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by Emma Fraser
Are you looking to make some renovations to your kitchen or maybe you want a complete makeover done? If this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place.
We searched throughout the city to find the best contractors to spruce up your kitchen. We took a look at their portfolio, services, reputations, and of course, first-hand feedback from previous clients.
If you want to know who the best kitchen remodel contractors are in Edmonton, then go ahead and read our list. But aren’t you curious to know how much this will all cost first?
How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Edmonton?
It’s not easy to give an estimate on renovation costs since every single project has different needs and each client has their own specific preferences.
With a qualified contractor and tradesmen, a mid-sized renovation will cost anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000 while a luxury makeover will go from $50,000 to $95,000. These prices can fluctuate up or down depending on the size, scope of renovations, and materials used.
Generally speaking, renovation expenses are split in half – one part for the labour and time, and the other for the materials used. Take note that any additional services needed outside the scope of a project, such as engineering or plumbing, will add to your expenses as well.
The table below shows a sample budget breakdown for a modest kitchen renovation so you can see which materials or project elements cost the most.
|Materials/Elements||Budget Percentage||Estimated Average Cost|
|Appliances & ventilation||12%||$4,200.00|
|Cabinetry & hardware||30%||$8,700.00|
|Doors & windows||4%||$1,200.00|
|Walls & ceilings||5%||$1,500.00|
|Faucets & plumbing||4%||$1,200.00|
Generally, your contractor will charge a percentage of the total cost of the project as their fee, typically around 10-20%. If however, you hire a separate interior/kitchen designer to oversee the project, they may change roughly the same percentage as the contractor.
On the other hand, the second table below illustrates the average cost of a renovation in relation to the size of the area.
|Small||Less than 70 sq ft||$6,500-$26,000|
|Medium||100 – 150 sq ft||$19,500-$52,000|
|Large||Greater than 200 sq ft||$40,000-$78,000+|
The Best Kitchen Remodel Contractors in Edmonton
Now that you know the general costs of having your kitchen remodelled, we can now take a look at our top picks for the best kitchen remodel contractors in Edmonton.
1. Alair Homes
|SERVICES||Custom Home Builders, Home Renovations, Kitchen Renovations, Bathroom Renovations|
|ADDRESS||100-10536 178 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2J1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 809-4501|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm|
Alair Homes serves the greater Edmonton area by providing custom-built homes and renovations, taking on anything from modest bungalows to million-dollar mansions. Their team of seven partners has a combined experience of over 30 years in project management and construction.
The YEG chapter of this multi-awarded contractor has received multiple awards including Best of Houzz 2015-2019, the CHBA Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing in 2014, and the CHBA Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence in Housing and Best Renovation in 2015.
So, whether you’re looking for eco-friendly solutions or a completely refreshed luxurious look, Alair’s partners and project managers have the necessary experience and network to make your vision a reality.
Alair Homes is a large company spanning across North America and what makes them successful is its unique business model. They recruit successful independent contractors in different cities to consolidate their business under the Alair name, thus becoming a franchise partner.
With all these top entrepreneurs under their belt, they take it a step further with their Client Control system, an app that lets you transparently monitor the progress of your kitchen renovations, costs, and budget in real-time! Moreover, the in-house designers use this same app to construct 3D models of what your renovation will look like.
However, some people may prefer dealing with project updates in person and not through an app so if you’re one of those people, we get you. Sometimes, you just want to ask a question and get an answer immediately – which you can do through their software by messaging your project manager.
If you’re still not convinced, you can take a look at their online portfolio to gain a better understanding of what they are capable of accomplishing for your own home. When you go with Alair Homes, you’re not just making a deal with your project manager – you now have over 600 people working at your disposal.
Although Alair Homes may seem “too professional” or impersonal at times because of their modern business model, they’re known to get the job done. C Julien, a client who had a renovation done recently, shares her story:
“Our addition renovation was not without bumps and hiccups but when they were encountered. Alair was responsive to our concerns and did what should be done…The end result is an open concept living room/beautiful kitchen, dining area and mudroom that makes me smile every time I walk into the area. I also love the new improved exterior, it looks like a new home. Thank you Cory for making it happen and sorting out some of the challenges that happened in the beginning. Also thanks to Grame, Nick and John!! Alair is a great team and company to hire for your residential construction needs.”
Sandy Brown, another client, adds:
“Alair Homes were very prompt supplying a detailed quote for our senior home project. We accepted their offer and they said the project would be finished in about three weeks and as promised they were finished in three weeks…on budget. There were no major deficits and the senior group were very pleased with the results. We would gladly recommend Alair Homes to all potential customers in this area.”
2. Kay2 Contracting
|SERVICES||Custom Home Build, Home Renovation, Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel, Basement Remodel, Landscape Construction, Commercial Construction|
|ADDRESS||206 – 15397 117 Ave, Edmonton Alberta T5M3X4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 665-5117 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm|
Under the leadership of founder and managing director Moe Saghir, Kay2 Contracting has made a name for itself around Edmonton and Calgary as one of the province’s premier contractors. With more than 17 years of experience in construction, they place the utmost importance on client satisfaction, ensuring that needs are met every step of the way.
This full-service contracting company can take on any job, no matter how big or small, and will always put the same amount of quality work into it. They have received multiple awards including the 2018 Renovator of the Year award in the Building Industry Land Development (BILD) category and Best Home Renovation of the same year.
With highly trained estimators, designers, and construction crew, they will bring your vision to fruition and keep everything within budget. They’re so confident in their competitive pricing that Kay2 offers a price match guarantee if you’re comparing their bids with other competitors.
Once you’re a client, you’ll get weekly schedules and emails about the project’s progress. While we would have preferred that they use an app or web portal instead, this traditional method nonetheless ensures you’re always abreast of what’s going on.
We like that Kay2 doesn’t charge for basic design work, which is great if you just want a simple project like installing a simple pantry or widening up your garage. Complicated work though will naturally have a reasonable extra fee.
However, what we like best about this contractor is that they offer financing options via ATB Home Equity that can help you pay for the home of your dreams with a manageable payment plan. If you don’t have home equity, you can alternatively set up a line of credit, where you can pay as little as $110 per month for a $20,000 project.
Kay2 Contracting has a great reputation among previous clients and it shows with the awards and feedback they’ve received thus far. Scott Foster a client, had some kitchen work done and shares his thoughts:
“We did a kitchen/main floor renovation with Kay 2 and couldn’t be happier. Moe, Trever and the team were great to work with and the end result is more than we could have hoped for. We highly recommend them for jobs big or small.”
Robert Carpenter another client, also adds his feedback:
“I have had the opportunity to work with Kay2 on multiple projects. They are professional, skilled and a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend them to any of my clients looking for a builder or general contractor!”
3. Contact Renovations
|SERVICES||Custom Home Build, Whole Home Renovation or Addition, Kitchen, Basement, Bathroom, Garage, Garage Suite, Exterior Renovation, Windows / Ext Doors, Outdoor Space|
|ADDRESS||9763 62 Ave Edmonton, AB T6E 0E4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 455-4446 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm|
Contact Renovations is owned and operated by Paul Foster who spent a large portion of his life travelling around over 35 countries to learn more about architecture and design from other cultures. He even worked as a carpenter, furniture builder, and cabinet maker during that time before heading back to Edmonton in 2012 to start his company.
The best part about a homegrown and locally operated family business is that when you reach out for a quotation or questions, you usually speak with the owner directly. It’s no different here with Contact Renovations, as Paul Foster himself will respond to any questions you may have.
What we like about this company is that they don’t have any qualms about entering into your renovation project at any stage of its completion. Whether you’re just exploring concepts, working on the design, or have a project that‘s in the works, Contact Renovations is ready to jump in and help out.
Once you sign a contract with Contact Renovations though, you’ll need to make a deposit to kickstart the project, which covers their initial expenses on materials. However, since they have a Prepaid Contractor’s Licence, your deposit is fully insured.
You’ll also have the security of a 10% holdback on payment, which essentially means that you don’t pay that percentage of the total cost until the project is completed to your satisfaction. Other than that, payments are scheduled depending on what is agreed upon in the contract.
During the project, you’ll use an application called CoConstruct to communicate with your project manager and view scheduled work in real-time. This allows clients to know when things will be busy so they can plan their day accordingly.
When the renovation is done, they’ll even have professional cleaners come in to clear out debris, to make sure your space seems like they were never even there. However, there might not be a lot to clean up because they have a strict “tidy as you go” policy.
Contact Renovations is well-known around Edmonton for their projects. Brian Luhoway, a client, shares his story:
“We hired Contact Renovations Ltd. to do a kitchen reno…The result of the renovations is truly amazing. It is hard to believe it is the same house. From the design work to the professionalism of the sub trades we could not be happier. Paul, Troy and Shaun helped us along the way and were open to feedback from us throughout the project. As with all projects of this magnitude there were some minor glitches but none that could not be remedied quickly. Our overall experience was very positive and we would not hesitate to use Contact Renovations Ltd for additional work. (We have them scheduled to do some exterior work to the front of our house in the Spring),”
4. Peak Improvements
|SERVICES||Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Carport Installation, Countertop Installation, Deck Building, Electric Fireplace Installation, Exterior Door Installation, Fireplace Installation, Flooring Installation, Garage Building, Gas Fireplace Installation, Green Building, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Laminate Flooring Installation, Linoleum Flooring Installation, Outdoor Kitchen Construction, Shower Installation, Stone Installation, Trim Work, Vinyl Flooring Installation, Wheelchair Ramp Installation, Window Replacement, Wine Cellar Installation, Wood Floor Installation, Custom Cabinets, Design Services, Door Installation|
|ADDRESS||16939 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 2S4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 487-7100 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm|
Peak Improvements has been providing its contractor services in Edmonton since 2007, specializing in home renovations to create happier homes for its residents. Whether you need to repair only a small area or want to expand your space, their experience will help make your vision happen.
We like Peak Improvements because they offer an exclusive price guarantee with no hidden fees or fine print in the contract. Whatever your quoted price is at the beginning of the project, it will be the same amount in the end.
However, if you’d like to get a rough estimate on your project, you can use their handy online budget calculator. You can select your options such as your preferred kitchen cabinet, countertops, fixtures, or flooring and you’ll receive an estimate based on your selections.
Transparency is also at the core of their services, and you’ll be able to monitor progress daily as soon as initial renovations begin. They use their tried and tested “6-Stage Process” to ensure a successful renovation.
Their in-house design team is fully qualified and certified with credentials and will offer guidance and help throughout the project. Take note, however, that complicated designs come at an added fee, so you may want to consider employing simple but classic designs.
So whether you’re looking to add space, update your fixtures, or install a completely new floor, Peak Improvements will help you improve your home to increase both its sentimental and financial value.
Peak Improvements is known for its professionalism and punctuality. One of its previous clients, Anastasia Deligianis, shares her experience.
“I recently had my kitchen remodeled and the service I received from Peak Improvements was phenomenal and stressLESS. Everyone was professional, I was always kept in the loop about the process of the work, there were no hidden costs, I knew what I was paying and when I was paying. The project manager was wonderful and I always knew who was coming and going out of my home. I always felt supported with my questions. I would highly recommend there services and will use them again in the future.”
Nancy, another client, adds:
“We are very happy that Peak Improvements did our renovation project. Chris kept the project on track, always kept us updated and was open to the many questions we had during the project. The trades were very meticulous and professional. They arrived when they were expected. The timelines were followed and the work was completed as expected. We definitely would recommend Peak Improvements and would use them again.”
5. Delize Inc.
|SERVICES||Kitchen, Basement, Bathroom, Major Renovations, Specialty Projects, Handyman Services|
|ADDRESS||Suite 2, 9825 – 44 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5E3|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 780.278.8707 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm|
Benjamin VandenBrink, a family man, owns and operates Delize which has been serving Metro Edmonton since 2008. With humble beginnings using a basement as his office, the company has since grown today, built on the lucrative business of home renovations.
Whether it’s remodelling kitchens, basements, or bathrooms, Delize strives to be quick and efficient with all of its projects while maintaining a streamlined operation from start to finish. They understand that time is money so finishing the project as scheduled will also result in very happy and loyal customers.
One of their specialties is updating rundown kitchens with more current designs, even if it involves tearing down walls, and completely reinventing and reimagining the space. They believe that kitchens are creative spaces and need to be both extremely functional and beautiful to look at.
Some of their notable projects include combining white subway tiles with new vinyl flooring and granite countertops to give homes a classic modern look. They’ve also been able to free up space in kitchens by doubling cabinet storage and creating a new eating space in an open kitchen concept plan.
So whether it’s adding a stylish backsplash, luxury granite countertops, or a complete renovation of the entire layout, Delize has designers that will present you with all the best options that will cater to your vision so that they can turn it into reality.
We like Delize because, unlike other contractors, they offer special discounts during certain occasions, such as giving $8,000 off on a bathroom renovation project to a lucky winner. We would highly suggest following them on social media so that you can enter one of their occasional contests to win freebies or massive discounts.
A small locally owned business has its benefits, such as a hands-on owner. Marine Sewell, a client, had a kitchen renovation done and shares her experience with readers:
“We recently had a kitchen reno and some other changes made to a bathroom and the garage. We are especially enjoying the changes done in the kitchen. The cupboards are now drawers and the extra cabinet with the shelf for the mixer as well as undercounter lighting, new counters and back splash has made a big difference in our kitchen. Thank you Benjamin and company!”
Ellen Chen, another client, adds:
“My husband and I had Delize Inc. do a kitchen renovation this spring . Benjamin and his team are very responsible and easy to work with. The transformation is beyond our expectations.
FAQs about Kitchen Remodels in Edmonton
And that’s the end of our list of the best kitchen remodel contractors in Edmonton. We hope you were able to find a company that you like to start renovating your home.
If you have any suggestions or recommendations of other contractors, drop us a line and we’ll make sure to check it out.
Now that you have gone through some options for contractors, you may want to consider looking at your choices for kitchen cabinets. We’ve got you covered with this list of the best shops for kitchen cabinets in Edmonton to help you out.