May 30, 2019

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

How long does the average kitchen renovation take

What are the factors of remodeling your kitchen?

If you’re looking for how long your kitchen remodel is going to take, you first have to consider what it is you’re really after. Generally, if you want new furniture and new appliances it will take much less time than if you’re ripping out walls or tearing up floors.

With a full out remodel the people you hire are going to have to remove the entire kitchen and replace it. This can take months, as opposed to weeks. I did some digging in order to answer your question and found that there are many factors that go into your timeline.

Some of these factors include what you’re remodeling and if anything will stay the same, the contractors you use and their timeline and schedule, and how long it takes to plan and gather supplies for what you want. With the help of our friends at Cabinet Cottage, our local Alpharetta remodeling contractors (just north of Atlanta), we’ll take a look at what factors will affect the project timing when considering a kitchen remodel.

Comparing minor and major remodels.

You can do a minor kitchen remodel if you are interested in saving time.

According to bamorrison.com (https://www.bamorrison.com/heat-airconditioning-blog/major-vs-minor-kitchen-remodel) a minor remodel is when you do simple projects such as refinishing cabinets, adding a backsplash, getting new appliances or furniture, and replacing the sink or countertops.

A major remodel is if you do larger projects such as adding an island, replacing the flooring, or changing the layout of the kitchen. A minor remodel is cheaper and more time efficient, so that is an option if you are looking to save time.

If your goal with the remodel is to increase property value, a minor remodel is very good to accomplish that as it raises property value without the extreme price tags.

Reasons to budget more time.

When remodeling your kitchen, if you opt for a major remodel, you will have to be more patient, as this turns weeks into months. The original kitchen will need to be taken out and then the work can begin on the new one.

Floors take a while to get laid in my experience, especially if for some reason the calculations are done wrong and you need more time to match the flooring and order more of it. If you decide you want new floors you should budget more time for that.

You should also take into consideration the possibility that there may need to be changes to the structure of the house or the wiring if you are doing something with the walls and layout of the kitchen.

That will cost extra time as well. According to donatellibuilders.com (https://donatellibuilders.com/realistic-kitchen-remodel-timeline/) depending on your contractor and size of remodel, they may even need for you to make other living arrangements for the duration or part of the remodel.

You should factor in moving your stuff and your family when you are deciding on the time frame.

Deciding on contractors.

Contractors are all different. They all do things at their own pace and depending on how much money you’re willing to spend they sometimes take their time to do things in my experience.

So, it’s important that when you’re deciding how long you are going to expect your remodel will take, you factor in the plans of your contractors.

If you are looking for a good website to find contractors in your area so that you can ask them what you’re looking at as far as time, I recommend homeadvisor.com. There you will find a contractor search so that you can compare them and ask them questions.

Planning for your remodel.

Another factor to take into consideration is your own planning. How long will it take you to save for the remodel and what are the things you’re looking for in your new kitchen?

Home Depot has a very nice kitchen remodel planning tool that I would highly recommend. (https://hdapps.homedepot.com/SATDMyProjectWeb/launchMP.do?cm_mmc=SEM%7CG%7CVF%7CD29B%7C29-27_SPECIAL_ORDER_CABINETS%7CGeneric%7CNA%7CDesign%26Planning%7c71700000032876328%7c58700003856947361%7c43700030979604985&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_r3nBRDxARIsAJljleFzEfaU9DCONb-ljJjUuyhE2vQywzenj5GOCyYMSuqRDDrjDvgSh5UaApACEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds)

There are a lot of planners like this one, as well as checklists that will keep you organized and help you decide what you would like your kitchen to look like.

Getting your materials.

You also have to take into account the materials that will be needed for the remodel and how you are going to source them. The materials could come from several places and you need to decide what kind you want, where they’re coming from, and how long you’re willing to wait for them to arrive.

Take for example flooring, what type of flooring? Wood, laminate, tile? Will you get the contractor to find it or find it yourself? How long would you wait for shipping?

Sometimes materials need to be custom made or are made as they are requested, so you may have to adjust your plans as you research what materials you want to use and how you want to get them.

Timelines of remodeling your kitchen.

According to donatellibuilders.com (https://donatellibuilders.com/realistic-kitchen-remodel-timeline/) , sebringdesignbuild.com (https://sebringdesignbuild.com/how-long-does-a-kitchen-remodel-really-take-a-realistic-schedule/), and blog.sweeten.com (https://blog.sweeten.com/renovation-101/how-long-does-a-kitchen-renovation-take-2/) a kitchen remodel can take anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks and 3 to 6 months depending on these factors.

The main idea is you will find out as you plan how long it will take to remodel your individual kitchen. There are rough estimates out there, but only when you make crucial decisions will you truly begin to get the picture of how long it will take.

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