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How Much Will a Renovation Cost?



If you're considering a kitchen or bathroom renovation in Toronto or the GTA, you may be wondering what kind of investment you'll need to make. The cost of a kitchen or bathroom renovation can vary widely, depending on factors like the size of the room, the materials you choose, and the complexity of the project. In this article, we'll provide an overview of the average cost of a kitchen and bathroom renovation and what you can expect to pay for different aspects of the project.


Kitchen Renovations


The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Toronto can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more, depending on the size of the kitchen and the extent of the renovation. This may seem like a big range, but a lot of the project will depend on the customer. To help narrow down whether your project will be towards the higher or lower price ranges, some questions to ask yourself are:

  1. Do you want entry-level materials or high-end materials?

  2. Do I have a small, medium or large kitchen?

  3. Am I changing the layout of my kitchen?

  4. Do you need any plumbing fixtures moved? For example, do faucets or any drains need to change locations?

  5. Is my subfloor in good condition or does it need to be replaced?

  6. Is my existing flooring staying or being removed?

  7. Do I require any permits?

  8. Do the contractors need to dispose of any garbage before or during the reno?

  9. Do the contractors need to move furniture out of the way?

This is by no means a complete list of the factors that may change cost but is a good starting point to determine where you will end up. Some of the most significant expenses you'll need to consider include:

  • Cabinets: $15,000 to $60,000

  • Countertops: $2,000 to $7,000

  • Flooring: $2,000 to $5,000

  • Appliances: $2,000 to $8,000

  • Lighting: $1,000 to $3,000

  • Plumbing: $2,000 to $5,000

  • Electrical: $1,000 to $3,000

Bathroom Renovations


The average cost of a bathroom renovation in Toronto can range from $10,000 to $40,000 or more, depending on the size of the bathroom and the work involved.


Similar to that of a kitchen reno, customers need to ask themselves a series of questions to determine whether the renovation will be less costly or more costly. Some of the questions to ask yourself are:

  1. Do you want entry-level materials or high-end materials?

  2. Do I have a 2-piece or 3-piece bathroom?

  3. Am I changing the layout of my bathroom?

  4. Do I want a stand-up shower or a tub in my bathroom?

  5. Do I want a custom tiled shower, or am I fine with a pre-fabricated shower system?

  6. Do you need any plumbing fixtures moved? For example does the faucet, vanity, or any drains need to change locations?

  7. Do I have a fan in the bathroom that needs replacing or does a fan need to be installed?

  8. Is my subfloor in good condition or does it need to be replaced?

  9. Is my existing flooring staying or being removed?

  10. Do I require any permits?

  11. Do the contractors need to dispose of any garbage before or during the reno?

Some of the most significant expenses for a bathroom reno include:

  • Tiling: $2,000 to $6,000

  • Vanity and sink: $1,000 to $4,000

  • Shower or bathtub: $1,500 to $5,000

  • Lighting: $500 to $2,000

  • Flooring: $1,000 to $2,000

  • Plumbing: $1,000 to $3,000

  • Electrical: $500 to $1,500

Plumbing and Electrical Costs


The cost of plumbing and electrical work can vary widely depending on the complexity of the project and the experience of the contractor. For example, if you're adding a new sink or toilet, you'll need to factor in the cost of installing new pipes and connections, which can add several thousand dollars to the cost of the renovation. Similarly, if you're adding new lighting fixtures, you'll need to factor in the cost of installing new electrical wiring and switches, which can add several hundred dollars to the cost of the renovation.


As you can see, the average cost of a kitchen or bathroom renovation can vary widely depending on the size of the room, the materials you choose, and the complexity of the project. As a rule of thumb, some very rough square footage pricing you can use is:

$150-$250/SF for a Kitchen Renovation

$200-$300/SF for a Bathroom Renovation

Hopefully, this article has given you a better sense of what is involved in the renovation process and has equipped you to better plan for your next project.

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