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Cost Vs. Value 2019

Cost Vs. Value 2019

Every year a cost versus value sheet is released on to the masses so that we know what the National & State averages are to doing things like windows and doors to an upscale Kitchen or Bathroom remodel. There are multiple reasons why we at Cabinets Extraordinaire pay attention to these articles. One is of course to see where we are on the scale with other builders doing similar projects that we also handle. It is a great way to see who is practicing within the averages of pricing throughout the Nation. When you, as a client, are presented these documents, it can be a real eye opener of what things cost in today’s market.  So, when you are contemplating any type of project it can help you decide on what type of budgeting you can expect and begin the process for you to wrap your mind around where you want to be with your targeted budget.

For example, what does your average guest bathroom cost and what is included for that price.

Your average guest Bathroom is at an average of $18,500

That would include an update to a 5’ x 7’ room with new updated fixtures that includes a porcelain over steel tub with 4” x 4” ceramic tile surround. New single lever temperature and pressure balance control valve; granite type countertop with drop-in sink. A standard new toilet. Flooring with either a 12” x 12” ceramic tile or vinyl type flooring.


A Custom or Upscale Master Bathroom remodel cost are at an average of $60,500

That would include adding 35 Sq. Ft. to the existing room within the existing property footprint. Relocation of all plumbing fixtures. Includes removing of soaking corner tub and enlarging the shower. New porcelain shower surround floor and wall tile including frameless shower glass enclosure. Free-standing tub with floor mounted tub filler.  Granite or Quartz countertops with high-end faucets and sinks. Two mirrored medicine cabinets with a new lighting package. Also, it could include items like heated floor or heated towel bars. Multiple tile designs within the space. The cabinetry would be of a custom variety with options like drawers or an integrated hamper, a salon type drawer pull-out. You get many more options with this type of space and budget.



Here are a couple more items that show averages in the Sarasota area.

  1. Average Kitchen Remodel -$50,000- $63,000
  2. Upscale Kitchen Remodel - $100,000- 126,000
  3. Midrange Master Suite Addition - $120,000
  4. Upscale Master Suite Addition - $ 250,000
  5. Complete 1500 Sq. Ft. Condo Build out -$250,000 - $375,000

These are costs that can fluctuate from project to project depending on the cost of items selected on a per job basis. We wanted to try to be helpful and set an example of preliminary budget numbers that a client can review when preparing to start a renovation.

Also, I wanted to just explain to people why we work on a retainer. One of the things you get when working with us, is the concierge design service we offer. Remember, this is not in addition to the contract but part of the included investment when doing business with us. We are a team of award winning, multi-published Designers who will work tirelessly to nail down the overall design right through to the many fine details that are required when operating at the level at which we strive to provide in our service.

No where else will you find that type of service for FREE!!! Every penny of the retainer is applied to the contract at time of signing.

WE love being transparent with our clientele so that you too know what is happening on daily with you project. Thank you for reading and we hope this helps with your decision when hiring a Licensed Contractor for your DREAM Project.



What is BuilderTrend?

What happens if I am not around during the remodel?

When making the decision on when to start a project some people prefer to be at the Home/Condo where the work is being done. Others opt to have the project completed while they return to their second home up north or abroad. Either is fine with us. At Cabinets Extraordinaire we totally understand someone wanting to be around in case questions arise or things change during the process. Some, remodels are so intense it is impossible to complete the job while upholding livable conditions. We work with each client to help facilitate conditions that support their lifestyles and daily living routine.

Let’s look at a project that is going to start while the homeowner is away. These details will all be discussed during the design and contract phase, so we know how to approach the situation.  If a client is returning to their home somewhere else, we have a whole approach on how to maintain clear communication as well as ways to keep the client engaged on what is happening on a day to day basis with their project.


Buildertrend is an in-house program we use every day. It is an on-line program where we can communicate with employees, venders and sub-contractors.  Buildertrend also gives the ability to bring in the homeowner to our world. What does that mean? When we are building out a project from the start, typically the client is given a USERNAME and PASSWORD to login to the program. This allows you to follow what is happening behind the scenes such as Permitting processes and scheduling and cabinet whereabouts. Another very cool thing that Buildertrend offers an on-line calendar that you have access to see what is happing and what’s been completed. If you login and go to the “schedule” you will see items such as permit applied for and permit delivered. Other things such as Cabinet delivery and cabinet install date. We build this calendar for our in-house employees, sub-contractors and client. We believe that by involving the client it helps to minimize phone calls and questions that can be answered simply by logging in and reviewing what info has been posted on-line. The program also is great for photos. We continually up-load pictures and progress reports so you not only know what’s going on, you can see the progress.

Living through a remodel and what can I expect?

When the only option is to move forward while living at the residence where the remodel is taking place, we also have protocols we follow as to try and minimize the disruption of daily activities. If we are doing a bathroom remodel obviously you would use one other baths.  If it is your master bath that is connected to your master bedroom, you can possibly live in another bedroom while using the guest bath. Kitchens are notoriously built in the center part of the home. This can be tricky especially if there is a family with children at home. You can plan to eat out for possibly a couple of months. There are other things you can do like, move the fridge to another room or garage. Sometimes we have seen clients set up a kitchen workspace in the garage that includes a refrigerator, microwave and small toaster. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, well fire up that grill and plan on grilling some great steaks or burgers for a while.

We hope this helps and gets you excited about working with a company interested in making your project one that involves you the client and helps keeping things transparent and interesting.

Cabinets Extraordinaire is available in the Sarasota 34234, Longboat Key 34228, Siesta Key 34242 and Lakewood Ranch 34202 areas.

What does Concierge Design Service Mean?

When you are working with Cabinets Extraordinaire we offer what we believe is the #1 service of its kind when building in the Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key or Lakewood Ranch areas. Anytime you take on the task of remodeling a Kitchen, bathroom or a complete Condo Build-out there are literally sometimes 100’s of choices to be made and documented. We are here to be your personal note-taker as well as someone who will work tirelessly to maintain a record of the decisions made and what decisions still need to be made all while keeping the cost and budgeting on track.

We are extremely proud of the team we have put together here at our firm. The design talent that we acquired through our extensive hiring process to the team that works together to answer even the most mind boggling questions that arise during the “design” phase is a product of combining the areas top talent and making a team that fits just about all types of people and concepts from fun to funky to absolute elegance.

You will be assigned a Designer once you have explained what you are looking to do, and we have decided who would best be paired to maximize the experience and build. The relationship formed during the concept to the completion, can be one of trust, one of understanding that we know what we are doing, and you can rely on us to educate and explain products, specs and finishes. We find that at the end of a project there are true lasting friendships that were formed during this process.

The Designers job is to listen first. We need to pull out what your “vision” is and how we can add value to it, what makes it “yours”. We work with some very “cool” cutting edge software programs that produce a 3D layout for you whether it’s a Tuscan Lakewood Ranch Kitchen with incredibly hand crafted doors that feature things like Wood Knots to Vintage Distressing or a Longboat Key Condo featuring Sleek Modern Contemporary cabinets that offer all the self-opening/closing doors and drawer features to the High Gloss Custom Finishes. Either way we know what to do and we do it very well. We have large print layouts published in Sarasota’s top Design Magazines as features, to the awards we receive year after year for our “out of the box” thinking or that have been given for our Professionalism and timeliness of our projects.

Finally, with the volume and caliber of work we produce we have established some enviable relationships in Sarasota and the surrounding areas. These relationships when looking for that perfect faucet or that sitting area in your custom wine room that needs the perfect chairs and ottoman are key to finalizing your product. Some items like a custom tile from an outside vender need to be shown to get the “WOW” factor we are looking for. That’s why having the right Designer and back up staff are so important.

We hope this article/Blog is helpful when making a decision on the appropriate Firm to hire. 

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