Average cost to renovate your kitchen in 2020
With new 2020 design trends, the kitchen outgrows its importance as a pure food area and becomes a family and guest meeting space. Apart from preparing food, homeowners are spending time with their loved ones in the kitchen, doing their homework, cleaning kitchen cabinets or sharing a glass of wine with their friends or neighbors.
For a ballpark figure, kitchen renovation costs in Montreal range from $5,000 to $50,000+, with an average of $20,000. Both homeowners and real estate agents agree that when it comes to home renovation, the kitchen is among the top three most important parts of the house as a home’s value increases significantly with a kitchen renovation. On average, for a medium-sized house ROI (return on investment) accounts for around 70% which puts the kitchen at the first-place sellers consider when investing their money. When it comes to kitchen renovation projects, the first thing that will save you money is to know exactly how much you should expect to spend. And that is determined with financial planning and budgeting.
Over the years, we have found that our customers invest in their kitchen these amounts:
A smaller project that includes painting ceilings & walls, tiling, refurbishing or refacing kitchen cabinets and ameliorating a hand basin can cost between $5,000 and $12,000. Cabinetry stands for the biggest expense in kitchen renovation projects because the entire kitchen layout and function is built on them. Anything beyond $25,000 projects include more elaborate renovation processes like installing custom kitchen cabinets, top-notch appliances, timber flooring or granite/quartz/dekton countertops.
You should also reserve 10-15% of your budget for the unforeseen issues or last minute extra wishes. People choose kitchen renovations for various reasons, from increasing home’s value to changing the appeal of their living spaces. According to one’s study, around 50% of homeowners choose to renovate their kitchen because they could not ‘’longer stand the old look’’. Truth to be told, when you spend most of your day in an old, obsolete, old-fashioned and boring space, you start to feel unwell and bored. Why not give your life an injection of new, different and attractive look ? It makes sense that most homeowners like the idea of renovation but fear that the costs will be out of their reach. It is true that some kitchen renovations do not come cheap but the returns are much bigger, especially if you have trustworthy renovation contractors who will help you during the whole process.
Kitchen renovation cost factors in Montreal
On average kitchen renovation costs between $75 and $250 per square foot, while most mid-sized projects cost around $150 per square foot. That means that most of the homeowners spend between $18,000 and $35,000 for the total remodeling of their kitchen space.
The expenses vary depending on various factors such as:
Kitchen renovation return on investment
According to the annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll, almost 50% of Canadians plan some kind of renovations for their home. Moreover, the percentage of costs that you may recover when you sell your home is 75-100% when it comes to kitchen renovations particularly if it was well thought out by your Designer/Contractor; which makes it a great investment. It is no wonder why out of that 50 %, almost 90% of Canadians think about giving their kitchen a brand-new look. When it comes to the financial budget, you may be stuck in the beginning not knowing how much you should invest and how much it is going to cost in the end.
There are lots of factors you should include, from the size of the kitchen, countertops, cabinetry, structural, layout & relocation modifications, final finishes you choose, even the contractor you hire for the job. Therefore, prices vary so much since it is not the same scope of work if you are only changing cabinets versus an entire renovation which will include many trades such as carpentry, plumbing, painting and electrical work. Still, investing more into a piece of high-quality equipment is much better than trying to pass with lower costs and ending up with a second-rate and inadequate kitchen that will request frequent repairs, therefore costing you more in the long run. As they say ‘’cheap is expensive’’!
How much should you invest in your new kitchen?
People may be confused on how much exactly they should spend on a kitchen renovation, especially if they do not have any desire in relocating anytime soon. We advise you to invest 5-10% of your property’s value in your kitchen, which means if your home’s worth is $250,000, you can safely invest $12,500-$25,000 without feeling like you lost your money. Still, at the end it will come to materials, products, installations and additional fixtures when the final price will be estimated on.
Renovation costs by kitchen size
When you break down the expenses in detail, you can realize that you would need approximately 10%-20% of the value of your budget if you hire an experienced Designer.
The average budget breakdown would look like the following:
-50% on cabinetry and countertops
-15% on lighting
-10% on plumbing
-15% on flooring
-10% painting, adjustments & various
To renovate a small kitchen (less than 70 square feet), you may have to invest between $5,000 and $20,000. For mid-sized projects, which is usually a standard industry size of 150-175 square feet, renovations costs vary from $20,000 to $40,000 all depending if there will be major modifications or not. The bigger (kitchen sizes 200 square feet and more) or more complex projects may easily cost more than $40,000. With larger places homeowners usually include special areas like recycling & butlers stations, seating islands and built-in kitchen gadgets. When it comes to high-end kitchen space, options include sensors, Bluetooth appliances, smart devices and energy certified built-ins, with the price between $500 and $5,000+ per item.
The cost of tradesmen for your kitchen renovation project
To get a kitchen from your dreams, you will have to get professional help from workers who are specialized and experienced in occupations related to kitchen upgrades and makeovers. Some can seem expensive but the renovation industry is not immune to the market trends and offer-and-demand. However, We will offer you a fair price and still be backed up with required knowledge, craftsmanship and experience.
Here are the most common trades you will need:
Bear in mind that flooring materials such as basic ceramics, vinyl and linoleum are the most affordable ones ($500-$2,500 for a mid-size kitchen). Granite and hardwood are more expensive but will add value to your kitchen ($1,500-$3,000). The most expensive ones go up to $4,500+ and are usually materials like marble, terrazzo and concrete.
As long as you take your time to plan the kitchen renovation according to your wishes, needs, and budget, you can make some great upgrades to your kitchen space without going into debt. And it is always easier if you have experts right by your side. We offer cost-effective kitchen solutions for every pocket, always having your satisfaction on our mind. Contact us with trust via (514) 900-5517 and let’s start planning together your new kitchen. Your new kitchen starts with our creative experts. Do not hesitate and contact us immediately! You have nothing to lose, all our experience to gain… speak to you soon !
Building your own home is a both thrilling and difficult project that most homeowners avoid because they think they cannot handle all the complexity of the building process. The reason why they quit or stall is the wrong construction sequencing. They imagine finding a perfect building spot, hiring a top-notch architect, then getting trustworthy builders who will turn their dreams into a reality, and all for pocket-friendly budget and on time. Usually, it is the other way around; from choosing the right builders to pinpointing the right lot. In the end, building your custom home requires time, expertise, and a great deal of effort. With the right help on your side, you are already in the right direction to building your ideal home in Montreal.
Here are 7 tips to help you build your dream home:
1. Hire the right builder
Choosing the right contractor is crucial right because it is easy to underestimate the amount of work and effort you will need to invest in the process. The right construction company does everything to stay ahead of its competitors, is a leading player in the construction industry, and works to exceed the expectations of their clients. After all, it is your money on the table, so spending time to find the right one equals investing in your future. Whenever possible, go through the testimonials on the website or forums to get first-hand impressions. Be sure the company hires licensed contractors, and that they are familiar with the area.
1. Hire the right builder
Some would consider it an extravaganza and unnecessary cost, but getting help from an interior designer would do so much more for your custom home than just choosing the wall colors or a piece of proper furniture. Some of the services you could be provided are spatial planning, adding a special design style, lighting selection, flooring design, and cost and material quality comparison. The cost of working with an interior designer is around 15-20% of the total construction project but in the end, a quality one will save your money on the material cost because they are familiar with good sales, alternative materials, and future trends in the industry.
3. Have a good plan of what you want
Creating a home is much more than adding a number of rooms and walls to a construction site. You have to have a sense of the end result, and will you be truly happy and satisfied living within those finished walls. When you have a plan, you minimize the chance of being disappointed and going outside of the financial budget. It is all about setting goals, establishing a budget, assembling a winning team, and planning your project into details. A good plan also has a plan B (and other letters of the alphabet, just in case) because ‘’what is’’ scenarios are likely to happen, and you should not settle until you have gone through all possibilities.
4. Communicate well with the professionals
Top-level professional builders, constructors, and designers are proud of their work and want you to enjoy the process as much as them. Like any other relationship, it is important to keep it open, healthy, and honest. Have in mind that you will be working closely together over a couple of months, and strong working relations are fundamental to keep the positive, hard-working, and harmonious atmosphere on the construction site. A vast majority of professionals encourage their clients to give constructive criticism and feedback because, in the end, they all want their clients to be satisfied and to spread a good word.
5. Don't be cheap
There are lots of construction tips on how you can save money when building a custom home but take them with caution. While it is always a nice thing to save hundreds of dollars on choosing the cheaper but better-quality material, the formula cannot be applied to every aspect of the construction process. After all, we are talking about the place you will live in so safety, security, and overall well-being should be the most important variables when considering the budget. Building a custom home in Montreal can cost anything between $95 to $195 per square foot without additional expenses like construction loans, building permits, etc. The prices are especially strong now as Montreal real estate industry is considered to be the ‘sexiest’ at the moment and the housing market is expected to hit records in 2020.
6. Budget more than you expect
There is a popular rule in the economy, so-called 50/20/30 budget rule, that states you should spend 50% of your income on needs, 30% on wants, and 20% on savings. Applied to the construction, it means you should budget your plan between 10 and 30% more than the original contract. You can be a true expert in finance and budgeting but the unexpected expenses always happen. It is a wise move to plan ahead, try to stick with the original plan but have an additional pile of money just in case. Moreover, you can save more money along the way with the help of the professionals, and you will reduce the chance of ending up with exceeded costs.
7. Buy low-maintenance materials
Do not be fooled! Low-maintenance materials do not imply a low-quality home rather than choosing the materials and products that stand out when it comes to durability, stability, and maintenance. Home should be both beautiful and functional, and not being a slave in your own home is a dream come true for many homeowners. That includes metal roofing as one of the toughest roofing materials made or long-lasting fiber-cement. Both have warranties that range between 40 and 50 years. Laminate flooring is also popular in the last years as it resists scratches and stains. Did you know that more than 80% of interior designers advise quartz countertops because it is not only durable but also impossible to stain? Moreover, they like to combine it with fiberglass as it provides good thermal quality, and it is much cheaper than wood. In order to save money on your energy bills, choose ENERGY STAR certified windows.
A custom home building that stands a difference!
General Contractor Montreal builds your custom home in Montreal using a unique and exceptional approach to the construction process. When it is time to build, we put our expertise, skills, years of experience, and the best from the industry on the table to exceed your expectations. When you decide on the custom-built home, contact us at (514)-900 5517 for a free initial consultation, and we will summon other professionals to build your project from scratch.
STAGE 1: Planning
Step 1: Research for the Design styles that will give the soul to your kitchen !
Knowing your style will make the design process so much easier. You can use resources such as “Pinterest, Houzz, Google” or our website, www.generalcontractormtl.com, to get ideas of what you’re looking for. See what commonalities the kitchens have that you like. Do they all have white cabinets? Do they all have subway tile backsplashes? Are they traditional or minimalist kitchens ? This will help you understand what elements you’re attracted to.
Step 2: Plan your Budget
A good question to ask yourself would be; Do I plan on moving within the next 5, 10 years or is this my forever home? In any cases, view this opportunity as a “sure bet” investment to increase your home value. Beautifying your home will not only have you enjoy the journey but also present an exciting product to your potential buyers ! Consider investing anywhere between 5%-10% of your home's value on your kitchen alone (cabinets, ceramics, counters, lighting, plumber, electrician etc…). Provide extra finances should you wish to remove any regular or bearing walls.
STAGE 2: Kitchen Design
Step 1: Initial Design Consultation
In this 1st meeting, the Designer will work with you in creating & putting together a 1st draft coming from the multiple pictures you’ve selected with your personal research. Kitchen layout ideas, product lines, hardware, ceramics, countertops, lighting, faucets etc... will all be discussed in order to facilitate your decision-making. This step will also help defining an approximation of the budget needed if you don’t have one yet.
Step 2: Design Development
Depending on your decision-making process with the various details to study and choose from, on the need for additional meetings, on the designer’s work load, on the time of the year, allow anywhere from 1-3 weeks for this creative process.
Step 3: Preliminary Design Review
When your design will be complete, the Designer will review with you all the details and note all needed corrections. Allow anywhere from 1-2hours for this meeting.
Step 4: Final review
A final Design & layout presentation (handmade or computerized renderings), costs & delivery possibilities will be presented here in order to have your approval. At this stage, 70% of our customers decide to get started this same day, therefore, be prepared to have your checkbook with you or any financing information in order to sign a contract.
Step 5: Measurements & Templating
Measurements are taken by the cabinetmaker for guarantee purposes. During this meeting, before pictures are taken and any potential issues are spotted. Sinks and faucets must have been purchased at this stage. Templating Cannot be done without them.
STAGE 3: Kitchen Production & Installation
Step 6: Purchase
All products are ordered. The production process depends on the product line purchased. Allow an average of 3 to 5 weeks for delivery. The Designer will be in touch with you approximately 1 week prior to the installation date in order to confirm any last minute details.
Things to Remember:
While you are waiting for your cabinets to arrive, start preparing your “temporary kitchen” or easy to prepare meals (if you are also ordering custom countertops).
Step 7: Installation is Scheduled
It is not necessary that you be home during the entire installation process, but you will be required to be there to let the team in and at the end of the process for the final walk through so that you can verify the job is completed to your standards and sign the final paperwork.
Please note that because unforeseen issues can arise, this could change the installation date. An important point to keep in mind when deciding to use vacation days off work for this process. Installation can happen as soon as 24hrs and up to 7 days after cabinet delivery. In the event that you have not been contacted 1 week prior to your delivery date, please reach out to your Designer.
Step 8: Cabinet Installation
Installations are typically completed within 2 days, depending on the size of the kitchen. We strongly suggest you to be there in case of any unforeseen contingencies as well as for the final walk through and of course to let the installers inside your home !
Step 9: Countertop Templating
When your cabinet installation is completed, your countertops can be templated. Allow 1 to 4 weeks for the delivery & installation of your countertops. The average delivery time is anywhere between 7 to 10 days depending on product inventory. Be prepared to live without your official countertops during this transitional last phase.
Step 10: Temporary Countertop Installation
This phase can be arranged with your contractor or you may consult our blog on “setting up a temporary kitchen”. Preparing in advance can make this time much easier and eliminate stress for your family.
Step 11: Backsplash Installation
Next phase is the installation of your backsplash. Once your countertops are installed, the Designer will reach out to you in order to set up a date to schedule this last installation. Allow 1-2 days for this.
Step 12: Finishing Touches
Have a last round by yourself on the following day in order to make sure that everything is functional and to your liking !
CONGRATS ! You’ve got a new kitchen!