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Cooking Up Your Dream Space: A Comprehensive Guide to Kitchen Renovations in Edmonton

The heart of your living space. A high-traffic area of your home. A place to gather, make memories and cook up delicious creations. 

Without a doubt, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home – and it’s only natural to want to make sure it looks its best. If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen in Edmonton, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Why Renovate Your Kitchen

In Edmonton’s real estate market, a well-renovated kitchen can add value to your home. 

But beyond the financial considerations, a kitchen renovation provides countless opportunities to make it a space you’ll love to spend time in. With the right combination of style, storage, and technology, you can create a space that’s unique to your lifestyle, whether it’s for culinary delights, entertaining guests, or simply a place to relax with family.

It doesn’t have to beat full-scale renovation either. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple changes to give your kitchen an updated look and enhanced functionality.

The Renovation Planning Phase

The planning phase is the most important part of any renovation and construction project. This will help you have a smooth-sailing renovation process from start to finish.

To ensure that your renovation is well-executed and meets all of your expectations, you will need to do the following:

Set Your Budget

You need to make a budget and stick to it during the planning phase. This ensures that you will not overspend on materials and labour costs. 

As a rule of thumb, setting aside a contingency budget is always a good idea. This will help you cover any unexpected costs that may arise during the renovation process.

Renovation Costs* Per Square Foot
<70 sq ft.$5,000 - $20,000
>200 sq ft.$60,000+

*The average cost for kitchen renovations depends on the size of your kitchen.

Renovation Costs* per Project Scale
Minor-scale Project$13,000 - $19,000
Mid-range-scale Project$20,000 - $39,000
Major-scale Project$40,000+

*Renovation costs consist of average total labour and material costs.

Take note that these are just average costs of kitchen renovations. The actual cost may vary depending on the size and scope of your project. Also, keep in mind that these costs can be lesser or greater depending on the kind of materials and equipment you will be using.

Select Your Kitchen Design

Perhaps the most exciting part of kitchen remodeling is selecting your desired design. You can choose from a variety of materials, finishes, colours, and shapes to create a kitchen that reflects your style.

When selecting your design, be sure to consider all of the elements you’ll need in your kitchen, such as countertops, cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting fixtures, and more. 

Seek Professional Assistance

It’s always advisable to seek professional assistance from a contractor or interior designer when planning for kitchen remodelling. 

This ensures that the project runs smoothly and is completed on time. It also guarantees that all safety regulations and quality standards are met.

The Remodelling Process

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Once you have sorted out the planning phase, you can now move on to the actual remodelling process.

Prepare for Construction

At this stage, you need to ensure that all the necessary permits and approvals have been obtained. If you’re working with a contractor, they should be able to handle this for you.

You will also want to protect your furniture and other items from potential dust, debris, and other damage during the renovation process.

Demolition

The next step is demolition. Working with a professional contractor will ensure that this process is done safely and properly. At the end of this process, your kitchen should be ready for the new installation. 

Of course, if you’re keeping existing fixtures in your kitchen, you can save a lot of time and money by keeping them in place.

During this stage, you can also begin to look for any plumbing leaks or wiring mistakes that may be present. Following this, it is important to strategize the placement and installation of lights, electrical sockets, and appliances, as well as the permanent wiring and plumbing.

Installation

With all the necessary supplies and materials ready, it’s time to install the new appliances and fixtures. This is typically done by a contractor who has experience in kitchen renovation.

Final Touches

The final touches include grouting, caulking, sealing, painting and wallpapering. This step is crucial for making sure your kitchen renovation is cohesive and complete.

After finishing all these, it’s now time to clean any floor splatter or debris that fell during construction. When you’re done, you’re now off to the most important step: enjoying your new kitchen!

Do's and Don'ts in Kitchen Renovations

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In any construction-related projects in Edmonton, it is important to properly plan out everything from start to finish. It provides you with lesser chances of committing mistakes during the actual renovation, thus saving you time and money.

Additionally, planning lets you consider different factors that could bring your renovation project to success. Here are some things you should and should not do when renovating your kitchen:

Do'sDon'ts
  • Always plan. This includes your budget, layout plan, and everything in between.
  • Do an inventory of the kitchen. You can do this before taking on any kitchen project. Take note of the appliances you want to upgrade, the usual traffic inside the space, and the things you use most in the kitchen. These are all essential if you're looking into upgrading the functions and aesthetic of the place.
  • Layer your lights. The kitchen should be bright and inviting. To ensure this, layer your lights. You can add task lighting, ambient under-cabinet lighting, and general lighting for a well-lit kitchen.
  • Ensure a clear path. Inefficient kitchens are usually cluttered with kitchen appliances, cookware, and utensils. To ensure a clear path for easy movement within the kitchen, make sure you have designated places for everything.
  • Install sufficient electric sockets. With the latest appliances and gadgets, you'll need to ensure your kitchen is equipped with sufficient electric sockets. This avoids overloading of circuits and ensures all your kitchen appliances are powered up correctly and safely.
  • Don't forget to call a professional. Contractors and construction professionals are experienced in handling the job properly and safely. With the right team, you can save time, money, and effort in remodelling your home.
  • Don't overstructure the place. When renovating, aim for a functional and airy kitchen. Too much structure won't only make it look busy and awkward but also cause potential safety hazards in the long run.
  • Ignoring your house's structure. Your new kitchen should fit well with your house's structure. For example, a modern kitchen wouldn't go well with an industrial-designed house. Your kitchen design should fit the structural and architectural plan of the house.
  • Relying on trends. In the fast-paced world, trends come and go. While it is okay to look for a design inspo online, using it as your primary design basis can make your kitchen design outdated in just a couple of years.

Embracing Your New Culinary Sanctuary

Renovating your kitchen can be a complex yet exciting project to embark on. With proper planning and guidance, this can be a rewarding experience for you and your family. A well-renovated kitchen can even bring back the lost passion of cooking in individuals who have long forgotten it.

When done correctly, your new kitchen will be a space that is perfect for you to explore your culinary creativity and talents. And if you ever need help with future renovations, it’s always a wise decision to meet and discuss with a professional your kitchen renovation needs.



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