A kitchen renovation is one that a lot of people put off. And it makes sense! If you have kids or a busy career, the last thing you need is for your mornings to be more hectic because half of your kitchen isn’t functional, or even existent. Pets will be tempted to step on fresh tiling while it’s still settling, and you probably have a lot of things going on in your professional and personal life. You might have to think about the holidays and other special gatherings that you have planned. This guide will help you understand what the timeline you’re looking at is, and how to manage expectations during a home renovation.
Pre-Construction Design and Planning
This step can take a while. In fact, what will speed up the overall process once workers enter your home is to have a clear idea of what you want. It’s best to pretend as if you don’t have a price range in mind. This allows you to take in as many magazines or photos on the Internet, and see what you like and don’t like. Think about how you feel when you visit friends’ or family members’ homes. Do you like the flow of the layout of their kitchen? Do refrigerator or oven doors block entryways when opened, and potentially pose a risk?
When you set up a meeting to work with a contractor they’re naturally going to ask you what you want. Having pictures, even if they’re wildly out of your price range, give the designer a ballpark to begin showing you designs that are possible not only for your price range but for the actual space in your home. You will also have done all the planning and envisioning to make a decision sooner. They will also:
- Take measurements of your kitchen
- Bring sample kits for the cabinets, flooring, and overall design
- Show renderings if significant demolishing will be done
Once you have decided on a plan, your contractor can give you a solid estimate of how long the work will take. However, in general, it can take one week to a few months. One week to a few months is a very wide range, so it’s helpful to know what extends the amount of time required so you can have a better ballpark number.
What Takes Time In A Kitchen Remodeling Project
You can narrow down how long your project will take by doing some measurements yourself, and comparing your desires against your actual space. Here are the things that will impact how long your remodeling will take:
- Demolition: The demolition phase can take a few days to not only safely clear the area, but properly remove debris.
- Construction: Adding major pieces, such as windows and custom-built pieces going directly into space, such as a nook.
- Any fine details, which can come up at any part of the process. For example, if you’re looking to install an intricate mosaic or special design, then that may happen in the last few weeks or days with a specialist who can do that sort of work.
Standard procedures that generally take less time are:
- Installing plumbing and electrical connections, which will take up to a week.
- Installing drywall and painting, which can take anywhere from a week to two weeks
- Installing flooring. This can take 2-5 days.
- Installing cabinetry and tabletops can take 2 weeks to a month.
- Finally, cleaning and clearing items on a checklist can take a few days or even a week. Properly disposing of all materials and making the kitchen neat and in ideal condition is a basic expectation of all workers who remodel kitchens.
Choose The Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractors
At Home Care Contractors, we’ve worked with hundreds of happy clients in all sorts of homes and commercial buildings. There is hardly a design or custom request we haven’t seen. We also understand that for the people having work done in their home, it can be very stressful to have your daily routine changed. That’s why we prioritize customer communication and satisfaction.