If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen, you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to cost. A new kitchen is a major investment and a room that gets a ton of use so you want to get it right. If you’re looking for a ballpark figure, expect to outlay anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000+. Factors that ultimately affect the cost of your project include the size of your kitchen, the materials and yes, your location! We’ve put Toronto & Montreal head to head to compare the cost of a new kitchen in these two major cities.
Assuming a new kitchen does not include new appliances, here is what we usually see our customers paying:
|Small or Budget Kitchen||$12,000 – $22,000|
|Mid-Range Kitchen||$22,000 – $35,000|
|Greater Toronto Area (GTA)|
|Small or Budget Kitchen||$15,000 – $27,000|
|Mid-Range Kitchen||$27,000 – $40,000|
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Why do the prices vary so much?
If you only want to change your cabinets, expect for your project cost to be in the lower end of the bracket. However, if you’re thinking about also changing the configuration of your kitchen, install recessed lights or remove a wall, etc., you will need specialized professionals to move plumbing and electrical work and the price will vary accordingly.
Why is it more expensive in Toronto?
Everything is more expensive in Toronto and unfortunately, the renovation industry is not immune. At the same time, the added value to your house will also be greater, so there is a silver lining to the extra expense.
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Our renovation advisors, who have thousands of projects of experience under their belt, can help you with a fair assessment of the budget required for your specific project. And if you’re ready for an in-depth estimate, we can refer up to three 360° Verified Contractors, including specialist kitchen renovators, to compete for your project.
What trades will you need for your kitchen reno?
Wondering who you may need to hire for your kitchen makeover? These are the most common trades you will need:
A kitchen designer can help you squeeze the most out of your space. Let’s face it – a well laid-out kitchen is an efficient kitchen. Expect to discuss the kitchen work triangle, layout and cabinet sizing.
A dedicated kitchen cabinetmaker can help you achieve exactly what you want in terms of storage for your kitchen including a dedicated pantry, deep and all the latest hardware like soft-close drawers. Don’t forget to plan for that wine rack, a must for any kitchen! Expect to also pay a premium for custom cabinetry. Average prices you are likely to pay:
|Quality||Typical Cost (per linear foot, installed)|
|Stock / MDF||$60 – $200|
|Semi-custom Hardwood||$120 – $500|
|Custom Hardwood||$300 – $1000|
Having tons of space to work is essential in the modern kitchen and a kitchen counter specialist can install whichever surface is right for you, including laminate, hardwood, quartz or natural stone, among others. Average prices we have seen for the varying types of kitchen countertops:
|Material||Typical Cost (per square foot, installed)|
|Laminate||$20 – $40|
|Quartz||$60 – $80|
|Hardwood||$60 – $100|
|Marble||$80 – $120|
|Granite||$80 – $120|
|Stainless Steel||$120 – $140|
An electrician is a must-have tradesperson for any kitchen project, no matter the size. Besides the obvious elements such as lighting, you are also going to need several power outlets and all your new appliances wired and installed. Expect to be charged anywhere from $70 to $95 per hour.
A licensed plumber is one of the most crucial trades for a kitchen renovation. They will install your kitchen sink, faucet and taps and your new fridge with a water/ice dispenser. Expect them to charge hourly rates ranging between $100 to $150.
Specialized backsplash installer
A backsplash installer can meticulously install a glass, tiled or stainless-steel backsplash among other materials.
Whether you’re thinking of an elegantly tiled backsplash or simply tiles for the flooring, an experienced tiler has expertise in laying wall and floor tiles with absolute precision.
If you are looking for an expert to handle the entire project management for you, then a dedicated kitchen builder is the perfect professional for you. These general contractors can manage and coordinate all of the above trades and save you a lot of time by not having to juggle it all on your own. Expect, however, to pay a little extra for the convenience.
Does my kitchen contractor need to be licensed?
This will depend on which province your property is in and the particular work each individual is performing. Many elements of a kitchen renovation require plumbing and electrical work which no matter where you are, will require a licensed professional to perform.
In the City of Toronto, a general contractor will require a Metro Building Renovators Licence while their electrical and plumbing sub-trades will require their Certificates of Registration respectively.
In Montreal and the rest of Quebec, every contractor, general or specialized, will require a relevant RBQ licence.
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Hiring the right tradespeople
When it comes time to hire tradespeople, make sure they are right for your project. Some things you should verify include:
- Are they properly licensed?
- Are they insured to work in my home?
- How long do they estimate the job will take?
- Will they provide a detailed and written quote?
- Will they include everything in the initial quote or will I end up with a bunch of extra charges?
- Do they have references I can call and even visit to ensure they’re legitimate?
- Can I see genuine examples of their work?
Getting your dream designer kitchen for less
What materials you choose can make a big difference to the final cost of your kitchen. Countertops, for example, range from relatively inexpensive laminate to stainless steel at the high end of the scale. Similarly, the cheapest cabinet doors you can purchase tend to be melamine. At the high end, gloss white 2-pack polyurethane doors, for example, can easily cost four times as much.
How can you achieve the high-end look for less? Here are some options to consider:
Check out the designer ranges of laminates for a budget alternative to stainless steel. There are laminates designed to have a stainless steel appearance, but for a durable countertop that will still look great after years of use, look for textured and/or patterned laminates.
Do you like the rolled edges and glossy appearance of polyurethane but not the price? Vinyl wrapped (also called thermo-formed) doors are almost indistinguishable from 2 pack polyurethane but at a fraction of the cost.
The same principle applies to other materials. If you like the look of granite, for example, consider a granite-look laminate. If that is not to your liking, check out the ranges of engineered stone or quartz countertops that available on the market today.
As solid and durable as natural stone (some argue more durable), engineered stone costs less and has a distinctive uniform appearance many kitchen designers prefer to natural marble or granite.
Quality kitchen cabinetry – what to look for to save in the long run
The one place you don’t want to cut corners with is the construction quality of your kitchen cabinetry. Almost all kitchen cabinets are constructed from water-resistant MDF (medium-density fibreboard). This is the least you should expect in either a custom or flat-pack kitchen. Ideally, the backs of the cabinets should be sturdier than the 6mm vinyl-covered backing used in some cheaper kitchens, but where you will really notice a difference is in the quality of the drawer construction:
The cheapest drawers tend to have flimsy bottoms that are built into grooves along the bottom edges of the melamine or vinyl-wrapped drawer sides. They will inevitably buckle and break under even a moderate load.
Higher-grade drawers are more sturdily constructed and fitted with quality, durable drawer runners designed for long-life use.
The best quality drawers are metal-sided drawer systems.
Most door hinges look very much alike but can differ significantly in quality. If you’ve ever had kitchen doors that sag and bind, you’ve most likely had inferior hinges installed. Most kitchen companies will be more than happy to offer you quality hinges if they don’t come as a standard feature. You will have to pay a bit more for them but they are good value for money and won’t break the bank.
What is the average cost of a kitchen renovation?
You may have heard of people having their kitchen renovated for $10,000 or less. Is this actually possible?
Well yes, however, you need to look into the detail of the project to get the full picture. This figure is likely for a relatively small kitchen or a simple cosmetic makeover, keeping many existing elements. The average spend on a kitchen renovation is closer to $25,000 in Montreal and $30,000 in the Greater Toronto Area.
Complete kitchen renovation costs
So how much will your kitchen renovation cost? As a guideline, expect to spend in the region of:
$10,000 to $20,000 for a smaller kitchen using budget materials and fittings.
$20,000 to $45,000 for a mid-range kitchen using a mixture of budget and high-end materials and appliances.
$45,000+ for a high-end kitchen using top-of-the-range materials and appliances.