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Kitchen Renovation Kitchener: How to Get Started

Your kitchen is probably the best room in your home to renovate, especially if you want to increase your home’s value. Aside from that, a beautifully designed kitchen can also bring you other great benefits, such as becoming the central place for family life and gatherings, as well as a great space to entertain your friends and extended family.

However, one of the biggest downfalls of renovating your kitchen is having to live without it while the renovation is taking place! That’s why proper planning ahead of time is so important. With proper planning, you can cut down on the total time your renovation will take to be completed. Here are some steps to get you started in the right direction.

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Planning out your kitchen renovation ahead of time will help to cut down on the total time it takes to be completed

Kitchen Renovation Kitchener: Steps to Follow

Step 1: Identify your ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’

Unless money is no object for you, and for most of us that isn’t the case, then you need to start your kitchen renovation plans by determining what you absolutely must have, followed by what would be nice to have if the funds allow. Make a list and prioritize it.

To help you determine what are necessities, consider your current kitchen and think about the problems that you keep having with it. To do this, you can ask yourself a few simple questions like:

Is your food preparation space too small to be able to prepare meals effectively?

Do you constantly run out of space in your kitchen cabinets to store all your food and dishes?

Do you lack enough space for everyone to eat together?

Are your appliances in good condition, or are they getting old and ineffective?

Do you hate spending too much time in your kitchen because it is outdated or downright ugly?

kitchen island with sink

You’ll enjoy spending more time in a newly renovated kitchen

Step 2: Determine Your Budget

Figuring out how much money you have to spend on your new kitchen renovation needs to happen very early on in the planning process. You may already know how much you have to spend on your renovation before you even start planning, or you might figure that out partway through Step 1.

Using your savings to pay for your kitchen renovation is the most cost-effective way to go. However, if you need to borrow the funds, make sure you try to get the lowest interest rates possible. For this, you have a few different options.

Add the Renovation Cost onto Your Mortgage:

If you have a variable rate mortgage, the penalty for breaking it and adding funds is usually only about three months. Currently, variable rate mortgages are at about 2.4% – so incurring the penalty is well worth it to achieve such a low rate.

Use a Home Equity Line of Credit:

If you have enough equity in your home, you can apply for a home equity line of credit. This is a line of credit that is secured by the value of your home, giving you a much lower rate of interest than a personal line of credit. Current rates are at about 3.5 to 4%.


A home equity line of credit has a lower interest rate because it is secured to your home

Personal Line of Credit:

The rates are higher than a secured line of credit, but still much lower than a credit card.

Once you have determined the amount of money you can spend, take a good look at the list you made in Step 1 and decide what you can include in your renovation. You may need to be ruthless trying to stick to your budget. Once a renovation starts, it’s easy to end up spending way more than you originally intended, as you think of extra things that you might like to add in – so make your plan and stick to it.

Step 3: Outline Your Vision

Take into consideration your stage in life when you are planning out your kitchen renovation. If you are planning to stay in your current home for many years to come, then it makes perfect sense to spend a lot of money on your renovation, since you will be designing a functional and beautiful space that your family will benefit from for many years.

family kitchen

Investing a lot in your kitchen renovation makes sense if you plan to stay in your home for many years

If however, you are an empty nester and will be downsizing soon, you may only want to do a minimal renovation, focusing on the areas that will make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Step 4: Design Your Perfect Space

There are 5 basic kitchen plans that have proven very successful over the years. It’s probably best to choose one of them and then add your creative touches within the plan. All of these plans follow a basic principle known as the kitchen triangle. The kitchen triangle means that when you are cooking, you should be able to move freely between your sink, stove and fridge. These three points should be relatively close together in your kitchen.

When planning the design of your kitchen, keep in mind the kitchen triangle

The 5 basic layouts include:

One wall design – In this first design, all appliances, cabinets and countertops are positioned along one wall. This layout works well for both small and large kitchens.

Corridor or Galley Design – If you have limited space, often this design works well where two walls face each other, and all your kitchen services align along the two walls.

L-Shaped Design – This is the most standard layout, where all your countertops, cabinets, and other services are aligned along two adjoining walls in an “L” shape.

Double L Design – This design incorporates two separate workstations: an L-shaped or one wall kitchen with a full-featured kitchen island that has at least a cooktop, sink or both. Two cooks can work easily in this one kitchen.

U-Shaped Design – This is similar to the corridor shape layout, except that one end wall also has kitchen services and one end is left open to allow you to enter and exit the kitchen.

kitchen island

A kitchen island with a sink and or stove can become a separate workspace for a second cook

Step 5: Choose a Trusted Builder

Once you have your plan in place, you need to choose a contractor or builder you can trust. You can either choose a general contractor who will oversee the entire project from start to finish and hire any necessary sub-contractors such as plumbers and electricians.

You could also choose to oversee the project yourself and hire the various contractors that you need.


For Your Kitchen Renovation Kitchener: Trust Cerwood Custom Cabinetry

Local Experience You Can Trust: At Cerwood Custom Cabinetry, we have been servicing the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Stratford region with exquisite custom cabinetry for your entire home for more than 25 years! All of our custom cabinetry is manufactured locally in our New Hamburg facility, which means that when you choose to work with us, you will receive quicker, more efficient service – and you will be supporting your local economy.


Custom Designed for You: Choose from a wide selection of wood designs and materials built just for you with decorative & functional hardware. We offer custom stain & paint options to suit any style as well as built-in storage systems, cutlery trays, garbage bins, lazy Susans, and so much more!


Guaranteed to Last: All of our custom cabinetry is backed by numerous manufacturer warranties, along with Cerwood’s own 1-year in-home warranty. Hinges & drawer slides all hold lifetime warranties (25 years).


Exceptional Service: We will provide you with free estimates by our professional designers, including a design package complete with a quote and 3-D drawings of the proposed finished look. Contact the custom cabinet professionals at Cerwood today!

“We are loving the kitchen, and how friendly the crew are when they have come to install!”

– Ashley R.

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