The 10 Components of every Kitchen Renovation Project

1. Demolition and Removal  

If your cabinetry or countertops require a full removal or demolition of their existing structure, your labor costs could be higher. After all, these remodelling processes are more time-consuming and labor-intensive for your installers to perform.

2. Cabinets & Millwork

In general, cabinetry equates to a third of your remodelling budget. Custom cabinets or semi-custom cabinets are the best choices for improving your home’s value since they are designed to fit perfectly into your kitchen and make a great first impression.

Refacing your existing cabinets is an economical option that will improve your kitchen’s overall appearance. Be aware that if you expand the current footprint of your cabinetry’s layout, the cost will rise.

3. Hardware

Hardware in carpentry refers to handles, knobs, doors and drawer mechanisms. The hardware you choose for your kitchen and how you choose to lay it across will make or break the entire look.

4. Countertops & Backsplash  

The price of new countertops differs widely based on materials. Stone surfaces, like quartz and granite, are the most durable, but also the most expensive. Solid surface and laminate are less costly but require more maintenance. Ceramic tiles are generally an affordable backsplash alternative, depending on their brand and the complexity of the tiling layout.

5. Appliances

Keeping your existing kitchen appliances can save you money in the short-term. If your stove, oven, dishwasher or fridge isn’t Energy Star-certified, however, you should consider upgrading them. Energy-efficient appliances pay for themselves over time by lowering your utility bills, and they help to preserve the environment, too. Additional electrical rewiring may be required to accommodate Energy Star appliances.

6. Plumbing

Maintaining your existing plumbing is an excellent way to reduce costs. You can still invest in new appliances, sinks and faucets as long as you install them in the current plumbing positions. If your remodelling design requires the installation of new pipes or you’re changing your kitchen’s floor plan, be prepared to pay a plumber for labor and the necessary plumbing parts.

7. Lighting and Electrical  

A kitchen under construction is a prime candidate for electrical rewiring. So, if you want to install undercabinet lights, add outlets and fixtures or change your floorplan, your remodel is an excellent occasion to call up an electrician. 

8. Flooring

The cost of flooring depends on whether you’re replacing a few cracked tiles or doing a complete overhaul of your existing flooring. If you’re opting for the latter, the price will depend on your kitchen’s square footage and the flooring material you’ve chosen. Vinyl is generally the most affordable option. While ceramic tile, laminate, cork and hardwood tend to cost more, they can also increase your home’s value.

9. Finishing & Painting

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen’s walls and baseboards is an easy way to spruce up the room at minimal cost. A few cans of paint and brushes make a long-lasting impact on your walls at low cost.

10. Styling

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10 Easy to Follow Steps to Budgeting for A Kitchen Renovation

1. Determine how much you want to spend, and commit to it.

Setting a budget for your kitchen renovation project and committing to it sounds so simple, but without a proper budget it can be harder than you think.

The average cost of kitchen renovation depends on the size and quality of kitchen design you are looking for. Check out our blog here on typical renovation costs and fees or read our guide here to making a kitchen budget.

In Toronto, the average kitchen renovation project costs more than $80,000. However there are many factors that will help you determine whether you want or need to spend that much and a professional kitchen designer can help you with that determination.

2. Know the break down costs of a kitchen renovation.

Millwork and surface materials such as countertops and backsplashes consume the majority of a project budget. However it is not everything and knowing how to break down a kitchen project ensures a more accurate budget.

Here’s how it breaks down, on average:

35% cabinets
20% labor
20% appliances
10% tiles
5% fixtures
3% hardware
7% other

3. Set aside emergency funds to handle the unexpected.

Every design and renovation project encounters surprises. Working with a dedicated kitchen designer helps address those before the happen, and navigate you through them when they do happen. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises that come up when managing a project alone, or when you give the design and planning work to a contractor. Leave some wiggle room in your renovation budget to cover surprises.

4. Make a list of priorities.

What’s most important to you? Quality manufacturing? Good design? Eco-Friendly materials? Work with your kitchen designer and list out project priorities so if unexpected costs hit your budget, you’ll still get the top things on your list done.

5. Know the details of how you will pay for this project.

There are many ways to benefit from a home renovation. Canadian and Ontario home renovation tax credits award homeowners a tax credit for eligible renovation costs.  Some of these credits are non-refundable, so the tax credit can only be used to reduce taxes owing in the current taxation year. 

Home equity loans are popular because they’re tax deductible so even if you have cash in hand, borrowing money at a low interest rate may be the best option.

If you’re getting a loan, factor in costs like interest and loan origination fees. Also, find out when you’ll get the funding from your loan. You’ll need to make deposits with your contractors, and you’ll need to pay for materials up front. You can learn more about the renovation process in our post breaking down the kitchen renovation process from start to finish.

6. Plan where you’re going to stay and prepare food during construction.

Living someplace else while the work is being done is a good idea and will lessen your stress. Take into account the cost of an apartment or hotel, storage fees and moving fees.

If you stay, there will be a cost to your sanity. You could also set up a temporary kitchen in an adjacent room, and you should add in the cost of doing this.

7. Factor in the cost of eating out.

Face it, you will be eating a lot of meals in restaurants or bringing home take-out food while your kitchen is torn up. Fit this expense into your budget at the outset.

8. Create a spreadsheet for your budget and check it often.

Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending. If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it.

9. Do some of the small work to lower your costs.

You don’t have to pay someone else to do all the work. Demolition – taking out the old cabinets, appliances and flooring – is easy to do.

10. Avoid extras. Don’t be tempted to deviate from your budget mid-project.

If you catch yourself saying “It would be so great if we added (fabulous kitchen feature here),” stop yourself. This is how budgets get blown. Go look at that remodeling budget you made in step 1, and repeat the number like a mantra. You can live without the little extras.

Guide to Kitchen Renovation Costs

Average Cost:

Real estate and industry experts recommend spending 5% to 15% of your home’s value on a kitchen renovation.

Homeowners report spending between $16,402 and $45,618 or $97 to $326 per square foot.

Depending on the style, quality and scale of your kitchen renovation, you can expect to roughly spend:

  • Minor Kitchen Renovation Cost: $15,000 to $20,000
  • Mid-range Kitchen Renovation Cost: $20,000 to $45,000
  • Major Kitchen Renovation Cost: $55,000+

$25,000 Kitchen Renovation Budget Breakdown

  • Cost of a Condo Kitchen Renovation
    Depending on what you decide to upgrade, you can expect to spend roughly $6,500-$26,000 on a condo kitchen renovation. Small is defined as 70 square feet or less.
  • 10×10 Small Kitchen Renovation Costs
    A 100 square foot kitchen qualifies as “small sized kitchen” and you should budget to spend roughly $19,500-$52,000 to renovate the space.
  • 12×12 Kitchen Renovation Costs
    This is close to the standard size kitchen which is usually between 150 and 175 square feet. Budget roughly $30,000 to $65,000 for a kitchen renovation this size.
  • Large Kitchen Renovation Costs
    A large kitchen is defined as being 200 square feet or more. Renovations for large kitchens tend to cost between $55,000 and $85,000.
  • Luxury Kitchen Renovation Costs
    Luxury and custom kitchens are not defined by size, but the quality of craftsmanship at attention to detail and materials. Upscale renovations can easily cost over $100,000.

25 Gorgeous Exposed Brick Wall Kitchen Designs You’ll Love

Our kitchen experts have gathered 25 of the best exposed brick feature walls in one place

Who doesn’t dream about having a gorgeous exposed brick wall in their home? Exposed brick brings a sense of warmth, character, and texture to a space. In our opinion a brick wall is one of the most versatile interior design features that works well in any space and with many decorating themes. Incorporating exposed brick brings character and raw charm into any interior space from your kitchen, living room or master bedroom.

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With so many different decorating themes, be it modern, traditional, eclectic or industrial – exposed brick is a timeless design trend and one that we can’t get enough of. From natural exposed brick walls to affordable design solutions like the growing popularity of exposed brick wallpaper, we’ve placed exposed brick kitchens at the top of our list of most loved home renovation ideas for this year.

Take a look at the latest exposed brick interior designs and find inspiration for your next home renovation.

Maintaining exposed brick walls

Country Living has listed three steps on how to best protect your feature wall before it’s too late.

1) First to help protect against humidity make sure you apply a sealant or acrylic-based paint to the exposed brick and mortar.

2) When dusting be sure to use only microfiber cloths or better yet your vacuum’s brush attachment.

3) For a truly deep clean, they recommend mixing just a little water with equal parts salt and mild dishwashing or castile soap. Scrub the paste onto the wall with a stiff brush and let sit for ten minutes. To finish, use a wet sponge and bucket of water to rinse the homemade solution off the wall.

Designed by Abimis, The Ego Kitchen is a 100% Ultra Luxury all in one Stainless Steel Kitchen Unit

Stainless Steel Kitchen

Mirrored Stainless Steel

The whole set is made of AISI 304 steel, a biologically neutral metal that does not give off odor or release any substances into food

Hot Red Kitchens You’ll Hate You Love So much

Colour has a huge impact on our emotions, our perceptions of space, and even our spiritual and physical well being. When choosing the colour for your kitchen cabinets, envision a material palette that will best represent you, your lifestyle, and the message you want to send to your guests as well to yourself each and every day.

When selecting a colour, understanding the meaning behind colour is important. When you understand the meaning and power a colour holds you can leverage that to help you better communicate your message and connect with your home.

The colour red is an intense colour that is packed with emotion ranging from passionate, intense love to ferocity and even anger — representing both cupid and the devil. It is one of the most stimulating colour and represents a lot of energy.

The colour of your kitchen cabinets paints a story about your home and the people who live there. Here are the ultimate red kitchen colour schemes to stimulate your emotions and shock your neighbours.

Inspiration is served.

The Vipp Shelter | A Pre-Fab Kitchen Concept and Human Charging Station in the Woods

The Vipp Shelter

The Vipp Shelter is a prefab home that can be drop shipped just about anywhere. Designed and manufactured by Vipp, the company best known for their over engineered — ultra luxury kitchen units, aimed to show off their fabrication prowess developed this half a million dollar pre-fab home nicknamed the ‘Vipp Shelter’ as luxury showroom and human charging station.

Vipp Shelter Drawing

Vipp’s legacy in steel work was put on full display in designing the Vipp Shelter. The 55 m2 steel pod wrapped in metal and glass is a livable design object dropped down in nature. The self-contained industrial chic unit costs $580,000—excluding freight and installation—and is delivered in two containers and does not offer customization.

“The objective was not to just make a house or mobile home ”

— Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer

The designers take an analog approach when creating an operational living space, a machine for living typology, which begins and ends with function. “If you are cold you heat up the fireplace centrally positioned in the shelter for an equal distribution of heat; if you are warm you slide open the parallel windows to create natural air-condition. By locating the house in the deep deciduous woods, we are able to take advantage of the leaves as sun shading in the summer months. In the winter, when the trees lose their leaves, the building’s black exterior absorbs sunlight and with the fireplace, there is a reduction in fuel consumption”.

Vipp is rooted in the manufacturing of industrial objects, so the term shelter is a typology that allowed the company to define this hybrid as a spacious, functional, and very livable ‘object’, and not just a house or mobile home.

The stoic shelter emerges as a rugged room framed by metal panels painted in a silent black that juxtaposes the clear windowed facade that cuts through the structure and sits comfortably as peaceful hideaway anywhere you want it.

Dimensions : 3m/11m/6m.
Living Space: family/living room 40 m2, hall 3m2, bathroom 6m2, 6m2 attic
Basement: 12-point foundation.Weight: 25 tons.
Heating: Fireplace (Spartherm, Various 2L-100h-4S).
Ventilation: Mechanical ventilation
Water: 120 litre hot water tank.
Insulation: 250mm glass wool acc.


Vipp kitchen is a modular concept. Designed as a series of building blocks; there are four types of modules: island, island with seating, wall and tall modules.

Each module can be built with predefined units of any choice.

One of a Kind Gold Kitchens

Whether you’re looking for a traditional kitchen or a one of a kind design, renovating the most popular spaces in your home needs the best ideas and complete understanding of design process.

Our mission is to educate and guide clients through the dynamic, complex and demanding process of the kitchen modernization industry while ensuring they have access to the best materials, contractors, and hardware. Have a look at these fantastic modern and luxury kitchen renovation ideas for your home.

The kitchen is the one room with lots of potential. Check out our design journal for more kitchen design ideas and kitchen cabinet colour options.



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