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12 Home Office Remodel Designs to Spark Ideas

12 Home Office Remodel Designs to Spark Ideas

April 26, 2023

With technology more advanced than ever before, remote work has become common in more and more fields. It’s because of this that the need for an in-home office arises, a space not usually found in homes decades ago. With this rising need, more homeowners are choosing to remodel, making way for a home office to call their own.

If you’re thinking about remodeling a home office, but you’re at a loss for where to start, you can learn everything you need to know right here. Stay tuned to find out all the ins and outs of a home office remodel, complete with 12 designs that’ll compel you to start your own remodel ASAP!

Why Remodel Your Home Office?

You may be wondering if remodeling your home office is worth the time and resources. If you’re not yet convinced, the benefits below are sure to take you from being on the fence to being ready to remodel.

  • Productivity: If your current workspace at home isn’t fully separate from the main home, it can easily affect your productivity. Providing a space for yourself that’s separate and well thought out will provide a more productive workday.
  • Organization: A home office that lacks space for organization can create pure chaos in your workday. A remodel with the addition of storage spaces like cabinets and/or built-ins will give you endless options for organizing.
  • Functionality: It’s hard to get work done in a space that doesn’t work for you. If your work requires space to spread out, a remodel can accommodate this. Same with work that requires high-tech equipment. A remodel can easily house it.
  • ROI: In recent years, home offices have been a must for many families as remote jobs are more popular than ever before. A well-done home office will undoubtedly produce a return on investment for you.
  • Comfort: There’s nothing that says your home office has to mimic that of the corporate workspace. Why not make it a comfortable place to work? Consider carpet, a built-in window seat, or whatever comfortable touches you can think of!

Cost to Remodel a Home Office

The cost of your project will lead the way when it comes to the finishing level and the scope of the renovation. All things considered, you can expect the average home office remodel to cost around $20,000 to $140,000. That said, you’ll want to put pen to paper and write out a full budget, noting the areas that are the most important to you. If you’re not entirely sure where to start, consider these main features of a home office renovation to get you started:

  • Demo and cleanup of old materials.
  • Basic interior finishing materials (drywall, millwork, paint, etc)..
  • Electrical additions.
  • Plumbing additions.
  • New flooring and flooring finishing materials.
  • New cabinetry, countertops, and shelving.
  • New fixtures.
  • Baseboards and trim.

All the elements above are vital to consider in the pre-remodel planning process. The five main areas below, though, are what will eat up the most of your budget, so let’s discuss those in a bit more detail to give you an idea of what to expect and how to plan for these expenses.


The best part of the remodeling process is choosing all the finishing materials. Getting to hand-pick everything from colors to fixtures gives you the opportunity for an end result that’s catered exactly to your aesthetic. What’s not to like? Well, maybe the cost. Even baseline, standard materials can add up, not counting the cost of some of the higher-grade materials you may have your eye on. For instance, real wood flooring might sound like a great idea, but it’ll take a chunk out of your budget for sure. This is why it’s important to know your budget and keep your must-haves in mind at the beginning of the process.


It’s critical you choose the best of the best for your remodel. Professionals like Structura Remodeling are a safe choice as their work is tried and true. They know the correct methods and processes to get your remodel done right but be warned that the same can’t be said for all contractors. With labor being a main factor in the cost of your project, you want to be careful who you choose. Start by contemplating what kind of labor you need. Know how much of your budget can be put toward a contractor or subcontractors. Labor is a line item you want to have plenty of breathing room in. If you cut corners on someone cheap, you’ll likely find they do the same to you.


As with any remodel, the cost hinges on the size of the space you’re redoing. You’ll want to take some time to consider exactly what needs doing in order to get an idea of the overall cost of your office remodel. For example, is it a complete gut job or are you keeping some of the existing features? Do you plan to demo or move any walls? Does the space require more lighting or possibly added storage or built-ins? Write it all out so you have your ideas ready to present to your contractor. Of course, if you’re unsure what would make the room most functional or question which design may work best for your needs, ask them! Contractors do this type of work on the daily. They’re a great resource for ideas and will likely be able to provide you with some 3D examples to bring your room to life.

Soft Costs

Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to figure in soft costs when they start a project. Soft costs are costs that are not a direct result of construction. On the other hand, hard costs are a direct result, like the materials used or the labor needed. If you’re on a tight budget, the last thing you want is to be surprised by the soft costs that push your remodel outside your level of affordability. That said, in the planning process, be sure to consider all your soft costs along the way. Some of these can also include inspection fees, permitting, design work, and insurance costs.

Ideas for Office Spaces in the Home

If you don’t have a designated office space in your home, it’s no big deal. There are plenty of alternatives under your own roof that offer you the workspace you need.

  • Extra Bedroom: Probably one of the most common spaces transformed into a home office is an extra bedroom. Ideal as it has an ample amount of space, usually natural light, and a blank canvas for customization.
  • Unused Closet: Whether it’s a simple double-door closet or an entire walk-in, unused closets are an underused resource when it comes to office space. You could even install a fold-down desk to continue using some of the closet too.
  • Kitchen Nook: Some kitchens come equipped with a built-in workspace or command center. Even if it doesn’t, you can use any empty nook or corner in your kitchen space that could tolerate a small desk.
  • Garage Conversion: If you’re not attached to your garage space, convert it into the ultimate work-from-home space. With more than enough room to spread out, you could add a private bathroom and even a kitchenette.
  • Attic or Basement: Other sizable options, attics and basements, can also be finished to construct a generous workspace. You could even split the space to create a private room to work in, using the excess space for whatever you’d like.

Elements to Add to Your Home Office Space

Aside from the obvious decisions of the remodel, like flooring, paint, and the like, there are other elements to consider that’ll make your home office complete. Consider which ones might be useful to you in your workspace.

  • Storage: Built-in shelving and cabinetry are one of the biggest elements you should think about in your planning process. Not only do they allow you to store and organize your items, but they also make great spots for decorations.
  • Extra Lighting: Whether you’ve got access to natural light or not, more overhead lighting is never a bad addition to make. You can even use the extra lighting as a focal point of the room design with a unique fixture.
  • Electrical Updates: Certain spaces you choose to remodel might not have enough electrical access. Updates may need to be made to accommodate extra outlets and make way for the extra lighting.
  • Natural Light: Fluorescent lighting is not only harsh on the eyes but the mind too. If the space you’ve chosen for a home office doesn’t have natural light, consider installing windows or a skylight if you can.
  • Soundproofing: Working at home is great, but it comes with its fair share of distractions throughout the day. By soundproofing your home office, you’ll be able to concentrate on your work free from outside disturbances.
  • Built-in Seating: While built-in seating isn’t necessarily a traditional addition to every home office, it’s definitely a welcomed one. Offering a new and comfortable place to sit and work, it’s a nice change of pace from the typical desk chair.

12 Home Office Remodel Designs

You can have the greatest remodeling ideas in the world, but it can still be hard to imagine how all the designs will play out in real life. Visuals are a foolproof way to be sure the ideas you like will be something you truly love in person. That said, take a look at these 12 home office remodel designs to help you determine what styles align with the overall aesthetic you’re going for.

1. Multi-Use Room


Some remote workers fear they don’t have the space for a full-on home office, but there are many ways to make it work, and an extra bedroom is one of them. One of the beauties of remodeling a spare room into a home office is that it can be a multi-use space; it doesn’t have to be solely used as an office. In the picture above, you can see how the homeowner created the best of both worlds. There is a workspace, but that wall unit folds out to become a Murphy bed, transforming the space into a guest room.

2. Sufficient Storage Space


Sufficient storage space is key to making any office a functional and organized space. Unfortunately, many homeowners will hone in on all the other aspects of a home office remodel, leaving behind the potential for expanded storage. The home office remodel above left no stone unturned with regard to storage! The cabinets above and below, including the extra deep drawers, offer plenty of room for files, printers, and the like. Similarly, the shelving is perfect for books and even some decorative items too!

3. Special Seating


It’s nice to have some seating options that go beyond the traditional desk chair. After all, you’re working at home, so there’s really no reason not to be comfortable. It’s not unusual to find multiple seating areas in a home office; from couches to loungers to daybeds, you’ll find it all. In this office, they’ve chosen to include a nice chaise lounger and a built-in window seat for stretching out. There’s not a bad seat in the house here!

4. Landing Work Area


Homes with a second story often have some type of landing, whether it’s an expansive space or not. Regardless of how big it is, chances are there’s enough of it to make yourself a little home office. The space above is the perfect example. What some might have seen as an awkward, wasted space, these homeowners took advantage of. A built-in with enough desk space and plenty of drawers and shelving for storage, it’s more than enough office for nearly any remote job.

5. Lots of Natural Light


Natural light is so important for mood and mental health. You’ll easily do your best work under natural light as opposed to fluorescent light. It’s because of this that your remodel should include the installation of windows if the space doesn’t already have them. If windows aren’t an option, a skylight is an awesome alternative. In the office above, they’re lucky enough to have both, and you can see the impact it has on the entire office.

6. Office Under the Stairs


Surely an office under the stairs is a rather unconventional space for a home office, but it works! In some homes, there’s a closet, or the space underneath is simply drywall. Either way, it can be converted into an effective workspace that doesn’t take away from the valuable space in the rest of the home. Here, you can tell these homeowners saw the potential in this space, and they went for it. The incorporation of a simple desk and some plants to liven things up make a small but practical home office.

7. Architectural and Ceiling Details


An interesting aesthetic you can think about bringing into your home office remodel is some architectural and ceiling details. The addition of a vaulted ceiling or even a higher ceiling is sure to make the space itself feel bigger; of course, that isn’t feasible for every home, though. Even so, almost every home office remodel can integrate some type of ceiling detail, whether it be beams, a coffered ceiling, tiles, and even wallpaper! The combination of the beams above, coupled with the vaulted ceiling, makes an extraordinary workspace that’ll, without doubt, be a highlight in the home when it comes time to sell.

8. Work With a View

Home Office space with extended Natural ambience

It never hurts to consider what view you’ll have throughout your work day. If you can swing it, choosing a space with a particularly relaxing view can make all the difference in your day. For this home office, the workspace itself is minimal, but the views are anything but that. With expansive windows that flood the room with light, you can look upon the green of the great outdoors as far as the eye can see.

9. Statement Walls

Sleek home office space for higher productivity

Statement walls are a popular highlight for any room these days, offices being no exception. They’re a fun and fairly easy way to dress up a wall at a price that won’t kill your budget. You’ll see many homeowners choose different types of statement walls, including shiplap, beadboard, textured wallpapers, and much more. In this office, they chose to do a board and batten design as a statement wall, finishing it off with a delicate green for a smooth, relaxing result.

10. Several Workstations

Spacious home office space

When you’re planning out your space, consider adding more than one workstation. This could accommodate a coworker for face-to-face meetings or just allow you room to spread your work out. In the home office above, they’ve created a dual-sided desk with separate desk space and storage on either side and a shared collaborative space in the middle.

11. Don’t Forget Doors

Home Office Remodeling with classic design

Not every home office will be able to have its own set of doors, but if the space allows it, adding a set of doors will make a huge impact. Providing privacy for calls and a level of soundproofing as well, doors keep your workspace free from the distractions of your main home. You could choose doors with glass windows like the ones above, solid wood doors, sliding doors, or whatever else you’d like.

12. Small but Functional

Elegant Home Office Space

Don’t underestimate the power a small space can have! A little space around a corner, part of a wide hallway, even a tiny nook; they can all be transformed to create the home office space you’ve been hoping for. In this home office, the homeowners used what little space they had to create a cozy work area. With a surprising amount of storage, they were able to place cabinets at ceiling height to make use of every square inch of space available.

Why choose Structura Remodeling to remodel your home office?

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Structura Remodeling should be your go-to contractor. You may be asking yourself why you should choose Structura Remodeling for your project. There’s no shortage of contractors to choose from, so what sets Structura apart? Here are more than enough reasons to make Structura your number-one choice:

  • They have over 16 years of experience in the construction industry, with the owner being a third-generation contractor.
  • Their team is made up of the most qualified individuals in the field, between designers and craftsmen, you’re working with the best in the business.
  • They operate each project via a comprehensive process, starting with your vision, to full estimates, home design, and the like.
  • The company is extremely detail oriented, making your dreams come to life down to every cabinet pull and color. With the help of 3D renderings and project planning, you can be sure your vision will come to fruition.
  • The level of professionalism on-site is unparalleled. The team works to keep their workspace clean while taking care of surrounding job site elements like pets, family schedules, and possessions.
  • Structura Remodeling truly cares about the customer’s experience and the end result, so much so that they always aim for 100% satisfaction with each customer.
  • If all of these combined haven’t convinced you, let the reviews speak for themselves! Countless happy customers have rave reviews for Structura Remodeling!


If your home office needs a facelift, it’s the perfect opportunity to put your personal touch on a space you’ll be spending large amounts of time in. From built-ins for the added organization to soundproofing to ensure a productive workday, you can create the home office of your dreams with the right remodel planning.

Have these ideas sparked your interest in a home office remodel? We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE home office remodel consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:


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Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom – Everything You Need To Know From Start to Finish

Converting a Garage Into a Bedroom – Everything You Need To Know From Start to Finish

April 25, 2023

These days, more space is often needed for families, but it’s also hard to come by at an affordable price. It’s no longer as easy as moving to a home with more square footage, at least not with interest rates in their current state. Out of this problem is where inventive solutions like garage conversions are born.

With a garage conversion, you can stay right where you are, adding square footage to your already existing structure! With infinite options in both finish and design, you can create a space that works for your family and at a price that beats the cost of a move or normal home addition.

If you’re looking at converting a garage, but you’re not sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Stick around and find out everything you need to know from start to finish, including some alternative ideas if you’re not yet ready for a project of this size.

What are the benefits of converting a garage into a bedroom or living space?

If you’re wondering whether or not converting your garage into a bedroom or living space is worth it, consider the benefits below. There’s more than enough to give you confidence in starting your project!

  • Creates More Space: The most obvious benefit of a garage conversion is all the added space. No more room sharing or lack of space for guests!
  • Preserves Your Lot: Building an addition out takes up precious outdoor space you don’t want to lose. You save your pretty grassy areas with conversions.
  • Cost-effective: Less costly than a full-on addition, a garage conversion gives you just as much space at a far more affordable cost.
  • Versatile Use: Converting your garage to a bedroom now doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Transform it into a gym, game room, and the like in the future.
  • Partial Conversion Option: You don’t have to lose all your normal garage space. A partial conversion can be done, offering the best of both worlds.

What are the downsides of converting a garage into a bedroom or living space?

While, in most cases, the benefits of a garage-to-bedroom conversion far outweigh the downsides, there are still some noteworthy concerns to keep in mind before breaking ground on your project.

  • Loss of Parking: It goes without saying that you’ll lose parking spaces, which for some homeowners isn’t a huge deal. For others with small driveways or neighborhoods with strict street parking rules, it can be more of an issue.
  • Loss of Storage: Some homeowners rely heavily on their garage space, not just for parking but for storing items. You lose a lot of seasonal and recreational storage by converting a garage into a bedroom.
  • Weather Exposure: It’s nice to be able to pull into the garage when it’s raining or snowing. Garages also protect cars from the elements. Both you and your vehicle will sacrifice protection from weather if a conversion is done.
  • Needs Permitting: There are plenty of home projects that can get around required permitting, but garage conversions aren’t one of them. Even if you do the work yourself, it needs to be done with a permit to avoid serious consequences.
  • Insurance Changes: With such a large amount of added living space comes extra liability. Don’t count on your insurance bill to stay the same after you’ve added the square footage to your policy.

What are the costs of converting a garage into a bedroom?

One of the main considerations with any project, especially one this big, is the cost. Your budget will determine everything from the contractor you can hire to the materials you can use, so it’s important to know where you stand with regard to spending power.

The average garage-to-bedroom conversion will cost you around $130,000, with final costs varying based on materials, of course. Here are some elements to remember in your budget that make up the biggest chunk of costs for your conversion:

  • Basic interior finishing materials (drywall, millwork, paint, etc.).
  • HVAC rerouting through existing units or a portable AC unit.
  • Electrical additions for custom lighting, fixtures, and outlet access.
  • Plumbing, if you plan to include a bathroom, sink, kitchenette, etc.
  • Flooring and flooring materials to include raised flooring material.
  • Baseboards and trim throughout.
  • Storage and cabinetry for toiletries, kitchenware, linens, and the like.
  • Sealing materials for garage door cracks for an airtight finish.
  • Window and exterior door additions.
  • Possible adjustment in ceiling height.

What is the process for converting a garage into a bedroom?

It can be nerve-wracking to jump into a large home project without knowing exactly what you’re getting into. With the process explained, though, you can begin your project certain of what to expect, knowing when things are on track and when adjustments need to be made. That said, to start, think about what you want the end result to be.

Make a list of your ideas, budget, must-haves, and areas you may be able to be more flexible. Next, you’ll want to get a structural engineer involved while your plans are being drawn up. They’ll ensure everything is structurally sound, working with an architect that’ll be sure everything is up to code prior to submitting plans to your local departments.

Now it’s time to pick your contractor. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your project, so be sure to vet them fully. They set the tempo and produce the final result of everything. Get a few bids, check reviews, and go from there! Once you’ve nailed down a contractor, you can finalize the plans and timeline with them.

 At that point, they’ll begin obtaining the proper permitting, and submitting your final plans to the proper entities. Meanwhile, contractors will likely begin purchasing the building materials so that right when everything is approved, they can begin working.

After everything is approved and work begins, you’ll be in contact with your contractor often, receiving updates on the project and possible modifications that need to be made. Once the project is completed, you’ll want to walk through to be sure everything is done as it should be, asking questions and requesting fixes as necessary.

A final inspection will likely need to be done by the city or county, depending on your local rules and regulations. Once that’s completed and the work passes inspection, the permit will officially close, and you can begin enjoying your new conversion!

How to Find the Best General Contractor for Your Garage Bedroom Project

You want to make sure you have a contractor that’s qualified for the job. Nothing’s worse than inexperience delaying or even ruining your project. It’s for that reason you want to be meticulous in choosing your contractor. It’s always a good idea to start with recommendations. Who do you know that’s had great success with a contractor?

It’s also imperative you check their credentials. Do they have the proper licensing and permits? Also, consider the type of projects they generally take on. Are they experienced in garage conversions into living spaces? Try searching for a contractor that specializes in the work you’re looking to do.

You’ll also have to consider your budget. Some contractors may not fit into your budget. Likewise, you’ll need to get bids for your conversion from each contractor you interview. A breakdown of project expenses may make the decision for you if some bids are far higher than others.

Why choose Structura Remodeling to convert your garage?

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Structura Remodeling should be your go-to contractor. You may be asking yourself why you should choose Structura Remodeling for your project. There’s no shortage of contractors to choose from, so what sets Structura apart? Here are more than enough reasons to make Structura your number-one choice:

  • They have over 16 years of experience in the construction industry, with the owner being a third-generation contractor.
  • Their team is made up of the most qualified individuals in the field, between designers and craftsmen, you’re working with the best in the business.
  • They operate each project via a comprehensive process, starting with your vision, to full estimates, home design, and the like.
  • The company is extremely detail oriented, making your dreams come to life down to every cabinet pull and color. With the help of 3D renderings and project planning, you can be sure your vision will come to fruition.
  • The level of professionalism on-site is unparalleled. The team works to keep their workspace clean while taking care of surrounding job site elements like pets, family schedules, and possessions.
  • Structura Remodeling truly cares about the customer’s experience and the end result, so much so that they always aim for 100% satisfaction with each customer.
  • If all of these combined haven’t convinced you, let the reviews speak for themselves! Countless happy customers have rave reviews for Structura Remodeling!

8 Ideas and Tips for Converting a Garage into a Bedroom in Los Angeles

With a project of this size, it can be easy to miss some elements that’ll maximize your project. Consider these ideas and tips as you plan your garage conversion.

  1. Design Separate Spaces: When you’re planning your conversion, think about your overall design. It doesn’t have to be a straightforward, boxy space. You can place walls in certain spaces to make for separation between a bedroom and living room, or even half walls to break up the space.
  2. Add Ceiling Accents: The use of ceiling accents can go a long way in making your garage conversion feel like less of an addition and more of a custom remodel. You could create a tray ceiling for some dimension, add on some beams for a more rustic feel, or simply add crown molding for a sleek yet finished look.
  3. Create Natural Light: Nothing kills a space like a lack of natural light. Of course, it’s hard to come by in a normal garage structure, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. The easiest way to gain natural light in your conversion would be the addition of windows, though skylights could be an option as well.
  4. Two-Story Conversion: If you have the space, you can think well beyond the ground level of your garage for the conversion. You can create a two-story conversion using your attic as a second living space, or if there’s no attic, you can build up too. With that amount of space, you can add in a full apartment!
  5. Create Extra Storage: It’s no secret that most people use their garages as storage for items used less frequently. With a conversion, you’ll lose a lot of your storage capacity, which can pose a major problem for some families. Before your conversion, brainstorm storage ideas, whether that’s in your home, the attic, or offsite storage.
  6. Consider Covered Parking: Having garage space to park vehicles is a must for some people. A garage conversion doesn’t have to mean your car is left to the elements, though. Consider purchasing a covered carport if the thought of parking your car completely outside concerns you.
  7. Disguise the Necessities: In the planning process, talk to your contractor about disguising areas you’d typically find in a garage. For example, a washer and dryer and a water heater. Adding doors or closets to these spaces will preserve the overall aesthetic of the room, keeping them out of sight and mind!
  8. Hide the Garage Door: One of the main concerns in a garage conversion is what to do about the garage door. While labor intensive, it’s really a straightforward ordeal. The door will be completely removed and an exterior wall with windows will be added to give it an original, seamless look.

Can’t convert your garage into a room? Check out these Alternatives!

Some people love the idea of a garage conversion but can’t take the loss of garage space. If you prefer to use your garage traditionally, that doesn’t mean you can’t create another bedroom or living space on your property. There are alternatives! Take a look at the ideas below for options.

  • ADU: An accessory dwelling unit is a second living space on the same property as the main home. These can be either attached or detached from the home and usually offer a private bathroom and cooking space as well.
  • Shed: One of the newer trends on the market, converting a shed into a living space presents a fully customizable option. As long as you have the space on your lot, a shed gives you a nearby living space to make your own.
  • Second Story Addition: Though a more expensive project, you could add a second story to your home to gain the needed square footage. This could be a full second story or just a new room over the garage.
  • Porch or Patio Conversion: If you’ve got a large porch or patio you don’t use much, you can use that as your conversion space. Closing in the existing structure is certainly a cheaper option than an addition requiring a foundation.
  • Basement Conversion: A large space in your already existing structure, finishing your basement is a great alternative. It usually presents a larger space than you’d get with a garage, too, so you can often add more than just a room.
  • Attic Conversion: A space often forgotten, attics offer an existing structure that can be finished to create a new living area. With access to the home’s electrical, it could be easier than you think!


Is a permit required to convert your garage?

In all likelihood, you live in an area that requires certain codes to be followed for a garage conversion. Every state and county is different, so you’ll have to investigate the requirements. You’ll likely need to obtain permits for both planning and building, followed by an inspection when the project reaches completion.

If that sounds intimidating, no worries! The burden of obtaining proper permitting usually falls on the contractors, making them the responsible party. This is why it’s so important to choose an experienced contractor so all your work is done legally. If you choose to do the work yourself, check with your local entities first.

Does converting a garage into a bedroom add value to your home?

If you’re converting a garage in a home you don’t plan to stay in, it’s natural to wonder how this project will affect your home’s value. Luckily, you can rest assured that it will increase the value of your home! Sure, it can be a deterrent to some potential homebuyers who prefer to use their garages traditionally, but that’s not always the case.

Some will see the extra square footage and be fine with sacrificing a traditional garage space. Regardless, you can bank on the project as a solid ROI. It’s important you make sure the work is done by the book, though. For this project to increase the value of your home, it needs to have been done legally and properly.

Will converting my garage affect my home’s curb appeal?

If it’s done right, you won’t have to worry about the conversion negatively affecting your home’s curb appeal. After the exterior wall is constructed, the main concern is its cohesiveness. You don’t want your conversion to appear obvious, so you’ll want to take extra measures to make it blend. Be sure you can match paints, sidings, bricks, and the like with the existing style. Adding windows will also help it to appear as though it was all original.

What are the options for financing my conversion?

Cash isn’t always an option for every homeowner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t move forward with your garage-to-bedroom conversion; there are plenty of other options! For starters, you can use a credit card if you have a high enough limit. You could also ask friends or family for a personal loan if you’re comfortable with that type of arrangement.

Taking out the equity from your home, if you’ve lived in the home long enough, is also a solid choice. You can do this through a home equity line of credit, where you can take money from the equity amount as needed for the project. There are also many banks that offer renovation loans as an option for larger projects.


Garages are the perfect place to convert to a bedroom or living space. You can customize the space as you’d like without the costs incurred by a full-on addition. You can also preserve some of the space while still adding a bedroom if you’d like. The possibilities are endless!

Do these conversion ideas have you ready to make the switch? We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE garage conversion consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:


*Serving Los Angeles county and surrounding areas*

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Building an ADU Above Your Garage: Here’s the (Second) Story

Building an ADU Above Your Garage: Here’s the (Second) Story

March 22, 2023

The prospect of building an above garage ADU is enough to make anyone excited. Creating your very own customized space from design to finishing materials allows you to make something truly unique. With a project this big though, you may be wondering what the build process looks like before you jump in feet first. Who can blame you?

Luckily, there’s more than enough information to put your fears to rest before starting your project. Stick around and find out the different uses for ADUs, benefits and challenges of the build, the process of building, and the estimated costs. Armed with the full knowledge of the process laid out below, you can step confidently into your above garage build!

What is an ADU?

An ADU, or accessory dwelling unit, is a second housing structure that’s built on the same lot as a primary living unit. Generally, they act as a fully functional living space to include a bathroom, kitchen, rooms and the like. ADUs come in many shapes and sizes to fit the lifestyle and needs of all homeowners; There’s something to fit every existing structure!

For example, an ADU can be attached to a ground level structure like most envision when they think of a home addition. They can also be attached above a garage or upper floor. Converting a garage or creating a basement are also ADU options. Finally, you can have a detached ADU that offers an entirely separate structure from the original. All in all, for the purposes of this article we’ll be focusing on the above garage ADU.

Uses of an ADU Above Garage

One of the best parts of building your above garage ADU is that it can accommodate whatever you need. While there’s no set use for your ADU garage, here’s some of the common ones that might spark some inspiration.

  • Home Gym: These spaces can be the perfect set up for the home gym of your dreams. No more long trips to the gym or waiting for equipment!
  • Home Office: A quiet retreat to get all your work done, an ADU is often used as a home office; Take calls and get work done in the solitude you need.
  • Rental: Many homeowners use an above garage ADU as a rental space, producing extra income for their families while keeping their own home private.
  • Mother-in-law Suite: An ideal space for an elderly parent, have peace of mind as they live close in your above garage ADU.
  • Guest Suite: Give your guests the comfort of their own living space while keeping your privacy, but still having them close by.

Benefits of an ADU Above Garage

What’s in it for you? A great question for such a big investment. Luckily, there’s enough benefits to this project that you can rest assured it’s a worthy expenditure.

  • Extra Space : The most obvious benefit of an above garage ADU is the extra space you’ll gain. As mentioned above, this space has unlimited uses, some of which can even make you money! A little extra square footage never hurts, especially when it comes time to sell.
  • Increased ROI : Speaking of selling, you’re sure to see return on investment when it comes time to put your home on the market. Buyers love homes that have unique features or a little something “extra”. An above garage ADU easily fits that bill and will undoubtedly add value to your home.
  • More Eco-friendly : Any kind of construction has undeniable impacts whether through the actual build process itself or materials used. Even so, building up instead of taking up more green space on the ground’s surface makes it a bit more eco-friendly.
  • Added Privacy : A traditional ADU is typically built ground level and attached to the primary home. While the extra space is still valuable, it doesn’t lend itself to privacy when guests are in the home. An above garage ADU can be built in such a way that it has its own entrance, cook space, and the like; All equaling more privacy for you.

Challenges of Building an ADU Above Garage

While building an ADU above the garage will without doubt provide you with plenty of benefits, it’s not without its challenges. You should consider these before jumping into your project; Nothing’s worse than starting a project of this size only to run into major obstacles that cost you more time and money.

  • Cost : As with most things, your budget will determine whether or not you can take on a project like this. Considering the fact that you’re adding an entirely new area to your home from top to bottom; It should come as no shock that the price tag will reflect the magnitude and that might not be feasible for some.
  • Height Restrictions : Building codes aren’t always straightforward. While it may not seem like you’re disturbing much by building up instead of out, that’s not always the case. You’ll need to check local rules and regulations to ensure your above garage ADU is done legally.
  • HVAC Requirements : These days, most people rely on HVAC systems to keep them comfortable with both cooling and heating. Unfortunately, your existing system isn’t likely to support an above garage space. The existing HVAC unit will either need to be modified or an alternative installed like a split unit.
  • Exterior Style : Think about how an above garage ADU will look when it’s all said and done. Adding to an existing structure isn’t an easy task when it comes to style for the simple fact that the same materials aren’t always available. Architectural features will also need to be well thought out to be sure it blends in.
  • Plumbing : Providing proper plumbing to this area of the home can be quite a headache depending on what you’re dealing with. The location of your home’s main sewer pipe connection is what will determine the most. If it’s close to your garage, it could be a fairly simple connection. If it’s not, it could mean trenching out certain parts of the existing haedscape in order to plumb the ADU correctly.

Estimated Costs of Building an ADU Above Garage

With every ADU build comes its own set of detailed plans, materials, and labor needs. That makes the task of estimating ADU building costs a bit more difficult. Even so, there’s a few ways you can get an idea of what your above garage ADU may cost. TO start, here’s estimated costs based on size:

  • 400 square feet: $180,000 to $220,000
  • 600 square feet: $260,000 to $320,000
  • 750 square feet: $340,000 to $420,000
  • Average cost: $250,000

There’s plenty of factors that impact costs aside from square footage, material costs being one of those. Check out the main ones below:

  • Framing
  • Beams and Trusses
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • Floors
  • Doors
  • Cabinetry
  • Trim
  • Paint

There’s a few other costs to keep in mind despite all of the above. From labor costs to miscellaneous fees, these aren’t aspects of your build you’d want to ignore.

  • Permitting
  • Demolition
  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer (foundation)
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Project Clean-up
  • HVAC Installation

The Process to Build an ADU Above Garage

When you’re investing so much, it’s natural to be curious about what the actual building process looks like. While it’s an intricate project with no lack of moving parts, the steps below give you a birds eye view of the operation.

  1. Acquire Contractor: One of the most important decisions you’ll make in the ADU build process is your choice in contractor. It’s important to pick someone who is known for meeting deadlines and who communicates well. Be sure they’re licensed and insured and someone who specializes in or is at least familiar with the ADU building process. Price is always on consideration as well. To ensure you’re not being taken advantage of, try getting multiple bids on the project for comparison purposes.
  2. Financial Review: You’ll want to review your contractor’s bid. If you’re looking to cut costs, use the bid to see where you might be able to trim. Adjusting the overall design of your ADU may also cut the cost of your project’s total cost. In this phase, you’ll also need to decide which financing option best fits your needs. Between grants, loans, and lines of credit you have options.
  3. Feasibility Study: This study is a crucial part of the build process as it ensures your build is doable given the utilities from the main house, available lot space, local requirements, and the like. Ensuring that your space is viable for the project and meets building code will save you a huge headache in the end, avoiding possible pitfalls that are identified in the study itself.
  4. City Consult & Permitting: If all is well with the feasibility study, your contractor can now submit a complete set of drawings to the city. Alongside these drawings, they’ll begin working on the permitting needed for everything. Pulling these permits allows the work to be done legally and safely for all involved.
  5. Finalize Aesthetics: Probably the most fun step in the process is finalizing the materials used in your ADU build. Most people already have an idea of how they’d like their ADU to look both inside and out. If not, their contractor can supply them with 3D mock ups and material options from siding to flooring.
  6. Construction Begins: Finally, with all the nitty gritty details pegged down, your build out can officially begin! Completion times vary depending upon how big or small your project is and what customizations are being added. You can usually expect a build from beginning to end to take anywhere from 7 to 16 months.

Ideas and Tips for an ADU Above Garage

There’s no shortage of ideas and tips for your above garage ADU build. From prepping for your project to the details of your design, consider the ideas below as you move forward.

  • Clean out the attic: It sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised the amount of people who forget they’ve stored items in their attic; Then in comes their demolition crew only to find their workday delayed by having to get the homeowners to move their items out of the workspace. Check your attic before!
  • Choose timelines wisely: While an ADU garage build doesn’t cause as much disruption as a full second story addition, it’s still going to affect your day to day life. Consider the fact that your contractor will need your driveway and likely surrounding space for materials and equipment. Select a time of year that works best for your family, keeping in mind the short inconveniences of less parking, more noise, and the like.
  • Don’t neglect the light: An above garage ADU will undoubtedly provide you with added square footage but the space is still likely to be small. That’s where the power of natural light comes in as it can make the space feel bigger. Try to keep this in mind when designing your ADU garage to maximize light in your space.
  • Consider skylights: Speaking of natural light, skylights are both an excellent and unique way to introduce it into your space. They’re also a great way to ventilate your new ADU garage. Many skylights have the ability to open, so you have the added benefit of fresh air flowing through your unit.
  • Pick a functional design: What are you using the space for? It’s critical that you plan your ADU with this question in mind. Remembering your overall goal for your ADU will help you make design choices that make the most sense for how you plan to use the space. Do you need storage or shelving? Maybe a wide open space or a few separate rooms? Even a small cook space or built in seating.
  • Stair location: Depending on the size of your existing garage and the surrounding elements of your exterior, you may have the ability to choose whether you’d like the stairs to your ADU inside or outside. You can have a set inside the ground level of your garage that leads to the ADU’s door or a set of stairs on the exterior of the home that lead up to an exterior door.
  • Matching windows: A common mistake in above garage ADUs is mismatched windows. It’s a dead giveaway on the exterior that the space above the garage is in fact an addition and not original. To make the home’s exterior look cohesive, choose the same window size for your ADU garage as you have for the rest of your home.
  • Consider roof features: Another common error in above garage ADUs is building the roofline without features. Again, you can usually spot a second story addition easily when the roofline has been neglected. Choosing unique featured gables or dormers help solve this problem while creating an exterior that doesn’t look boring and boxy.

Why choose Structura Remodeling for your ADU garage in Los Angeles?

You may be asking yourself why you should choose Structura Remodeling for your project. There’s no shortage of contractors to choose from, so what sets Structura apart? Here’s more than enough reasons to make Structura your number one choice:

  • They have over 16 years of experience in the construction industry with the owner being a third generation contractor.
  • Their team is made up of the most qualified individuals in the field, between designers and craftsmen, you’re working with the best in the business.
  • They operate each project via a comprehensive process, starting with your vision, to full estimates, home design and the like.
  • The company is extremely detail oriented, making your dreams come to life down to every cabinet pull and color. With the help of 3D renderings and project planning, you can be sure your vision will come to fruition.
  • The level of professionalism on site is unparalleled. The team works to keep their work space clean while taking care of surrounding job site elements like pets, family schedules, and your possessions.
  • Structura Remodeling truly cares about the customer’s experience and end result so much so that they always aim for 100% satisfaction with each customer.
  • If all of these combined haven’t convinced you, let the reviews speak for themselves! Countless happy customers have rave reviews for Structura Remodeling!


An above garage ADU may be costly, but the price is definitely worth the reward. A versatile space you can use for nearly any purpose, it fits the needs of every family. Not every contractor can take on an intricate project like this though. You want an experienced company that can guide you through every step of the way.

Ready to get started on your above garage ADU? We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE ADU consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:


*Serving Los Angeles county and surrounding areas*


Is it cheaper to build out or up?

While above garage ADUs make an awesome addition to any home, building out is by far the cheapest option. Sure, when you build out you have to fork over money for excavation, surveying, added foundation and the like. Even so, starting from scratch helps to mitigate some major obstacles that adding a story to an existing garage just doesn’t present.

The fact is, building up requires a lot more detailed work to ensure the structure is on solid foundation and built to fit seamlessly into the existing home’s style. Extra materials and labor also add to the cost of building up. While it has its benefits, they come at a cost.

Are ADUs worth the investment?

An ADU is no small project and with it comes a price tag that may scare off some. For those who can see the long term value though, ADUs are well worth the investment. Surveys on the return on investment for these structures report an average of a 35% bump in sale value.

ROI aside, they’re worth the investment when it comes to extra space alone. They’re perfect for expanding families and a place for your out of town guests. Not to mention the possibility of using ADUs for an AirBnB site. They have endless potential!

What is a JADU?

Similar to an ADU, a JADU or junior accessory dwelling unit, is also a housing structure built with the intent for living with one caveat: it’s no bigger than 500 square feet. As a rule of thumb, JADUs are attached to the home and because of the smaller space they don’t have the full amenities of an ADU.

For instance, you’ll find JADUs likely share a bathroom with the main living quarters, not always a separate bathroom as with ADUs. Similarly, JADUs will have some type of space for prepping food but not a full kitchen for cooking.

What is a UDU?

A UDU, or unpermitted dwelling unit, is an ADU that has not been built under proper permitting. This is often the result of a DIY with the best intentions. While it can be tempting to construct an ADU on your own, the risk is not worth the reward in this case. Using a trusted contractor like Structura Remodeling ensures everything’s done legally.

If not, you run the risk of having to revert back to legalizing your ADU which is not only a hassle, but not always doable. You’ll need to study county codes, bring the unit to standard, submit plans, undergo inspections and so forth. If you’re lucky, you can make things right, but it’s not a chance you’ll want to take.

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2023 Kitchen Remodeling Cost Guide Los Angeles

2023 Kitchen Remodeling Cost Guide Los Angeles

March 21, 2023

Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the home. Meal making aside, they’re a space for gathering friends and family; Often the focal point of any in home entertaining. It’s for that reason that kitchens are usually at the top of remodeling wishlists. Afterall, who wants to usher their guests into an outdated space they’re not happy to be in themselves?

If you find yourself reading this, I’m guessing you can relate. Even so, the remodeling process can be confusing, especially when it comes to cost. How much is a kitchen remodel? Which materials make most sense for your budget? Does your kitchen really need remodeling? All of these questions and more will be answered right here! Stick around and find out everything you need to know about kitchen renovation cost in Los Angeles in 2023.

Signs Your Kitchen Needs Remodeling

If you’re questioning whether or not your kitchen truly needs a remodel, the signs below are undeniable indications that it’s about time. Take a look below and use these signs as your ultimate guide.

  • Old Appliances: Lacking space and efficiency they’re not effective.
  • Broken Cabinets: Broken pieces point to too much wear and tear.
  • Poor Layout: If your kitchen isn’t functional it’s likely due to the layout.
  • Lack of Counter Space: Little prep and cooking space isn’t practical.
  • Outdated Style: A main reason for remodel is the worn out aesthetics.
  • Leaking Fixtures: Leaking may cause water damage to surrounding surfaces.
  • Rusty Fixtures: A sign of serious erosion that’s an obvious eyesore.
  • Safety Hazards: Poor lighting and electrical issues are red flags.
  • Long Term Use: If you plan to stay in your home you might as well enjoy it.

Benefits of a Kitchen Remodel in Your Los Angeles Home


Kitchen remodels don’t just offer the obvious benefit of a fresh, new style. They also come with these other benefits below:

  • ROI: The ROI, or return on investment, is how much you’ll gain in profit from your bathroom remodel when it comes time to sell. Remodeled kitchens are without doubt a desirable feature for prospective buyers; That said, you can see a profit when you sell if you’ve re-designed in a way that will appeal to the masses.
  • Efficiency: Older appliances and fixtures can easily take away from the efficiency of your kitchen. Updating appliances can drastically lower your bills, same with updating fixtures. Leaky faucets and sinks are not just a waste of water but they’re a drag on your finances. Remodeling is the time for upgrades!
  • Storage: Nothing’s worse than a lack of storage space, especially in the kitchen which requires room for storing food and cookware. Remodeling a kitchen is the best opportunity to remedy this limitation. Whether you install bigger cabinetry or redesign the space altogether, added storage is a huge remodel benefit.
  • Functionality: Some kitchens just aren’t as functional as they could be. This is often a product of wasted space, lack of storage, or poor design. When you look to remodel, you can solve all of these issues! For instance, the addition of an island can create more cook space, storage, and functional design all at once.
  • Safety: There’s a lot going on in the kitchen and when you combine cooking messes, appliances, and the like, accidents can happen. During your remodel you can aim to make your space more safe by selecting anti-slip flooring, moving plugs and switches away from water sources, and adding in more lighting.

6 Factors to Consider in Your Kitchen Remodel


Remodeling your kitchen is a huge undertaking with lots of moving parts. That said, it can be easy to oversee some of the main components you need to think on. Don’t forget to take these 6 factors into consideration during your remodel planning. 

  1. Materials: Picking all the materials for your remodel is definitely the most exciting part of remodel planning. The ability to choose everything down to the cabinet pulls and countertops gives you the chance to create the kitchen you’ve been hoping for. As exciting as it is, you still have to consider which materials you’ll choose based upon your budget. For example, marble is a gorgeous kitchen countertop choice but it’s also hugely expensive compared to others and requires maintenance. Similarly, you’ll need to prioritize materials like appliances, cabinetry, countertops, fixtures and the like. That said, don’t blindly select materials; Keep cost in mind.
  2. Scheduling: Start thinking about a timeframe when this project is actually feasible for you and your family. While the kitchen is a critical part of the home that’s often in use, you can still pick a slower season that will make the renovation less stressful for everyone. Also, have in mind your expectations and timeline for the kitchen remodel and bring that to your contractor when you’re interviewing them. This gives them an idea of what you’re looking for and allows them to tell you what’s realistic based upon the scope of the work.
  3. Scope: Speaking of the scope of the work, you’ll need to think in depth about all aspects of your kitchen renovation. Begin narrowing down the design and materials. Are you looking to change the layout? Will you switch out all appliances? What fixtures will you install? From top to bottom, make a to-do list. If you’re unsure where to start, it’s best to consult your contractor. They will likely have a checklist and 3D software to help you make your final decisions on everything from wall color to flooring.
  4. Fee Structure: Fees pertaining to specific labor needs, the contractor, timeline overages and the like can send any well budgeted remodel into a tailspin. Structura Remodeling takes the guesswork out of the equation up front, utilizing a one lump sum contract price that puts others to shame. Unlike other contractors, they’re not looking to surprise you with fees or nickel and dime you when the moment presents itself. Their lump sum price includes the use of subcontractors, designers, project managers, labor, and rough materials with complete transparency on total kitchen renovation cost.

    Other contractors may have fees built into their contractor for project delays as well; Not so with Structura! If a delay causes them to go over the approximate timeline given for the project, there’s no fee. In fact, they pride themselves on being proactive in the pre-construction phase to mitigate this possibility altogether. By prepping material lists, requesting the homeowners selections, and pre-purchasing materials they’re able to avoid unnecessary delays that many other contractors would try to turn into a pay day.

  5. Budget: Your budget is a major factor to consider, though not a particularly fun one. It acts as the guide for nearly every aspect of your kitchen remodel. What contractor you can afford, the type of materials, the scope of the project, literally everything! Decide on how much you can realistically spend on your remodel and that’ll determine the specifics of your plan.
  6. Los Angeles Trends: When you remodel, it’s important to know what’s going on in your neighborhood with regard to trends. If you plan to stay in your house for good, then using any style and material you like is probably a safe bet. However, if it’s not your forever home and you plan to sell within the next five to ten years, it’s crucial to think ahead.

Find out what’s popular, what might attract most people, even aiming for materials that have always been timeless. That way, when you go sell your home your property has far more appeal. If you’re not sure what’s on trend in the Los Angeles area, your contractor can help! After all, they’re the ones involved in local building and remodeling. They can help direct you to the designs and styles that will stay on trend for years to come.

Components of a Kitchen Remodel in Los Angeles

When you’re planning for your kitchen remodel, it’s best to know all the parts of the project you’re planning for. While it’s not comprehensive, the elements below can act as a starting point for each part of your project.

  • Demo and cleanup work of old materials.
  • Removing walls – open up the space
  • Basic interior finishing materials (drywall, millwork,paint etc).
  • Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work.
  • New flooring and flooring materials.
  • New cabinetry, countertops, and kitchen sink.
  • Backsplash installation.
  • Baseboards and trim.

It’s important to remember that this list is assuming you’re gutting the kitchen altogether for a full remodel. That means that not every step on this list may apply to your remodel.

Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in Los Angeles by Size


It’s most common for remodel cost to be estimated based on the size of the space. It’s also no surprise that the bigger your space is, the bigger your kitchen renovation cost. Of course, material selection will play a big role in the final numbers as well. Regardless, keeping in mind the square footage of your kitchen will give you a general idea of how much you can expect to spend on the remodel.

Small Kitchen Remodel – ($30,000 to $35,000)

  • Space for 1 cook
  • 60 to 90 square feet
  • Corner layout or one wall
  • Compact fridge, 4 burner range, and microwave

Medium Kitchen Remodel – ($50,000 to $60,000)

  • Space for 1 to 2 cooks
  • 90 to 120 square feet
  • U or L shaped
  • Possible island
  • Normal fridge, 4 burner range, microwave, and dishwasher

Large Kitchen Remodel – ($80,000 to $100,000)

  • Space for 2+ cooks
  • 120 to 200 square feet
  • Bar space
  • Island or peninsula
  • Normal fridge, 4 to 6 burner range, microwave, and dishwasher
  • Optional wine fridge, double oven, and warmer

Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in Los Angeles by Finish Level

A ballpark estimate of your kitchen renovation cost can be determined by finish level too, not just project size. The finish level of a remodel refers to the type of materials you use to complete the project. For instance, a budget remodel might repurpose some existing material whereas a more high end remodel may gut the space and start with all new materials. No matter your budget, finish level can help you determine where you stand in estimated project costs.

Budget Kitchen Remodel – ($35,000 to $45,000)


If you’re looking to give your kitchen a much needed facelift but you’re low on funds, that’s not a dealbreaker. There’s still plenty of creative remodel ideas that’ll fit your style and budget. For this level remodel you’re likely to spend anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000. On a budget remodel you won’t be moving any walls or appliance positioning.

That means to stay within your budget, your main focus is keeping the cost of materials down.

Using cheaper materials doesn’t mean your renovation will look cheap. For instance, updated lighting, fresh paint, new hardware, and ceiling molding are all examples of small, economical changes with a big effect. Also consider refinishing what you already have like floors or cabinets. You can also use prefabricated countertops and cabinetry to keep down costs.

Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel – ($55,000 to $65,000)


With a mid-range budget, you have more freedom to truly transform the space. The average cost here usually falls between $55,000 and $65,000. That means more wiggle room for new fixtures, backsplash, upgraded cabinetry, and flooring. This level of remodel is really what takes an older space and turns it into something unrecognizable in the best way; All because you have access to materials that aren’t plausible for a budget remodel.

For example, engineered stone and laminate counters are better on a budget but with a mid-range budget you can now go next level; Think granite and marble! Maybe add storage and shelving, interesting lighting, and cabinet accents. You can also make customizations to the layout, creating a more functional flow.

High-End Kitchen Remodel ($90,000 to $120,000)

Kitchen Remodeling Los Angeles

A high-end kitchen remodel is where the magic really happens. Without a budget holding you back, you can make your dream kitchen a reality. For high-end remodels, people generally spend between $90,000 and $120,000. A remodel of this size usually involves completely gutting the old and starting from scratch. This gives homeowners the opportunity to change the layout and even expand their kitchen square footage.

A remodel of this magnitude equals some serious amenities. For instance, adding an island for more prep space and storage. A walk in pantry for easy access or a warming drawer for entertaining. Replacing floors with natural stone or hardwood flooring. Pot fillers, smart appliances, and wine fridges are also common additions to high-end renovations. There’s not much you can’t do at this finish level.

Rip-and-Replace vs. Gut Renovation

Not all remodels look the same in scope, especially when it comes to the scale of what you’re doing. You can choose to rip-and-replace, meaning the bones and main structure stay in place. The other option is to completely gut the kitchen and start from scratch.

The best part of gutting everything is getting to choose your layout. What was once cramped, wasted space can be transformed into an open, functional kitchen. On the other hand, gutting can be far more expensive and you may run into issues with rewiring or moving plumbing.

A rip-and-replace is much less work while still offering you remodel options that fit your needs. The downside is, most if not all elements stay in their same space. For example, replacing countertop material, not redesigning their placement; Or installing a new oven, just in the same space as the old one.

What method you choose hinges on what your overall goals are for your remodel and of course, your budget.

Why choose Structura Remodeling for your kitchen remodeling project in Los Angeles?

You may be asking yourself why you should choose Structura Remodeling for your kitchen remodel. There’s no shortage of contractors to choose from, so what sets Structura apart? Here’s more than enough reasons to make Structura your number one choice:

  • They have over 16 years of experience in the construction industry with the owner being a third generation contractor.
  • Their team is made up of the most qualified individuals in the field, between designers and craftsmen, you’re working with the best in the business.
  • They operate each project via a comprehensive process, starting with your vision, to full estimates, home design and the like.
  • The company is extremely detail oriented, making your dreams come to life down to every cabinet pull and color. With the help of 3D renderings and project planning, you can be sure your vision will come to fruition.
  • The level of professionalism on site is unparalleled. The team works to keep their work space clean while taking care of surrounding job site elements like pets, family schedules, and your possessions.
  • Structura Remodeling truly cares about the customer’s experience and end result so much so that they always aim for 100% satisfaction with each customer.
  • If all of these combined haven’t convinced you, let the reviews speak for themselves! Countless happy customers have rave reviews for Structura Remodeling!


A kitchen remodel can take your builder grade cook space to a custom culinary dream in the blink of an eye. No matter your budget, the sky’s the limit with choices in style, layout, and material options. To get the job done right though, you need an experienced and reliable contractor you can trust

Ready to get started on your kitchen remodel in 2023? We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE kitchen remodel consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:


*Serving Los Angeles county and surrounding areas*


Are permits needed to remodel a kitchen in the Los Angeles area?

Permits can be tricky seeing as they vary from city to city based on local requirements. Even so, if you’re doing a complete kitchen overhaul you can expect to need a permit. Especially if you’re moving walls or doing something to the structural integrity of the home.

Some contractors like to say if you have to open up any part of the wall, you probably need a permit. Regardless, this is where your contractor comes in handy. They know all the ins and outs of permitting, so you can rest assured your project will be up to all appropriate standards.

Can I finance my kitchen remodel?

Renovating a kitchen can be expensive but there’s plenty of financing options if you don’t have the cash on hand. Renovation loans are also fairly common; They offer fair requirements like low credit score and small down payments, so they’re a viable choice.

HELOCs or a home equity line of credit are also a great financing option for several reasons, no closing costs and lower interest rates being among a few. Government programs are another option. Though a little harder to navigate, they’re worth the hassle if you meet the loan requirements.

What’s the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

When you’re measuring which aspect of a kitchen remodel is most expensive, appliances may come to mind. While they definitely earn a top spot on the list of high kitchen renovation costs, they’re not number one. To the surprise of many, cabinetry is usually the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel.

This is usually due to the sheer amount needed for the average kitchen, along with any customizations required. For instance, choosing a pantry wall or extra ceiling height cabinetry for storage will inevitably tack on more to the overall kitchen renovation cost.

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5 Tall Kitchen Pantry Cabinet Ideas That Create a Unique Full Wall Effect

5 Tall Kitchen Pantry Cabinet Ideas That Create a Unique Full Wall Effect

February 15, 2023

One of the first things people look at in a home is the kitchen. From family meals to friendly get togethers, it seems to be the one room of the house everyone ends up in. Being that it’s the heart of the home, it’s easy to see why. It’s because of this that it’s no surprise the kitchen is often the first task on the remodel list. 

Tall kitchen pantry cabinets are rising in popularity for these remodels and for good reason. Often stretching floor to ceiling, they’re not just a place to store items; They’re a statement piece that’s impossible to go unnoticed. 

Are you considering full wall pantry cabinets for your home? Look no further! Stick around and find out why these tall kitchen cabinet ideas are sure to make your kitchen the envy of the neighborhood. 

Pros of Wall Pantry Cabinet Ideas

  • Plenty of Storage: The level of storage full wall pantries offer is by far their bigger advantage. You’ll no longer have to choose between what goes into the pantry cabinets and what has to be stored elsewhere. 
  • Accessibility: Full wall pantries provide much more accessibility as well. Sure, you’ll have the higher cabinets filled with lesser used items, but the ones at standing level offer ease of use all year round. 
  • Overall Aesthetic: The full wall effect of this design makes for a truly customized look that you don’t see in every kitchen. The height of the cabinetry accentuates the ceiling height, making the room feel big. 
  • Versatile Interiors: Tall kitchen cabinet ideas aren’t minted to just regular shelving inside, though they can if that’s what you’d like. You can also install pull out wire baskets for food storage or wood drawers for everyday items. 

Cons of Wall Pantry Cabinet Ideas

  • Added Expense: Unfortunately these tall beauties come at a cost. It’s no secret the cost of wood has gone up; That fact aside, just the sheer added amount of custom cabinetry needed to create this look will add up quickly. 
  • Loss of Counter Space: In the case of full wall pantry cabinets, you have to give space to get space. It just depends on which kind matters to you most. With cabinets spanning the full length of the wall, you’ll lose counter space in some areas. 
  • Lack of Vertical Storage: It might seem impossible that you’d have less vertical storage when the cabinetry takes up the full wall, but it’s true. With the limited ability to move internal shelving, you may be stuck storing some things sideways.

1. Appliance Hideaway

The extra storage created by tall kitchen pantry cabinets isn’t just for food and kitchenware. You can use the space as a small appliance hideaway for commonly used items like microwave or coffee makers. They’re incredibly convenient when it comes to other appliances you put on the counter weekly too but you’d like to store out of sight when they’re not in use. 

In the example above, they chose to go with hinged, half folding doors which make the entire interior space completely accessible. The half doors folding keep their width from stretching beyond the counter, making them easy to move around. A shaker style with a gray finish and gold pulls, this pantry wall is both subtle and stunning. 

2. Floor to Ceiling Cabinets and Drawers

If the main goal for your kitchen pantry cabinets is space then the floor to ceiling style is for you. High cabinets can be used traditionally for seasonal items where the mid level ones and below offer nearly endless storage for kitchenware and beyond. The cabinets aren’t the only highlight of this pantry wall though.

The addition of plenty of drawer space is unparalleled. No more having to decide what gets a drawer and what doesn’t. In this kitchen, bright white carpentry is finished off with crown molding adding an upscale feel. Coupled with dark flooring, the contrast is a complete knockout. 

3. Sleek Push to Open System

Depending on style, some homeowners prefer a more sleek and minimal look. The push to open pantry wall systems can provide just that. These types of tall kitchen cabinets usually split into less sections than a normal cabinet system too; Some cabinet faces even come as one solid panel. 

The kitchen above shows the best attributes of the push to open system, one being the lack of cabinet pulls on the faces of the doors; The other being the smooth and sleek finish. Both coupled together give the entire pantry wall a polished and modern design with soft, clean lines.

4. Fridge Integration

The idea of major kitchen appliances being made to blend in is a newer concept but one that seems to be gaining momentum. Some people prefer a cohesive look without the differentiation in color and material that large appliances bring to a space. It’s for that reason that fridge integration is extremely common when installing a full wall pantry. 

In this kitchen, the fridge goes almost completely undetected. Appearing as a larger cabinet face with drawers below, the fridge meshes with the surrounding white cabinetry for a seamless look. While the larger pulls on the fridge itself might give it away, it’s still able to blend with the surrounding brushed nickel pulls elsewhere. 

5. Touches of Luxury

One of the best elements of a full pantry wall is how customizable it is. You don’t have to stick to one color, texture, or design format. You certainly don’t have to sacrifice touches of luxury for added cabinet space. You can have the best of both worlds! 

The kitchen above is proof that there’s no one way to fill kitchens with tall cabinets for storage. An elongated fireplace adorns this pantry wall creating a unique and homey cook space. If a fireplace isn’t your style you can dress up the cabinet faces using another material or try more opulent cabinet pulls to achieve a more luxurious feel. 


Kitchens with tall cabinets take any cooking space to the next level between storage and aesthetics alone. With only a few cons to consider, they’re well worth the investment. You don’t want to risk a project of this scope alone though. That’s where Structura Remodeling comes in!

Ready to get started on your full wall pantry cabinets? We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE pantry wall consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:

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What if some of the cabinet depths make it hard to see inside?

A common concern with pantry walls is the lighting inside. Depending on the depth of the cabinetry it may be hard to find items inside, especially if you’re searching for something in the back half. Even so, there’s a handful of fixes that fix this problem before it becomes a concern. 

In the building process, you can request that your contractor drop some sort of lighting in each set of cabinets. If you’re looking for a more simple solution, there’s plenty of battery operated options like light strips of puck lights that can be applied to the tops of the cabinets with a simple adhesive pad. 

Speaking of cabinet depth, what’s the proper depth for cabinets on a pantry wall?

The normal depth of cabinetry generally falls into one of two dimensions: either 12 inches deep or 24 inches deep. For reference, it’s worth noting that the 12 inch depth is usually used for the upper half of a normal cabinet layout with the 24 inch depth making up the bottom set of cabinetry. A normal layout meaning space underneath the top cabinetry, generally with a wall underneath embellished with backsplash down to the countertop where the next set of wider cabinets begin. 

With a full wall system this isn’t always the case though. Depending on which design you choose and how much space you’re actually looking for, you might have all 12 inch deep cabinets or all 24 in deep cabinetry. As mentioned above, full wall pantries are completely customizable, leaving everything (depth included) up to you! 

Will these wall pantry cabinet ideas add value to my home?

Let’s face it, some upgrades current homeowners love don’t turn out to be winners in the eyes of others when it comes time to sell. You definitely don’t want to make the mistake of investing a boatload of money into a project that will inevitably leave you with a low ROI or under appraisal. 

While it’s hard to say with one hundred percent certainty that these full wall pantries will add value to a home, it’s a safe bet for one reason: storage. Prospective homeowners are always looking at a home’s level of storage and traditionally extra storage has shown to produce a high ROI for homes. It’s because of this that you can consider your full wall pantry a worthy investment.

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7 Kitchen Countertop Replacement Options for Your Dream Cook Space

7 Kitchen Countertop Replacement Options for Your Dream Cook Space

November 29, 2022

There’s no question that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply gathering for a family meal, everyone always ends up in the kitchen. It’s no wonder then why kitchen renovations are usually at the top of every homeowners wishlist. Afterall, it serves not only as a functional space but also as an entertainment hub!

While most homeowners are willing to take on some simple DIYs to create the kitchen of their dreams, a kitchen countertop replacement is a whole different ball game. If you’re planning to replace a kitchen countertop but you’re not sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Find out the factors to consider, material options and more right here!

Factors to Consider For a Kitchen Countertop Replacement

The decision to replace a kitchen countertop comes with several factors to consider, all of which you’d be smart not to neglect! Keep in mind the factors below when narrowing down your replacement selections.

  • Price: One of the most important factors in a kitchen countertop replacement is your budget. Nothing’s worse than finding a material you love only to find it’s out of your price range. Consider your budget for the product, coupled with the amount needed and research each material’s average cost for that amount first. 
  • Cleanliness: Not all countertops are created equal when it comes to level of cleanliness. Quartz for instance is a very hygienic option as it’s non-porous. More porous surfaces like stone can be used but yearly sealing is a must to keep them safe and clean for use.  
  • Durability: With different measures of durability, you want to make sure your replacement matches your expectations for longevity. Materials like granite have a great deal of durability, whereas materials like tile are more susceptible to cracks and chips. 
  • Color: The color of your countertops doesn’t boil down to aesthetic preferences alone; Though the color itself does have the power to mold your kitchen into the design that fits your personal vibe. It’s important to note that darker counters will show more in the way of streaks and food particles. 

1. Granite

Pros: Granite has been among the most common kitchen countertop replacement options for some time now. No slab looks alike and its wide variety of color options is a huge draw. Differences in the granite veins also give this material a unique look. A non-porous material, it’s a clean surface that holds its own against heat, cracking and the like. 

Cons: There are a few concerns to remember though. Granite is a very heavy material. You’ll have to be sure your countertops or subsurface are strong enough to withstand their weight. Their patterns also vary. Know that when you pick the color and style you like, the product you get might not be an exact match. 

2. Wood

Pros: If you’re searching for a touch of the natural, wood countertops are for you. They have the ability to create a warm, homey feeling. With a natural antibacterial agent, they make for a safe cutting surface. They’re also one of the most eco-friendly countertop replacement options. Wood also comes at a much lower cost per square foot, making it a more affordable choice depending on the variety of wood. 

Cons: Wood countertops need to be oiled frequently for protection. Even with this protection, wood is still vulnerable to much damage; Including scratches, water damage, heat damage, dents and the like. All of these potential damages require a good bit of time, maintenance, and resources to fix.

3. Quartz

Pros: Hands down the most popular kitchen countertop replacement material in recent years, quartz isn’t just pleasing to the eye. Similar to granite in many ways, you can find it in many patterns. Its low maintenance factor makes it incredibly appealing as it requires no sealing and cleans well. It’s also stain resistant and non-porous making it highly durable. 

Cons: Even though the slabs look polished, the fact that the seams are often noticeable are a drawback. These counters do have heat resistance but somehow their level of resistance doesn’t match up to that of granite. Last and maybe the hardest pill to swallow is the cost. If you’re looking for affordability, quartz isn’t your best bet. 

4. Laminate

Pros: Laminate can get a bad rap sometimes, but it does have some noteworthy qualities when it comes to a kitchen countertop replacement. Namely, it’s an affordable choice with easy clean up and a stain resistance finish. It’s manufactured in a color that’s sure to suit any preference and usually a quicker install as it only requires simple cuts. 

Cons: Unfortunately, laminate countertops are near impossible to repair. They’re extremely susceptible to wear and tear and they’re not expected to last nearly as long as other materials. Laminate isn’t most people’s first choice either and wouldn’t have a positive affect on your home’s resale value. 

5. Engineered Stone

Pros: You don’t have to worry about engineered stone’s beauty being interrupted with seams as the entire top surface is one solid piece. A non-porous material, it’s resistant to cuts and knicks making food prep a breeze. With engineered stone you get the gorgeous look of natural stone at a much lower cost. 

Cons: These countertops are super heavy and require a special frame that comes at a high cost. They’re also not entirely heat resistant. This can become an inconvenience in more than one way. Obviously, you’ll want to be cautious about placing pots and pans directly on the counter. Likewise, if you have any countertop appliances, you’ll need to be sure they aren’t producing too much heat at their base. 

6. Tile

Pros: While tile countertops might not be for everyone, they make for a unique and artistic look that won’t go unnoticed. A strong material with endless design and color options, it’s great at resisting stains and wear and tear. Another bit of good news – any cracks and chips are easily remedied with a simple tile replacement. 

Cons: Grout lines can be an issue harboring germs and crud. They’ll require re-sealing in order to reduce this issue year after year. Tiled countertops also tend to be uneven which can become a problem with using cutting boards and such. 

7. Marble

Pros: An attractive surface with tons of character, the softness of marble allows for even more detailed cuts than other stones. It’s also a fan favorite in the baking crowd since it naturally stays cool. This makes it perfect for rolling dough! A long-lasting option, it’s sure to draw in homebuyers when the time comes to sell.

Cons: Marble’s beauty comes at a cost that many aren’t willing to spend on a simple kitchen countertop replacement. It requires a lot of maintenance and sealing. Similarly, it does stain more than other surfaces due to its porousness. They can also take on some significant scratching that is very hard to repair. Marble also has the potential to undergo patina, a process where oxidation changes the original color. 

8. Concrete

Pros: As you may have guessed, concrete countertops are particularly durable. They’re also easy to maintain, only requiring resealing every few years. One of the best aspects of concrete counters though is their customization. With an impressive number of options, you can select different textures, edges, and even decorative particles mixed in.

Cons: Concrete countertops aren’t as cheap as many may think. The main reason is due to the amount of labor and expertise required. They’re also fairly vulnerable to chipping and staining. They’re definitely not among the mainstream choice for a kitchen countertop replacement. 

9. Stainless Steel

Pros: Offering a polished look (literally), stainless steel creates a bright and clean cooking space. A non-porous surface, it’s water resistant and the arguably the most hygienic countertop option. It doesn’t burn or stain and is very easy to clean and maintain over time.

Cons: If you do decide to place pots and pans on these counters, the contact with metal pans could risk denting and scratching. They’re also on the higher end when it comes to price. Last, they tend to give off a more industrial look in certain situations; Sometimes even unwelcoming. 


A kitchen countertop replacement stands to change the entire feel of your cook space. From natural wood to sleek and smooth quartz, there’s something to fit everyone’s personal style. A project requiring much precision and experience, you want the best professionals on your side to get the job done right!

We’re ready to assist! Get a FREE kitchen countertop replacement consultation in the Los Angeles area! Call Structura Remodeling at 1-800-922-4613 or schedule a free consultation here:

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What’s the return on investment (ROI) for a kitchen countertop replacement?

If you’re wondering whether or not your time, money, and efforts are worth the hassle, let this quell your fears: When you replace a kitchen countertop you’ll see somewhere between a 60 to 80 percent ROI. Currently, quartz is said to have the best resale value when it comes to attractive potential homebuyers, granite being a close second. Regardless of what you choose, a kitchen countertop replacement will undoubtedly raise your home value. 

Can you replace just the countertops?

You can absolutely replace just your countertops without having to replace all your cabinets. Even so, there’s a few elements of your renovation you might want to consider before deciding against a bigger project altogether. For instance, are your cabinets in good condition? Do they need replacing at this point anyways?

Also, are the aesthetics what you’re looking for? Consider if you’d like a different design or color. Finally, if you’ve been waiting to switch up your kitchen layout entirely, now would be the time. While you can replace just the countertops, be sure to think about the big picture. 

How long does a kitchen countertop replacement take?

As far as the actual removal and replacement (if taking place on the same day) it can take as little as a few hours. It’s important to remember this doesn’t include the planning portion of the project. It will take time for your team to record the precise, custom measurements.

 Likewise, depending on the material used, an order will need to be placed with your chosen manufacturer to custom cut your countertops. 

Can you put new countertops over old ones?

To the surprise of many, you can put new countertops over old ones; Though it may not be in the way you’d think. The most common way to do this is via countertop overlays. These overlays are thin and offer an attractive solution that’s cheaper than most full replacement options based on material alone. 

Countertop overlays also come in a variety of common materials like wood, laminate, granite, concrete and the like. With plenty of selection and advantages it’s a viable option for your kitchen countertop replacement. 

Do you have to replace your sink when you do a kitchen countertop replacement?

While you don’t have to replace your sink with a kitchen countertop replacement, the likelihood that you will is pretty high. Trending countertop selections like quartz and granite are almost always paired with an undermount sink. This means there’s no metal lip that sits atop the counter’s surface like there would be in a top-mount sink. 

Aside from their modern look, undermount sinks also offer other advantages. They make countertop cleaning easier. You can easily scoop excess water or food particles directly from the countertop into the sink without it getting stuck on a top-mounted lip. All that said, even though you don’t have to replace the sink, it’s best in the long run.

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How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Increase Your Home Value?

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Increase Your Home Value?

February 28, 2022

Remodeling your home’s kitchen is a great way to increase your property value as well as its functionality. All people in a home spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, eating and cooking meals while spending time with friends or family, leading it to be considered the heart of the home by many. A great kitchen makes all the difference to potential buyers and is worth the investment in terms of profit when you go to sell your home. Plus, there is the bonus of having a freshly remodeled kitchen to cook in up until you do decide to sell and move out. When contemplating a kitchen renovation, you need to think about design, function, and the layout of your kitchen. While staying in your budget, you can upgrade your plumbing, electrical, drywall and heating, windows, and doors, along with new appliances, cabinets, and flooring. Now is the time to think about what’s missing from your kitchen, if you need more preparation or storage space, if you’d like a more open floor plan, and the aesthetic style you have in mind.Structura Remodeling is here to help you make your kitchen dreams a reality, as one of the best kitchen remodeling companies in Los Angeles.

Expected Budget for Kitchen Remodel Los Angeles and Increased Resale Value

The budget for kitchen remodels ranges from $39,000 to $70,000. However, the cost of kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles varies depending on the specifics of each kitchen remodel. Are you simply going to update the cabinets and counters or are you going for a full kitchen renovation?

The Kitchen Design Team from Structura can meet with you to assess your project and work with you on the design details, such as quality and types of materials, cabinetry, and appliances. Their relationships with manufacturers and wholesale dealers will save you money. They do all the ordering and can pass those savings on to you! Additionally, the kitchen remodel contractors at Structura in the LA area can provide you with a complete, professional quote with no hidden surprises. Still, concerned about budget? We offer 0% financing on approved credit.

In terms of resale value, it is important to do a cost analysis to determine the benefit of your renovations to maximize your return on investment and added value. Staying within budget while adding significant value to the home is your best bet for recouping costs in the sale of your home. An updated kitchen can sell a home, while an outdated kitchen will often stand in the way of sales, so even a minor kitchen remodel can bring about results on the market. Modern kitchen remodels bring about this most interest to buyers in the current market, with about 80% of buyers noting that a newly finished kitchen is a very influencing factor when deciding to buy a home. Fortunately, kitchen remodels in the Pacific region including the Los Angeles area can expect to recoup about 93% of costs with their return on investment, as opposed to the national average of 68%.


1) Cabinet Refacing and Refinishing

Rather than entirely demolishing and replacing your kitchen cabinets, just refinish their wood or painted surface and replace their hardware handles. This is a great way to stay in budget while making a major change to the visual appearance of the kitchen as potential buyers walk in.

2) Updated Kitchen Countertops

Install quartz countertops. This upgrade will improve the look of your kitchen and add significant value to your home.

3) Updated Kitchen Countertops

A new tile backsplash with modern patterns and designs can make for a great accent piece in the kitchen to tie in the rest of your upgrades. Modern tile backsplashes of either more extravagant or toned-down styles can really class up the kitchen.

4) Updated Kitchen Countertops

Improving the functionality and abilities of your kitchen is a great way to attract new buyers. An updated oven, stovetop, fridge, microwave, and/or a dishwasher make it easier for buyers to envision easy cooking in the kitchen.

5) Updated Kitchen Countertops

Hanging ceiling lights, recessed lighting, and lights underneath the cabinets can make a big difference on the initial impact of the kitchen. Additionally, quality lighting that isn’t too bright or obnoxious can set the proper ambience for cooking food and dining in comfort.

6) Updated Kitchen Countertops

A new kitchen sink and faucet that has the right finish to match the rest of your kitchen will make all of the difference! Choose from a variety of sink styles and attachments to fit the needs of your kitchen. As a high-traffic area of your kitchen, with people frequently washing their hands or their dishes, a good sink is an important feature both aesthetically and functionally.

Contact Structura Remodeling for a Free Estimate!

When it comes to kitchen remodeling companies in Los Angeles, Structura Remodeling is as good as it gets! Structura’s Kitchen Contractors in Los Angeles provide all the expert craftsmen you need to get the job done professionally. Working with Structura’s Kitchen Design Team will make it simple to express your needs, desires, and design aesthetic. Using our kitchens 3-D design tools, see the kitchen renovation of your dreams come to life. Call today for a free customized estimate. Working with Structura’s kitchen design team and contractors is a stress-free experience from start to finish. We are kitchen renovation professionals and experts at what we do. If you live in the Los Angeles area and have been considering a kitchen remodel, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Call Structura, the top Interior remodeling company in Los Angeles, for a free in-home design session.

Whether you want a complete home remodel or want to refresh and modernize your Kitchen or Bath. We deliver top-quality artistry on time and within budget—no Hidden Surprises.0% financing on approved credit.

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How To Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in Los Angeles?

How To Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in Los Angeles?

OK, it’s time to take that next step from dreaming about a new kitchen to making the project a reality. Have you been stalling on declaring “go time “because hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor in Los Angeles seems like a more extensive project than living through the renovation????

I know we have all heard many crazy stories about all the things that could go wrong if you don’t hire the right contractor.  Don’t stress.  I’m writing this blog today to make sure that doesn’t happen.  If you follow the guidelines and do your homework, you most likely will end up with a beautiful kitchen and a new friendship with your contractor.

The kitchen is the heart of your home. So, whether you are looking to update your floors and cabinets or build your ultimate kitchen dream, you need a top professional for this project.

How To Hire a Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

It seems like a daunting task, but if you take the time to check qualifications, experience in kitchen remodeling, and references, you will be able to move forward with confidence.

Let’s get into the details.


A general contractor has experience with most aspects of home remodeling. A Kitchen Remodeling Contractor specializes in every part of kitchen remodeling, renovation, and additions.

Suppose your kitchen remodeling project is a new addition to the house that will include foundation work, exterior work, and kitchen interior. In that case, you might need to look for a general contractor with experience in all aspects of a renovation.  They should have significant kitchen remodeling experience.

Suppose you can find a contractor with a staff that includes the skillsets of electrical, plumbing, masonry, roofing, and the skills to complete the kitchen- flooring, tiling, custom counters, and cabinetry. In that case, they will have more control or the project’s timeline, quality, and costs.    Whether you hire a general contractor or a kitchen remodeling specialist, having the skillsets in-house is a plus to the project.

Kitchen remodeling specialists usually offer design services to help with the design aspects of your kitchen. This can save you from having to hire a separate kitchen designer.


It is critical to ensure that you are hiring a licensed and insured contractor. Make sure they have a state license. That guarantees that they have undergone rigorous testing and have the required skills to complete the job professionally.

Ask the contractor for their license number and certificate of insurance (COI). Follow up to verify that they are in good standing. Reach out to your state’s licensing board to confirm their license is active and up to date. Contact the insurance policy carrier to verify that the coverage is current.

Active professional association memberships add another layer of legitimacy to the contractor’s resume. Most members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), or National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will promote these affiliations.

How to Hire a Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Start your research for a local contractor online. Check out Facebook, Yelp, and even community websites.  Services like Angie’s List, Houzz, HomeAdvisor.  Remember, some of these are paid advertising or have paid for positive reviews. Do your research as well.

Ask your realtor, neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers for referrals. See if they have someone that they are thrilled to recommend. Look for people in your community who recently have done a kitchen remodel and ask their opinion.

Remember to ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems, and whether they would use the same contractor again?

Don’t forget to check the company’s ratings on the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Narrow your pool of candidates to the top three.

Prioritize your shortlist and reach out starting with your top candidate. Provide an overview of the project and any added services you’ll need, like architecture or design. Request their license and insurance credentials so that you can verify them before an in-home appointment.

Questions to Ask Your Potential Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Have you or your employees been certified in remodeling or had special training or education.
  • Who will be working on the project? Are they employees or subcontractors?
  • Do you have references from past projects that I can talk to?
  • How are the payment terms structured?
  • Do you provide guaranteed pricing or estimate?
  • How much should we put aside for contingency planning?

“One of the most important things to look for when shopping for a  kitchen design contractor  and designer  is somebody who listens  well and understands your porject needs.

Chemistry also weighs heavily into the selection of a contractor. You have to be able to trust the person you’re working with.

Check References.

Once a rapport has been established, ask to see some of the contractor’s projects. If they meet with approval, request references, and then call to verify them.

Get it in Writing.

After zeroing in on one contractor who seems right for the job, please look at the documents they have prepared for you. Do they look professional? Scrutinize the contract. Does it seem fair and balanced? Ensure that the written agreement includes a bid price and payment schedule, the scope of work, and a  site plan. There needs to be a list of crucial construction tasks, a change-order clause, a written procedural list for close-out. Also, look for an express limited warranty, a clause about dispute resolution, and a waiver of lien, which would prevent subcontractors and suppliers from putting a lien on a house should their invoices go unpaid by the contractor.

Go Time –   If you are satisfied with the:

  • The contracting process including the payment terms, contingency plans, and guarantees.
  • All the credentials checked out, and the references were strong.
  • Contractor and their team’s level of experience.
  • The contractor understands your vision, expectations, and you feel confident that you are on the same page to work together.

Then it’s Go Time. Great job!!! You chose your Los Angeles kitchen remodeling contractor like a pro.  Now it’s time to let the work begin and get ready for the fun stuff like shopping for your new appliances and fixtures.

When shopping for your Los Angeles kitchen remodeling contractor make reach out to Structura Remodeling company.  The top Kitchen Remodeling company in Los Angeles with more than sixteen years of experience.

Their Kitchen Design Team will meet with you for a Free In-Home Estimate to assess your project and collaborate with you on all aspects of the design. When your 3-D Computer Design is complete, you will be able to see exactly how your kitchen will turn out.

Whether you want a complete remodel including new flooring, electrical, plumbing, windows, and the best professional cookstove on the market, or are looking to refresh and modernize your kitchen, call Structura Kitchen Remodeling and design.  We deliver top-quality artistry on time and within budget—no Hidden Surprises.

0% financing. No down payment “0” is due at signing. No job to0 big or too small.

Call Structura today.  Start Living Your Dreams.

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Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling & Renovations Design Ideas by Renowned Contractors

Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling & Renovations Design Ideas by Renowned Contractors

One of the good things that came out of the pandemic is our upgraded cooking skills. Being on lockdown with all our favorite cooking shows and plenty of time to dream about our first post-pandemic meal inspired us to cook. And that’s what we did!!! We became bakers. Did everyone you know learn how to bake sourdough bread this year.

The adventurous among us learned the science behind sauces and the nuances of working with flavors and seasonings. The rest of us got into a routine of cooking fan-favorite comfort foods.

We devoured everything from homemade mac and chess, your mom’s meatloaf, to your favorite ethnic foods. We searched down family recipes with the zeal of academic historians, cooked together on zoom, and planted summer herb gardens to supply us with our favorite herbs and spices.

The kitchen became our own “Grand Central Station, “the true hub of our lives. We cook and share meals with family and friends. We attend zoom school and office meetings and gather for family puzzles or game night. Maybe your favorite time in the kitchen is late at night when you can enjoy some quiet time with a cup of tea or hot cocoa before bed.

If you feel the need to renovate or upgrade your kitchen now that you are using it for more than reheating takeout, you are not alone. With interest rates still favorable, homeowners are reaching out to kitchen remodeling contractors in Los Angeles and researching kitchen remodeling and renovations ideas by renowned contractors. We have researched the top Los Angels Design Ideas from our favorite Kitchen Remodeling Contractors, Los Angeles, for you.


Create a Workspace by adding a Kitchen Island

When you watch cooking shows, they provide the contestants with a perfectly set up workspace cooking island. The range top, oven, dishwasher, microwave, sink and counter prep space are all on one island. There is even extra storage space. Adding a workspace/kitchen island to your kitchen will make you fast and efficient. Make sure you have plenty of prep space for chopping, mixing, and kneading. Cleanup will be quick. And keeping your kitchen neat will be a breeze. You will be ready to serve your guests and make it all look easy.

Kitchen Cabinet Update

If your cabinets are in good shape but feel like they need an upgrade or color update, try painting them and replacing the hardware with a more contemporary look. The kitchen remodeling contractors in Los Angeles we consulted suggested that you stick to neutral tones or a bright white for a clean, sophisticated look. Take a trip to your favorite kitchen supply store and hunt out the perfect hardware. Bring a few choices home and see what you fall in love with. The new fresh color with new handles and pulls will feel like a new kitchen. Enjoy adding some unique accents, towels, plants. Candles, etc., and enjoy your remodel.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Nothing feels better in a kitchen than new appliances. One of the most popular kitchen updates is installing new energy-efficient appliances, such as a new range, a microwave, an ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator, and a water-saving dishwasher. Not only will your new appliance update the look of your kitchen, save you money and time, but they are way more fun to use.

With innovative technology features and artificial intelligence, your appliances will interact with each other. The refrigerator will regulate the temperature and keep your food fresher longer. You can have your refrigerator update your grocery list, choose a recipe, and go online to place an order for any missing ingredients. The fridge can also communicate to your smart stove to start preheating for the recipe you choose, just a few of the things to look forward to.

Focus on Fabulous New Flooring

When redoing your kitchen, focus on some fabulous new flooring. Your kitchen remodeling contractor can guide you through the many choices now available-from hardwoods to tiles and stones, bamboo, and green alternatives. There is now vinyl that looks so much like stone, tile, or wood they can surprise anyone. One of the most important things to remember when creating an open floor plan is to choose the flooring that works throughout the connected rooms. This will give you the expansive feeling that you are looking for.

If you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-clean option and love the traditional appeal of hardwoods, consider a wood-look alternative, such as vinyl. Designer tip- also use on the wall as a rustic backsplash.

Design your own coffee shop /cozy hangout

When you work with your kitchen remodeling contractor in LA, see if you have the space to create a cozy hangout. A corner of the kitchen where you can hang out on your laptop by day and with your family at night for long dinners and endless conversation. Build in a booth, add some benches, and include plenty of comfy pillows and cushions. Sit down with your morning coffee, and you will never want to leave.

Fashion Forward with a New Backsplash

One of the best ways to update your kitchen is to redo the backsplash. As soon as you enter the kitchen, it grabs your attention lets you display your creativity and design talents. When we interviewed the kitchen remodeling contractors in Los Angeles about the lasted design ideas and trends for kitchens, they recommended these hot trends-

  • Subway tiles are trendy right now, and you can custom design your own pattern.
  • Shiplap -for that cozy farmhouse look
  • Patterned tile- gives your kitchen a very bold and European look.
  • Mosaic- large tiles and bold patterns create drama.
  • Wallpaper- for endless patterns.
  • Glass Backsplashes- are more popular than ever. Easy to understand why. Sparkly and gorgeous

Countertops that Rock

Most kitchen remodeling contractors in Los Angeles concur that countertop choice is crucial for your kitchen design and remodel. Take the time to do your research to find the perfect countertop fit for your kitchen style, functionality, and budget.

  • Quartz is a non-scratch and very easy to maintain surface
  • Granite will give you the one-of-a-kind custom look. Each slab is unique.
  • Solid surface countertops are an affordable and practical option. Made from nonporous acrylic, solid surface countertops are easy to clean and resist stains and bacteria
  • Laminate offers an easy and low-maintenance option for your busy kitchen. It’s also the most affordable countertop type. You can find endless color choices.
  • Butcher Block counters are a great, environmentally friendly choice for non-prep areas. Use them for dining spaces. These countertops look more and more beautiful with age.

Update your Kitchen by Using Open Shelving

Completely change the look of your kitchen by taking down the upper cabinets and replacing them with open shelving. Create architectural interest. Show off your new gorgeous backsplash and highlight your favorite art pieces

Whether you are looking for a complete renovation or to renovate an aspect of your kitchen, reach out to the top kitchen remodeling contractor in Los Angeles. Structura kitchen remodeling and Renovations Design.

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What is the standard countertop height for a kitchen?

What is the standard countertop height for a kitchen?

Did you know that the standard countertop height for kitchens hasn’t changed in over one hundred years? According to Scientific American, the average height for people living in the industrialized world has increased by four inches.

If you have a historic home, you know that everything from the door frames, ceiling heights, windows, kitchen cabinets, and counters is lower than today’s building standards. Today we want everything bigger, taller, and more expansive.


The answer to the questions depends on several issues. Let’s get into it….

The industry-standard height for countertops is 36 inches. This height is considered comfortable for most people to reach from a standing position without bending over while preparing food.

When considering using the counters for different tasks to support people with special needs, or wheelchair-bound then the counter heights will need to be adjusted accordingly.

If you are above average height and renovating your forever home, why not customize the countertop height to your needs? If you are already using custom cabinets, customizing your countertops and island height will not add significant costs to the project.

You will spend an immense amount of time over the years in your kitchen washing dishes, cooking, and preparing food. You may love to bake, can fruits and vegetables, or host wine tastings. You may also use your kitchen to work on the computer. For many of us, the kitchen does double duty as your hobby center.

The standard countertop height for the kitchen may not be suitable for you if you are above average height or below average size. Avoid back and neck aches and pains by having your countertops customized to your needs.

Efficiency experts talk about ergonomics in the workplace so we don’t get carpal tunnel syndrome or give ourselves a bad back, but what about the kitchen? If you use your oven to store sweaters and your pantry for your Star Wars collection, then maybe the kitchen is not very important to you.

But if you or your family members hope to be contestants on “Cup Cake Wars” or be crowned “Star Baker,” you may want to look at your countertop heights!!!


Standard kitchen counter height is usually 36″, according to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

Kitchen cabinets are usually manufactured at 34 1/2″ so that combined with a 1 1/2″ countertop; the finished product will reach the 36″ average kitchen countertop height.

Most people keep the standard height the same for their whole kitchen, regardless of the work they’ll be doing on and around those surfaces.

When thinking about customizing your kitchen countertops, you can even have different heights for another function. Stirring big pots on the stove might require a lower height than scrubbing dishes in the sink.

Standard kitchen counter height and depth are generally 36″ high and 25″ deep.


According to Bob Vila, Star builder from the PBS series “This Old House,” Bar-height countertops, also known as pub tables, should be positioned 42 inches off the ground (making the base cabinet height 40½ inches off the ground). This height lets you comfortably place beverages on the bar from either a standing or a seated position.

This height recommendation is predicated on the 29- to the 32-inch height of standard bar stools plus clearance of 10 to 13 inches from the top of the stool seat to the countertop.

How do you adjust the standard countertop height for a person who uses a wheelchair?

The Standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act state that a countertop height range from 28 to 34 inches will allow individuals who use a wheelchair to negotiate this work surface. Base cabinet height would need to be adjusted to between 26½ to 30½ inches above the floor accordingly.


Keep in mind that not all countertop materials are sold in the 1½-inch thickness assumed in the 36-inch standard countertop height. Marble and quartz slabs are most commonly sold in a two- or three-cm thickness (roughly ¾-inch-thick and 1¼-inch-thick, respectively). To increase the overall countertop thickness to 1½-inches when using thinner stone slabs, lay a foundation of wood “buildup” strips on top of the base cabinets and install the slab on top. The thickness of the buildup strips and countertop material should together add up to 1½ inches. For example, a ¾-inch-thick quartz slab can be laid over ¾-inch-thick buildup strips to achieve the desired thickness.


Most pre-built base cabinets already conform to the 34-inch-tall height standard, which factors in a cabinet height of 31 inches and a “toe-kick” area (between the cabinet and the floor) of 3½ inches. If you’re building your base cabinets to conform to the 34-inch height standard, ensure that they measure 31 inches tall, then allocate a clearance of 3½ inches from the floor to the bottom of the cabinet. Avoid increasing the toe kick height, as this will diminish the size of the cabinets and leave you with less storage space.


The standard depth of base cabinets is 24 inches, but the depth of your countertops should be 25 inches when installed. The one-inch overhang is recommended to protect your base cabinets from debris and spills that may fall from the countertop.


When shopping for a built-in dishwasher, rule out models with a cut-out height (the height of the opening in the cabinet where the dishwasher will go) that’s higher than the height of your base cabinets. For electric and gas ranges, opt for models that are the same height as your countertop so that the top of the stovetop sits level with the countertops on either side of the range (e.g., a 36-inch-tall stove for a 36-inch standard countertop height).

For DIY savvy folks, you thought this sage kitchen advice makes perfect sense, and you can’t wait to get to work designing your dream kitchen. Still, I suspect that many of you are reading this found your eyes glazing over after the first few paragraphs and thinking where the experts are when you need them.???!!!!

That’s why if you are asking yourself the question, “what is the standard countertop height for the kitchen?” you need to speak to the design team at Structura Kitchen Remodeling Company.

Structura is the top Los Angeles Kitchen Remodeling company with more than sixteen years of experience.

Structura’s clients say that the Structura contractors are true artisans and deliver on every detail.

Call today to schedule a free in-home or virtual video consultation. The Structura Design Team will turn your creative ideas into a 3-D vision and deliver your dream kitchen renovation.

If you can dream it, we can build it!

Call Structura today for a free in-home design estimate or a virtual video design estimate.
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