Sweeten is free and simple to use
1. Post your project
Tell us about the renovation you’re planning and we’ll match you with the right general contractors for your project.
2. Meet your matches
We’ll send you a shortlist of contractors matched with your project, you can browse past work, read reviews, and get introduced to your favorites.
3. Start renovating
After meeting your matches and receiving estimates, hire your favorite and get started. Sweeten will be there to help throughout the process.
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Kitchen Remodeling in Fairfield County
A mid-range kitchen renovation in Fairfield County is $320 per square foot, according to Remodeling’s latest Cost vs. Value report. Depending on the scope of your kitchen remodel, the costs will vary. Simply replacing the fixtures, for example, may skew that number a little lower, while a gut renovation will definitely bring them up. In one recent Sweeten renovation in Stamford, Connecticut, the homeowners stuck to the existing layout of their kitchen and instead focused their attention on new cabinets, appliances, and flooring for a high-style yet cost-efficient remodel.
An average kitchen renovation costs $320 per square foot in Fairfield County.
Extending plumbing or gas lines increases the cost, as will choosing higher-grade materials. The inverse–keeping plumbing and gas lines where they are—is a more budget-friendly option.
If you have the space to store things, try to purchase cabinets and appliances before demo even begins so that you’re ahead of the game for installation.
Bathroom Remodeling in Fairfield County
In Fairfield County, an average bathroom renovation costs around $20,000. The construction period typically lasts about a week, though you should expect the entire process, including planning, demolition, and execution, to take anywhere from two weeks up to three months. A “rip-and-replace,” which involves swapping out fixtures and finishes while keeping them in the same place, will typically take less time than reimagining the layout altogether. Sweeten bathroom renovation projects in Fairfield County range from a gut remodel of a main bathroom in Cos Cob to minor cosmetic updates of a master bathroom in Stamford.
The average cost of a bathroom renovation in Fairfield County is $20,000.
A “rip-and-replace” should typically be cheaper and take less time than a bathroom renovation involving layout changes.
Delivery delays can affect your renovation timeline. If you have storage space, try to purchase tile and other fixtures before demo even begins.
A gut renovation involves going down to the studs of the space, while a “rip-and-replace” includes the swapping out of fixtures. Be cautious of breaking down costs feature-by-feature, though. If you are just replacing a few fixtures or updating tile, there could still be behind-the-walls work (like sheetrock) that has to be done.
Basement Remodeling in Fairfield County
Basement renovations in Fairfield County average $117 per square foot when a bathroom with a shower, a bar area, and a separate 20’ x 30’ room are included. That said, think about your goals for your basement remodel and how you’d plan to use the space. If it will simply become a storage room with proper ventilation and insulation, the remodel will cost less than if you’re converting a basement into a more livable part of your home.
In Fairfield County, the average basement renovation costs $117 per square foot.
According to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, 70 percent of what goes into a basement renovation will be recouped in the value.
Adding a bathroom will add to the costs of the project, but makes the space more livable and convenient to spend time in.
Evaluate what you’ll use the space for to help narrow down the needs versus wants.
When should you meet with and hire a general contractor?
Homeowners typically start meeting with contractors 1-3 months out from when construction begins. Every project will have a unique schedule, so look at this as a starting point. The pre-construction phase of your project can be planned even 3-6+ months in advance.
Regardless, a start date should be a big factor in your search for a general contractor. Some contractors could be booked months in advance, while others have a schedule that aligns with your timing. When you come to Sweeten, we’ll start the matchmaking process to introduce you to a shortlist of excellent general contractors to get estimates. If you do select one of our experts, you’ll receive regular check-ins until the project is complete, with encouragement to reach out with any questions along the way.
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