Kitchen renovations and some key questions

From improving poor layouts and inadequate lighting, to simply replacing worn out fixtures or cabinetry, kitchen renovations are among the most popular home renovation projects.

If you're thinking about renovating your kitchen, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has a variety of questions you may want to ask yourself first to make sure your renovation is a success, including:

. How much work and storage space do you need? Is an eating area in the kitchen important to you? What are the traffic patterns like? And does the kitchen meet the needs of everyone in the household, including anyone with special needs?

. Are there any existing structural problems in or around the kitchen? Will removing or installing any walls or windows require any special details?

. Do the existing fixtures and appliances have years of useful life left?

. Are your existing cabinets or countertops damaged? Do they no longer suit your needs?

. Do any of the finishes or surfaces have moisture damage, visible mold, water stains or blistered or peeled paint? Is any caulking or grout cracked or missing? Has there been condensation on the windows, walls or ceiling?

. Are there enough electrical outlets and circuits for current and future needs?

. Is your existing plumbing service and water pressure adequate? Do the drains flow quickly? Are there any leaks or evidence of water damage?

. Do you have an exhaust fan ducted to the outside, which doesn't lead to backdrafting?

. Do your current finishes need to be replaced because of wear or styling? Will your new materials and finishes be durable, low odour and low in chemical emissions?

For more information or a free copy of the "About Your House" fact sheet on Renovating Your Kitchen, visit or call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642

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