A kitchen renovation can be a big eye-opener for first timers. It may seem like a no-fuss, totally glamorous venture to take, but there’s a lot of unpack here.
First of all, there are many different types of renovations. There’s the classic makeover and then there’s the gut renovation. If you’re thinking about taking on any of these home renovations in Toronto, then here’s a list of helpful and handy advice that will help you out during the process:
- The cabinetry conundrum
To take it down and build anew or not – that’s the question many homeowners ask themselves when renovating their kitchens.
The thing with cabinetry is that it’s really expensive. More than half of your budget always goes towards adding the cabinets and hardware – especially when you’re starting from scratch. How you go about this aspect of the kitchen renovation totally depends on how much you’re willing to spend and what purpose you’re remodeling for.
If you’re upscaling your kitchen for a resale, then it’s better to just work on smarter tactics like repainting or laminating the cabinet faces. If you’re doing it as a personal venture and have a big enough budget, then prepare yourself for soaring expenses. According to remodelista, an average kitchen renovation can cost you up to $66k on a mid-range renovation and $131k on a high-end one. Out of this, almost 30% is allocated exclusively to the cabinetry. How you make this count depends totally on you.
- Choosing the perfect countertop
Here’s another thing about a kitchen renovation that you might find the hard way: choosing a countertop is a lot of hassle. You might be attracted to expensive materials like granite or engineered quartz, but the price tag might be out of your range. What then? Do you go for marble and soapstone? What if that’s beyond your budget as well? What’s going to be your third option? Always keep a lookout for all types of countertop materials and pick one that befits your budget.
Secondly, you also need to keep functionality in mind. Different countertop materials have different functional perspectives. Some are more resilient than others. It’s best if you select your preferred countertop material based on functional aspects before making the final purchase based on your budget.
- The thing about electrical outlets
Designing the best electrical points for your kitchen renovation is also something that requires a lot of thought and research. There are actual rules about this aspect in the International Residential Code. You might also want to consult your local codes for this if you’re doing a home renovation in Toronto.
These codes usually define the basic distance between two electrical outlets in a kitchen, their above countertop level to protect users from electrocution, and how to locate your outlets in bars and islands.
Other than that, you also need to keep the location of your appliances in mind. You can’t have a functional kitchen if your appliances are unable to be plugged into their sockets. Therefore, it’s important to know the layout – where you’ll place the fixed appliances, where you’ll place the portable ones, and where you usually stand when you’re working – before finalizing the nitty gritty of your kitchen renovation.
- Every small detail matters
Renovating your kitchen requires you to fully focus on all the small details. From the handles of your cabinets to the pattern of the backsplash, the bowl of the sink, and other small fixtures, you simply cannot overlook even a single detail or your space will not look pulled together at all.
For example, while selecting a faucet, you need to decide whether you want to opt for a wall mount fixture or a deck mounted one. Then there’s the problem of deciding about your ventilation and you need to go about it. There’s also the dilemma of the single bowl vs. double bowl sink, and which one suits your needs, the size of your kitchen, and your desired aesthetics the best. Lastly, there isn’t even room to compromise on your fixtures’ finish. Everything matters and each detail requires all of your attention.
- Do you really need a full overhaul?
Lastly, the thing about kitchen renovation that no one will tell you is whether you need a full scale remodel or not. More often than not, you simply need to redo a few of the basics in order to get a fully fresh look, but unsolicited guidance might lead you to believe that you require a full overhaul.
Therefore, it’s best to properly assess what you already have and decide if you really want a costly full-scale renovation or just a general refurbishment.
In case of the latter, you can think smart and get the best results by painting your cabinet faces. You can also swap your floor tiles for newer ones – or go for a totally different floor finish entirely. You can also do an appliance upgrade, and do remember that you can get some amazing pre-owned ones at discounted rates. It’s all about ensuring that you work smart rather than hard. This way, you’ll end up with a reasonable overall budget and can go for other home renovation ventures in Toronto.
At Astaneh Construction, we take care of all your kitchen, home, and bathroom renovation needs in Toronto. We’re the best in the industry and our know-how of the field is quite extensive. We can definitely guide you in designing the best homes, kitchens, and bathrooms as possible!