Kitchen Renovation Photos
Explore photos of various new kitchen renovation styles to inspire your next renovation and find the contractors that did the work.
What's involved in a kitchen renovation?
Kitchen renovations are complex projects that involve several steps—however this depends on the project scope. A large renovation project usually includes the following: demolition; plumbing (re-direct or replace); electrical (location, replace wires, etc.); new drywall, flooring, crowning, baseboards, windows, and lighting; install new features (cabinets and countertops); finishing touches (backsplash, paint, window coverings); replace or keep old appliances (sink, stovetop, microwave, fridge, and oven).
How much does a kitchen renovation cost?
The price of a kitchen renovation all depends on the scope of the project. If the homeowner is only looking to replace some features and keep the appliances, electrical, and plumbing, then the project will probably be less expensive than a total gut. Homeowners are encouraged to update these features if the electrician or plumber recommends it. On average, homeowners tend to underestimate the cost of this renovation.
Kitchens can cost 20,000 – 40,000+ for the full reno, including appliances. The average cost estimates per square foot without appliances are as follows:
- Low-end renovation: $91/ft2
- Mid-range renovation: $130/ft2
- High-end renovation: $220+/ft2
*These are very rough cost estimates. It is common for homeowners to underbudget for their home renovation. Make sure you are generous with the budget. Be realistic with your desires and expectations and make sure they accommodate your price range.
Kitchen renovations can easily go over budget. We recommend that you plan for an additional 10 – 20% of the project cost and keep it aside in case it's needed to complete this reno.
Is this a DIY project?
Experienced DIY-ers can definitely complete certain components of a kitchen renovation such as appliance installation, cabinet installation, design, and painting. However, any project that requires a trade license should be carried out by a licensed professional. Thus, electrical, plumbing, and gas fitting shouldn't be completed by the homeowner.
You get what you pay for. Kitchen renovations have a great return on investment. So, splurging a bit will work out favourably in the end when it comes time to sell your home. Additionally, you want your kitchen to last. Investing in bottom-of-the-barrel finishes is no investment. The last thing you want to do is replace bits and pieces of your kitchen that have worn out.