Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kitchen Renovations

So you’re planning a new kitchen the single most important room in any home. The task will be exciting and daunting at the same time. The process can be overwhelming but so rewarding when you get the kitchen of your dreams. Here is the can be expensive especially when you make costly mistakes. Here are a few ideas and options for you to consider when making the leap into the unknown.

Option 1: Complete Kitchen Renovation

This will be the most expensive option of all but oh so satisfying when it is completed. Depending on the scale of the Renovation you may be removing/adding walls, adding new windows, tearing up old flooring and adding new. Demolition of old cabinetry, counter tops, backsplash to make way for new. You will need professional help from an Interior Designer, decorator or kitchen Designer to help you with the layout of the space. You will have electrical and plumbing to do and measurements of surfaces to be taken. You will need to choose such things as paint/wallpaper for the walls, counter tops, backsplash, flooring, sinks, faucets, lighting and fixtures, window treatments, appliances if buying new, and Cabinetry with hardware.

 Option #1 complete Reno
BEFORE & AFTER of a complete kitchen Renovation with removal of wall. Renovation by Sonya Kinkade Design. Contractor D.E Kinkade Konstruction LTD.

Option 2: Kitchen Reno without Custom Cabinetry

This is a less expensive option then #1 but will give you a polished look. By using store bought cabinetry you have less options then custom but when dressed up with custom detailing can fool the eye into thinking you have spend a fortune. Make sure you choose your finishes wisely and put your money where it counts on such things as counter tops and backsplash.

 Option # 2 Reno WITHOUT Custom Cabinetry
The pictures above show a kitchen finished with store bought cabinetry and (Ikea) that has custom finishes. Kitchen designed by Sarah Richardson from the portfolio at 

Option 3: Kitchen Update without complete Reno

This option will be the best bang for your buck as they say. You will keep the footprint of your kitchen the same. There will be no removing of walls or windows. You will keep your existing cabinetry and have it sprayed in an updated paint lacquer of your choice. If the doors on you current cabinetry are dated and you do not care for them that’s Ok, you can order new doors to be made and have them finished to replace the old. Add new hardware to the doors for the jewellery of the space. You then should change your counter top and add an updated backsplash this will bring high impact into a dated kitchen. New sinks and faucets can be added, but not necessary if the one you have is in good shape. Adding new and updated lighting fixture will beef up the WOW factor.

Option # 3 Kitchen update 
That is a whole different kitchen , it looks like a very expensive custom kitchen , with a beadboard backsplash. Pictures courtesy of Just Beachy Blog

Options 2 3 can all be done with the help of your local IKEA or Home Depot Stores. They both have cabinetry options, hardware, counter top options, back splash, flooring, appliances’, sinks and faucets, lighting. You can get paint and accessories It’s a one stop shop for your Kitchen renovating needs.
With all of this, no matter what option you choose hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator can help with the all aspects of the Renovation. The will help to ensure the design process is a success with careful construction management. They will make sure the technical drawings and material specifications are carried out as intended. They will manage the project during the building process, and will monitor it on-site while the various trades complete their work. By having a designer manage the daunting process of a renovation and construction it will make the transition a much easier experience. They will ensure all work is done properly, by managing the construction and installation process.
If you do not need the full service of an an Interior Designer or Decorator, they can also simply assist you with sourcing and product choices. This will keep you from making costly mistakes in the end. My favorite motto “Do it right the first time”!

I hope with this information you can enter your journey into your Kitchen Renovation with confidence and be assured there is a gorgeous new kitchen in your future. It will be the kitchen of your dreams that will be charming and welcoming every time you enter it. Getting there will not be easy but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare


  1. Great post Sonya! Pop on over to my blog to enter the giveaway!

  2. Thanks Lisa..If I pop over is there wine ;)

  3. Ha Ha there's always wine check out my lastest blog!

  4. This is a really great post Sonya!! I am in the midst of an 'option 3' makeover of my kitchen right now, same footprint, same cabinets painted white, and we will be changing the countertop. I'll post pics as soon as it's done!

  5. Great post Sonya! I love all of those after kitchens and really, I want #1 for the price of #3 - hahaha! I'm pretty sure when we do this it will be #3 for the price of #3 - oh well ... it will be much better than it is today!

  6. Great info and tips :-)

    We did an Option #3 kitchen makeover, and it made a HUGE difference!! You can definitely create a wonderful kitchen without doing major work or spending a ton of money. I highly recommend having cabinet doors spray painted at a shop. Makes your life easier and the finish is fantastic.

    No wine with our blog giveaway, but you can win a beautiful Lisa Leonard necklace. Come by and check it out :-)


  7. I look forward to seeing the pics Nancy!

    I am doing the option #3 for a client right now, along with a face lift of her bathroom, office, main floor. I will blog about it soon!

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  10. I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor, and some of those lessons can help homeowners too. What you do is just as important as what you don't do, and sometimes a homeowner's instinct can negatively affect a home renovation project.


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