Home is the ultimate reflection of ourselves and our families, so it’s natural to want to make your space as functional and stylish as possible – while also sticking to a realistic reno timeline and budget. While renovation costs in Canada vary depending on factors like your location, the materials you choose, your home’s square footage and if you can DIY some of the work, having a general idea of what you might need to invest to refresh each room in your home can help. If you’re thinking of renovating your home in 2021, we’ve rounded up the average cost for each room.
Pantry: About $2,600
Speaking of the kitchen, another way to maximize the function and organization of your home’s eating space is to create or convert a dedicated pantry space, as Hilary Farr did with this Love It or List It pantry. The average cost of installing a new pantry, according to Home Advisor, is over $2,000. Here are some dreamy walk-in pantries to inspire you.
Bathroom: $8,000 to $14,000
While the finishes you choose and amount of plumbing you need make a big difference when it comes to the budget, Bryan Baeumler estimates the average cost of a bathroom remodel is around $8,000 to $12,000, while the Home Advisor report notes the average cost is $13,401. As this Family Home Overhaul washroom by Tiffany Pratt and Brian McCourt shows, a fresh vanity, bold tile and modern fixtures can make your old bathroom feel like a completely new space.
Basement: $10,000 to $15,000
Have an underused, unfinished basement? That wasted space can be livable square footage – whether you use the basement as a hangout zone, workout space, spare bedroom or all of the above, like this multi-functional Save My Reno basement does. The cost of a basement remodel depends on the size and level of finish already existing, but it generally will set you back at least $10,000. Need some underground inspiration? These basement renovations will blow you away.
Entryway: Starting at $450
As this Property Brothers’ space shows, your front entryway makes a big impression on your home’s overall aesthetic, and with a new front door and some cosmetic upgrades you can make a great first impression. The cost of a new front door starts at about $450, but a new front door gives you double the impact by updating your interior entryway and also boosting your exterior curb appeal.
Home Office: About $250 and Up
Having a comfortable, well-organized space to work from home is increasingly in demand in Canadian households, but setting up a home office space is actually one of the least expensive renovations you can take on at an average of just $266 (according to the Home Advisor report). If you have a spare room or nook – like this office space featured on Property Brothers: Forever Home – you can use paint and some storage and furniture pieces to transform the room.
Living Room: $5,000 to $12,000
A popular big-ticket living room renovation is new flooring, and the Home Advisor report notes that new flooring in a home costs an average of just under $5,000. Echoing this, Bryan Bauemler suggests a budget of between $5,000 and $12,000 for a living room upgrade to account for flooring, paint and finishings. A gas fireplace, like the sleek model featured in this coastal-chic Scott’s Vacation House Rules living room, translates into higher reno costs but adds warmth and contemporary style to a space.
Interior Painting: $2,000
For a no-demo home renovation idea that offers a high return on investment, painting your home’s interior is your best bet. Home Advisor notes that the average cost for interior home painting is $2,000, but you can likely keep costs down by DIYing the job. As designer Debra Salmoni showcased by painting this living room – including the stone fireplace surround – for Scott’s Vacation House Rules, a little paint can make a huge impact.
Laundry Room: About $5,000
Laundry is a fact of life, but a well-organized space and modern appliances can make all the difference. In this basement laundry room by Scott McGillivray and Sarah Keenleyside for Family Home Overhaul, the team used bold colour, spacious appliances and a surface for folding to check all the boxes. When it comes to budget, laundry room remodel costs go up significantly if you’re building the space from scratch or relocating it, but the average cost, according to Home Advisor, is about $5,000. Here are Scott’s tips for designing the perfect laundry room for your home.
Bedroom: $5,000 to $10,000
A bedroom should be a restful retreat, as this cozy primary bedroom on Rock Solid Builds illustrates. The cost of updating the bedroom depends on what you’re planning (for example, fresh paint or wallpaper can be DIYed in the room for a few hundred dollars, but elements like new flooring, lighting or closets will increase the cost). Bryan Baeumler suggests budgeting between $5,000 to $10,000 on average for a bedroom transformation.