Kitchen & Bar Remodel

SouthWood, Tallahassee
  • Built-In Bar Area With Floating Shelves
  • Changed Layout Of The Kitchen
  • All New Appliances
  • Total Cost: $110,947.54

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Project Overview

This project was a pretty standard kitchen remodel. Our client’s main concern was updating the overall look and feel of their kitchen and bar areas. While this is a common reason to want to remodel, we feel that our client’s choices make their space anything but common. Featuring all new cabinets, a massive undercabinet hood, new countertops, and so much more, this space transformed from antiquated to chic and modern.

Before and After

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The before and after photos for this kitchen do wonders to show how much a space can transform with minimal layout changes and an updated style!

Our Favorite Things

Even though this was a fairly standard kitchen remodel, it doesn’t take away from all of the stunning features that these homeowners chose!

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is becoming the go to countertop for many people. On this project the client chose Cambria quartz for their new kitchen (Check it out on their website HERE).

A Big Island That Got Bigger

The island for this kitchen was already the centerpiece. However, becuase we were already changing the layout of the kitchen, it was actually made slightly bigger!

Backsplash On The Island

If you look under the island where the chairs are, you will see some beautiful green backsplash tiles. The overall look of this kitchen is very white and clean, but we love this homeowner’s decision to add a subtle flair. 

Undercabinet Exhaust Hood

The undercabinet exhaust hood for this kitchen efforlessly blends into the cabinetry to create a stylish and cohesive space. While a freestanding hood could have looked nice, the decision to use an undercabinet hood allows the appliance to fade into the background; giving attention to the kitchens many other gorgeous features.

Floating Shelves In The Bar Area

We love the wooden floating shelves in the bar area of this kitchen. Having a designated bar in your home is already luxurious, but this homeowner’s design selections change the aesthetic of the bar from dated luxury, to modern opulence. 

Before Photos

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Kitchen & Bar Design Photos

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After Photos

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Scope of Work

As was stated above, the scope of work for this kitchen and bar was fairly straight forward. The main points of this project consisted of minor layout tweaks in the kitchen to create room for new appliances, slightly expanding the island, updating the aesthetic of the bar, and changing the cabinets, backsplash tile, and countertops. All of those aspects come together to create a dazzling space.

Timeline, Challenges and Solutions

Project Start

August 31st, 2021

Estimated Completion

October 8th, 2021

Actual Completion

November 24th, 2021

There are many factors that can lead a job to go over the initial time frame. For this job, many smaller delays and change orders added up to the overall month and a half delay. Some examples included delays in templating and installing the countertops, reinstalling the security systems in the doors, and troubles installing the wine fridge in the bar. However, it wasn’t all delays on this project. There were occasions where the project was able to be moved up such as the dishwasher getting installed 10 days early.

Project Costs

Initial Budget: $87,571.00

Fixed Price Proposal: $103,522.44

Change Orders: $7,425.10

Final Project Cost: $110,947.54

Cost Details

The initial Good-Better-Best budget for this project was $87,571. The final total was $110,947.54. You might ask, “What would cause such a difference in price?”!

The answer is luckily easy to explain. First, during the design and selections phase of the project, the homeowners decided to use more expensive materials for areas such as the cabinets, countertops, and lighting fixtures. Second, there was $7,425.10 in change orders after the final contract was signed, including items like replacing the living room fan and replacing many of the bedroom doors. 

Cost Breakdown

  • Installation Labor 23% 23%
  • Fixtures and Materials 42% 42%
  • Design and Project Management 22% 22%
  • Overhead and Profit 10% 10%
  • Shipping and Sales Tax 3% 3%



The client went with the Lineage door style from Bellmont‘s 1600 Line in the white with nickel glaze.


The countertop is a quartz from Cambria in the Ironsbridge style.


The backsplash tile in the island is Esmer’s Passion tile in Verde. 

For the backsplash of the kitchen and the bar, these homeowners chose to use Bedrosians’ Cloe tile in white.

Floating Shelves

The floating shelves in the bar area are beautiful cherry wood shelves from Grothouse.

Trade Partners

We’ve been developing relationships with quality trade partners for years. We tend to use the same subcontractors because we trust their work and have developed a great working relationship with them. This helps make projects run smoother.

Tile: QSA Tile

Drywall: Hawkins Drywall

Painting: A Different Stroke By Kenneth

HVAC: Watts Cooling Heating and Plumbing

Thank you for reading! We’d love to be a part of your next remodel. Check out our Design Services page.

Paul McManus

Certified Residential Contractor, CRC1331326

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