As an alternative to building or buying a new home, renovating your existing home can be an excellent option to get the best of both worlds, the new modern look you are after, as well as the comfort of staying in your existing location. The cost of renovating can be minimal to quite significant, depending on how extensive the renovation will be. For years we have heard how experts indicate that kitchen and bathroom “makeovers” offer you the best return of investment in your home.
Where to start
The best place to start would be to make a list of features you like in your existing kitchen, bathroom or other rooms that you would like to keep.
Next, make a list of the things you don't like, wish were different, and you would like to see changed. Some examples may be the location of your appliances, amount of light, type of storage, amount of counter space, location of sink / plumbing, adding a water source for a fridge, etc...
If possible, bring us a picture of something you have seen and liked to help us get started.
If it is possible, make a very simple floor plan /layout of your existing kitchen, showing the length and width of the room that needs cabinets. Measure to center of sink, center of windows and window dimensions, center of doors and door sizes, and to center of appliances as well as their dimensions. Don't worry, you don't have to be the artistic type and the drawings do not need to be to scale, its simply somewhere to start and we will take over and start the design from there.
What is it going to cost? What should my budget be? These are big questions, but they are important ones. There are many variables that may affect the cost. Is it a minor or a major reno? I once read in a reno magazine that suggested that kitchen renos could be anywhere from 5% to 15% of the value of your home, and that the cabinet portion could be from 25% to 50% of the total renovation cost. This is arguable, however a bit of a guideline. Bathroom renos would be obviously significantly less, but would depend on whether it is a small powder room, or an enormous grand master ensuite. If you were to get into removing walls, moving or adding plumbing, moving or adding electrical, new appliances, new tile flooring, custom tile backsplash, new paint or new lighting fixtures, your costs may increase significantly. These can't be over looked but sometimes are. You should consider all aspects, as noted above, when determining your final budget.