On-Time and On-Budget: How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?
Did you know that people tend to eat healthier after they’ve gone through a kitchen renovation?
There are lots of reasons for this, including eating less takeout and enjoying the process of cooking a greater variety of food. If you love being in your kitchen, chances are you’ll have more fun exploring new foods.
But living a healthier lifestyle isn’t the only reason to want a kitchen remodel. There’s also the simple aesthetic component and the added functionality of a well-designed kitchen. So if you’re thinking of a kitchen remodel ideas and are wondering, “How long does a kitchen remodel take, anyway?” keep reading.
How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take in General?
In order to build a realistic timeline, you should set aside at least a month for a general kitchen remodel projects. This includes the planning process, deciding on details, making any changes prior to construction, and then the kitchen remodels itself.
To figure out whether your renovation will be on the shorter or longer side, consider how much work you’re getting done. Are you happy with the way your kitchen looks but just want to add a few items? Or are you looking for a project that will give you the feel of a whole new kitchen?
For a full renovation that includes changes to your appliances and your plumbing and electrical systems, you should probably be thinking in terms of months rather than weeks. Depending on the changes you’re looking for, this whole process could take anywhere from a couple of months to almost half a year for the whole process.
When thinking about plumbing, you should consider the water supply lines as well as the gas supply line. A full kitchen remodel might make changes to both of these types of resource supplies. As you might guess, these processes take time and care because they often involve pieces hidden behind walls and under floors.
If you want to take this opportunity to redo those parts of your kitchen as well, your renovation can also include changes to your kitchen’s walls and flooring.
And you don’t have to do it by yourself! Kitchen remodeling contractors like us can do professional jobs with drywall, paint, and flooring. These elements can change the atmosphere of the room.
Some renovations can take place in less than a month. These are usually kitchen renovations that are smaller than a full remodel. You might be replacing some appliances or interior design items without changing the whole look of your kitchen.
This can be a lot more convenient for some people. These projects can get done in a couple of weeks, more or less. And if you’re thinking of selling your home one day and want to make an improvement that increases the market value, a minor renovation could be the perfect sweet spot between the money you invest and the money you gain in the end.
For others, though a small remodel might mean an unnecessary spacing out of larger renovations they want in the long run. Take some time to think about whether you just want to change one or two things, or whether you really do want a larger project.
If there’s heavy-duty construction happening in your kitchen, you might be wondering whether you can stay in your house during the process. The answer is up to you and your lifestyle.
In many cases, people schedule construction work to fit with their lifestyle requirements. If there are certain times when the construction should stop, you can build that into the plan. This will make your renovation take somewhat longer, but it could be worth it.
One thing that can make your renovation take longer is custom work. If you’re looking for special cabinets or lighting, you might have to wait longer than usual for everything to come together.
Depending on how many things you have planned, part of the renovation might have to wait on these custom pieces to be completed. If that’s the case, you’ll have to plan your schedule around the timing of these key parts.
If you change your mind about any detail in the kitchen remodel process, it’s a good idea to voice your concerns sooner rather than later. If you’ve already gone through a lot of planning, you might be wary of starting from square one again. But changing things during the planning process will be much easier than changing things later on!
This is the reason you’re spending so much time on the planning process in the first place. You want to make as many decisions as you can before the construction starts.
The Planning Process
This brings us to the planning process itself. If you’re not factoring this into your kitchen remodel timeline, you could be skipping an important step.
While the planning stages won’t have an impact on your day-to-day life that the actual renovation might have, it’s still good to know if you have a deadline in mind for the end of the remodeling process. You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you’re rushing the planning process.
As we discussed in the previous section, a well-thought-out plan will help make the rest of the remodel a smooth operation. Here at GADI Construction, we can either be part of both the design and construction processes or just construction. Either way, make sure you’ve scheduled the design somewhere in your plan, whether it’s with us or not.