As the hub of the family home, the kitchen may be the most desired room on your renovation list, but it’s also often the most expensive to renovate. eieihome spoke with Andrew Bridi, owner of On Centre Design Build, a custom home builder and renovator in the GTA, to discuss the top five decisions that can impact the cost of a kitchen renovation.
Changing your kitchen’s layout is the easiest way to drive up the price of your reno. “When you change the location of things, then plumbing and electrical has to be redirected, so it’s going to be more costly,” says Bridi.
The trend towards open concept living spaces means removing walls. But crumbling walls can quickly break your budget, especially if they’re load bearing. Building permits are required to remove walls and structural engineers often have to get involved. Getting engineered drawings can easily add upwards of $4,000 to your renovation budget.
Cabinet and counter material:
While laminate countertops generally cost $15/square foot, higher end finishings such as granite or quartz cost around $60-80/square foot – a 200 per cent price difference. Bridi says those on a tight budget would be best suited to opt for white melamine cabinet doors instead of the more expensive wood-grain raised panel doors and staying away from cabinetry extras such sliding basket systems and magic corners.
Bridi sees many homeowners opting for a wall oven and separate cooktop instead of a single range; a design decision that comes at an elevated price. “A good range can cost $1000 but when you switch that to a single wall oven and a cooktop, that price can easily double,” says Bridi. Switching electrical appliances to gas can also increase your renovation cost.
Adding a water filtration system or garburator can cause your budget to overflow. Selecting high-end name-brand finishings such as a Grohe or a Graff faucet instead of a lower-end Moen will also drive up cost.
Adding pot lights to your kitchen design will increase the cost of your kitchen renovation. While a single lighting fixture may suffice in a small kitchen, that same space would need eight to 10 pot lights in order to get the same amount of light coverage. Under and above cabinet lighting are also additional costs. “Just by adding those, you can probably add $1000 to the kitchen,” says Bridi.