Your Kitchen Remodel Timeline

December 10, 2018

A small white dog walking around a house being remodeled

How long does it take to remodel a kitchen? The answer is different for every project. Kitchen remodels can take anywhere from a month to a year depending on the size and scope of the project. For a major overhaul involving plumbing, electrical, and structural changes, 6-12 months is a realistic time frame to cover designing your space, hiring professional help, ordering products, demolishing current structures, and building the new kitchen.

When you’re remodeling, it’s important to take steps in the proper order and allow time for weather delays, shipping delays, and unexpected life events. If someone gets sick, if a package gets lost, or if your budget shifts, your timeline will likely reflect that. Planning for road bumps in your initial time estimation will help keep your project on task no matter what comes.

Here’s a template of the important steps that must be considered when you’re building your timeline. Though smaller sub-steps will vary from project to project, working around these must-dos can help you plan accurately.

Step One: Planning the Remodel

“Planning” is a bit of a vague term. When it comes to your remodel, planning is a multipart process that includes gathering ideas, defining the scope of your project, establishing a budget, researching professional help, taking measurements, checking local building requirements, comparing quotes, and finally, formalizing your plans. Sound like a lot? It sure is. But if you tackle your planning process one piece at a time, you’ll feel educated and organized going into your remodel.

Step Two: Shopping & Ordering

We know you’re excited, but waiting for all your supplies to come in before you start demolishing and building will save you a lot of hassle and headache. Once you’ve established a plan, go ahead and order your cabinets, flooring, tile, finishes, lighting fixtures, sinks, faucets, and appliances. It’s safe to estimate about 1-2 months for this whole process. While you’re waiting for everything to arrive, be sure to establish a safe, climate controlled storage space. Construct a temporary kitchen area elsewhere in your home, pack up your kitchen, and get ready for the fun to begin.


Step Three: Rough Construction

Rough construction can take anywhere from one to six weeks. This process involves demolishing and building structural pieces and framing the room. It may include working on plumbing and electrical connections, walls, floors, or ceilings. If you’re planning on making big changes to your kitchen layout, this step is what makes that happen. Allow a generous amount of time for these significant changes to occur. By the end of this step, your old kitchen should be demolished and you should have roughed-in electrical and plumbing, drywall, and flooring.


Step Four: Finish Construction

One you’ve moved out of the rough construction phase, it’s time to tackle finish construction. This step addresses interior elements like cabinets, countertops, and appliances. During this phase, your design will finally come to life and, while it can take an extra month or two, it’s likely to be the most gratifying part of your remodel process. After everything is built and installed, leave time to clean up the construction area, unpack all your kitchen necessities, and accessorize your new space. Congratulations! Your remodel is finished.

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