Kitchen Renovation: The Best Contractors and Designers
Renovating a kitchen is an exciting project but we must not lose sight of what is important; a space that meets your needs according to your big or small budget! Renovating your kitchen, with or without the help of a designer, must lead to the desired result! By planning this project well and choosing the right professionals and contractors, we can help you get more for less. Put simply, we will only refer those best suited to redo your kitchen on time and on budget.
It's not just the cabinets to be replaced!
Often when one thinks of redoing their kitchen, one first thinks of changing their cabinets. Yet, a complete kitchen remodel involves the intervention of many specialized trades.
Depending on the size of your project you may need:
- a kitchen designer (see here the advantages of working with a designer)
- a cabinetmaker for the manufacture and installation of cabinets
- a plumber for moving or connecting the sink
- an electrician for lighting and moving or installing electrical outlets
- a tiler for the backsplash and possibly the floor
- a countertop manufacturer for custom countertops
- and above all, a good general contractor to coordinate all the stakeholders and carry out your project
If you wish to remove a load-bearing wall or expand the spatial area, a building engineer might be involved. Obtaining competitive bids for all of the work is not always easy and that's why we exist. We are here to help you coordinate everything and do the right things in the right order.
Whatever your budget, our advisors can direct you to the best kitchen designers, interior designers, kitchen cabinet manufacturers, cabinet makers and contractors to put the odds on your side to achieve your project at the best value for money.
10 mistakes to avoid
- Starting the project without adequate planning and underestimating the work involved (yes, there will be dust!)
- Bringing contractors in too early in the process (they are not kitchen designers!)
- Assuming you know exactly what you want - an experienced professional can share ideas you may not have considered
- Purchasing prefabricated cabinets before you have understood the pros and cons of these and compared with a custom solution
- Not communicating your budget (it's difficult for professionals or contractors to suggest the right materials or solutions if your budget is unknown)
- Thinking you do not need a plan
- Not inquiring about the pros and cons of different materials
- Choosing the contractor who provided the plans without comparing effectively (it will be difficult to compare quotes if only one contractor has detailed plans)
- Not making a detailed comparison of quotes (the price at the bottom of the sheet does not say everything)
- Choosing "fashionable" cabinets that may look odd when the trend is done
- The recipe for the success of a successful kitchen: plan your renovation!
Free and personalized advice to make your kitchen renovation a success
Not sure where to start? No problem, Reno-Assistance will guide you.
Whatever your budget, understanding your goals and participating in the success of your project is our mission. Our advisors have thousands of projects of experience. They are able to adapt to your needs and guide you through the necessary steps to ensure a successful renovation, saving you from costly mistakes. By understanding your needs, your advisor will be able to give you an idea of the budget required for your project and refer you to the best professionals to carry it out, providing up to 3 competing quotes from our network of 360° Verified contractors.
Your advisor can help you understand and compare the quotes you receive since the cheapest at the bottom of the page is not necessarily always the best option. Quality of materials and inclusions can make a big difference. That's why it's important to review them thoroughly to make an informed choice.
Your advisor will be available at all stages of your project and will accompany you as if you were a member of their family. Their goal will be the same as yours: a successful kitchen renovation!
What is the cost of a kitchen renovation?
The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary greatly but here is an indication of ballpark prices based on the various projects we have dealt with:
|Small Kitchen||$14,000 - $17,000||$18,000 - $23,000||$27,000 - $32,000||$40,000 - $60,000|
|Average Kitchen||$18,000 - $19,000||$25,000 - $27,000||$30,000 - $40,000||$50,000 - $80,000|
|Large Kitchen||$28,000 - $35,000||$37,000 - $45,000||$47,000 - $60,000||$70,000 - $100,000|
We considered the standard here as a kitchen with polyester cabinets and quartz or natural stone countertops. To see some of our customers' kitchen projects with their actual prices, check out our Reno-Inspiration tool.
Where to start?
You must first determine the primary reasons why you want to change your current kitchen. Is it to improve ergonomics, bring it up to date, add a dining space, or add or remove an island? This will help you to establish your needs. Then, in speaking with you, your advisor will help you identify the right steps to take to achieve the successful completion of your project.
Plan your work to reduce costs and avoid mistakes
Whether you're dreaming of a nice kitchen for breakfast, reading the newspaper, a mini-library for recipe books, or a storeroom for your wine, it will be necessary to plan the layout of the kitchen space: it's up to you to guide your contractor or designer and create a functional kitchen, while respecting your budget and the space available for your renovation. The secret lies in the details. We know the best experts in kitchen design who can help you plan according to your needs.
When you think of all the different things you have to store in the kitchen, the organization becomes essential. You will need to arrange your workspace. You must have enough space between the sink and the walls, the cooktop, and the worktop. The contractors that we will refer to you will work with you to determine the layout of these areas and materials will be chosen according to your taste, budget and the practical use of the space.
Kitchen cabinet materials
If you are a chef at heart, your workspace should be functional and resistant. For cabinets, a multitude of materials are available to you. From thermoplastic to melamine to polyester and wood, you'll be spoiled for choice. If you opt for wooden cabinets, allow for a substantial budget. Wood, a high-end material, will cost you more. Another, less expensive option is a wood veneer for your cabinet doors. Here again, materials such as melamine or thermoplastic can perfectly reproduce various types of finish. These materials have improved over time and come in many colours and textures that will harmonize with your style. And don't forget that in addition to the finishing, you can choose from a variety of storage types. From the side drawer for pots to spice drawers, you will be able to create custom cabinets to suit your needs and those of your family.
|Cabinet material||Average price (materials, labour & installation)|
If you don't want to change the configuration and your cabinets are still in good condition, it may be possible to only replace the cabinet doors and drawer facades to save money, but it's not usually an ideal solution from a price point of view.
Ceramic, wood or cork floor?
Choosing a floor can be a real headache: the cost, difficulty of installation, durability, aesthetics, ecological choices... Tiles; natural and healthy, resistant to wear and moisture, but uncomfortable for the feet; linoleum, easy to clean and easy to install, but vulnerable to humidity; cork, an excellent vinyl replacement material, is natural and comfortable for the feet, resistant to shocks, stains and easy to maintain; solid wood, of great natural beauty, comfortable and very durable, even if sensitive to moisture, it can be restored repeatedly and last for decades. We can help you identify the best solution for your needs and your budget.
Keep it simple or push the envelope?
If you want to be adventurous, the kitchen may not be the best place to do it as it is an expensive room to change when trends change. Better to bet on luxury and classic materials that will stand the test of time.
A variety of styles are available for your next kitchen:
- and more... what's your style?
If you're not sure, our Reno-Inspiration tool can help you find it.
You will also have to respect your budget. There is no point in planning an environment for a chef if you cook the majority of your meals in the microwave! A functional kitchen and up-to-date style will do just fine. At first glance, it may seem expensive to utilize the services of a kitchen designer, a technologist or an architect, but their cost is often worthwhile: they will save you from errors, and ultimately save you money through better planning and sound advice to judiciously harmonize some less expensive materials for a "WOW!" effect.
The worst trap that awaits you in a renovation is improvisation. There are several steps involved in a kitchen remodel and this may not be your area of expertise. Don't hesitate to take advantage of our expertise. You will simplify your life and save time and money!
Durable and easy-care countertops
Several finishes, colours, and styles are available so that your kitchen can match your expectations precisely. Granite, laminate, quartz or composite materials, there are countertops for all tastes and budgets, each with their advantages and disadvantages.
|Countertop material||Price per square foot|
|Laminate||$20 to $40 / sq. ft.|
|Quartz||$60 to $80 / sq. ft..|
|Butcher's board||$60 to $100 / sq. ft.|
|Granite||$80 to $100 / sq. ft.|
|Marble||$80 to $120 / sq. ft.|
|Stainless steel||$120 to $140 / sq. ft.|
- Relatively much cheaper than stone
- Stain resistant
- Appears less bright than other materials
- The life of the laminate sheets is shorter than that of stone
- Less heat-resistant and water can seep into it if poorly sealed
- Stronger than granite
- Does not require sealing
- Known to be very 'practical'
- There are now even stronger variants from manufacturers such as Silestone
- It's a manufactured imitation of natural stone some may consider not 'authentic'
Butcher block countertop
- Additional functionality to your workspace (permanent area dedicated to cutting)
- Authentic rustic appearance
- Unlimited potential for preparing dishes
- Wood is susceptible to scratches, so without regular maintenance, your counter will not look new for a long time
- Available in a wide variety of colours
- Each piece is unique (you will not find two identical pieces of granite)
- Very resistant to heat and stains
- Luxurious material that gives a high-end look to the kitchen
- Although durable and very strong, corners can be chipped with impact
- Luxurious appearance
- Available in a variety of unique colours and styles
- Marble is heat-resistant and tends to be fresh, making it perfect for baking, for example
- When properly sealed, it is stain resistant
- It requires periodic sealing to prevent stains
Stainless steel counter
- The surface is very durable and resistant to heat and stains
- It is usually easy to keep clean (major advantage for kitchens with heavy use)
- Possibility to be made of recycled steel
- Looks good with household appliances of the same material
- If physically damaged, it is almost impossible to repair (however, it takes a lot of force to damage it)
- Scuffs and scratches will reduce its glossy appearance
Our renovation advisors are here to help you, free of charge and with no obligations!
Take advantage of our advisors' experience to plan your kitchen project. They can guide you on through all the steps required. So, give us a call or fill out our contact form on the right and an advisor will be in touch to get you started. It's free of charge and with no obligations!