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Kitchen Renovations: A beginner’s guide

The kitchen is the hub of the home. That’s why it should be designed and built to reflect your family’s needs. Whether you want to rebuild your kitchen entirely, or want to give it an update to accommodate your needs, you must begin with a plan. Before you reach out to a kitchen renovations expert, take a look at our guide on how to start the kitchen renovations process.

Gather inspiration

Dreaming of a new kitchen design? You probably have a visual of what you want your new kitchen to look like, whether you’re completely renovating it or doing small updates. Bring those ideas to life by developing a portfolio of your ideas. Draw on inspiration from online articles, magazines and home decorating apps. These tools will help you start formulating an idea of what you want before you even begin speaking with a kitchen renovator.

Not only that, but your research will help you develop ideas in terms of what you want and need in a kitchen. Keep reading to see what we’re talking about.


These tools will inspire your kitchen layout and features!

What do you want? What do you need?

If you’re renovating your kitchen, it’s probably because your current kitchen isn’t cut out for your family, your needs, your lifestyle. Your kitchen inspiration probably consists of colour cabinetry, style (traditional, modern, contemporary), and different features (kitchen island, lighting under the cabinetry).  But there are so many aspects to a kitchen you probably didn’t even think about! These features will come in handy based on how you plan to use your kitchen.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • How many people will be cooking in the kitchen?
  • How many people will be gathering and dining in the newly renovated space?
  • Will you be hosting dinner parties?

How you plan to use your kitchen will largely depend on these factors. If yo have a big family, you’ll want extra counter space to give you meal preparation space. Not only that, but you may consider having an island installed with the countertop sticking out and placing stools underneath to create a nook for guests to gather while you’re hosting a dinner party.

If you love to cook and entertain, that countertop space will come in handy when displaying your favourite food items, but will also give you space to plunk your appliances when you’re using them.

Speaking of appliances, you’ll need a place to store those babies! You can get creative with kitchen cabinetry. Pull-out cabinets for storage and kitchen pantries are also great additions.


These are great features to have in any kitchen. Establishing what you want and need in your newly renovated kitchen is not only based on what you want, need and must have, but also on your kitchen renovation budget.

Establish a budget

You want to renovate your kitchen with the help of a kitchen renovator. After all, this is not a DIY project! You want fancy cabinetry with lights underneath, a wine rack, storage space, possibly a walk-in pantry. How much is this all going to cost? Which feature would you be willing to leave behind based on price?

Deciding on a budget is probably one of the hardest decisions you’ll make in the kitchen renovations process. That’s because you must not only choose between your wants and needs, but have to consider the following aspects of any renovation:

  • Plumbing;
  • Electrical work;
  • Flooring;
  • Appliances;
  • Lighting;
  • Furniture;
  • Decoration;
  • Storage;
  • …and more. You can only imagine how long the list can get!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not only coming up with a renovation budget that you’re comfortable with, but coming up with a renovation budget that includes these features.

Home Advisor has a unique tool that tells you how much the average kitchen project costs. It’ll help you come up with a realistic budget.


Can’t decide how much of your budget should be dedicated to what? This is where a kitchen renovation expert will be able to help. They’ll have the answers you need and can help you decide what your renovation budget should be.

Consider more than just cabinets

After clipping images from magazines and saving pictures on your phone, you’ve probably nailed down a clear idea of what you want for your newly renovated kitchen. The cabinet colour has been chosen, the style of kitchen decided. But there’s so much more to think about! When you’re planning, don’t forget to start getting ideas for the following aspects of your kitchen renovation:

  • Countertop material;
  • Light fixtures;
  • Backsplash;
  • Flooring;
  • Cabinetry hardware.
When the elements work together, they produce a well designed space.

When the elements work together, they produce a well designed space.

Each of these is an essential part of the kitchen renovations process. The same care and consideration you took to choose a kitchen style should also be given to these aspects. After all, you want decorative hardware that matches the cabinetry, light fixtures that let your new space shine, and backsplash that completes the kitchen look.

Don’t forget to decorate!

While it’s going to take time for a team of kitchen renovators to build and install your new kitchen, that doesn’t mean you have to wait to buy decor! You’ll need a kitchen table, chairs, some artwork, maybe dishtowels to hang over the stove. You may also want to invest in decorative pieces that double as storage space. A touch of decor adds elegance to any space, and if you plan on entertaining a lot of guests, it adds that something special.


Hire a pro

Our beginner’s guide to kitchen renovating isn’t designed to help you renovate your kitchen yourself! It exists to give you an idea of what you should be thinking of before you begin renovating. A kitchen project is a huge undertaking, one that requires the skills and expertise of a kitchen professional. Visit our directory to find experts in the industry. Our directory features a whole host of tools to help you choose which professional to hire: reviews, image and video galleries. Plus, we’ll help put you in touch with the expert, so you can get started on your project right away.

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