August 27, 2015
How long does it take to complete a kitchen renovation? The simple answer for most people is that it takes longer than they think. And several common errors done to speed things up can actually end up adding time and increasing costs! Starting demolition before finalizing your design or rush ordering cabinetry more often creates delays than efficiencies. Listen to those experienced carpenters who recommend “measure twice and cut once.”
A kitchen remodel planned and organized by professionals prior to construction proceeds much more smoothly and is substantially more likely to be completed on time and on budget. Too many companies and designers pass on unrealistic time lines to secure a sale. Be wary of anyone that does not give you a time line at least similar to the one below.
The following is a realistic timeline for a successful kitchen renovation from the planning phases through demolition, construction, installation and finally to completion.
Day 1 A professional kitchen designer measures the kitchen.
Day 8 Designer and homeowner meet to go over preliminary designs created by the kitchen designer, make changes, and create a budget and timeline for the project.
Day 9-39 Homeowners consider their different design options and cabinet lines, door styles and finishes, and pricing. Appliance, countertop, flooring and fixture shopping begins. Coordinating is ongoing as selections are made.
Day 24-39 Designs are usually solidified enough to obtain estimates from contractors. Bids will be lower, more comprehensive, and easily compared when contractors are bidding from near complete plans.
Day49-60 Major design decisions, appliances, cabinets, countertops and the contractor are finalized and scheduled. Cabinets are now ordered.
Cabinet delivery time varies depending on the cabinetry selection. Generally, the more expensive the cabinetry, the longer the lead time. No cabinetry that is of any quality will take less than 3 weeks. Higher end semi custom cabinetry usually takes around 6 weeks and custom cabinetry from 8 to 10 weeks. A 4-6 week delivery time is used for this timeline; a capable designer will assist you in managing this aspect of your project.
Day 80-100 Demolition and Construction begins.
Day 95-120 Cabinet installation complete and countertops templated.
Day 105- 134 Countertops installed.
Day 115-150 Kitchen Complete (There will always be a small “punch list” of things the contractor will need to return to complete or touch up at a later date)
So, from the first day a professional measures, it is usually almost 4 months before a customer will have a completed kitchen. It is rarely less than two months from the day the cabinets are ordered before the job is complete.
Being aware of a realistic timeline at the start of your remodel will eliminate surprises and becoming one of the horror stories about kitchens taking 6 months or a year to complete because it was rushed and begun before the entire plan was in place.
Click on the photo above to watch our 211 second video following a kitchen from demolition to completion. The video is both entertaining and gives you insight into what’s involved in a kitchen renovation.
I usually conclude my blogs with Julia Childs’ signature sign off – remember her recipes are so excellent because they are well planned, too.
So plan well, enjoy the process, and when your kitchen is complete…
Paul, Ray, Tom, and Julie
Main Line Kitchen Design