My top 4 dislikes about the condo are:
1) Floors - very light, cheap looking laminate
2) Backsplash - or lackthereof
3) Kitchen Counter - old looking, blue colour
4) Shower - it's not a tub!
The floors will be redone the day after I close. Thanks to my Mom for purchasing the floors and my Dad for installing them.
The kitchen will be next on my to-do list. According to Rona, the cost of a kitchen renovation should be calculated as a ratio of the value of your house. Generally, between 6% and 10% of your house's declared value represents a reasonable cost for the purchase and installation of new kitchen cabinets. In my case the kitchen reno budget will be significantly less. I'm budgeting for $800, with an extra $200 as a just in case.
I don't have much work to do, but I am looking to replace the countertop and add a backsplash. The countertop looks straightforward - it will run along only one wall, so no corners. The backsplash will run along 2 walls. My plan is to take measurements of both the counter and the backsplash area before closing and visit the Toronto Home Show around the same time to shop around suppliers.