Kitchen Reno Process

On the surface, a kitchen renovation may seem simple.  However, when you start to think about the plumbing, electrical, possibly gas and other issues, it should become evident that it is a job for a professional. 

Kitchen Reno Process

Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular home improvements in Ottawa.  It will increase the value of your home and give you a more workable area for one of the most important rooms in the house.  

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Our Process


To start with, you get to sit down with a professional who will listen to your wish list.  He or she is happy to work with the homeowner who has found styles and designs in magazines and online.  After discussing all the options and selecting cabinetry, flooring, and countertops, the design can be finalized for your approval.


This is an inevitable step.  Some things will need to go and for that we order a large bin.  Some of the items that will be replaced are appliances, cabinets, countertops, floor tiles, backsplashes, lights, and hardware.


The perimeter of the kitchen is formed with cabinets.  There are a number of ways to approach this segment of the remodel.  It is certainly acceptable to repaint or change out hardware to create an upgraded look, to purchase pre-made cabinets from a supplier, or to have custom cabinets made specific to the design and color scheme of your space.


Probably one of the first things someone sees in your kitchen is the countertops.  While there are some prefabricated countertops that will fit nicely into an existing space, it will most probably be necessary to have your countertops customized to fit the area and to coordinate with the appliances and cabinets.


This is definitely a job for a licensed, experienced professional.  The wiring needs to be inspected to be sure it still meets code and any changes or additions should be handled by a professional.  To skip this step is a dangerous road that can lead to a mess in the kitchen and possibly damage from fire from an improperly completed job.


Usually through the demolition phase of the project, lines for faucets and dishwashers must be disconnected and sometimes moved.  When working in the basement, it could be necessary to break though the concrete to access the appropriate pipes.  At HighBridge we use licensed, insured professionals.  In that way if there is some unforeseen circumstance that creates a problem, you are covered for any damages. 



Again, as the remodel continues, flooring changes will require some decisions.  The best surfaces are hardwood and tile because of their ability to endure the high traffic of this room.  Laminate is one of the least desirable surfaces because it is easily damaged.  If you think installing tile is simple, you may be surprised.  It takes specific knowledge about where to start and splitting or cutting tiles to accommodate all the islands and cabinets.  The best option is to have a professional deal with this time consuming task.


This is one of the last items on your renovation list, or it could be the only thing you want to do.  Whether you are just covering some scratches, or changing color, many homeowners find this a relatively easy task.  Preparation is the key.  It is important to read all the instructions carefully and be sure you understand them.  Wear appropriate protective clothing, eyewear, and masks.  Be sure to cover all the surfaces like countertops and floors.  Mask the edges of all baseboards and cabinets.  If this sounds like a lot of work, it is.  You may want to opt for a professional painter who will take less time and do a nice job. 


A remodel is a nice time to upgrade your appliances.  Refrigerators frequently need to be larger than previously to accommodate new members of the family.  Ranges and cooktops might need to be modernized.  You could also be adding items like microwaves or dishwashers. 


Illumination is not only necessary but can be quite chic.  Years ago, there was little choice in overhead lighting.  Today we have choices in ceiling lights, under cabinet lighting, vent panels and over the island.  Professional designers are ready to help you wade through the options.