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Who Is Kitchens Plus?

Kitchens Plus has been remodeling homes throughout San Diego, increasing their value, and improving homeowners’ lifestyles, since 1987. We are a full-service California licensed general contractor specializing in complete home remodeling from design to construction completion. We can simply replace your cabinets and countertops, expand your kitchen area, or completely reconfigure your San Diego home. Regardless of the size or your project, your satisfaction is our top priority.

We have Certified Kitchen Designers (CKD) on staff and a California licensed architect available should your project require this expertise. Our award-winning design staff has had projects published in several San Diego magazines illustrating how we combine our creativity to achieve the results you desire.

Once the design process is complete, the construction team at Kitchens Plus goes into action. Our project coordinators and skilled craftsmen can implement all phases of the project from demolition, construction, electrical, plumbing, drywall, cabinet and countertop installation, flooring, to appliance and fixture installation.

According to Qualified Remodeler Magazine, which evaluates independently owned remodeling businesses, Kitchens Plus is one of the top 500 remodeling businesses in the U.S. Proudly serving San Diego as one of the largest independent contractors since 1987, we have completed more than 1,500 remodels with hundreds of satisfied and repeat customers. We will bring this same knowledge, experience and customer service commitment to you and your project. Kitchens Plus will get the job done within budget and on time …

"Making your remodeling experience an enjoyable one...the way it should be!"

 

Matt Barns Kitchens Plus

Matt Barns, President

Kitchen Plus is a Full-service home remodeling contractor holding a B license (General Contractor) with the state of California. Our specialty is kitchen and bath renovations, although clients have requested us to also build closets, decks and other projects as well. Our clients enjoy working with our on-staff designers and installation crews, knowing these will be the same professionals working in their home. 

In order to have a successful business, building trust and gaining your confidence is instrumental. Whether it is with clients, vendors or suppliers, a win/win is what we focus on. 

Starting in 1987, we have established excellent terms, purchasing power, and mutual respect with our suppliers. With a clear understanding that providing excellent communication and great service and products at a fair price is what keeps the business relationship going, year after year. We take this same approach with our clients. Too many contractors are looking for the big payday, do one job for you and move on, whether you are happy or not! At Kitchens Plus, communication about price, schedules and progress of the project is key to us exceeding your expectations. This is a top priority of our entire team at Kitchens Plus. 

We want to earn your business for the long-haul, so you will come back for the next project and the next. The best compliment we can receive is repeat business and referrals. 85% of our projects are either returning clients or referred by a past client... and that confirms we are doing things right! 

We would love the opportunity to work for you, creating the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of! 

Best regards, 

Matt Barns
President
Kitchens Plus

Dennis Perrine - CKD Designer

Clients enjoy and benefit from my 33 years experience in the California construction and remodeling industry. From commercial to residential, I've gained a vast knowledge of design and construction. Graduating from Cal State University Humboldt with Bachelors in Psychology, minor in Art I continued that education to further enhance my abilities with Real Estate Principles, Contractors license law and computer graphics. I've been a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) with Kitchens Plus for over 28 years and have enjoyed having my work recognized in numerous San Diego magazines have had my client's projects receive many rewards throughout my career.

Love Challenge: Being able to relocate and literally move a kitchen space and having the client see the concept via our virtual imaging computer program before we even pick up the first hammer ... very enjoyable!

Dennis Perrine CDK Designer

What Our Clients Say

At Kitchens Plus we truly believe that our remodels improve the lifestyle and financial position of our customers, therefore every project means much more to us than "just another construction project". Beautifying and improving your San Diego home is an exciting experience for us, but even more exciting for you. Throughout this process we work diligently to minimize the impact on you that construction can bring, while maintaining an efficient cost-effective project. You are able to experience the beautification process and see first-hand the quality of workmanship that is increasing the value of your home. Upon completion of the work we spend as many hours as it takes to clean and detail every aspect of the project. The excitement of the process and the customer satisfaction upon completion makes every project unique and rewarding for our staff.

"Making your remodeling experience an enjoyable one...the way it should be!"

"During the last several months I've had the chance to actually use our gorgeous new kitchen day in and day out and I've come to appreciate not just what a phenomenal job was done aesthetically by Gary & his crew but just how well thought out our space was designed from a functional standpoint as well. The other element I can now report on after a year has passed since our job was completed (on time & on budget by the way) is the outstanding customer service we have received. The follow up and post-remodel support we have received has been stellar. Matt, just as we had the opportunity to meet a few past clients of Kitchens Plus when we were in the process of researching who our remodeler would be, I hope you feel free to provide us the opportunity to be on the other side of that process now. Thanks to all at Kitchens Plus for turning our house into our dream home".

R. Farb, Del Mar 

"The Kitchens Plus crew did a very professional job in remodeling my house. The workmanship and attention to detail were excellent. It has been a pleasure dealing with everyone at Kitchens Plus, my place turned out great."

M. Steven, La Jolla 

"We have had the full-time services of your crews on a daily basis for nearly six weeks in conjunction with a major kitchen remodeling job in our home... I have been particularly impressed with their work ethic, attentiveness to detail, and sense of responsibility - attributes, which hearken back to a bygone era when excellence was important."

E. Thomas, Encinitas

"Our remodel through Kitchen's Plus literally changed our life! We were living in a dumpy, drab, cramped house, and through the creativity of the designer and the quality workmanship, our place was transformed into a cozy, comfortable home. Kitchen's Plus did a great job and they were on time and stayed within our budget!"

G. Athis, San Diego

"I have been a client of Kitchens Plus for multiple projects over the last two years. They have completely remodeled my home, inside and out... The workmanship has been impeccable, but what has been the most important aspect of this entire project has been the people... They respected my home and my family and I am proud to consider them friends... I would use them again for any project on my home and would (and have) highly recommend them to anyone else."

S. Cloyd, El Cajon 

"We recently had our kitchen remodeled by Kitchens Plus. It is really even more beautiful and convenient than we expected... We are so glad that we chose your company. Each of the people with whom we worked seemed to take a personal interest in making the kitchen exactly what we wanted. You have an outstanding team... Thank you for a job well done. Our friends and family are impressed with how you beautified our home."

E. Reyes, La Mesa

Kitchens Plus did our kitchen remodel and we are so impressed! We loved their willingness to answer questions, give advice, make suggestions, and lend us cabinet samples before we contracted with them. Once under contract, their attention to the layout design and excellent suggestions for increasing the counter workspace and enlarging the footprint of the kitchen. The workmanship and work ethics of the workers assigned to oversee the project and their willingness to discuss with us and solve any obstacles that arose; not to mention completed on schedule. We had a problem with one of the cabinet door hinges 10 years later and Matt (owner) came to check it out and it was fixed within a few days.

Do we recommend this company and would we be likely to use them again? Absolutely!

Jerry and Nancy S.

Worth the wait! I absolutely love my new kitchen. Kitchens Plus in La Mesa made the dream come true! Look at my gorgeous new kitchen! I LOVE IT.

Maria Barnabe

Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Great company to work with on our small bath remodel. From start to finish Jeff, our project manager, gave great guidance, suggestions, attention to details, and was wonderful at communicating with us. Job was done on time, in budget and looks terrific.

J. Igoe

Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

This is the second time my husband and I have hired Kitchens Plus to remodel a part of our our home. Kitchens Plus remodeled our kitchen in 2008 and we still love our kitchen. When it came time last year to remodel the remaining 2 bathrooms upstairs we wanted to work with Kitchens Plus again and we are so happy we did. Our bathrooms are beautiful and better than I could have imagine. The entire staff is great to work with and so professional. Jeff, the project manager kept us informed week by week on the progress of our renovations and we knew pretty much who would be coming to our home and what jobs they would be doing. Sarah was so helpful, listened to what we wanted and helped us to find what we needed to complete the bathrooms. Everyone was on time, pleasant to have in our home. Thank you to everyone at Kitchens Plus.

Services: Drywall repair, Fan installation, Remodeling, Tile work installation, Plumbing fixture installation, Paint indoors

Seay

From the moment we met with Jeff at Kitchens Plus, we felt totally comfortable and at ease with him.  He was attentive to our ideas for our kitchen remodel and mindful of our budget at the same time.  Using the space we had to work with, he designed a very functional and aesthetically beautiful kitchen for us.  He communicated with us on an ongoing basis, keeping us informed about the schedule, schedule changes and timeframe for each phase of our project, updating us as to when we could expect our cabinets and when we had to have certain items purchased and have available for the contractors to install.  He along with the other contractors he worked with on our remodel always showed up on time, were friendly and professional.  We want to also thank Mike and Loretto for their hard work, attention to detail and advice we would ask them along the way.    We’re so grateful for everyone at Kitchen’s Plus for providing us with a kitchen we look forward to enjoying for many years to come!
T & Y Chau

Overall, we are very happy with Kitchen's Plus. Dennis was very easy to work with. The demolition took only a few days, and the workers were very conscientious about keeping our carpets clean and would always clean up at the end of the day. The person who was managing the project came to check on the progress often and was easily available. Everyone from the plumber and tilers were very knowledgeable and professional. Even though the project took longer than we expected, everything went smoothly. We have heard horror stories from friends and co-workers with their contractors, but Kitchen Plus was professional and took care of all the problems we've encountered on a timely manner. We would recommend Kitchen Plus to our friends and family.

Description of work:

We first contacted Dennis, one of the designers, in December of 2010 to get an estimate of our master bathroom remodel. Dennis listened to our wants and needs and incorporated them into the design. Our project was a complete remodel which meant gutting the entire bathroom including a small closet. Kitchen Plus organized the entire remodel with all the vendors from the plumber to the tilers, vanity cabinets, and glass shower door providers. Because of our own schedule conflict, the project didn't start until February 2011. Initial estimate for completion was 3 weeks but ended up being 6 mainly because of the delay of getting some materials.

Vivian S.

Kitchens Plus recently remodeled our kitchen. We couldn’t be happier with the result. Our new kitchen is 200% more functional and looks a lot nicer than the old one. Dennis Perrine was our designer. We didn’t have the budget to increase the size of our kitchen space and Dennis did an amazing and creative job with the space we had to work with. We had spoken with three other designers from three other contracting companies before we met Dennis. His approach towards design was much more flexible and creative than everyone else’s. Without his design skills we wouldn’t have near the functionality that we now have in our kitchen. Dennis was incredibly patient over the four months it took us to complete the design and make all of our decisions. He did many iterations of the design for us until we knew we had everything exactly how we wanted it. Because of the effort we all put in up front, we had only one very small change order after signing the contract, and that was due to a minor change we requested to the quartz backsplash edge detail. When we got stuck trying to make color decisions Jen Timmons, another Kitchens Plus designer, stepped in to help us. She has an impeccable eye for color and did a great job of guiding us through countertop, paint, flooring, cabinet knobs and pulls, and window covering decisions. She made all those choices go easily and quickly. Without her it probably would have taken us weeks longer to complete these last decisions, and it would not look nearly as nice as it does. Mike and Loretto did a wonderful job with our demo, electrical work, and cabinet installation. They were easy to have in the house and did great quality work. Someone was here on time every day they were supposed to be here. A few cabinet configuration issues we ran into along the way were handled quickly and effectively. Our curved island presented a difficult installation challenge and Mike stuck with it until it was all put together, and the result is beautiful. Mike was always willing to patiently address any concerns or questions I had during construction. Gary, our project manager, always took my calls or called me back in reasonable time frames when I had questions that Mike was unable to answer. We had some issues with our countertop fabrication and installation and Matt at Kitchens Plus worked with the fabricator Kitchens Plus had hired to make sure that everything was taken care of in a timely and acceptable fashion. Gary managed to keep moving the scheduling of the plumber around to handle the delays which allowed us to start using our kitchen by Christmas as planned. The plumbing install and gas line move done by Kitchens Plus plumber Gary went quickly and smoothly. Small issues that we found near the end of and after installation have all been quickly addressed by Matt and Gary. Everyone I spoke with at Kitchens Plus over the course of the design, contract, and construction phases of our project was friendly and helpful. I had a lot of questions and concerns along the way, and nobody ever made me feel that I was being a pest or being difficult. We paid Kitchens Plus $36,271 for the part of the remodel handled by their employees or that they managed for us which included design, demo, electrical, plumbing, lighting, drywall repair, countertop fabrication and installation, and cabinet purchase and installation. We hired our own painter and flooring installer. The entire remodel, including Kitchens Plus portion, new high-end appliances, paint, flooring, sink and plumbing fixtures, window coverings, and other organization odds and ends ended up costing about $53,000. We probably could have remodeled our kitchen for less, but if we had, I don’t think it would be anywhere near as functional and attractive as it is now. It was money very well spent. When we’re ready to do our bathrooms, we’ll be going back to Kitchens Plus and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a remodeling contractor.

Lisa R.

They quoted me about $51,000 and it was basically for kitchen remodeling. My interaction with them went fine. They weren’t very flexible with their meeting time. It may be because of my schedule too since I work. It took us a while to schedule a time when a person could come out to take pictures and measurements. So that was a little hard to set up. They didn’t seem to be as flexible as some of the other people that we talked with. Other than that, the bid was very professional. They did make follow-up calls to see if we had made any decisions. It was okay, but they could be a little flexible with their appointments. However, it wasn’t a big deal. They were probably the most expensive out of the other 4 estimates that I got. It didn’t seem to me like I would have got lot for the money because I thought that they were a little overpriced. So, I wouldn’t use them for that reason.

Description of work:

I received an estimate from Kitchens Plus probably in August of this year for remodeling a kitchen and for installing family room flooring. It also included new cabinets, new countertops, and new flooring.

Teresa O.

This company is great to deal with. The designer Laura is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. She takes pride in her work. Her attention to details and honesty makes the process very pleasant. She works as many hours as needed to provide us with different designs from which we can choose the most suitable one. The quality and artistry of Laura’s work are excellent. All her designs are targeted to make a kitchen both beautiful and functional. She also shows us ways we can renovate the kitchen in a cost-effective manner. I would definitely recommend this company and Laura as a designer to everybody.

Description of work:

Kitchen remodeling, seating nook, family room and downstairs bathroom remodeling, dropped ceiling removal.

Mila K. 

Matt, Stephanie, and the whole team did a fantastic job on our recent kitchen remodel! We could not be happier with the whole process, from our first meeting to the last day. As with any remodel you never know what you will uncover as you go but Matt would always come up with a solution that not only made sense but made financial sense as well. And... they finished the job a week early! If you want it done right, Kitchens Plus is who you want.

Description of work:

Whole Kitchen Remodel

Clark R.

We wholeheartedly recommend Kitchens Plus for a kitchen remodel. Dennis was very generous with his time during the design stage, and he had excellent ideas on how to re-design our kitchen. In the work stage, our crew was always onsite when they said they would come, and they never left in the middle of the job to attend to some other job. Their work was excellent, and they went the extra mile to do work that was careful and skillful. Our kitchen was always swept and vacuumed at the end of the day. Matt, the head contractor, and owner carefully evaluated our project before we signed the contract and also came to our site many times the make sure everything was according to plan. Everyone with Kitchens Plus was very professional and pleasant to work with. We had also considered another firm that is in Angie’s List but decided on Kitchens Plus because they were so helpful in the design phase and their price was reasonable.

Description of work:

We remodeled our kitchen in our home in Mission Hills.

Richard K.

After checking into several remodelers around town, Kitchens Plus came out as our top choice. The whole process, as well as the results of our kitchen and bath remodel just confirmed we made the right decision. Matt Barns and his staff were excellent in all aspects of the project. They adhered to the timeline and kept us informed of the schedule. They were attentive to details big and small, and provided effective solutions to anything that came up from the original construction. Jim Peterman and Stefanie Zanow really helped to finalize all the layout and design aspects. To sum it all up, this was the most positive experience we could have hoped for, with exceptional quality and craftsmanship at a price that was better than most other remodelers we looked into.

Description of work:

Whole Kitchen Remodel

Dave O.

Fantastic! The presentation and design was orderly and their suggestions and comments very helpful. Their quote was in the middle of the quotes we received. They provided a number of references which we called, and all raved about them. They were very clear about responsibilities. The work began when we had scheduled, there were no change orders, and the work was completed on time and budget. We love our new kitchen. Matt Barns and Jim Peterman led the work and bidding and were great. The attention to detail was reassuring. The Kitchens Plus employees and contractors were efficient, competent, and reliable, and cleaned up at the end of each day. We recommend them without reservation.

Description of work:

Kitchen remodel - relatively simple - new cabinets, countertops, backsplash, painting, appliances No moving walls, no flooring work needed. Mission Hills in San Diego

Robertson J.

Extremely pleased, more than what I imagined. They actually listened to what I needed, made suggestions and work progressed....8 weeks later (holidays involved) I have a beautiful kitchen, new cabinets, counter tops, flooring, and two full bathrooms redone with new cabinets, counter tops and flooring. Excellent working relationship from start to finish, total professionalism from staff, team members and subs.

Description of work:

Remodel kitchen and bathrooms.

Roberta S. 

The work took six weeks over the holidays which should have been a logistical nightmare, but Matt and his various subcontractors were flexible and coordinated well to prevent any unnecessary delays. The biggest problem was with the kitchen sink I had purchased; it arrived broken. As did two replacements, side note: stay away from composite granite sinks, they are extremely fragile. This delayed the countertop installation, so Matt accelerated the floor installation to keep things moving forward. After the third broken sink arrived, I switched to a stainless-steel sink. By then the stone countertop had already been cut. Matt worked with the fabricator to insure the new sink and countertop would fit together with minimal adjustments to the countertop rather than cutting a new countertop slab.  None of the contractors I interviewed understood my vision for a decorative tiled niche, including Matt. But Matt, his carpenter, and tile installer listened to me and gave me advice that I listened to and kept or adjusted to fit my vision. That flexibility resulted in a finished tile niche that matched my vision. Remodels are stressful (three broken sinks didn't help) but Matt and his subcontractors were very friendly and that helped keep the stress manageable. There were quick to correct flaws that came up. I can look over my new kitchen and say I am very happy with the work.

Description of work:

Remodeled a 50-year-old cramped kitchen to provide better use of space and included building a unique decorative tiled niche to my specifications.

Alan S.

Matt Barns the owner of Kitchens Plus is the best contractor we have ever had the pleasure of working with. From the start his designer Dennis came up with a clever plan to make our small kitchen into a more useful modern functioning space. Most other contractors want you to pay extra for their designs even before you decide to use their company. We interviewed a couple of other companies but did not get the same warm and friendly attention that Kitchens Plus offered. Two of my neighbors had used Kitchens Plus in the past and they came highly recommended. Matt listened to our wants and needs and was on top of every detail throughout the entire project. If I ever had a question, I was able to text or email Matt and have an answer within a very short amount of time. This took a lot of stress out of the project knowing Matt would always come through and make things right. Our project was forecasted to last approximately twelve weeks and Matt finished the job a week early. The high quality of work from his long-term employees shows what true craftsman they truly are. Everyone was friendly and respectful of our property. They picked up all messes and hauled away trash on a daily basis. We are also very impressed with the painting contractor and tile contractor Matt suggested we use on our project. We had separate contracts for these services. Everyone worked well in scheduling so certain aspects of the project were completed before the next contractor started their job. Thank you, Matt Barns, for making our 1976 ranch home into a modern elegant place where we plan to retire. We brag about our contractor to everyone. Hire Kitchens Plus for your next remodel and rest assured the project will run smoothly.

Description of work:

Gutted two bathrooms and our kitchen. Installed over 1200sf of porcelain travertine tile flooring. Painted nearly the entire interior of our house. Hung new solid wood interior doors with molding and new baseboards throughout the house. They installed new kitchen appliances and lighting fixtures all on dimmers. Installed brand new cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. Installed new toilets, bathtub, sinks, and shower. Raised the kitchen ceiling six inches to seamlessly match the adjoining family room.

Mary S.

After a fair amount of comparative shopping with an eye to ideas, material, and price, I decided on Kitchens Plus to remodel my 60-year-old kitchen. The main workers arrived daily, were friendly, and professional. Matt, the owner, was diligent in checking work progress. His assistant, Jen, was full of ideas was so helpful in arranging my belongings. End Product: my newly remodeled kitchen in the best one I've ever seen!

Peggy F.

They are very thoughtful and do thorough work. They were very responsive to our needs and wants. They were very good with the customer service aspect of the project. They used quality materials and we are extremely pleased! Great job and would recommend them in the future.

Description of work:

Remodeled my kitchen.

Mary S.

The came in, hung plastic to keep the dust in the kitchen area, placed protective materials to protect the floors and cleared out the kitchen in one day. The quickly had their plumber and electrician come in to drop a gas line and relocate the electrical plugs and quickly patched, refinished and painted the kitchen walls. All was coordinated very well with no time lost to scheduling. They had preordered the cabinets so that there was no time lost waiting for delivery and had all the cabinets up in about three days. What took the longest was the countertop fabrication which was out of their control and is typical in kitchen remodeling. As soon as the countertop was ready and installed, they came back the next day to install doors, drawers, touchup, etc. They kept close communication with us letting us know what their status was and responded back to us very quickly if we had any questions. I have recommended them to friends and family how have used them as well and have been very happy with their service.

Description of work:

Minor kitchen remodel which included cabinet replacement, new granite countertop, electric to gas stove conversion, cabinet reconfiguration using existing cabinet footprint. They laid out the plan for us and advised us through the planning process and stayed within our budget.

Beth A.

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Our kitchen remodel experience has been AMAZING. We could not be happier with everything from the design, preparation, and construction. The whole team from Matt the manager, Jeff the onsite lead, Sarah our designer, and Axel and Julio (the two main construction workers). Everyone was always available to answer all of our questions, they were all helpful, and the results were beyond what we could have imagined. If you are reading this please feel free to message me here to ask me more about our experience with them. I would not only recommended them for your Kitchen or Bath remodel, I would tell you if you don't use them you are crazy.

Services: Kitchen cabinet design, Remodeling, Kitchen design, Custom kitchen cabinet construction, Kitchen cabinet installation, Paint indoors, Drywall repair, Plumbing fixture installation, Drywall installation, Tile work replacement, Kitchen countertop installation, Install flooring, Tile work installation

Michael S.

I had such a great experience with everyone I worked with. They stuck to the timeline and got my kitchen completed in 2 months! Jenny, the designer, is very talented and my project manager Jeff took such great care of me every single day. I could not recommend Kitchens Plus more!

Anastasia B. La Mesa, CA

"Our kitchen remodel experience has been AMAZING. We could not be happier with everything from the design, preparation, and construction. The whole team from Matt the manager, Jeff the onsite lead, Sarah our designer, and Axel and Julio (the two main construction workers). Everyone was always available to answer all our questions, they were all helpful, and the results were beyond what we could have imagined. If you are reading this, please feel free to message me here to ask me more about our experience with them. I would not only recommend them for your Kitchen or Bath remodel, I would tell you if you don't use them you are crazy."

Description of work: Custom kitchen cabinet construction, Kitchen cabinet design, Kitchen countertop installation, Drywall repair, Kitchen design, Paint indoors, plumbing fixture installation, Tile work replacement, Tile work installation, Kitchen cabinet installation, Remodeling, Drywall installation, Install flooring.

Positives: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value.

M. Sandoval