Kitchen Renos FAQs

  • Do you need a permit to renovate a kitchen?

    If your kitchen renovation will change the structure of your home, then you’ll likely need a permit to renovate in Edmonton. Permit requirements vary by city and province. However, you can expect to need a permit for any largescale renovation, including removing walls, adding windows, etc. As well, renovations that deal with wiring, plumbing or natural gas will also require a permit. In these cases, specific permits are required in addition to your building permit. The purpose of these permits is to guarantee that your renovation, and your renovation contractor, comply with provincial codes and bylaws. Keep in mind that, as the homeowner, it falls on you to apply for and receive the permits you require for your home renovation. Luckily, in Alberta, it isn’t too difficult to figure out how and where to apply for permits to renovate your home. If you have any questions, feel free to ask the renovation specialists at Nord Alta. Read More...
  • Does a new kitchen add value to your home?

    A kitchen renovation will add value to your home. In fact, kitchen renovations are one of the most popular home renovations in Edmonton. This is because the kitchen is one of the most important areas of a home and the room that potential buyers will be most interested in. By ensuring that you incorporate high-end finishes and a well-thought-out space, you can attract more buyers and receive top-dollar for your home. To add value to your kitchen remodel, consider incorporating a unique backsplash or adding interesting lighting above your kitchen island. Above all, when you’re renovating your kitchen you’ll want to ensure that you don’t stray too far from the current kitchen renovation trends in Edmonton. By sticking to these trends, you can ensure that you will love your kitchen and that anyone looking to buy your home does as well. Read More...
  • How often should you renovate your kitchen?

    It is recommended that you renovate your kitchen in Edmonton every 10 to 15 years. This will ensure that your space is up-to-date and on-trend. However, above all, this is the amount of time that it commonly takes for appliances and finishes to experience wear and tear that requires replacement. Regardless of this time frame, there are a few other signs that it may be time for a kitchen renovation at your home. For example, if you notice that your kitchen is outdated, if you need to change the functionality or flow of your kitchen (e.g. you need more storage space or to be able to accommodate more people), if elements of the kitchen are damaged, broken or worn-out, or if you plan on selling your home and would like to increase its value, then it’s likely time to consider renovating your kitchen. Read More...
  • What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

    Typically, the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel is the cabinets. Cabinets are the most expensive feature for several reasons. This includes the fact that kitchen cabinets are commonly the most significant aspect of a kitchen - they take up the most space and are the most important and necessary part of any kitchen. In addition, kitchen cabinets are often designed to fit your specific needs and space. Therefore, they are commonly made-to-order and cost more as a result. Of course, as a homeowner, you can determine your budget and adjust your requirements to alter the cost of your kitchen remodel. After the cost of your cabinets, the most expensive part of a kitchen renovation will be the appliances and then the countertops. Read More...
  • Is a kitchen renovation worth it?

    A kitchen renovation is worth it for many homeowners in Edmonton. If you are considering selling your home, a kitchen renovation will increase the value of your house, it will draw more attention from buyers and will help you sell your home faster, in many cases. However, even if you don’t plan on selling your home in the near future, a kitchen renovation is still worth it. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home and most commonly the area where friends and family gather for a good time. Therefore, a newly renovated kitchen that is both functional and beautiful can bring a lot of enjoyment to you and your family. Plus, kitchen renovations don't need to be a hassle, especially if you follow certain steps to make your kitchen reno a breeze. Read More...
  • Should we continue to live in the building while it’s under construction?

    The size of the renovation and the impact on your living and sleeping quarters will ultimately dictate whether or not you can continue to live there through the construction process: If there are structural changes or if insulation or drywall is used, it would be smart to move to a safer environment. You may sacrifice private time with your family with construction under way. Read More...
  • Are there elements that should be considered in every kitchen renovation?

    When retrofitting a kitchen for today's needs there are a couple of elements that are often overlooked and should be included, even if you are only replacing cabinets: Insulation If the existing cabinets are mounted on the outside walls and you home is pre 1970, this is the very best time to upgrade that wall insulation. The benefits are tremendous with today's energy prices. Electrical Many older homes pre-date the use of small appliances and the electrical requirements are often insufficient. It's also a great time to revisit your kitchen lighting, especially around food preparation areas. Under-cabinet lighting, above-cabinet indirect lighting, pot lights, or traditional fixtures are all available. And consider new LED light fixtures for energy savings. Read More...
  • Should I come up with designs before contacting you to start my kitchen renovation?

    If you feel comfortable drawing out some ideas for a new kitchen, then do so. However, it's not necessary for you to come up with drawings. It is useful, however, to have answers to important questions around usage, styles, and overall expectations. Some great questions to consider are: Who will use the kitchen? Who does the cooking? Do you entertain large parties? Or entertain in the kitchen? Are there any mobility or height issues? Read More...