San Rafael Kitchen Remodeling

Known as the heart of the home, the kitchen is the most essential part of any household. It’s where families meet in the morning and again in the evening for dinner; it’s where days are talked about and plans are made. The kitchen is truly a communal area that brings people together through practical design and function.

Decor and functionality play a significant role in influencing spaces like the kitchen. With the right layout, spaces can serve as a vital feature to ensure seamlessness throughout the home. If a kitchen is cramped, outdated, and overall dysfunctional, then it’s easy for the whole family to reflect from it. That’s why it’s essential to have a space that works for everybody in the home.

Since kitchens are the most popular room to remodel, it’s safe to say that many homeowners are craving a way to open up their spaces while still holding onto that comfortable and welcoming feeling. The good news is Gilmans Kitchens and Baths are an expert design team that aims to meet these critical factors in any kitchen renovation.

Learn about the Gilmans kitchen remodel process and what you can expect when you work with one of the top-rated contractors in the San Rafael area.


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Our San Rafael Kitchen Remodel Process

Gilmans strives to help bring your dream kitchen to life, but that couldn’t be possible without the Design Build team. Made up of Project Managers, Designers, and Craftsmen, our experienced crew will work alongside you throughout the project, where you can decide to be as involved as possible — or let our experts handle the details.

Already Have a Contractor?

At Gilmans, we want to give you the best possible space, which means our team is more than happy to work with you no matter the type or size of the project. If you already have a contractor, then we can still help design your space. Simply bring in your measurement plans to one of our expert designers, and we can take it from there. We also offer measurement services so we can work cohesively with the contractors and any existing plans.

Design Meeting

Work with a qualified Lead Designer and express your unique vision in remodeling terms. Our experienced and empathetic designers will walk you through the process right from your first meeting.

Each of our Designers continue to build their education, expertise, and portfolio through ongoing coursework and current industry trends. This is your opportunity to learn how to translate the details of your San Rafael kitchen remodel into a well-planned design, according to your budget.

Design Build

You’re never alone when you work with our Design Build team. Your kitchen remodeling project will be supported by Gilmans’ technical, creative, and highly experienced team of Designers, Design Coordinators, Project Managers, and a certified on-site contractor.

From a plan on paper to the exact finishes, dimensions, placements, and materials, your dedicated Design Build team ensures that this most crucial part of your remodeling project is both collaborative and communicative.

Design Coordination

With a multidisciplinary team behind you to guide the project’s execution, decisions on product options, and schedules for installation, the dedicated Designer on your team begins to work with Design Coordinators to bring your remodel alive.

Along with the Lead Designer, Design Coordinators will:

  • Put together Auto-Cad drawings that allow you to see complete dimensions of all the cabinets, flooring, and tile options so that what you expect is what you get
  • Create Auto-Cad schematics for all lighting fixtures, automation, and electrical plans that ensure your life continues smoothly and without interruptions during the remodeling process
  • Act as the point person between your vision, the Lead Designer’s expertise, your project manager’s timeline, and your craftsmen and crew’s execution

Project Management

What your Lead Designer communicates, your Design Coordinator coordinates. However, it’s up to your dedicated Project Manager to ensure that timelines move forward without inflating your project’s budget.

For your San Rafael kitchen remodeling project, your Project Manager will ensure each stage of the project progresses with minimal delay. Your Project Manager will keep a sharp eye on the overall budget of your project and constantly communicate with you on an ongoing basis.


At Gilmans Kitchens and Baths, we’re proud of our one-of-a-kind Design Build process, which allows you to undertake an extensive kitchen remodel with peace of mind.

However, we’re more than happy to have our team of craftsmen and on-site crew work with your Contractor. Our Install-Only service is a popular option for homeowners and individuals who already have a Contractor responsible for all other aspects of your San Rafael Kitchen Remodel.

Our team of skilled laborers and craftsmen will help your Contractor install your chosen cabinetry and any other Gilmans products to expedite your project on your terms! communicate and coordinate

San Rafael Kitchen Remodel Cost Factors

On average, the national ROI for a major kitchen remodel in the United States is 54% and this figure rises based on several factors, including where you live and what upgrades you choose.

When you work with Gilmans Kitchens and Baths, you put yourself in the right position to recoup a significant value from your aesthetic and functional choices. If you’re committed to getting as much value out of your design choices as possible, use the handy Gilmans budget calculator. You’ll have the chance to determine the must-haves and nice-to-haves for your kitchen remodel and budget accordingly.

Updating and Upgrading Your Current Kitchen

San Francisco is one of the most expensive areas in the country, coming in second to New York City. Since San Rafael borders the area, the footage price is very similar at $330 per square foot. However, the exact cost of your kitchen renovation will depend on the size of the space and the remodel you want to do.

  • Price Range for a Minor Kitchen Remodel in San Rafael: $12,000 to $21,000
    A minor remodel is all about cosmetic appearances with little renovation. These typically don’t require rewiring or changing the layout of the space but do include an aesthetic overhaul, like changing the paint, flooring, fixtures, cabinets, and possibly the countertops.
  • Price Range for a Midrange Kitchen Remodel in San Rafael: $29,000 to $64,000
    As a combination of the minor and upscale renovation, a midrange remodel might change the layout of the kitchen slightly and require a design change with additional touches, like tiling, kitchen islands, and custom cabinetry.
  • Price Range for an Upscale Kitchen Remodel in San Rafael: $100,000+
    In a major renovation like this, the entire kitchen is stripped, and everything is redesigned. There will be new plumbing and electrical, as well as brand new appliances, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, flooring, and tiling.

When you visit our San Rafael showroom, you’ll see a variety of cabinets, countertops, hardware, and accessories readily available for sample. This should give you a sense of how the colors, functions, and forms of your potential choices will work in your space. It’s up to you to decide how extensive you’d like your cosmetic makeover to be.

For example, you may be looking for a simple update and refresh, focusing on cabinets and a sink replacement. This kind of change requires some Design Coordination and would be much more cost-friendly, in terms of materials and labor.

Or else, you may be looking for completely upgraded appliances, new fixtures, an island, new sinks, pantry space, and more. This is a significantly more complex project so your costs of labor and material will rise.

Once you schedule an appointment with one of our designers, your conversation might actually convince you that changing the layout is the only way to achieve the kitchen of your dreams. This is a large-scale project that requires a more detailed Design Build team and process.

Redesigning Your Kitchen Entirely

If you’re redesigning your kitchen from scratch, you’ll need to consider a variety of cost factors that reflect the complexity and size of this kind of overhaul project. You’ll need to consider:

  • Do you have an indoor or outdoor kitchen?
  • What are the current design trends for either? For example, will you be doing two-tone cabinetry?
  • Will you require any additions, such as a mud room or an extra pantry storage area attached to the kitchen?
  • What is the current layout and size of your kitchen?

Many families will also add a kitchen to their basements to allow future homeowners the flexibility of renting this space out. The cost of this investment will be an upfront demand on time and money for materials and labor but it’s a strategic decision that will secure a rental income for as long as you live there.

And when you work with Gilmans to streamline your kitchen remodel, this is a process that is completely streamlined and simplified!

Visit Our San Rafael Showroom

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. Even more functional and festive than your living room is your kitchen. This is where most of the action takes place, and where you cook, gather, and socialize with family and friends.

When it comes to your San Rafael kitchen remodel project, the experts at Gilmans Kitchens and Baths are the best option for an on-time, on-budget, stress-free renovation.

Join our bevy of highly satisfied clients and find out for yourself why we’ve won the Houzz award for service six years running. Book an appointment with our Designers at our San Rafael showroom or contact us today to get an in-home estimate.