Remodeling Your Home - Hampton Roads, VA

What are some popular types of remodels?

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the following are the most common remodeling projects (not just for Hampton Roads) but the entire US.1

  • Bathroom remodeling: 81%
  • Kitchen remodeling: 78%
  • Whole house remodeling: 49%
  • Room additions: 37%
  • Window/door replacements: 30%
  • Decks: 25%
  • Finished Basement: 23%
  • Roofing: 21%

How much does a remodel cost?

One way to estimate your remodeling budget is by measuring the square feet. gives us the following cost ranges for different parts of your Hampton Roads home.2

Kitchen Remodel:

$75 - $250 / square foot

Bathroom Remodel:

$50 - $250 / square foot

Finished Basement:

$25 - $50 / square foot

Room Addition:

$50 - $250 / square foot

The NAHB Remodeling Market Index Survey classifies projects as either large ($50,000 or more), moderately-sized ($20,000 - $50,000) or small (under $20,000). The survey concludes that small to moderately-sized remodeling projects are in higher demand in Hampton Roads and the South overall.3

Should I hire a contractor?

There is certainly no harm in discussing your project with a local Hampton Roads remodeling contractor. When it’s a big job like remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, things can quickly become complicated. A skilled contractor will help save you time and money by doing your job right the first time. These professionals are experts at building to code, decision-making, scheduling, preventing mistakes, and ensuring the highest quality of work. Let’s look at their job duties.

Contractor’s Responsibilities:

  • Visit the job site to understand project scope
  • Coordinate with architects, engineers, or interior designers
  • Create a proposal
  • Set a timeline and budget
  • Acquire necessary construction permits
  • Provide equipment and tools
  • Obtain selected building materials
  • Hire and schedule subcontractors in the proper order
  • Manage employees and compensation
  • Ensure the remodel is up to code
  • Resolve emergencies
  • Oversee the job site

If you’re not sure about “doing it yourself” or have questions, it is worth a phone call or email to learn how a remodeling contractor can help you. A good contractor will take care of all the minor details so that you can focus on the big picture, which is enjoying your brand-new space!

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How do I prepare for my remodel?

Your contractor will nail down all materials, labor, and equipment needed to perform the job. However, it is best to have an initial plan of what you want to accomplish with your remodel.

First, decide which category your remodel falls into:

Minor remodels preserve the layout and some existing materials but refresh the overall appearance. Minor remodels are smaller in scope, size and cost.

  • Fresh coat of paint
  • New flooring
  • New budget-friendly appliances
  • Refaced cabinets
  • Revamped tile
  • New lighting or plumbing fixtures
  • Updated hardware

Major remodels involve a partial or complete gut of the existing space with mid-range (or affordable luxury) materials, appliances, and fixtures. Major remodels are larger in scope, size and cost.

  • Expanded or redesigned layout
  • Fresh coat of paint
  • New flooring
  • New Semi-custom cabinetry
  • Updated hardware and fixtures
  • New mid-range appliances
  • New countertops
  • New sink, bathtub, shower, toilet
  • Added kitchen island

Upscale remodels include everything from a major remodel but with extensive customization and high-end materials, appliances, and fixtures.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Do you want to redesign the layout of the room?
  2. Do you require more storage?
  3. What materials / fixtures need to be replaced?
  4. Do you want to repurpose any materials or items?
  5. What type of appliances will match your space (standard, mid-range, luxury)?
  6. Do you have any accessibility needs?
  7. How important is sustainability / energy efficiency to you?
  8. Do you have any pictures of your favorite remodels?
  9. What is the “style” of the rest of your home?
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