Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost to remodel my space?

While every remodeling project is different, we can help you determine a general budget range for many common projects based on what similar remodeling projects have cost in the past.
However, there are several factors which impact the final cost of any project including the quality of materials, site conditions, accessibility of the space/property, age of the home, specific design tastes, finishes, and whether existing systems are updated.
While some projects may cost less than noted below, the following cost ranges should assist in helping you effectively plan your remodeling project. While considering how much to budget for your project please keep in mind that quality is commensurate with cost. While remodeling can be expensive, you should consider value over the long term. You’ll forget about how much you spent long before you’ll forget that about a project where you compromised on quality and value.

Typical Budget Ranges

Basic Room Addition, $115 – $275 per square foot and up

Single room addition, crawl space foundation, minimal electrical, minimal structural work, no plumbing, average finishes, average number of windows, easy tie-in to existing home, tie into existing heating system. (Generally the larger and more open the space, the less cost per square foot.)
Multi-Room Addition, $150 – $325 per square foot and up

Multiple rooms, full concrete foundation, new mechanical systems, average to higher end finishes, bathroom, closets, tile, hardwood, cedar of fiber cement siding, average to somewhat difficult tie-in to existing home. (Generally, the larger and more open the space, the less per square foot.)
Two-Story Addition, $175 per square foot and up

Apply the same criteria as above.  Simpler projects are less expensive.  More complex projects are more expensive. Generally, adding another floor above the other is a little bit more cost effective because the space shares the same roof and foundation (this is not the same as adding a second story over an existing space) (SF = total finished area – count second floor SF if finished.)
Basic Kitchen Upgrade, $14,000 and up based on a 12’ x 14’ kitchen

If the layout of your kitchen is functional, you may only want to replace your cabinets, countertops, sink, and flooring. You may want to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls and ceiling and maybe add new average priced appliances. Basically everything would stay close to or in the same location. This would include semi-custom cabinets (depending on the amount of cabinets), and custom plastic laminate tops.

 

Minor Kitchen Remodel, $19,000 and up based on a 12’ x 14’ kitchen

Your kitchen may be in need of a more extensive renovation based on relocating some of the appliances and sink. Included in this would be a new layout design, updated electrical and lighting on existing circuitry, semi-custom to fully custom cabinets (depending on the amount of cabinets), existing wall and ceiling plaster or drywall would remain, custom plastic laminate tops, new flooring and paint, maybe new average appliances.

 

Major Kitchen Remodel, $45,000 and up based on a 200 SF kitchen

Your kitchen may be in need of a more extensive renovation involving a complete “gutting” where we would remove everything including the wall and ceiling finishes exposing the framing. In addition to a new design, the project would include all new electrical, lighting and plumbing within the kitchen, new wall and ceiling finishes, tile or hardwood flooring, custom cabinets and solid surface or stone countertops, one or two new windows. High end appliances will most likely add to the cost.
Simple Bathroom Upgrade, $9,000 and up

Remove and replace all contents of an average sized, three fixture bathroom including the tub/shower, toilet, sink, faucet, tub/shower valve, vanity and pre-manufactured solid surface top, installing new flooring and paint, new exhaust fan, vanity light and mirror. Included would be everything needed to connect to existing plumbing in existing locations. Most of the wall and ceiling finishes would stay intact.
Complete Bathroom Remodel, $12,000 and up
Demolish down to the studs or “gut”  (perhaps due to water damage) an entire, average sized, three fixture bathroom and replace all contents including new tub/shower, toilet, sink, faucet, tub/shower valve, vanity and pre-manufactured solid surface top, installing new tile flooring and paint, new exhaust fan, vanity light and mirror. Included would be everything needed to connect to existing plumbing in existing locations.

 

Complete Bathroom Remodel (Higher-end), $22,000 and up

Basically the same bathroom remodel as described above but with higher end finishes such as tile surrounding the tub or shower, custom built shower area, glass shower enclosure, tile flooring, radiant heat in the floor, some new plumbing, completely new electrical and lighting system, maybe some tile on the walls outside the shower.
Master Bathroom Remodel, $30,000 and up

Typically master bathrooms may have two sinks and a separate shower. Oftentimes they also are larger with nicer finishes. This type of remodel would be similar in scope to complete bathroom remodel with higher-end finishes and fixtures.
Simple Bathroom Addition, $18,000 and up
Simple 6′ x 8′ bathroom addition, crawl space foundation, cedar or fiber cement siding, one small window, electric and plumbing to connect near addition in basement with easy access, easy tie-in to existing home, basic bathroom finishes and fixtures.
Upgraded Bathroom Addition, $30,000 and up
Basically the same as above but larger at 10′ x 12′ with separate shower,  tub, two sinks, separate room for toilet, linen closet, custom vanity and tops, higher-end finishes and fixtures.

 

Basements, $45 – $150 per square foot 
Basements can provide some very nice living space that relatively economical when compared to an addition or adding another level. We can transform your basement into just about any type of space you desire. The three biggest concerns with basements are adequate headroom, moisture control and egress. The more basic the space the less it will cost. Likewise, the more amenities you add like an added bathroom, kitchenette/bar area, added windows and/or doors and more ornate trim details like coffered ceilings and wall panels, the more it will cost.
Finished Attics, $12,000 to $40,000 and up 
Attics also can provide some very nice living space that is relatively economical when compared to an addition or adding another level. We can transform your attic into a just about any type of space you desire. Adding some skylights or dormers can really make the space feel larger. More straight forward spaces cost less than more complicated ones.  A simple space might include insulation, electrical/lighting; extend HVAC, adding a skylight or two, drywall, carpeting, trim and painting.

 

Decks, $20 per SF and up for simple Pressure Treated (PT) Wood to $55 per SF and up for upgraded with Composite Material

There’s nothing like having a great deck to enjoy relaxing and entertaining outdoors. There are many materials to choose from. Most decks are constructed using pressure treated yellow pine which holds up well against the moisture. For full sun or for reduced maintenance, you may want to consider choosing a composite like Trex. Also you should consider changing the existing grade if it doesn’t drain properly. Cost figures are based on adding a deck with footings and posts to 12″ below grade, PT framing, single to two levels, spindled or cable railings all around, decking predrilled and screwed, properly flashed where attached to the house, lattice and stairs.
Wood Window Replacements, $450.00 per unit and up

We install custom sized, energy efficient, wood window replacements. These windows can be installed within the existing frame without disturbing the interior or exterior trim. They are a nice alternative to vinyl replacement windows in that they can come with aluminum clad exterior (in many colors), real wood interior that can be stained or painted to match your existing trim.

 

Vinyl Replacement Windows, $300 per unit and up
Energy efficient vinyl replacement windows offer an affordable and low maintenance solution to replacing old windows when you don’t need the look of real wood windows. Something to bear in mind is that most vinyl windows are stark white or light beige which customers may not prefer.
Entry Door Replacements, $800 to $3,000 and up 
Replacing your front door can dramatically improve both the look and value of your home (an independent study suggests as much as a 5% increase in perceived value with the right combination.)  Single units are less than units that include sidelights and ornate glazing options.
Patio Doors, $1,500 to $4,000 and up

New patio doors operate much smoother compared to the older ones. Most of our doors can have stainable or paintable wood interior with aluminum clad exteriors in a number of colors. We typically install our doors using a custom flashing pan to ensure that they don’t leak at the sill.
Skylights & Roof Windows, $2,000 – $4,000 per unit

We install top quality skylights, tubes, and roof windows that we guarantee WILL NOT LEAK! Costs are based on creating a new opening in your roof, installation, finishing and painting around the unit. Creating a tunnel through the attic will cost more than if we are installing it in a sloped ceiling. There are a number of other factors that impact the cost as well.

 

Porches, $100 to $350 per square foot and up 
Porches can be very detailed spaces requiring a great deal of time by skilled craftsman. Costs are based on constructing a new “Classic-Style” porch with footings below frost line, posts and/or columns, floor framing and flooring/decking, spindled railings, lattice work, steps, beaded ceilings, lighting, roof framing, roofing, tie into existing house (rocking chair not included).
Garages, $45 to $75 per square foot and up 
Based on a basic detached garage with a new slab foundation, wood framed walls, truss roof system, basic siding and soffits, a few windows, one entry door, garage door with opener, electrical and lighting system to code.
Carports, $12,000 – $20,000 and up

Some carports can be very basic and some can be quite intricate. Regardless, all carports require careful design in order to maintain structural integrity and to look like they “belong there”. We can design a carport that fits your needs, both functionally and aesthetically.

 

Egress Windows, $6,500.00 and up

Cost will depend on work that needs to be applied inside and outside a property. Determining factors on the inside include drywall or paneling removal, removal/relocations of utilities, concrete cutting, waterproofing, and installation of window, flashing, drywall repairs, and interior trim, preparation/priming/painting of walls.  Exterior factors include excavation, lentils, installation of windows, drainage and tie-ins, exterior finishes, dirt and debris removal, straw and seeding.

What type of cabinets should I choose for my project?

When choosing cabinetry for your kitchen or bath, it is important for our clients to understand the cabinet type’s available and varying quality of construction.  We offer cabinetry to fit all budgets.  However, to ensure that you make an educated decision when purchasing cabinetry, our expert staff will show you the differences in the construction of the cabinets we sell. Our goal is to not only to make sure that your cabinets add beauty and functionality to your home, but also to offer you products that are built to last and add value to your home.

Cabinet Quality Grades

Cabinets are grouped into four grades based on quality of construction: ready-to-assemble (RTA), stock, semi-custom and custom. Idesign Interior Solutions offers stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinetry. Ready-to-assemble products such as those offered by IKEA are not available. A brief summary of cabinet grades is provided below.

Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Readily available and constructed with cost in mind, these cabinets are purchased boxed from chain home stores. Selection is narrow in style, size and material and they require assembly.  Long-term durability of this type of cabinetry is a concern.

Stock Purchased pre-sized from the manufacturer, stock cabinets are a basic and economical option.  Stock cabinets are mass-produced, available in fixed sizes and cannot be altered, making them less versatile for existing spaces. These cabinets are constructed on site from modular units. Stock cabinet materials range from particleboard covered with plastic laminates or melamine to solid wood, depending on the manufacturer. They offer a relatively limited range of accessories.

Semi-Custom With a broader selection in both style and material, semi-custom cabinetry generally marks the mid-range option in terms of price point. Semi-custom cabinetry allows some size adjustments and usually offers better quality cabinet construction. Semi-custom cabinetry has an extensive selection of styles, finishes, storage solutions and decorative enhancements, featuring a personalized look at a reasonable price point. Semi-custom cabinets consist of everything from stock cabinets fitted with custom doors to made-to-order cabinets selected from a manufacturer’s catalogue of featured styles, materials and finishes.

Custom On the higher-end, custom cabinetry is completely made-to-order and offers the most diversity in style, material, finishes and accessories. With custom, you’ll get exactly what you want with the superior hand-built construction of skilled artisans.  These cabinets are designed much like furniture where you are able to choose any size, shape, depth, or finish and accessories.

Over time, idesign Interior Solutions has narrowed down the number of lines of cabinetry that we sell to those listed below. We know that these lines work extremely well for our customers, and we don’t believe it is helpful to offer many lines with little or no distinctive differences in terms of price, style and construction.

What type of flooring should I choose for my space?

Many different flooring options are available at idesign Interior Solutions – porcelain and ceramic tile, natural stone (slate, marble, travertine, granite), carpet, hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl.  Hundreds of samples of each type of material are available for you to see in our showroom.  Our expert contractors have installed hundreds of commercial and residential floors.

All flooring materials can be installed on existing wood subfloors.  All materials except hardwood can be installed on concrete subfloors.  Of course, other factors such as temperature, dampness/humidity, and the amount of sunlight in your space should be considered when choosing your materials.

Porcelain tile has become the best-selling type of tile which can be used indoors and outdoors. Porcelain tile is extremely durable due to its composition and high temperature at which it is baked. Porcelain tile is the perfect choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and areas with damp or humid conditions. New advances in technology have allowed for a wide variety of attractive designs that imitate marble, travertine, slate, fabric, concrete, wood, leather, etc.  All types of porcelain tile (see below) are more durable and dense than ceramic tile and require considerably less maintenance than natural stone and hardwood.  Below are descriptions of the most common types of porcelain tile.

  • Full Body porcelain tile has uniform color and texture throughout the tile, not just along the It is extremely strong, durable and able to withstand freezing temperatures. It is the strongest type of tile. Unless they are polished, the tiles are slip resistant and scratch and chip resistant making them ideal for commercial locations. The color won’t fade and if a tile does chip, the color is the same underneath, making the chip less noticeable.
  • Colored Body porcelain tile possess same quality characteristics as the rest of porcelain products and are similar to Full Body tiles. However, Full Body porcelain tiles are produced using colored raw materials that pervade the entire tile, incorporating uninterrupted color and pattern features seen on the surface all the way through the tile body. Colored Body tiles are created with continuous colored stains from the glaze surface throughout the body of the tile. Synchronizing the color of both the glaze and body lessens the visibility of any impact chips which may occur. The color remains consistent throughout the tile, but any surface design does not continue through the tile body.
  • Glazed porcelain tile has a liquid glass layer that is baked into the surface which gives the tile its final color. The glaze finish makes the tile stain resistant and provides an infinite number of color and texture options. Glazed porcelain tiles are the most commonly chosen because of durability and the large array of designs available. They can imitate the appearance of natural stones like granite, limestone and slate, as well as metals like aluminum and brass. Some varieties even look like hardwood. Glazed porcelain tiles are admired for their glossy beauty and durability and can be used on any surfaces.

 

Ceramic tiles are light weight and clay-based. They are pressed at a lower pressure rate and fired at a lower temperature than porcelain tiles. They are always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. This glaze can be either gloss or matt and in some instances there can be an additive to the glaze to give the tile an external rating. The edge of a ceramic tile is generally not rectified which means the tiles should not be laid any closer than 3mm-5mm apart depending on the quality of the subfloor.

Natural stone (slate, marble travertine, granite) unlike the manufacture of porcelain and ceramic tiles (which takes a raw material and processes it into a new controlled material), is purposefully fabricated to preserve as much of its natural appearance (including naturally occurring faults) as possible. Natural stone gives any interior an element of style and refinement. The polished finishes add formality to a space while a honed finish provides a more organic look. Since all natural stone is porous and subject to staining, the stone should be sealed annually.

Carpet continues to be a popular flooring choice that can warm any room in style, making it the perfect flooring option for spaces like living/family rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and dry basements.  Idesign carries several lines of wool and synthetic carpet in numerous textures, patterns and colors. Carpet that includes natural fibers, such as wool, is preferable to some clients even though it may be more expensive and less durable than synthetic carpet.   Just like how rare gems provide a certain aesthetic and overall appeal, the same goes for natural carpet. There is nothing quite like the look a wool or other genuine materials all put together for an extraordinary floor ensemble.

In the synthetic carpet market, nylon and polyester are the two biggest players. Each fiber typically has certain advantages and disadvantages, and the right fiber for you will depend on

your requirements for the carpet. Nylon carpet is well-known for being very durable. It has long

been considered to be the most durable synthetic carpet fiber available. The clear benefits lie in

its resiliency, versatility in terms of style, and ability to literally “bounce back” from compaction.

Triexta carpet is also known for its stain resistance and durability.  What is noteworthy is

that Triexta in the Mohawk Smart Strand collection, for example, offers a texture retention

warranty of 25 years and a lifetime stain and soil stain warranty, whereas a nylon carpet of

equivalent value will usually carry a texture retention warranty of about 10 years, and likely

a stain warranty of 10 years or so as well. While polyester carpet does as good a job as

nylon carpet in terms of resisting stains; it is generally less durable, and as a result, less expensive.

Hardwood flooring remains a popular flooring option for homeowners. Perhaps the number one reason to consider a hardwood floor is for aesthetic reasons.  Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials there is, and it never goes out of style. Because of the large variety of trees and wood types, a world of colors, consistencies, designs, grains and patterns are available.  Hardwood floors do get scraped, scratched, scuffed, dented and damaged – especially in high traffic areas. However, wood flooring can most often simply be sanded, smoothed and refinished. It is rarely necessary to replace a wood floor. While hardwood floors may cost more initially, with proper maintenance, they can be a sound investment that will increase the value of your home.

Engineered wood floors have a top or layer of the desired hardwood on top of several layers of plywood.  Once installed, an engineered wood floor can be difficult to distinguish from a solid plank hardwood plank floor.  But quality is important in terms of durability.  A high-quality, engineered wood floor range is 3/8″ to 3/4″ (approx. 1 cm to 2 cm) thick. When this top veneer is very thin (.6mm or so) the resulting floor cannot be refinished should that ever be needed. However, when the top veneer is between 2 mm and 6 mm, it can be refinished multiple times.

Both Laminate and Luxury Vinyl flooring are made using a 3D printing technology, each can replicate the look and style of natural materials such as wood and stone, but at the fraction of the cost of other materials like hardwood, ceramics, natural stone etc. They are constructed in similar ways, typically with a wear layer, photographic image, and a backing system. The composition, however, varies.

Laminate is typically made from HFD or high-density fiberboard, which is made up of recycled hardwood. Laminate is not waterproof so it is not recommended to install this product in high-moisture or humid areas or places that often get spilled on like in supermarkets or in restaurants. Given its composition, exposure to moisture will cause the material to expand and contract. Laminate is best to install in climate-controlled areas.

Vinyl, however, is a much different story. Vinyl is more water resistant and ideal for higher-moisture areas. While with any floor it is always important to clean up spills as soon as they happen, it is less likely to curl as vinyl is more flexible. Vinyl does not require a sealant but is recommended for high-moisture areas for an added layer of protection.

Laminate is a hard product, but tends to also be very hollow. It is important that the subfloor underneath is smooth and even. If not the flooring may move with foot traffic causing the floor to puncture and break. Vinyl is a flexible material. While it is highly recommended to perform the necessary subfloor preparations with attention to evenness, vinyl is able more pliable to work around the imperfections of the subfloor. Vinyl is resilient due to its ability to expand and contract.

Both laminate and vinyl or easy to clean; laminate needs to be cognizant of overly mopping due to water exposure. Laminate is hard underfoot and can tend to be loud to walk on as opposed to vinyl, which is a little softer and comfortable to walk on. Underlayments can be used under vinyl to reduce the sound even more (traffic noise insulation) and to provide a better cushion to walk on.

How long will it take for idesign to complete my project?

The time needed to complete your project will depend on the size of project, and the customization and complexity of the work that is required. As we talk through your project, our expert staff can provide you an estimate of time based on prior projects that have been undertaken.   Once we have decided on the scope of work, the proposal that is prepared for you will include a start date and estimated duration based on the number of work days.  The estimate will be refined if unexpected conditions that require remediation are found at the site.  Also, the schedule will be revised if change orders are requested by the client.

What should I expect during installation/construction?

Prior to the first day of work, we ask that the client remove personal items, valuables, and electronics from tables, shelves, or cabinets. On the first day of work, our team will move furniture or any other items from the space to make it ready for the work to commence.  Thick plastic will be hung to separate the space from the other rooms in the house to eliminate/reduce the transfer of dust and other material.  Remaining surfaces that are not moveable will be covered to ensure that no damage occurs.  After preparation of the space, demolition of existing walls, flooring, cabinets, or other items to be permanently removed or replaced will occur. After demolition, installation and construction will begin.  If you will be living at the residence at the time of construction, our team will make sure the space is cleared and cleaned before leaving for the day. We promise to do our very best to minimize the impact of our work on your daily life.

How can I ensure my project will be completed within my budget?

To ensure that your project will be completed to your specification and within budget, it is critical that there is good communication in terms of the work that will be done and both parties are clear on the scope of work.  When idesign comes to your home to examine and measure your space, we will assess to the best of our ability (based on what is visibly available) what work may be required to complete your project and price the project accordingly.  However, once construction begins, unanticipated conditions may present themselves. The condition(s) will be discussed with the client as well as options for remediation, and what additional cost may be necessary. Once there is agreement, the contract will be amended and signed by both parties.  Depending on the extent of the remediation, the original duration of the project may need to be extended.

Does idesign sell lighting/electrical and plumbing fixtures?

Currently, idesign Interior Solutions does not carry these items in our showroom.  To complete your design and ensure that that your finished project is “turnkey,” we would be happy to offer you our discounts from several reputable retailers in the area.  We will work with you to make this process advantageous from a cost and level of effort standpoint.