Nowadays, kitchen renovations are one of the most common renovation services Toronto residents seek. This is mainly because whether you are renting your home, selling it, or are just looking to elevate your kitchen for your own personal use, the kitchen is an essential part of any household.

According to a study, the average Canadian spends more than 6 hours in the kitchen per week. This statistic goes to demonstrate the value of a well-constructed kitchen in Canadians’ everyday lives. This is why it is essential to have a high-functioning, state-of-the-art kitchen, for your own comfort, for a potential tenant, or even for your home resale value in case you want to sell it in the future.

When to Renovate a Kitchen?

If a kitchen is a few decades old, the appliances are bound to begin to deteriorate and the plumbing to gradually decay. You may even find your tiles chipping or your floor badly scratched or stained. Not only do these things reduce the overall value of your house, but they could also make your kitchen an impractical nuisance and render it unsafe for day-to-day use.

Moreover, if you find yourself dealing with a persistent plumbing or electricity issue that impedes your kitchen from performing at its fullest capacity, it is probably time to invest in a kitchen renovation.

What Is Included in the Average Kitchen Renovation Costs

Kitchen measurements

Measurements and Area

The very first step to estimating kitchen renovation costs is by walking through the property and taking necessary measurements. This includes measuring the areas, floors, walls, and ceilings, all of which will eventually be calculated and added to the total kitchen renovation price.

Furthermore, certain renovation work sometimes requires the contractor to shave or even tear down some of the structure wall. This is also something to keep in mind when taking measurements.

Prefabricated Kitchen Vs. Custom Kitchen

In terms of renovation expenses, there is a difference between prefabricated and custom kitchens. First off, a prefabricated kitchen — or a prefab or modular kitchen — is one that is built off-site and is later shipped to the customer’s house, whereas a custom kitchen is one that is constructed on site, at the client’s house, right then and there.

When it comes to renovation pricing, prefabricated kitchens are 30% cheaper than custom kitchens in general. The reason for that lies in that prefab kitchens are already designed and only await installation; however, with custom kitchens, the design is determined according to what the client desires and what best suits their property.

When it comes to renovation pricing, prefabricated kitchens are 30% cheaper than custom kitchens in general. The reason for that lies in that prefab kitchens are already designed and only await installation; however, with custom kitchens, the design is determined according to what the client desires and what best suits their property.

Choosing kitchen materials

Kitchen Renovation Materials

In terms of a kitchen renovation, there is a wide variety of materials that are used. Depending on the part of the kitchen that is being worked on, the material is accordingly decided. Generally, it is important to choose building materials that are durable can withstand moisture, especially in a kitchen.

The reasons that can affect the price of renovation materials are:

  • The type of material used and what it is used for
  • The aesthetic appeal of the material and its ease of design
  • The level of the material’s quality

Kitchen Renovation Labour

Labour is one of the biggest factors that affect the overall cost of a kitchen renovation. The reason why labour plays such an important role in the fee calculating process is the fact that the outcome of the work will heavily depend on the skill and expertise that a renovation contractor has and the previous successes they have accomplished. It goes without saying that the more experienced the contractor is, the higher your chances are at getting the kitchen of your dreams swimmingly.

Bear in mind that the main two factors that influence the ultimate costs of a kitchen renovation process are area and measurements in addition to labour. While factors like materials, kitchen parts, and appliances are just as important, a client can expect the fees covering area and measurements as well as labour to remain the same all throughout.

Kitchen design

Kitchen Parts

These are parts that are specifically used in kitchens including:

  • Kitchen countertops
  • Kitchen faucets and fixtures
  • Garbage disposal
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • New kitchen cabinets
  • Electrical appliance extensions

Although it is a good idea to consult a professional renovator, kitchen appliances are usually supplied by the customer, not by the renovation company. However, what the kitchen renovation contractor can do is help you with appliance positioning, as well as make sure all plumbing and electrical work is properly installed according to the appliance’s requirements.

Moreover, some renovation contractors will recommend potential kitchen suppliers and appliance brands who offer high-quality products for good prices.


Additional Kitchen Renovation Costs

When considering renovation for your kitchen, there might be some elements you are looking to add that will not affect the functionality of your kitchen, but will enhance its aesthetic appeal and overall appearance. Those elements include:

  • Electric heated floors
  • A kitchen island with an outlet
  • New flooring
  • Lighting including LED spotlights, pendant lights, and accent lights
  • Crown moulding
  • Cabinet baseboards and wall baseboards
  • Coffered ceiling
  • Kitchen island

It is important to note that adding an island in your kitchen has to adhere to construction and safety standards. For example, an island that is more than 2 ft. in length must contain a power outlet inside with one plug at a minimum. If need be, you may have to knock down a wall in order to install the outlet and extend power cords, or extend cables from the basement all the way to the kitchen.

It is critical to hire a skilled renovation company when it comes to your house because in the event you wish to resell your house, the property must pass a comprehensive home inspection to make sure every part of the house abides by Ontario safety standards.

Kitchen Renovation Pricing Table

The following table offers a comprehensive look at the various elements that go into renovating a kitchen as well as their suggested prices:

ItemEstimated Cost
Building permit and paperwork$4,000
Labour$3,000 – 10,000
Kitchen cabinets (MDF and thermofoil)$350 per linear ft
Kitchen cabinets (hardwood)$455 per linear ft
Electric heated floorsBase of $1,000 for initial 50 sq.ft (+ $200 for every additional 50 sq.ft)
Kitchen countertops$30-$80 per sq. ft
Kitchen faucet$120 – $1,000 depending on material
Kitchen backsplash$800 – $2,000 depending on material
Garbage disposal$500 – $1,000 depending on material
Baseboards for wall or cabinets$4 – $8 per linear ft
Crown moulding$4 – $8 per linear ft
Coffered ceiling$14 – $30 per sq. ft
Kitchen island$3,000 – $5,000 depending on features
Flooring (tile or hardwood)$8 per sq. ft
Spotlights$110 including electricity and wiring
new kitchen design

Keep in mind that these prices are mere estimates and do not represent fixed prices. There are many variables that affect singular and overall renovation costs which you can discuss with the contractor.