Cost Of Kitchen Renovation Toronto

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Whether you want to plan a thorough kitchen renovation or just install new cabinets, you will need to know the average kitchen renovation cost in Toronto.


On average, a complete kitchen renovation in Toronto can cost anywhere between $15,000 to $35,000 for an area of under 400 square foot (excluding appliance installment). However, if the kitchen is bigger and higher-end material is used, the costs can exceed $60,000. 

Read on as I reveal the average cost of kitchen renovation in Toronto, as well as the factors that cause it to vary. If you still have questions after reading our in-depth guide to kitchen renovation costs, please give New Look Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations a call.

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Average Kitchen Renovation Cost

When you first think of kitchen renovation, there are a few questions to answer:

How much is the average cost?

Without knowing a rough estimate of the average kitchen renovation cost though, it will be difficult to know how much savings to allocate to your kitchen renovation budget.

Is it necessary to hire a professional for the renovation?

If you are a kitchen designer with experience refacing kitchen cabinets, installing new lighting fixtures, designing a custom tile backsplash, and other projects related to a kitchen renovation project, then you can do it yourself! If it is a brand kitchen then you will also need to consider cost of buying new dining room furniture.

Otherwise, we highly recommend hiring a general contractor with experience. If needed, the company you choose will hire additional workers as well.

How much will the building permit be?

The answers to these questions can help you choose suitable materials, labor, and projects for your kitchen. This will leave you with more time for the fun stuff like looking at space-saving layouts, custom-built storage, a new sink, pre-made cabinets, quartz countertops, and more!

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Here is a quick look at the average cost for renovation costs for various mini projects included in a kitchen renovation:

Kitchen Renovation Project Average Cost*

Electrical System $2000

Appliance Installment $913 

Backsplash Installment $2724

Cabinet Installment $10000

Cabinet Resurfacing $5000

Kitchen Flooring $18 (per sq. ft.)

Kitchen Drywall $600

Kitchen Painting $2,274

Plumbing $1300

HVAC System $ 1450

Countertops $150 (per square foot)

*The average costs can vary greatly depending on the material, kitchen design, and surface area covered. 


Electrical System

The electrical costs include light fixtures and wiring and appliance connections if needed, which can all boil down to anywhere between $1500 and $2500 for moderate-quality fixtures. Remember that you may have to include upgrades to comply with electrical safety codes.

Homeowners prefer firing a professional electrician comfortable writing high-end appliances and light fixtures.


Appliance Installation 

Your kitchen is home to appliances like ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. For proper installation, hiring a pro is necessary, and this can set you back about $913 on average and go as high as $5000. 

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Backsplash Installation 

There are various materials and designs to choose from for backsplash, which ultimately decide the total costs of installation. Popular choices include tile, wood, and stone with metallic, wallpaper, mirror, and steel finishes. While on average, you should pay around $2700, remember that better backsplash material prevents your kitchen walls and cabinets from moisture and mold. 


Kitchen Cabinets: Installation or Resurfacing

This is the most significant expense when it comes to kitchen renovation and usually amounts to approximately 40% of your total cost. Different cabinet materials vary significantly in price, and if you are looking for custom cabinets to be installed, you will have to pay premium costs. 

Options for kitchen cabinets include fully custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, or brand new cabinetry pre-made and ready to install.

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Material Cost Per Linear Foot 

MDF $150 – $200

Semi-Customized Hardwood $144 – $600

Customized Hardwood $360 – $1200

Cabinets made of solid wood can also cost as high as $450. 

A more budget-friendly option would be to resurface the cabinets rather than replace them. This can bring down the cost to almost half of what you pay for cabinets that are brand new. 


Kitchen Flooring 

Flooring material and installation both determine the final cost when budgeting. However, smaller spaces like kitchens often prove challenging to get an accurate estimate. On average, you will pay anywhere between Over $10 and up to

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$25 for the installation per sq. ft.(material included). 

Vinyl and wood are two popular options in Toronto. Depending on the kitchen size, you can pay up to $1500 in total. 


Kitchen Drywall or Painting 

You may not need a new wall during a kitchen renovation, but even simple patchwork in Toronto can cost you up to $400. However, in the event of a drywall replacement or a new wall, the cost can go up to $800 on average. 

On the other hand, the average cost of painting kitchen walls is over the $2000 mark. You will have to use non-toxic paint to avoid safety hazards and hire a professional to protect your cabinets and flooring from splatter. 

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Kitchen Plumbing 

A kitchen renovation will often include changing the position of the sink or installing a new one. You may also choose to change taps or related accessories. The general cost for kitchen remodeling plumbing will be around the $1800 mark, beginning from $800. 

HVAC System

The Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is essential for a good working kitchen. However, it can cost an additional $1200 – $1500 since it may be required to modify your roof. If your exhaust duct and kitchen hood only need a few minor changes rather than new installations, it can decrease the cost to $600 and $800. 

Kitchen Countertop

Another considerable home renovation expense to add to your kitchen renovation cost is replacing old countertops. Prices vary because while laminated countertops are cheaper, they do not last as long as some pricier options like natural and engineered stone. You can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $200 per square foot for fabrication and installation. 

Many factors should be considered for the overall cost of kitchen remodeling, especially when you are considering custom cabinetry. Make your kitchen stand out! Create space in a small house with unique designs or fill up a medium kitchen with quality drawers, natural stone, water-resistant MDF, a new tile backsplash, and more!

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Factors Affecting Kitchen Renovations Costs

Three significant factors determine how much you need to invest in kitchen modeling. 

  1. Kitchen Size: The bigger the kitchen, the more you have for paint, cabinetry, and countertop installation.
  2. Material Quality: The quality of the material used during renovation can affect the cost considerably. However, one thing to keep in mind is that even though you pay more upfront, quality material lasts you for years, ending up cheaper in the long run. 
  3. Kitchen Design: A sole design will cost less in fittings, light factors, and cabinet and countertop installations than a more elaborate one.  


Do You Need To Get a Permit For Kitchen Renovations?

Home improvement projects such as kitchen renovation often require a building permit, which you can apply for through the City of Toronto website.

Depending on the type of alteration (whether structural or cosmetic), you may or may not need a building permit. However, the best course of action is to contact a municipality staff to understand whether you need the permit, and if you do, then what kind of plans and documents you need to submit for approval.  

The permit fee has to be paid upfront. As of 2022, the minimum payment for all work is $198.59. Inspections (mandatory to be scheduled by the permit holder) will cost $85.79 hourly.   

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Pay Less For Your Dream Kitchen: 3 Money Saving Tips  

Here are a few tips to save money as you build your dream kitchen:

  1. Hire professionals rather than taking up DIY projects to ensure consistent, reliable, and long-lasting work. You will also save valuable time and avoid costly mistakes. 
  2. Make necessary updates and do the renovations in steps rather than in one go. 
  3. Use quality materials. Paying more upfront will ensure your remodeling lasts your years instead of requiring constant fixes.

The Bottom Line

A kitchen renovation can be time-consuming and expensive due to the labour cost but think of them as an investment made to the most used space in your home.

Depending on the kind of remodeling you take on, kitchen renovations can cost anywhere between $15000 to $60000 (maybe even more). Ensure you get quality materials and hire the right tradesman for a renovation job that will last you a long time. Get in touch to get a custom quote for the best price. 


Hey, there! I'm an interior designer (now part-time blogger) with the New Look Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations team here in Toronto, Canada. I write about kitchen and bathroom design elements, trends, products and more. Thanks for stopping by! Please give us a call for any of your designs needs. Best, Priyanka