The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where your family comes together, friends meet for celebrations, and memories are made. And, because it’s the core of many homes, it’s also one of the renovations many homeowners are eager to start. While every renovation project will be different, in our article, we will cover kitchen renovation cost estimations. As well, we’ll give you recommendations on where to splurge and where to hold back.
Along with our in-depth coverage surrounding kitchen renovation costs – we’ll also cover other important considerations. Things like pre-planning, plumbing and electrical upgrades to consider, and potential timeline for your kitchen renovation.
For now, let’s get started and jump in to start to unearth some figures you can expect to pay and the factors that can influence your kitchen renovation cost.
There’s no “average” kitchen renovation cost – it’ll depend on many factors and should take your needs into account
Similar to our other topics that outline potential costs for your renovation (see Winnipeg basement renovation costs or Winnipeg bathroom renovation costs), unfortunately, we can’t pinpoint a cost for your kitchen remodel until we’ve had an in-depth conversation.
What we can tell you is that our kitchen renovation will be personalized to you. It will take the needs you have now and what you think you’ll need in the future, into account. The total cost of your kitchen renovation will also be determined by how much work we will do. Some of the top questions to ask yourself as you start to dream up your plans are:
- Will the layout of my kitchen be changing? If yes, who will plan or help you plan the design?
- Does your new kitchen consist of removing walls? This means an engineer will need to be consulted with
- When was the last time you’ve had your electrical panel or wiring reviewed? If it’s been a while or your home is older – this can take a considerable amount of your budget
- Similar to electrical, and especially if we are moving locations of a sink, dishwasher, etc. a review of the plumbing and upgrades may be required
- Finally, it’s important to honestly assess and clearly outline your budget and expectations to the contracting team, so they are aware of your plan
At Dash Builders, we can help plan and execute smaller improvements to your kitchen or complete a massive overhaul to your entire space. But the very first important step is to talk to us to let us know your thoughts!
Kitchen renovation cost breakdown
Again, we can’t stress this enough, but these cost figures are merely estimations based on averages. What’s right for you and your family might be different than the decisions the next person would make. What we can guarantee is the outcome – we’ll create your quality that lasts.
Various factors will influence the cost of your kitchen renovation, such as the size of your kitchen, the quality, type and amount of the materials, and the complexity of the project.
Planning and early-stage renovation items
Sometimes, homeowners can get away with completing the demolition of their existing kitchen themselves. However, we recommend that you don’t skimp on the quality of your electrical or plumbing upgrades. The team at Dash believes that anything that goes into the walls, should be to the highest standard and follow all industry best practices, to avoid future headaches.
- Demolition of the existing kitchen – $1,000-$5,000
- Creating a plan with an interior designer and having an engineer approve various aspect of the plan – $1,000-$6,000
- Upgrading electrical might run you in the ballpark of $2,000-$8,000
- Upgrading plumbing could be in the area of $5,000-$25,000
As you can see from the early figures it all depends on what you would like to accomplish.
Construction and rebuilding of your kitchen
Here are some typical prices for your kitchen finishing options and materials. We can also discuss cost-saving tips such as reusing your appliances, repurposing your floors or cabinets (depending on their condition). But we also understand that sometimes you just want everything to be brand new. Because we have built mutually beneficial partnerships with many local suppliers, we can help you source and find a great price for finishing materials.
Many people love to have new cabinetry and you will need to consider extra features like Lazy Susan and storage organization. New cabinets can range between $10,000-$25,000+
Countertops can have a huge discrepancy in cost – but this is one area that we would recommend skipping the laminate price tag. We will always recommend stone or some other surface like a butcher block to increase the longevity of your countertops.
We like to use lighting as an impact piece on the space. Setting aside a healthy amount for pendants or a small chandelier can go a long way. For the rest of the space, we typically recommend cost-effective and energy-efficient LED lighting. For more on energy-efficiency renovations visit efficiencymb.ca.
Similar to your countertops you want your flooring to be ultra-durable, so it handles wear well, keeping your kitchen looking like new. This is another area we recommend quality as important as the overall price. We like to recommend tile or vinyl plank.
Sinks, faucets, accessories, handles, etc.
If you’re looking for opportunities to save some money, seek deals out on some of the accessory-type finishing items.
The cost for paint and trim mostly consists of labour. For your average size of the kitchen, the cost will be around $1,000-$3,000 for this part of the project.
Cost guidelines for kitchen renovations
If you’re wondering what sort of maximum budget your kitchen renovation shouldn’t go past, as a rule of thumb, don’t plan to spend more than 20-30% of your home’s value on a kitchen renovation. So, if your home is valued at $300,000 – try to stay within a budget of $60,000-$90,000.
However, if we were to recommend a renovation where splurging makes sense, and can sometimes have immediate ROI, it would be the kitchen renovations, which are only second to potential ROI for bathroom renovations.
While kitchen renovations can be some of the pricier home refurbishment projects, the good news is that they also have one of the highest returns on investment. Depending on the complexity of the project and the quality of the materials used, you can expect a 75% ROI.
The biggest factors that affect kitchen renovation costs – and timelines
The size of your kitchen is the most important factor that will influence the cost of your renovation project. The bigger your space, the more materials you will need, and the higher the cost, and the more time it will take to complete.
If you plan on changing the layout of the kitchen, then you can expect to pay more and for the renovation to take longer. Reconfiguring the structural elements of a room, relocating the plumbing or electrical system are complex projects that require a lot of labour and sophisticated equipment.
Custom design or special features
To avoid the standard “Swedish” kitchen, it’s best to book your custom elements early. Custom design elements can include anything from cabinets that extend up to the ceiling, or unique, slab backsplash and other finishes. Anything unique to your design plan and not readily available or prefabricated could be considered custom design features.
Average kitchen renovation timelines
Just like pricing, we can’t tell you how long your unique, custom kitchen renovation will take in this article. However, based on past experiences a basic kitchen renovation can run from 8-12 weeks. Beyond the basic, for a mid-level renovation of your kitchen, we’d be forecasting 12-20 weeks. And, then as complexity is added, the timeline would grow from there.
No matter the cost or timeline – we believe you should love your new kitchen
We want to create the kitchen of your dreams. We believe when a kitchen renovation is done right, it can revitalize one’s love for home and dramatically improve your quality of life. If you can, spend the extra time or save the extra money so your kitchen renovation will be everything you want and need it to be.
To get your creative juicing going, here’s a shortlist of some of the top requested and sought after features we come across are:
- Islands or breakfast bar seating area with waterfall edge
- Specialized storage, walk-in pantry, butler pantry, etc.
- Professional-grade appliances like a built-in refrigerator or a gas range
- Dual ovens for the baker in your family
- Two-toned custom-built cabinetry
- Pot-filler tap above the stove
- Enclosed trash and recycling space
- Farmhouse or under-cabinet mounted sink
- Under-cabinet mounted or in cabinet mounted lighting
- Coffee bar
The sky is the limit when it comes to your kitchen creativity and what special features you want to add. But know that the Dash Builders team can take you where you want to be!
Renovate your kitchen with Dash Builders in Winnipeg
If you are looking for a reliable team in Winnipeg who can help you with your kitchen renovation project, then Dash Builders is just a phone call away. We have the experience and knowledge to transform your kitchen into space you will love! Contact us today through our website or call us – 204.509.7574 – and take the first step to quality rooms that last!