Planning For Whole House Renovation Costs
Remodeling Cost Calculator for Adding Square Feet/Knocking Down Walls
If you’re dreaming of an expanded layout for your kitchen renovation, walls will need to be removed in order to add square footage to your space. In doing so, you can expect your kitchen project cost to include a gut renovation cost per square foot. Also expect a range of complexity and corresponding prices many kitchen remodel Contractors refer to as the “unforeseen”. These factors consist of:
- Load-Bearing Walls: These walls help support the home, which means removing them requires careful planning, often with the guidance of a structural engineer. This also requires additional framing and installing a header beam to replace the support that the wall provides.
- Walls with Mechanical: If the wall you want to remove has plumbing, cooling or heating ducts or electrical wiring, you can expect price increases.
- Textured Walls and Ceilings: While tearing out studs typically costs $4 to $6 per square foot, most experts recommend retexturing the entire area to match the old and new areas, which costs more than simpler finishing
- Got Lead?: Older homes may have lead paint or lath-and-plaster walls, which require longer, more intricate removals that have higher costs.
Adding square footage can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $100,000, with homeowners spending an average of $40,915. Again, this all depends on the extent of the kitchen addition and the finishing materials you choose.
Cost to Completely Renovate a House – Plumbing, Electrical & Structural
The cost of hiring a contractor to remodel a house is one thing, but if you’re changing the layout or knocking down walls, your home renovation cost will require plumbing and electrical services. Below is a list of the average prices you can expect to pay if you need to have plumbing, electrical or structural work completed:
- Plumbers: The average cost of hiring a plumber is $299. Plumbers may charge by the job or by the hour. Average hourly costs range from $45 to $150, although calling a plumber for an emergency or after-hours project typically costs more.
- Electricians: The average cost of hiring an electrician is $322. Like plumbers, many electricians charge by the hour. Typical costs range from $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the amount of experience the electrician has and the intricacy of the work you need completed.
- Structural Engineers: If you’re planning an addition, changing the stairs or knocking down load-bearing walls, you’d be well-advised to consult with a structural engineer to make sure your plans can be completed safely. Homeowners typically spend $512 to hire a structural engineer, according to the national average.