Many people like to think about possibly remodeling their kitchens. What they don’t always consider is the timeline. Factors may include what you’d like changed, what you’d like added, and what you are willing and able to do.
There is no definitive answer for how long planning can take, depending on your proposed changes and how soon you want the project done. Your options may range from new appliances and countertops in a small kitchen to all new electrical, moving walls, new floors, and total redesign of a large space. The more changes, the more time the project may take.
FINDING THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR
Depending on the contractor you choose, you may be at the mercy of his own schedule. To avoid disappoint or problems at mid-project, do the research to choose the right professional for your job.
INITIAL DESIGN PROCESS
Determine what you want to do at the beginning and clearly specify every detail before the work begins. You won’t want to discover that those special drawer pulls that you have your heart set on are out of stock or discontinued when the rest of the work is half done. It’s worth a few days of planning and clarifying to avoid problems later.
FINAL DESIGN PROCESS
When you’ve decided on your final vision, meet with your contractor to be sure you’re both on the same design page.
Allow time for ordering and consider that there may be shipping costs involved. Be sure to ask about the expected delivery timelines.
STRUCTURAL CHANGES + DEMOLITION
Structural changes may require permits and inspections. Even without them, demolition may take one to three days; changes to load-bearing or exterior walls may take longer. Ask your contractor what to expect.
If you’re installing new cabinets, paint first. The project will take less time without new cabinets in the way.
INSTALLING NEW FLOORING
New flooring installation should not take longer than a day or two if it was part of your original plan.
FABRICATION + INSTALLATION OF COUNTERTOPS
Most contractors allow anywhere from five days to three weeks for this part of your remodel, which makes pre-planning advisable.
Install appliances, and do your final inspection. If you followed your plan from the start, you should be on schedule and ready to enjoy your new kitchen!