The Secrets to a Successful Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation: Often considered the heart of the home, few rooms make as big a difference to the function and flow of the home as the kitchen. Many homeowners have a vision for their dream kitchen renovation based on function, style and aesthetic. Once you decide to create that kitchen of your dreams, the first step is to come up with a comfortable budget.

Once you have a budget in mind, the next step is to contact a reputable designer and contractor, like award-winning Rob-Ron Construction Ltd. in Victoria. Colleen Gibson, Project Manager for Renovations, is also a designer and can help you to bring to life that perfect kitchen you’ve been dreaming of – or something close, which meets your budget.

“You need to decide whether or not the existing kitchen will meet your needs moving forward,” says Gibson. “Or do you need to remove walls to create an open floorplan? Removing walls means obtaining building permits, getting structural engineers involved, determining structural walls and solutions, and working with a designer who understands construction. You also want to consider whether you want to switch to gas appliances and where the gas will come from to be piped into your home.”

Gibson notes that while trends come and go, most homeowners renovating their kitchen tend to include an eating bar and good lighting. An eating bar may still require expanding the footprint of the kitchen, but not every kitchen is reconfigured to be completely open concept, especially in older houses.

The next step in the renovation process is to create a plan—ideally with the help of a designer. This will include the layout of the cupboards, countertops, appliances, sink, and a lighting plan, which typically consists of pot lights, ceiling fixtures, pendent lights over the eating bar, and under-cabinet lighting.

A typical list of materials needed in a major kitchen renovation include:

  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Counters
  • Tile
  • Lights
  • Paint
  • Sinks and fixtures
  • Appliances

From there, the design comes into play. Gibson recommends that the design complement the existing home, noting that, “you don’t want a French country-theme kitchen in a West Coast post and beam home.” Her keen eye for design helps homeowners to select materials that suit the aesthetic of their home.

Once you have agreed upon a cost with a contractor and paid the deposit, a company like Rob-Ron Construction will create a timeframe – normally starting four weeks from when the deposit is paid, to allow for ordering in materials – and will schedule top-notch, reliable trades to come in and do the work, as it may require plumbers, carpenters, drywallers, painters and others. Rob-Ron Construction is committed to not leaving a job until the customer is happy, which often leads to positive reviews from clients.

“All your tradesmen were exceptional; they arrived when expected and left the place neat,” says the Robinsons, who had a renovation done by Rob-Ron Construction. “Colleen [Gibson] is an absolute treasure – she works magic with her ideas. We just love our new home.”

Gibson stays on top of the job as the project manager, seeing the renovation from concept to finish. Due to her experience and efficiency, she saves homeowners money by avoiding costly mistakes – and a great deal of frustration.

“We take a great deal of the stress away from homeowners by ensuring everything is up to code and done on time,” says Gibson. “We enjoy seeing homeowners wowed by a gorgeous, new, functional kitchen that forms the new heart of the home.”

Rob-Ron Construction Ltd. has been building dreams for four decades, offering excellence in quality and service. The company prides itself on having happy customers at the end of each project. Contact Rob-Ron today for more information on our Victoria kitchen renovations.