How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

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For anyone considering a kitchen renovation, cost is of primary concern. How much is your kitchen renovation going to cost? It’s a big question, and the answer is always, “It depends.”  Maybe you’ve already decided on a budget for your kitchen remodel, but you know you need to prioritize. What costs the most in a kitchen remodel? Where should you focus your budget, and where can you compromise? Let’s look at the factors that affect the cost of a kitchen renovation to help you plan, budget, and prepare for your remodel project.  10 Factors that Affect the Cost of a Kitchen Renovation These 10 factors determine how much your kitchen renovation will cost. Some components of a kitchen cost more than others, and some are easier to change if you need to decrease your renovation costs.  1. Home Value Experts recommend spending between 10-15% of the market value of your home on your kitchen renovation. Use this as a guide … Read more

How to Make Your Kitchen More Kid-Friendly

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A timeless family-friendly kitchen design can support family connection. In this post, we want to focus specifically on kids in the kitchen. Let’s explore how you can encourage your kids to be in the kitchen—and why you should want to.  9 Benefits of Kids in the Kitchen Perhaps the most obvious benefit of involving kids in cooking is that you have help and won’t have to do all the work yourself. But there are so many more reasons to cultivate kitchen confidence in your children! The advantages are life-changing and long-lasting. Lay a foundation for a healthy lifestyle When you include your children in the preparation of family meals, snacks, and packed lunches, they learn how to make healthy food choices. You can explain why you use fruits and vegetables and talk about a balanced diet. Teaching your children to cook at home gives them the skills necessary to avoid processed foods or resorting to a fast food diet.  Expand … Read more

How to Choose the Best Flooring for Your Kitchen Renovation

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Your kitchen flooring is an important selection. It’s the foundation of your entire kitchen design, and it’s also the foundation you stand and walk on as you work in your kitchen. It must be beautiful and durable at the same time. Here are some tips for choosing the best flooring for your kitchen renovation. 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Flooring The prominence of your kitchen flooring makes it crucial that your choice isn’t based on colour or price alone. There are various factors to consider. Let’s look at 5 key things that determine the best flooring for your kitchen. 1. Ease of Maintenance The kitchen is arguably the messiest area of your home. Your flooring collects crumbs and catches spills. It gets sticky and needs regular cleaning. When choosing kitchen flooring, ask “How easy is it to clean and maintain this flooring?” Choose a material that’s water-resistant and stain-resistant. 2. Comfort You don’t think of flooring as something … Read more

10 Foolproof Ways to Update an Old Home

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Old houses are full of character and history. But eventually, certain no-longer-charming elements simply need modernization. (Does anyone really love popcorn ceilings anymore?) There are endless ways to update an old home, but in this post, we’ll focus on 10.  How to Update an Old Home Some old homes might need a complete overhaul, but many can be modernized with just a few updates. You may be able to pick and choose from this list to achieve a perfect blend of old and new for a timeless look that lasts for years to come.  1. Renovate a Single Space If your budget is tight, you might have to narrow your focus down to a single space. The kitchen or bathrooms get the most use and often look the most dated. A kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel can freshen up your home, even if you can’t touch the other areas yet.  See also: 10 Signs It’s Time to Renovate Your Kitchen … Read more

Should you relocate or renovate? Pros & Cons You Need to Consider

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You own your home, but it has limitations. Maybe your family is growing and you need more space, or you’d like to live in a different neighborhood. Whatever your motivation, you’ve come to the point of asking, “Should I relocate or renovate?” If this is you, you’re in good company. A vast majority of Calgarians (82.5%) are satisfied with the neighborhood in which they live, yet 21% of Alberta households plan to move within the next 5 years, according to the latest data available from Statistics Canada.  Upgrading to a larger home or a better quality home, and a change in household or family size are 2 of the top 5 reasons for relocating. But if Calgary home owners like their neighborhood, would it be better to renovate instead of moving to a new house? Let’s explore the pros and cons of relocating and renovating. Pros & Cons of Relocating Sometimes renovating isn’t an option. If you want a different … Read more

3 Reasons Our Experience & Expertise Gives You a Better Kitchen Renovation Experience

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Choosing the right designer or project manager for your kitchen renovation is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the entire process. The right person for the job will give you confidence and peace of mind, streamline the experience and minimize stress, and communicate clearly. Why Experience & Expertise Makes Your Kitchen Renovation Better With so many kitchen renovation companies to choose from, experience and expertise should be at the top of your list of criteria. Here’s why. 1. Confidence & Peace of Mind A kitchen renovation is a big project, and during the process, it can feel a bit unsettling. As your old kitchen is dismantled and removed, you’ll stare at a gaping space where you once enjoyed delicious meals and made precious memories. You wonder, “Are we doing the right thing?” When you place this monumental task into the hands of an experienced expert, you can have confidence and peace of mind for several reasons. They … Read more

5 Obvious Things People Don’t Tell You About Bathroom Renovations

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You have your dream bathroom in mind, and you’ve decided it’s time to renovate your bathroom. But even with the most detailed plan, there’s bound to be a few surprises. That’s the nature of bathroom renovations.  To help you be even more prepared, here are 5 things about bathroom renovations. They seem obvious at first glance, but upon closer inspection, are valuable tips to make your remodel project less stressful. 1. Contractors are not mind readers  Effective communication with your contractor is crucial to a successful bathroom renovation. What you really want and what you really mean can easily get lost in translation.  Whether you are talking to a designer or a contractor, it’s vital that you clearly communicate your vision. In the planning stages, the more detail you can provide, the easier it is for your renovation team to understand your wants and needs.  You might think it’s over-communicating, but in addition to sharing what you want, tell them … Read more

How to Add Colour to Your Kitchen

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The major components of a kitchen are often relatively neutral, but that can become boring after a while. Whether you’ve just installed new white cabinets or you’re still cooking amidst natural wood cupboards, you’ve probably wondered how to add colour to your kitchen.  For this post, we’ve asked Holly Wiebe, our in-house interior designer, for some pro tips. 9 Ways to Add Colour to Your Kitchen Without Commitment It’s easy to add colour to your kitchen without commitment. These inexpensive ways give you the freedom and flexibility to change your colour scheme often. Try changing the colours with the seasons or for special occasions and holidays. Kitchen linens like dish towels and dishcloths Small appliances like your stand mixer Serving dishes and dinnerware A bowl of fruit Fresh flowers Art pieces Drapery Seat cushions on dining chairs or bar stools Runner or mat in front of the sink and/or stove The amount of colour you want to add to your … Read more

10 Signs It’s Time to Renovate Your Kitchen

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Want to renovate your kitchen but can’t seem to convince your spouse it’s time? Or maybe you’re the spouse that isn’t convinced! Or maybe your kitchen has been hinting and you’re in denial.  Let’s take the guesswork out of this huge decision. If the heart of your home shows these telltale signs, it’s time to renovate your kitchen! 1. Your needs have changed If you’ve lived in your home for a while, it’s likely the kitchen you loved at first no longer meets your needs. Adding children or older parents to your home might make your kitchen feel too small. Or if you’ve become empty nesters, maybe a smaller kitchen fits you better now.  Family size is an important factor in your kitchen needs, but lifestyle plays a part, too. Maybe you entertain a lot these days, or you prefer eating at your island instead of a full-size dining table. If you enjoy cooking with your spouse or kids, your … Read more

Don’t Make These Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes!

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Of all the major renovations Canadian homeowners have planned, 24% (a majority in this survey) are bathrooms. Even though it’s the smallest room of the house, a bathroom renovation can quickly get out of hand. Avoid these common bathroom renovation mistakes to keep your remodel project simple and affordable. Mistake #1: No Plan It’s tempting to plunge into a bathroom renovation without a plan. How hard can it be? Replace the tub, shower, toilet, vanity, sink, lighting, and voila! But a bathroom renovation without a plan never goes smoothly. There’s more to planning a bathroom renovation than picking out your design. Electrical regulations and plumbing need to be factored in. Now is the time to reevaluate the functionality of your current layout – maybe it’s time for a change. A professional designer or contractor can help you come up with a plan for the entire renovation, ensuring everything will meet legal requirements and avoid delays or unforeseen costs. Mistake #2: … Read more

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