Wondering what the costs are to remodel a kitchen in 2023? There are a variety of factors to consider and the kitchen reno experts at NICKS Developments are here to help with this guide to the cost of renovating your kitchen.

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Average Kitchen Remodelling Cost

Kitchen remodelling costs heavily depend on the types of materials you choose and the complexity of the overall build, you can expect to spend anywhere between $85 per square foot on a minor remodel to more than $200 per square foot on a major remodel. This formula takes into account that the average kitchen size in Canada is between 250 and 300 square feet and does not include the cost of picking up new appliances.

With this in mind, homeowners can expect to pay between $25,000 to $50,000 on average for a new kitchen. But don’t let the price tag scare you – it’s widely known that homeowners can recoup the majority of costs from a kitchen reno if they choose to sell their home.

Minor Kitchen Remodel

Minor kitchen renovations can still have an impact with a smaller budget. Small cosmetic changes such as flooring and cabinets can be transformative in appearance but easy on your bank account.

High-quality vinyl planking and polymer cabinets can do wonders for a space. So can something as simple as adding a matte black kitchen faucet that you pick up from your local hardware store.

Mid-range Kitchen Remodel

This type of kitchen renovation leaves the layout of the kitchen intact, but upgrades all of the construction materials and fixtures for a more refined and updated look.

Use a quartz countertop to emulate rich-looking, natural materials like marble or slate. For the floors, consider a nice tile, or an upgraded vinyl planking system with wider boards that are installed even more securely with contractor-grade glue.

Upscale kitchen remodel

The ultimate kitchen remodelling experience usually requires a complete demolition and re-arrangement of your current kitchen, taking everything down to the studs, adding new windows or even an addition to your home to fit your new cabinetry, kitchen island, breakfast nook and more.

Upscale kitchen renovations also typically use higher-end materials, from the finest tile for flooring and backsplash to real wood custom cabinetry and premium appliances.

Kitchen Remodelling Costs Per Square Foot

As mentioned before, you can expect to pay anywhere between $85 and more for a minor remodel and $200 per square foot for an upscale kitchen renovation depending on how much you’re changing and the quality of materials you’re planning to use in construction.

Kitchen Renovation Costs by Feature

When you’re planning a kitchen renovation, sometimes you can decide to allocate more money to one feature than another component.

This helps you stay within budget and still get exactly the look you’re going for. So let’s take a closer look at what each feature of a kitchen renovation may cost you. 


The cost of kitchen cabinets can end up using the most money in a kitchen renovation when you’re talking about a kitchen remodelling project of between 150 and 175 square feet. Expect to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 for this part of the reno, of course, depending on the materials and design you choose. The most budget-friendly option is to buy prefabricated cabinets that come in standard setups, colours and sizes. They typically come in melamine or laminate options and cost you between $100 and $300 per linear foot. 

The mid-range option is semi-custom cabinets which include more options for finishes and customized fronts as well as custom depths and heights to adjust your needs. This will cost you between $200 and $600 per linear foot. If you’re going with an upscale kitchen renovation, fully customized kitchen cabinets are manufactured from hardwood and designed from the ground up based on all of your desired specifications. The most expensive option, expect to pay between $500 to $1,500 per linear foot.

Countertop, sink, and backsplash

Kitchen countertops may end up costing you anywhere between $2,500 to $3,500 depending on the material you choose for the job. Laminate is the most budget-friendly at $14 per square foot. Midscale options include natural stone or butcher block surfaces at $50 per square foot. For upscale kitchens, a fine material like marble might run you $150 per square foot, and even more if you opt to continue the countertop as your backsplash. 

A base model stainless steel sink could cost you between $400 to $1,000. A porcelain sink will cost more, about $900 to $1,500. A granite composite sink could be as much as $5,000. If you’re interested in a sink made from high-end materials like copper and brass, it could cost as much as $2,500. All of these prices are for materials only and do not take into account the added price of installation.


Lighting and Electrical 

One of the simplest ways to elevate the look of your kitchen is to upgrade your lighting fixture. But there can be a lot more to it than just installing an elegant pendant light over the top of your kitchen island.

If you’re adding additional, powerful appliances to your kitchen, new pot lights, under-cabinet lighting, and more, you may even need to upgrade your electrical panel. This can increase your electrical budget from $100 to $2,000 or more. 


If you’re trying to save a few dollars in your kitchen renovation budget, then you might be able to find some costs in the flooring aspect of your project. There are so many options for finishes, quality, and appearances.

Hardwood can cost between $6 to $15 per square foot, while vinyl is more affordable at $3 to $5 per square foot. If you need a new subfloor, calculate an additional $1 to $3 per square foot in your calculations.

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The demolition and gutting of a typical kitchen can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 while a large kitchen demolition could cost you $10,000 or more.

This includes the cost of disposing of the materials once they’ve been removed from your home. It’s important to make sure that this is explicitly stated in your contract.

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Need a new kitchen and not sure where to start? Contact the friendly kitchen renovation professionals at NICKS Developments for all of your kitchen and home renovation needs. Book your free consultation today.

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