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GREAT EXPENDITURE. Investing in your kitchen pays off in many ways. Provided that the choice of materials marries with the rest of the house… and that we have the budget to do so without getting into too much debt.

The kitchen was already part of a prediction piece in drivers. Repeated confinement and telecommuting, courtesy of a two-year pandemic, have strengthened its leading role. Which motivated many owners to want to renovate this masterpiece to the taste of the day.

Kitchen renovations are so popular that they account for more than a third of the requests for advice and submissions for interior work that RénoAssistance is receiving these days, says Marilena Tricarico, the organization’s spokeswoman. Since 2010, this service has been reduced by Desjardins’ mandate to promote stakeholder relationships with qualified and trustworthy contractors.

Of course, the question that burns the lips of all those who wish to take action remains the estimate of the costs of such a project. “It all depends on the size of the works,” says the renovation expert. “Minor changes such as changing a sink and its faucets, changing the floor or improving the lighting in the room will cost a maximum of a few thousand dollars,” she said.

On the other hand, the desired works include a UP complete with the main room of the house, the bill will easily be calculated in tens of thousands of dollars. More specifically, if the owner moves load-bearing walls to enlarge the space, she wants to clarify. “In fact, the budget dedicated to modernizing the kitchen should correspond to plus or minus 10% of the value of the house. By respecting the soul of the home and the neighborhood in which it is located, homeowners will generally recoup their entire investment when selling their property, ”she explains. Most real estate brokers are unanimous on this point: it is more advantageous to modernize your kitchen than to install a swimming pool in the yard to maximize the value of a residence.

The standard option

Three factors will influence the work invoice, continues Marilena Tricarico, namely the size of the part, the choice of materials and the change of configuration, if necessary. A complete standard renovation for a 100-foot carrés costera kitchen has $ 22,000. That amount, she says, includes buying prefabricated cabinets that cost (around $ 10,000) 30% less than custom-made entry-level cabinets. Also at this price, the new countertops are made of laminated materials that mimic stone.

The renovation standard usually involves a new vinyl or ceramic floor as well as entry-level backsplashes. In addition to flafla-free lighting, plumbing and electrical costs, finishing (plaster and paint) and a few expenses for the unexpected, she lists. It goes without saying that the cost of appliances is not included in the calculation.

The right option

As soon as the work involves custom-made cabinets, you should expect to pay a minimum of $ 25,000 to $ 30,000, she warns. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes. What kind of renovation is done, most of the time, in collaboration with one or a kitchen. From the outset, the advice of this professional, who offers a turnkey product (including tops, cabinets, handles, sink, counter, island and its surface as well as installation costs), correspond to an additional cost of 10% to 15% on the invoice.

These professionals, whose booking book has been overflowing for two years, have the advantage of being a time saver. “It’s a little more expensive on the spot,” admits Emilie, an owner who undertook the complete refurbishment of her kitchen in June 2022. However, these new services have saved at least four to five days of shopping in the renovation centers. If not more. ”

Conquerors usually propose three categories of materials for cabinets and cabinets. The differences can be between the product ranges that fluctuate the cost of the armoires from $ 20,000 to more than $ 40,000, explains RénoAssistance’s gateways. These materials may contain polymer, polyester, materials that are considered more affordable than thermoplastic or solid wood. The choice of a countertop in natural stone (granite, quartz or marble) or Dektron, the current pertussis of materials from Spain made of glass, quartz and porcelain, alone can represent from $ 5000 to 10 $ 000 on the bill.

Just add an island (an imperative according to the cooks), which is worth between $ 3,000 and $ 10,000 depending on size and materials, a selection of zippers and quality hardware, not to mention panels to camouflage the presence of appliances (a trend that comes from Europe), and now the renovation work is close to $ 50,000, if not $ 60,000.

Unless you have friends to carry out the tasks, you must also anticipate the demolition costs of the old kitchen, which can range from $ 2,000 to more than $ 3,500 depending on the work, warns Marilena Tricarico. “People are encouraged to recycle their old cabinets by donating to charity or using them for the garage,” she said.

In a context of inflation, all these prices are subject to uncontrollable increases. “Building materials and kitchen accessories have jumped at least 35% in the last two years,” said Richard Darveau, president of the Quebec Association of Hardware and Building Materials (AQMAT). In the last year alone, these materials have grown by at least 15 percent, he said. Not to mention the workforce, which has also changed its rates upwards.

Do-it-yourself owners are, in the opinion of the AQMAT president, the ones who get the least out of these fluctuations. „For the past five years, the major chains present in Quebec have just grasped the importance of cooking in homes by enhancing their renovation division. At most renovation centers, such partnerships have been established with Quebec armor manufacturers in addition to equipping themselves with development software. “These tools not only make it possible to design the space, but also to indicate the prices of the renovation according to the choice of the selected materials,” explains Richard Darveau.

Measure trends

Admittedly, homeowners are spoiled by social media, magazines and the renovation TV shows that overflow into dreamy kitchen settings. Beware, however, of the bolder ideas, warns Isabelle Dion, cook and owner of District Cuisine. Gray, beige and white remain timeless shades. „The important thing is to respect the style of the house. The kitchen needs to be functional, smart and practical, ”she added. In fact, the kitchen needs to age well. Not only in terms of aesthetics, but also in terms of the age of those users who are also aging. ”

Other non-negligible benefits

Finally, since the renovation of the kitchen usually coincides with the arrival of new electrons, it is an opportunity to opt for less energy-intensive appliances. This translates into energy savings of about $ 100 to $ 200 annually. According to the British-American site Houzz, a kitchen better suited to the needs of its occupants would have the advantage of encouraging a taste for cooking and eating healthier food. Which isn’t trivial either!

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