Q. How long does a kitchen renovation typically take?
A. A kitchen remodel is definitely not a quick, weekend project. It is very likely to leave your kitchen unusable for multiple weeks as you move forward towards completion. Home improvement projects require extensive research from magazines, books, the Internet (Pinterest, etc.), to collect design inspiration. The design process & selection of materials typically takes a few weeks, and then is followed by the production process.
The majority of kitchen transformations reuse the existing space of your kitchen. That means the primary step is to remove everything occupying the space, followed by structural changes (removing walls, etc.) that are needed in the empty space of the kitchen. After the deconstruction comes the reconstruction of filling up empty space with new fixtures and appliances.
Below is a detailed list of how much (estimated) time each step might take.
- Designing & Planning: Before starting any type of construction, you must first plan your kitchen layout and design. Make a list of your product choices and any arrangements with your hired professional. Meeting with a consultant for a proposal can take up to 1 week.
- Ordering: After the planning phase, it is time to order your new products and materials. If you take this step casually, you might find your kitchen remodel taking longer than you expected. Ordering custom cabinets can take about 12 to 16 weeks while semi-custom cabinets typically take 8 to 12 weeks. However, whatever product you may be ordering, it is important to keep in contact with your project manager. We strive to have all ordered items arrived and in hand prior to starting construction.
- Demolition: When installing new appliances and cabinets, the old ones need to be demolished or deconstructed. This step requires clearing out the kitchen/bathroom space and can take several days.
- Rough construction: During this part of construction, rough electrical and plumbing changes will be made to your kitchen and bathroom layout. This process might take 2 to 3 days.
- Paint & Flooring: Painting is much easier when the cabinets are demolished and removed. It takes about 2 days to paint ceilings and walls. However, flooring depends on the choice of material but typically takes 2 or more days.
- Installation: Cabinet installation can take anywhere from a couple days to 2 weeks while installing the physical appliances is quicker will only take a day or two.
- Finish carpentry: In this final construction phase, the finishing touches are added to the kitchen remodel. The light fixtures, countertops, cabinets, flooring and appliances will be installed and then you will be ready to enjoy your new space.