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How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Calgary, Alberta?

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Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular home upgrades and offer a significant return on investment. Recent cost vs. value data shows a minor kitchen renovation can add about 71% of it’s cost to the value of your property. But how much will your kitchen renovation cost?

Several key factors determine the cost of kitchen renovations in Calgary. These factors include the size of your kitchen, the scale of the renovation, and the materials you choose. In addition, the cost of interior design, labour, and permits will also play into the renovation’s overall cost.

There are a lot of things to consider when renovating your kitchen. Contemporary Kitchen and Design Center can help. First, let’s look at a few cost estimates and breakdowns to give you a better idea of how much a kitchen renovation can cost.

For an accurate estimate for your specific project, we suggest booking a free consultation with us.

Simple Kitchen Renovation Cost Estimates

The Appraisal Institute of Canada suggests that you budget up to 25% of your home’s total value for your kitchen renovation. However, if you plan to sell and invest in a simple cosmetic renovation, you can bump the cost to 10 to 15% of your home’s value. These numbers are a general estimate and largely depend on your home’s size and location.

You can budget 25%, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend that much. For example, choosing high-quality but simple finishings can help reduce the cost. Kitchen renovations in Calgary typically start around $25,000 and go up from there. However, every home and need is different, so these numbers are just basic estimates.

Here are some kitchen renovation cost ideas:

  • Small Kitchen (<70 sq. ft.): $10,000 – $25,000
  • Medium Kitchen (100-150 sq. ft.): $25,000 – $50,000
  • Large Kitchen (200+ sq. $40,000 – $100,000+

As we said before, the scale of the renovation, labour involved, and the chosen materials will determine the cost. The best place to start is to meet with Contemporary Bath Kitchen and Design Center to discuss your specific ideas and needs.

Kitchen Renovation Cost Breakdown

While every renovation is unique, here are some percentages to help you understand the cost percentage of essential kitchen renovation components.

  • Cabinets: 29%
  • Installation and Labour: 17%
  • Appliances and vents: 14%
  • Kitchen countertops: 10%
  • Flooring: 5%
  • Light fixtures and installation: 5%
  • Walls and ceilings: 5%
  • Design costs: 4%
  • Windows and interior doors: 4%
  • Fixtures and plumbing: 4%
  • Additional costs (permits, inspections, etc.) 1%

These percentages come from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Key Factors that Determine Cost

When you have a consultation with your kitchen renovator, they’ll ask you questions to determine your expectations and goals for the renovation. This discussion will allow them to put together a more accurate estimate for the project.

How extensive is the renovation?

Are you ripping out the old kitchen entirely or just replacing essential components like the countertops, flooring, backsplash, etc.?

Do you like the layout of your current kitchen, or do you want to change it?

Will you require brand-new cabinets to accommodate your plan, or can you reface or refinish your existing cabinets?

What are the structural changes required?

Upgrading the kitchen you have without making significant structural changes will cost less than a complete layout overhaul. Structural changes cost more because they require architectural drawings, labour, and additional materials.

Do you want to remove a wall to create an open-concept design?

Do you want to move plumbing and electrical fixtures to accommodate a different layout?

Are you planning to move the kitchen to a different space entirely?

How big is the kitchen?

You will pay per square foot or linear foot for many things in your renovation. Therefore, the size of your kitchen will play a role in the cost of the remodel. For example, larger kitchens require more materials like cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring. Larger kitchens also need more labour time to upgrade.

Do you plan on going high-end with fixtures and materials?

The finishings and fixtures you choose will also bring the price of your kitchen renovations in Calgary up or down. High-end luxury choices will bring up the price. Choosing the most expensive options can easily double the cost of the renovation. To help gather ideas and decide on what you might like for your kitchen, check out these 15 Kitchen Trends.

Because material selection plays such a big factor in the kitchen renovation cost in Calgary, we cannot provide a to-the-penny quote until you’ve made those choices. Book a free consultation with Contemporary Bath Kitchen and Design Center.

Creating a Budget

Creating a budget is a significant first step in any home renovation. While you can estimate how much to budget based on your home’s value, there are many things to consider when creating a budget for your unique project.

Determine your needs and must-haves

Are there things you need in your kitchen for accessibility? For example, those renovating to age-in-place or accommodating a family member with mobility issues will have different considerations.

How do you plan to use the kitchen, and what design and features will improve function? For example, an at-home chef might want to invest in a professional-grade gas range and wide, expansive countertops.

Do you want to entertain in the kitchen? If you plan on using the kitchen as a social space for entertaining, you might want an open-concept area with ample bar seating around the kitchen island.

Decide where to splurge and where to save

As we’ve already mentioned, the materials, fittings, and finishings you choose will play a significant role in the cost of your kitchen renovation. Depending on your needs and preferences, there are areas to splurge or save.

For example, you can choose a high-quality laminate countertop that mimics the look of natural granite. Or, choose durable and maintenance-free luxury vinyl tile instead of a natural stone tile floor. You can also opt for stock cabinets instead of custom cabinets or decide to refurbish your existing cabinets.

Are you planning to sell your home?

If this is your forever home, you’re investing in your lifestyle and enjoying everyday home life. Your budget can allow you to create a kitchen that you’ll love for years to come.

However, if you’re planning on selling your home, you might make different decisions. For example, spending money on luxury materials might not be wise, as they won’t recover a large percentage of their cost. Instead, consider cost-effective but durable upgrades that make your home attractive and marketable to buyers.

Furthermore, when renovating to sell, stick with light and neutral colours. Bold choices might appeal to you but can deter some buyers. Instead, you want a clean, fresh, and modern kitchen upgrade that will appeal to the masses and help your home sell faster.

Get started

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It’s where your family gathers, socializes, eats, and entertains guests. So if you’re ready to invest in this essential part of your home, Contemporary Bath Kitchen and Design Center wants to be part of that journey.

Let’s talk about your dreams and goals for your home and get started on a kitchen renovation you’ll love for years to come. Contact us today!