Cost Of A Home Renovation in 2021 | Montreal vs Toronto

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Since 2010, RenoAssistance has been able to help over 75,000 clients find good contractors for their renovations. In this time, we’ve received tens of thousands of quotes from 360° Verified Contractors. 

This vast array of experience has allowed us to compile all of the average costs of various types of home renovation projects, to help you understand more easily the different market prices. 

Below you’ll find comprehensive tables with said costs, and a list of quick links to help you navigate through them!

Consequences of COVID-19 on the construction and renovation sectors

Keep in mind that certain unforeseen events due to COVID-19 may affect the cost of renovation projects without notice. For example, the industry has come across a treated lumber shortage since the first lockdown, resulting in a massive fluctuation of prices. Other construction materials are likely to experience similar issues. For more details, read our article: Rising Lumber Prices: Another COVID-19 Effect?

Home Addition

A home addition is almost as complex as a new build, in terms of all the steps that need to be taken. Therefore it’s important to have the right information to be able to correctly assess the costs, and plan your budget accordingly.

Here is a representative table of the price ranges you will find for a turnkey project of this kind.

Montreal Toronto
Storey addition 250$ – 300$ $300 – $360
Garage addition 200$ – 250$ $240 – $300
Carpot 60$ – 80$ $75 – $100
Home addition on piles 250$ – 275$ $300 – $350
Home addition on fondation/slab 290$ – 325$ $360 – $400
Sunroom 215$ – 240$ $260 – $360

If you would like up to 3 quotes from home addition contractors, fill out our short form. If you’re looking for inspiration from some real addition projects our contractors have done, check out our Additions section of Reno-Inspiration.

Gagnon Project - Home Addition

Garage Addition

Whether it’s for a detached or an attached garage, you will need qualified professionals in garage construction to take on your project.

Below are the average prices of various turnkey garage sizes, taking into consideration the following parameters:

  • Structure
  • Exterior
  • Garage door
  • Windows
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Drains
Montreal Toronto
Single Car Garage (Turnkey) $48,000-$60,000 $58,000-$72,000
Two Car Garage (Turnkey) $88,000-$110,000 $106,000-$132,000


If you would like up to 3 quotes from garage addition contractors, fill out our short form.
An alternative to a garage addition would be building of a car port. If you wish to learn more about the cost involved in such a project. check out our page on cart port construction. If you would like to know the cost attached to such a project, take a look at our page on car port construction.

Garage Projects

Balcony

Multiple factors should be taken into consideration when undertaking a balcony construction:

  • Type of materials used (wood, fiberglass, aluminium, concrete, etc)
  • Quality (low-end from the hardware store to high-end from specialized suppliers)
  • Design of the structure
  • Construction and reinforcing of structure (nails, thickness of materials, etc)
  • Stairs and railings
  • Treatment of materials for longevity (weatherproofing, etc)

A table with the average market prices of a balcony, based on the above mentioned factors, can be found here:

Montreal Toronto
Fiberglass

$17 – $21/sq.ft (without base structure)

$30 -$40/sq.ft (with base structure)

$21 – $25/sq.ft (without base structure)

$36 – $55/sq.ft (with base structure)

Treated Wood $40 – $50/sq.ft $50 – $60/sq.ft
Cedar  $50 – $60/sq.ft $55 – $66/sq.ft
Roasted Wood $50 – $60/sq.ft $60 – $85/sq.ft
Composite Wood $60 – $70/sq.ft $75 – $85/sq.ft
Concrete $60 – $70/sq.ft $75 – $85/sq.ft

If you would like up to 3 quotes from contractors specialized in balcony projects, fill out our short form.

Balcony Projects

Heating

Whether it be for heating during the colder months, or to keep cool during a heat wave, it’s important to maintain the best quality to price ratio for the climate control of your home. It may be very helpful to have the help of an impartial advisor who can assess your needs and recommend the best system for your home.

Below you’ll find a list of the average price of the most popular climate control systems. These prices include the machine(s), additional parts, installation, and start-up (the prices may vary based on the brand and power used).

If you’re looking to replace your heating system with a more environmentally friendly and energy efficient one, you may be able to lower your bill by taking advantage of the Canada Greener Homes Grant or the Go Green program.

Heating & Air Conditioning Projects

Kitchen

A kitchen renovation is one of the most popular and satisfying projects in home renovation. Not only does it improve the quality of the one of the most-used rooms in the home, it is also a great return on investment. However, the entire project, from design to finishings, requires a bigger involvement than other types of projects, but the effort is always rewarding. With good planning and expert advice, you can set yourself up for a successful renovation!

Here is a table that summarizes the average cost, based on years and thousands of quotes we’ve received for our clients. After all, budgeting is one of the most important steps of such a project!

Costs according to kitchen range:

Greater Montreal
Economic 16 000$ +
Resurfacing 19 000$ +
Standard custom 22 000$ +
Mid-Range 33 000$ +
High-End 40 000$ +
Luxury 50 000$+
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Economic 19 200$ +
Resurfacing 22 800$ +
Standard custom 26 400$ +
Mid-Range 39 600$ +
High-End 48 000$ +
Luxury 60 000$ +

To get up to 3 quotes from kitchen contractors, fill out our short form. If you’d also like some inspiration from real projects done by our contractors, check out our Kitchen section on Reno-Inspiration.

Array project

French Drain

A French drain is almost as helpful as your home’s exterior or roof to help protect against water infiltration. Changing your French drain can also mean changing the waterproofing membrane of your house’s foundation. It is an additional, and significant, protection for your home.

Montreal Toronto
Drain + Waterproofing 125$ 150$
Window well 500$ 600$
Crack repair 800$ ext./400$ int. 1000$ ext./500$ int.
In front of garage drain 1 500$ 1 800$
Submersible pump for basement 1 200$ – 1 500$ 1 500$ – 1 800$
Water outlet/entrey/sewer 5 000$ – 7 000$ 6 000$ – 8 500$

To learn more about the cost associated with changing your French drain, check out our article “How Much Does it Cost to Replace a French Drain?”

Masonry

A well made masonry facade can last up to 100 years. It is therefore important to find the right mason who will be able to construct solid bases and ensure longevity for your building, all while avoiding potential future structural problems.

Below is a list of of the cost of various masonry work you may need done to your home. These prices are based on the average of several companies and thousands of quotes.

Masonry Work

Average Cost 
(materials & labour)

Toronto

Repointing $15 to $23 / sq.ft.
Bowing $32 to $50 / sq.ft.
New brick installation $32 to $50 / sq.ft.
Ledges $500 to $625 / each
Lintels $1,000 to $2,000 / each
Plastered foundation approx. $7,5 / sq.ft.
Masonry Work

Average Cost 
(materials & labour)

Montreal

Repointing $12 to $18 / sq.ft.
Bowing $25 to $40 / sq.ft.
New brick installation $25 to $40 / sq.ft.
Ledges $400 to $500 / each
Lintels $800 to $1,600 / each
Plastered foundation approx. $6 / sq.ft.

To get up to 3 quotes from 360° Verified masonry Contractors, fill out our short form.

Masonry Projects

Windows & Doors

Updating your windows and doors are not only a great way to freshen up your curb appeal, but a simple way to get a great return on investment. It is even possible to that you’re eligible for tax credits if you choose energy efficient windows, which will also help you save on your energy bill! Ask one of our Advisors how to access these credits today!

Cost of PVC Windows (including installation) for a bungalow (10 windows)

Montreal Toronto
Casement +/- $15,000 to 18,000 +/- $18,600 to $21,600
Sliding +/- $12,000 to 15,000 +/- $14,500 to $18,000

Cost of of Hybrid Windows (including installation) for a bungalow (10 windows)

Montreal Toronto
Casement +/- $13,000 to 18,000 +/- $16,000 to $22,000
Sliding +/- $12,000 to 17,000 +/- $14,400 to $20,400

If you’re looking to get up to 3 quotes from contractors specialized in windows and doors free of charge, fill out our short form.

Windows & Doors Projects

Exterior

The exterior siding of your home is its first line of defense against rain, wind and bad weather of all kinds. However, if you leave the very important job of redoing your siding to a non-verified contractor and they install the materials incorrectly, you will have to not only redo the work, but also potentially decontaminate parts of the frame that could be water-damaged. Choosing the right contractor from the beginning is the best way to avoid unnecessary costs.

Listed below are market prices compiled from various quotes we’ve received for siding projects over the course of the last few years.

Siding Material Average Cost – Toronto (GTA) Average Cost – Montreal
Vinyl $6.00 – $9.50/ sq. ft. $4.00 – $6.00/ sq. ft.
Aluminum $7.50 – $9.50/ sq. ft. $6.00 – $8.00/ sq. ft.
Engineered Wood $12.00– $14.50/ sq. ft. $10.00 – $12.00/ sq. ft.
Fiber Cement $8.50 – $13.50/ sq. ft. $7.00 – $11.00/ sq. ft.
Acrylic / Stucco $9.50 – $11.00/ sq. ft. $8.00 – $9.00/ sq. ft.
Steel $25/ sq. ft. $21/ sq. ft.
CanExcel $8.00 – $11.00/ sq. ft. $6.00 – $9.00/ sq. ft.
Brick or Stone  $43.00/ sq. ft. $35.00 / sq. ft.

If you’re looking to get up to 3 quotes from siding and cladding contractors, fill out our short form.

Exterior Siding Projects

Bathroom

Being one of the most-used rooms in the home, it’s not surprising that many people want to turn their bathroom into a relaxing oasis when the time comes to renovate it. With a large array of materials at every price point available, it’s recommended to plan your budget ahead of time to avoid unpleasant surprises and unnecessary stress.

Below is a list of prices, based on the average cost of bathroom renovations depending on their range:

Toronto (GTA) Montreal
Budget 15,600$ + 13,000$ +
Economic 26,000$ + 22,000$ +
Mid-Range Bathroom 31,200$ + 26,000$ +
High-End Bathroom 36,000$ + 30,000$ +
Luxury 45,600$ + 38,000$ +

To get up to 3 quotes from bathroom contractors, fill out our short form. If you’d also like some inspiration from real projects done by our contractors, check out our Bathroom section on Reno-Inspiration.

Marcoux Project - Bathroom

Sunroom

With a four-season solarium, there is no better way to enjoy the sun, no matter what weather conditions are going on outside. This is why we have at our disposal contractors specialized in four-season solarium additions. Based on thousands of quotes they have submitted to us over the years, we have compiled the average cost of various types of solariums.

Montreal Toronto
Turnkey renovation $250 to $280/sq.ft $300 to $325/sq.ft

To get up to 3 quotes from contractors specialized in four-season solariums, fill out our short form.

St-Onge Project - Agrandissement

Basement

As an often-neglected space, many homeowners don’t realize the potential of renovating a basement into an incredible living space. Whether it be a family room, home theatre, man cave, playroom or even an apartment, your basement has so much hidden potential!

Listed below is the average cost of a complete basement renovation.

Basement Elements Greater Montreal
Average Costs (2021)
Greater Toronto 
Average Costs (2021)
Turnkey (without bathroom) $25,000 to $50,000+ $32,000 to $63,000+
Bathroom $10,000 to $22,000 $12,500 to $28,000
Walls & Joint Sealing Gypsum: $2/sq.ft. + $1,500 for joints Gypsum: $3/sq.ft. + $1,900 for joints
Ceiling $3.00 to $5.00/sq.ft. $3.75 to $6.25/sq.ft.
Insulation $2 to $3.00/sq.ft. $2.50 to $3.75/sq.ft.
Flooring $3 to $11/sq.ft $3.75 to $14/sq.ft.

To get up to 3 quotes from basement contractors, fill out our short form. If you’d also like some inspiration from real projects done by our contractors, check out our basement section on Reno-Inspiration.

Array project

Roof

Do not wait for it to be too late and for your home to be victim of a water infiltration to act — we have roofing experts to refer, free of charge!

Here is a list of the average market cost of the most popular roofing types.

Roof Type Average Cost –  Montreal

Average Cost –Toronto (GTA)

Lifespan
Asphalt Shingles $6/sq. ft. $7.5/sq. ft. 15 to 25 years
TPO/EPDM $9 – $12/sq. ft. $11 – $15/sq. ft. 25 to 30 years
Elastomeric Membrane $16 – $19/sq. ft. $19 – $25/sq. ft. 20 to 30 years
Bitumen $9 – $12/sq. ft. $11 – $15/sq. ft. 15 to 30 years
Metal $17 – $30/sq. ft. $21 – $36/sq. ft. 50+ years
Slate $25.00 – $35.00/sq. ft. $30 – $42/sq. ft. 75 to 150 years

If you’re looking to get up to 3 quotes from roofing contractors, it’s quite easy — fill out our short form.

Roof Projects

Get the help you need, at no cost and no obligation

Call us or fill out one of our forms and you can speak to one of our Renovation Advisors, who will be able to guide you through your project and find the right contractors to put up head to head with quotes for you. We have helped over 75,000 clients since 2010 — join the ranks of our happy customers by letting us take the next step in your renovation dream together!

Updated January 2nd 2021