Sometimes, a home remodel is a better option than new construction in San Francisco. After all, new home construction in San Francisco is rare and comes with a high price tag. If you want a newly constructed home you will often trade it for a lengthy commute to the city. By remodeling, homeowners can create their dream home within the city, without the cost and hassle of new construction.
Home remodeling bids and costs vary greatly, depending on the job and the contractor. Depending on the customization of the project and the materials, a home remodel in the Bay Area will cost between $300-$700 per square foot, with an average cost of around $450-$600.
Here are some other cost factors for you to consider.
Home Remodel - Kitchen Costs
Budget Kitchen Remodel
A small kitchen remodel, with minor upgrades and no structural changes, costs around $25,000-$42,000. This includes prefabricated cabinets, standard appliances, and laminate or other prefabricated floors and countertops.
Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel
In the Bay Area, a mid-range kitchen remodel averages around $79,000. This includes some custom touches, appliance upgrades, and higher-end flooring and countertops in a 200-square foot kitchen. Major structures and the subfloor are left in place during renovation.
High-End Kitchen Remodel
A large, fully customized kitchen remodel can cost upwards of $100,000 in San Francisco. This may include structural changes, a new subfloor, professional grade appliances, high end countertops and flooring, specialty tile work, and custom cabinetry.
Home Remodel - Bathroom Costs
The cost of a bathroom renovation depends on a number of factors, including the size of the bathroom, the scope of the remodel, materials, and potential structural modifications.
Partial Bathroom Remodel
A partial bathroom remodel will typically cost between $4,000-$11,000. This may include several new fixtures, a prefabricated tub or shower, reusing some of the materials, and using materials from a big box store. The entire space is not remodeled at this time. A flexible timeline also helps keep a bathroom remodel inexpensive.
Budget Bathroom Remodel
A full, budget bathroom remodel in the Bay Area will cost around $11,000 to $26,000. This includes demolishing the bathroom, and installing new flooring, fixtures, and decor throughout the room. A bathroom on a budget will not include custom items, but prefabricated and standard grade materials.
Mid-range Bathroom Remodel
A mid-level bathroom renovation in the San Francisco area will cost on average between $22,000 and $52,000. Mid-level remodels may be for a medium sized bathroom, with several custom touches, like a tile shower, or premium countertops.
High-end Bathroom Remodel
For a high-end, luxury bathroom remodel, expect to pay between $30,000-$70,000. Often these renovations include everything you would expect in a large, opulent bathroom, such as custom, high-end tile work, heated floors, a tankless water heater, and premium countertops and fixtures. If the bathroom is restructured, or a new sub-floor is installed, that will affect the final cost, as well.
Home Remodel - Master Suite Costs
On average, a master suite remodel in the Bay Area costs around $110 per square foot. However, a modest master bedroom upgrade with some custom touches can be around $100,000. A luxurious master bedroom with a furniture-quality closet, heated floors, high-end countertops, and custom fixtures can cost as much as $250,000.
A master suite remodel usually encompasses the bedroom, adjoining bathroom, and closet space. The cost of a master suite remodel depends on if the existing space is deemed acceptable, or structural changes need to take place.
Often, a master suite remodel also involves an expansion. Many homeowners choose to add an addition, or tear down walls in order to make a larger master suite area.
Home Remodel - Accessory Dwelling Unit Costs
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an ideal way to add passive income, or provide housing for friends and family members. The idea of ADU’s has grown in popularity in San Francisco in the past years.
The cost of the ADU depends on whether you use a predesigned floor plan, or have a custom design, the materials used, and even whether the ADU is attached to an existing home or free standing. Different counties and neighborhoods will have different regulations for the construction of ADU’s, so make sure to check local laws before you get started.
The average cost to build an ADU is $50,000-$100,000 for a 500-square-foot building. Depending on the design and the materials, that breaks down to roughly $100-$200 per square foot.
Home Remodel - Interior Design Costs
An interior designer can alleviate some of the design stress during the renovation project, and help with finishing touches. Most interior designers charge an initial consultation fee, then have an hourly fee thereafter. The average total cost for an interior designer in the Bay Area is around $7,600. Depending on the project, expect to pay between $1,000-$14,000 for interior design fees.
2022 Costs for Home Remodeling in San Francisco
San Francisco was named the most expensive place to build in the world. Remodeling an existing home is a great alternative to exorbitant new construction expenses. The cost to build a mid-range home in San Francisco is approximately $700-$800 per square foot, while a high-end home will cost at least $800 per square foot. If you compare these numbers to home renovation costs, remodeling is the more budget-friendly option.
In contrast, expect the following home remodel costs in San Francisco:
- Full Home Renovation – $300-$700 per square foot
- Budget Kitchen Remodel – $25,000-$42,000
- Mid-Grade Kitchen Remodel – $79,000
- High-End Kitchen Remodel – $100,000 or more
- Budget Bathroom Remodel – $11,000-$26,000
- Mid-Grade Bathroom Remodel – $22,000-$52,000
- High-End Bathroom Remodel – $30,000-$70,000
- Mid-Grade Master Suite Remodel – $100,000
- High-End Master Suite Remodel – $250,000
- Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) – $50,000-$100,000
Costs for Permits in San Francisco
It’s important to follow local regulations and acquire proper building permits before any home renovation project. The building permit process may seem daunting, but your project manager and contractor are there to help you through the process.
In the Bay Area, building permits are required at the county level. Look into permit information in Contra Costa County or Alameda County to make sure that your project follows the local guidelines and laws.
For the City of San Francisco, a Building Permit Fee includes a Plan Review Fee, and a Permit Issuance Fee. These fees are calculated according to the total valuation of the project. The total fees can be anywhere from about $207-$500,000. Small, one-room renovation projects are usually on the lower end of that scale, averaging around $500-$1,000. Large remodeling projects that encompass the entire home, or require major structural changes, may be closer to $5,000 to $20,000, or more.
How to Start a Home Remodel in San Francisco
Make the most of your home remodel by starting with a solid team, like the one available at Drafting Cafe Architects. Our architects, designers, contractors, and job managers will help ensure you get the best possible outcome for your budget. Contact us today to start your home remodel right.