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Whole home renovations have the power to transform an old, majestic property into a functional, beautiful home. SevernWoods Fine Homes perform whole home renovations to create lovely, functional living spaces and help homeowners achieve their goals. Our home renovations modernize home systems to improve efficiency and functionality, restore the beauty of the existing structure, and create a modern twist on an older property.

Whatever your whole home renovation goals, whether that includes a kitchen renovation that creates a more functional cooking space, bathrooms that dazzle and relax, and living spaces that help make memories, SevernWoods can make your renovation goals a reality. Contact us to start the conversation on how we can renovate your dream home.

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How Long Does It Take To Renovate in Toronto?

Whole home renovations don't happen overnight. These projects involve many steps with different entities. To get started, you'll work with an architect, then a builder, and subcontractors. Permits must be obtained, materials must be ordered and finally, the work begins.

How long your home renovation takes depends on how quickly you make decisions, what materials need to be ordered, the scope of your project, weather in your area, and any damage that your contractor uncovers during the renovation process. We've mapped out an approximate timeline below:

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  • Design Phase -The design of your home renovation can take from three-six months, but it entirely depends on your choice of architect, their availability, and the complexity of the designs.
  • Selecting a Contractor - Your contractor should be engaged or hired early in the design phase. By having your team assembled early a collaborative effort can be made to budget the project early, and make any necessary changes and suggestions to keep the costs inline with expectations. We would suggest interviewing three-five contractors and choosing the company that aligns with your values. This will be a long relationship, of up to two years as you progress through zoning, permitting, and construction.
  • Permitting - Getting a permit and getting the work cleared with your local zoning board can take many months, depending on the scope of your project.
  • Construction -Once construction begins, whole home renovations can take anywhere from 8 to 16 months. Your contractor should prepare a detailed schedule for construction prior to the project starting.

For more information about how long it takes to perform a whole home renovation, read our online guide.

How Much Do Toronto Home Renovations Cost?

The average cost per square foot of a whole home renovation depends on many factors including finishes, materials, and scope. The average cost for a Toronto home renovation ranges between $275 and $450 per square foot. Typical homes of 2,000 square feet cost approximately $550,000 to $900,000, while larger spaces may cost in the range of $1.5M to $2.5M.

In addition to the variables already mentioned, some surprising factors play a role in the cost of your home renovation, including:

  • Property Access - Is your property easy for your contractor to access? Homes that are farther away or more difficult to reach may cost more to renovate.
  • Type of home construction - Whole home renovations are designed to be seamless, fitting into the construction of your existing home. Some materials are easier to manipulate than others, so the type of materials your home is made from can impact the cost.
  • Building an addition - Building an addition to your home can increase costs and the timeline.

Toronto Renovation Cost Guide

Ultimately, these are just averages when it comes to a renovation. It depends on your chosen company, the materials sourced, and many other factors. Our renovation projects typically start in the $400 range and go up from there, depending on your project goals and materials used. We build homes that stand the test of time, our comfortable to live in, and not only look good now, but 20 years from now. 

While it may be tempting to seek the lowest bid from several local contractors, it’s not always the best option. The quality level of work and craftsmanship may cease to exist, they may be lowballing you causing future budget increases once the project has started, or inexperience within the industry.

SevernWoods Fine Homes provides several resources about renovation costs in Toronto that can help answer questions you have about renovation costs:

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What Are The Renovation Design Trends In The Toronto Area?

Many renovation design trends have emerged in the Toronto area in the last few years. Some of the most popular trends include:

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Open Floor Plans

An open floor plan allows families to mingle in large open spaces. Open floor plans are great for entertaining and also provide flexible living space that can be changed to accommodate your household as needed.


There have been many innovations in sustainable building materials in the last several years and many Toronto homeowners are choosing to go green. By renovating your older home, you can increase your home's energy efficiency dramatically and make sustainable living possible. When we build for sustainability, what you end up with is a more comfortable living environment. While building a sustainable home will save you money every month, the real value comes from the increased comfort in all areas of your home in all seasons.

Multi-Functional Rooms

Things change fast. Need an example? Just think back to how quickly it became important for you to create a work-from-home office in 2020. Creating flexible rooms that can serve multiple purposes can help keep your home livable for years to come.

Creative Storage Solutions

Open floor plans sometimes lack storage space, so it's important to find creative ways to incorporate storage into the home design. Working with a designer to create solutions to storage problems is always recommended.

Guidance & Expertise Were Invaluable

SevernWoods is a top notch, five-star construction company. While smaller projects aren't typically in their scope, we were thrilled that they agreed to take on our 'little' laneway house project. We benefited from their roster of loyal tradespeople who did outstanding work and managed to stay on time and on budget despite the pandemic. Their crews were kind and courteous - we actually enjoyed seeing them in our backyard every day! Laneway housing is somewhat new in Toronto but they were patient as we navigated the process and we are thrilled with what we built together.

- Nikki B.

Attention to Detail

We worked with SevernWoods to build our home. They were AWESOME -- professional, organized, great communicators. We were impressed by their attention to detail and their work ethic. As a team, they have a great attitude and pride in their work.
Building a home is a complex, stressful endeavour and SevernWoods was instrumental to the success of our project. Even with the impact of the pandemic, they were able to flex with this unprecedented situation and make arrangements to minimize delays. We are so pleased with the work they did and happy that we chose them for our project.

- Kim K.

On Time & On Budget

Hiring SevernWoods was one of the best decisions we took for our renovation. You know how you hear all the horror stories of construction? How things went wrong, took so much longer than promised and the craftsmanship was just overall bad? Well, with SevernWoods the experience is exactly the opposite. The build was on time and on budget, I kid you not.
The team is incredibly kind, and kindness is so important when undertaking such a big and expensive project where lots of money and emotions are involved. They are not only kind but professional and just absolutely lovely humans.  The trades SevernWoods hired were all very high quality craftsmen and you could tell every single person that worked in my house had a great sense of pride in the work they did.
The home SevernWoods built for my family was built with care, patience, professionalism and a great sense of pride.
Construction is a time of very high stress levels. With SevernWoods the process flowed with such ease that I would even consider building again just to have the pleasure to work with the team once more!

- Kelly S.

Inspiration For Your Toronto Home Renovation

We have an extensive portfolio for you to inspire your next home renovation project. You can see some of our whole home renovation work on our website, including the Playter Estates Home Renovation with Open Concept layout and this colourful contemporary renovation also in Playter Estates.


Discover Where We Renovate & Build

SevernWoods Fine Homes Serves the Following Fine Neighbourhoods of Old Toronto:

  • High Park
  • Lytton Park
  • Leaside
  • Playter Estates
  • Leslieville
  • Little Italy
  • The Beach
  • The Annex
  • Mississauga
  • Moore Park
  • Rosedale
  • & Surrounding Areas!

Don't see your neighbourhood on our list? Contact us to see if we work in your area!

Contact SevernWoods Fine Homes, Toronto Home Renovator

At SevernWoods Fine Homes, we provide design and services for whole home renovations in the Toronto area. Our luxury whole home renovations help homeowners bring their older homes up to date while also creating beautiful living spaces that last a lifetime. To find out more, contact us today.