Well, when it comes to renovating a kitchen, sometimes the planning can take longer than the renovation itself. We had our second meeting with our client in Ajax today about their kitchen renovation. About 3 weeks ago, we met to discuss a few other small projects...supplying and installing a new laundry tub, and repairing a leaky exterior hosebib. Well, they casually mentioned that they might want a new kitchen one day and voilà, here we are 3 weeks later selecting stain colour, wood for the new door fronts and a sample chip for the counter.
You don't have to tear out your entire kitchen to change things up a bit. A much simpler and less expensive solution is to "reface" your kitchen cabinets. For our clients in Ajax, we are removing all of their existing 30 year old door and drawer fronts, and supplying and installing new ones...all stained a new, more contemporary colour. They're getting a new laminate countertop, a completely new bank of drawers with full extension glides and soft close hinges for the doors. We're also installing a stove receptacle (they had gas before), and building a bulk head in order to shift the old cabinets over 6". This allows enough room to get rid of the old 24" stove and make way for the new 30" stove. All of this is being done for about $7200.
The two renovations you can do in your home that provide the biggest return on your investment is a kitchen and bathroom renovation. Both will net you 75-95% return on your investment. Don't think about the kitchen renovation "costing" you $_____. Think about your renovation project as an investment. Your home typically appreciates in value. When you do a kitchen renovation, you are investing in the future value of your home.
When you decide to renovate your kitchen, make sure you schedule plenty of meetings with your contractor. The details of a project are the difference betwen ok and WOW! Make sure your contractor is willing to spend the time with your to get all the details just right.