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Renovating a Kitchen: Things to Take Into Consideration

Last modified: 2022-05-11 | Approximate reading time 7 mins

Léa Plourde-Archer

The kitchen is often one of the first rooms that people want to renovate in their homes. Since this part of the house gets used a lot, any renovation project aiming to improve it has to be well planned out for it to suit everyone’s needs. Here is our guide to making your life easier!

To a certain extent, the needs of the house’s occupants will dictate which renovation projects will have to be done in the kitchen. The number of occupants, their daily activities, the amount of time they spend cooking or not, whether they need a special setup (for example: if a person is handicapped), etc.

The main steps of a kitchen renovation project

Here are the main stages of a kitchen remodelling project (when working with a remodelling contractor):

  • Determine what your needs are (layout, types of materials, space ergonomics).
  • Have a general idea of ​​your budget (this can be revised later).
  • If you want to work with an interior designer, meet with them to kick off the project.
  • Get in touch with kitchen renovation contractors to receive quotes.
  • Choose the kitchen plan that you like and sign the contract with the contractor(s).
  • Select and purchase the different materials (cabinet doors, counter, backsplash, floor, structures, plumbing, light fixtures and more).
  • Prepare the part (if necessary).
  • Start the work, which will generally last between 3 and 8 weeks (or up to 4 months), depending on the size of the room and the complexity of the work.
  • Clean the room (you can ask the contractor or hire a team to do this for you).

How long does a kitchen remodelling project take?

On average, this type of project can last from 3 weeks to 4 months. There are a lot of factors to take into account for this type of transformation, including whether you need to remove the old kitchen beforehand, if some elements will be kept or if the room will be installed in a space that didn't previously host a kitchen (meaning that plumbing and electrical structures will need to be installed).

This amount of time provides for planning, the period of time devoted to purchases and the duration of the work as such. It's often a big project that can't be started on a whim. If you decide to do the work yourself and you have little experience in the field, it could be even longer.

How to organize your kitchen renovation project

The needs of the inhabitants of a house will in some way dictate the type of renovation that will be carried out. The number of people living in the home, their daily activities, whether or not they like to cook, if they need a specific arrangement (if a person has a disability, for example), etc.

Try to write down what you do in the kitchen over the course of a week. This will allow you to better define if it is necessary to invest in more storage for all the pans, or if you need to enlarge or install an island in the center of your kitchen where children to do their homework.

Maybe you'd like a special place to set up a bulletin board for important messages? Or a spot with power outlets to charge phones? And for that matter, perhaps you'd like to include more sources of light? These elements must be taken into consideration. Once you have established this list, it will be easier to organize your project.

In other words, what drives you to undertake such work on your current kitchen? Why does it no longer suit your needs? These are simple questions that have very important answers!

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Budgeting for your kitchen renovation project

Next, it has to be repeated that the budget also has an impact on the work and the way everything will be done. If you are hesitating between different materials for covering the kitchen floor, or between different models of cabinets, yes the aesthetic aspect can be the determining factor, but costs shouldn't be underestimated.

To properly define your budget, nothing works better than good preparation and research...

Here are some tools and articles that can help you get an idea of ​​the budget you will need to devote to your kitchen renovation:

Good preparation: the key to a successful kitchen renovation

Home decor magazines, websites, and interior design services... There are many resources to find ideas and thus give shape to your renovation project to get a dream kitchen that is both practical and beautiful.

Read magazines and browse the web. As soon as you find an image of a kitchen that you like, keep it preciously stored in a folder. In the end, you will be able to bring out all that you have set aside and see if there is a way to include what charmed you the most in your kitchen.

However, beware! While some kitchens look great in magazines and would be very pretty in your home, they may not meet your needs and those of your family. Even if an installation is aesthetically perfect in a magazine, it may not be perfect and practical, in everyday life. Take inspiration from magazines, but don't copy them entirely.

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Where to find ideas for your kitchen decor and layout

Websites like Pinterest are filled with images that make you want to renovate your whole house. 

You could find simple ideas that are easy to carry out and that have a major impact. Also, when shopping in department stores or paint stores and other types of construction material stores, if you see something you like, try to get a sample. Who of us has never kept a paint sample?

Once you have made a list of all your ideas, you can always get in touch with an interior designer, who will be able to tell you if you missed something. For a few hundred dollars, their help can turn out to be very useful and can work to advance the level of preparation before the renovation contractors start working.

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Finding a contractor that specializes in kitchen renovations

Next comes the time to choose your contractor. Although some things can be done by you or by a crafty friend, a professional must complete other tasks. By hiring a kitchen renovation expert, you will have the added guarantee that the work will be well done. 

If the renovations end up being expensive, it’s better to pay once for things well done, instead of twice if the work wasn’t completed properly the first time around. Show your inspiration scrapbook to your contractor.

If they are good at what they do, they will be able to work with you throughout the process, so the results end up meeting your expectations.

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Appliances, plumbing, flooring and more!

Are you planning to change your appliances and your plumbing during the renovation process? If so, read the following: When browsing through department stores, one specific refrigerator model can catch our eye at first sight. We feel that it would be perfect for our kitchen.

It seems so perfect that we already see ourselves grocery shopping and storing all our food. However, before you make an impulse buy, measure the appliance and go back to your house to check if it fits. Just by looking at it, you might think that it fits but what happens if it turns out that it is too big? 

It’s better to check before you are faced with a bad surprise. The same goes for cabinets, countertops, kitchen islands and plumbing pipes. If you change your sink, you’ll have to check that the plumbing fits.

Measure, measure, measure!

You’ll be better off measuring things twice instead of only once to ensure that the dimensions truly fit inside your kitchen. This simple task will save you a lot of time.

With regard to flooring, several options are available. Ceramic, stone, wood, linoleum, etc. You will find something you like! It all depends on the way you tend to use your kitchen. If you spend a lot of time in that room, opt for a softer material, like wood or bamboo. These floor coverings will be more comfortable for long periods of time spent standing.

Ceramics and stone, though very resistant, will be much less convenient for situations where you have to spend a lot of time on your feet. Therefore, your life habits will guide your choices.

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Plumbing and electricity

If you’re thinking about taking this opportunity to update your sink and the plumbing that is connected to it, choose a spout that will meet your needs.

For example, if you have to wash large pots and pans regularly, you should choose a model that is taller or detachable, to make things easier for you. In terms of lighting, you must once again try to determine your exact needs. 

Make sure that you have more than one light source in your kitchen, and that each one is strategically placed around the room. You can install encased lights under your cabinets, which will be useful for your countertops.

It is also recommended to set up a main lighting source over the kitchen island if you have one. This may seem obvious but it is easier to plan these things out from the start and take advantage of the fact that the contractor can open up the walls to install the wiring. 

Once the walls have been closed and covered with a fresh coat of paint, it’s too late to start thinking about installing this type of lighting system… Countertops, for their part, should be installed before the new floors are put in, to avoid scratching them.

Even though a good planning process can help establish an idea of how much the kitchen renovation project will end up costing, it is recommended that you set aside about 10% to 15% of the total amount for unplanned expenses.

We suggest that you check out our checklist for kitchen renovation projects, as this article contains a ton of information and also comes with a document you can use to organize your project. 

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