurant or store very often here–the Target Express build was controversial enough. You will find over 70 local businesses that take pride in their work and establishing their brand for their neighborhood.
Almost all business has an open door policy for pets making this one of San Diego’s most pet-friendly neighborhoods. If you have a dog, you can expect to be allowed to bring them into almost any store or restaurant in South Park. Business owners love getting to know their customers on a personal basis and will offer you over the top customer service, much like we do as South Park REALTORS®.
Events in South Park
Another aspect that makes South Park so unique is their regular community events. Among these events includes the Walkabouts which happen every season. During their winter walkabout, there is a tree lighting ceremony and festive holiday lights line the streets. The walkabouts include local shops and restaurants selling their goods, events, live music and more. There is also the Old House Fair where people can tour old homes in the area and there is a street-wide festival that highlights local businesses and celebrates the historical homes that reside here. Lastly, is the annual Taste of South Park where residents can grab a bite from their next favorite restaurant in South Park.
Shopping and Restaurants in South Park
As stated before, South Park is home to over 70 local businesses. You can expect to find food of all varieties. This includes authentic Italian food at Piacere Mio, delicious coffee and acai bowls at Captain Kirks, or comforting breakfast food at Big Kitchen Café. There are also lots of great shops for handmade goods, clothing, home goods and gifts at stores like the Graffiti Beach Boutique, Gold Leaf and Bad Madge and Company. Don’t worry, there is also nightlife options at their several bars. This includes the local brewery, South Park Brewing Company where you can find your next favorite craft beer. Hamilton’s Tavern is also a great option if you’re into dive bars and a large variety of local beers on tap.
Schools in South Park San Diego
Being such a small community, South Park is only home to two schools in the neighborhood. Amongst these schools is the well-known Albert Einstein Academy Charter School. This school ranks high on greatschools.org with a total of 8/10. One of the things that makes this school so unique is that it has a language immersion program where students will learn half of their lessons in German. Recently, they began offering Spanish immersion as well. You can expect your child to leave the school speaking another language fluently. Located in the San Diego Unified School District nearby is Golden Hill Elementary School, Roosevelt International Middle School and San Diego High School of International Studies. Each school possess a high ranking. Del Cerro is another neighborhood with high school rankings. Learn more in our Del Cerro neighborhood guide.
South Park Demographics
Population (via City-Data): 6,949
Estimated Median House Value in November 2018 (via SDAR): $460,000
Estimated Median Condo/Detached House Value in November 2017 (via SDAR): $324,495
Median Gross Rent 2015 (via City-Data): $1,366
Real Estate in South Park San Diego
The housing demand is high in South Park San Diego which is why you need experienced REALTORS® who live in the neighborhood and know the community. Mike and Jessica Wolf currently reside in South Park and love helping clients buy or sell their home in South Park, as they love their current community. People who enjoy walkability and local businesses are flocking to the neighborhood to buy the beautiful and old style houses including Victorian homes, craftsman houses, and Spanish revival homes. If you enjoy these unique housing styles and are trying to stay away from your typical San Diego suburb, South Park is a great neighborhood to raise a family in and a hot real estate market to invest in. Contact the Wolf Team to find out how we can help you buy or sell your home in South Park.