How Long Should a Kitchen Remodel Take?

    Why Kitchen Remodeling Takes Time

    The home remodeling programs on HGTV are fun to watch. Magic happens in minutes. Presto! Old and outdated becomes new and modern. This is the magic of home remodeling in DC.

    But the TV shows only give you glimpses of the remodeling process the pleasing parts. They don’t show the planning and preparation that goes into a successful kitchen design and remodeling.

    And they don’t even come close to showing a realistic timeline to complete the project. The viewer gets the sensationalized version. We think you deserve the truth.Arlington VA kitchen remodel  
    Perception versus reality

    If you live in the Washington DC area, you probably have friends who have remodeled their kitchens. You’ve may have heard some of them say, “I thought it would be done by now.”

    There are three likely reasons for this complaint:

    1. An inexperienced kitchen designer or contractor gave an inaccurate time frame.
    2. The homeowner had unrealistic expectations that were not corrected by the pros.
    3. Change orders requested by the homeowner that increased the scope of the work or delivery time for materials

    The most common concern or question we get from clients, and prospective clients, is “when will it be completed?” They fear the renovation will go on and on forever.

    Some home renovation projects can be completed quickly. Some take several months. It really depends on the scope of the project.

    How Much Time Will My Kitchen Project Take?

    The time needed for designing and remodeling a kitchen depends on the scope of the project, availability of materials, and the requirements of the design.

    If the kitchen design program is straightforward, new components replace the old ones in the same layout. This is called a replacement kitchen. There is minimal construction or customization involved. Replacement kitchen projects average 6-8 weeks for a moderate sized kitchen.

    Kitchen remodeling projects that involve a larger space, wall removals, structural changes, and reconfiguration of the floor plan take longer. A fair expectation is 10-12 weeks. That’s the timeframe for a custom kitchen renovation.

    Can Your Kitchen Remodel Take Even Longer?

    An efficient kitchen remodeling project is built around a schedule. Your project manager lays out a series of steps to be completed in sequence.

    Still, even with the most carefully planned renovation projects, delays can occur — not necessarily because of incompetence or carelessness.

    Many specialty subcontractors and a lot of special ordered products are involved in a kitchen remodeling project. That makes for tricky scheduling. Everything is tied together in sequence.

    Little hiccups are bound to happen. Most of the time they are smoothed over by project management so that delays — if they occur — aren’t show stoppers.

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    Here’s a detailed look at a custom kitchen renovation timeline. There are two phases: pre-construction and construction.

    Kitchen Pre-Construction Phase

    The kitchen pre-construction phase includes the following components: 

    1. Design Meetings

    This covers:

    • Floor plans
    • Elevations
    • Furniture plan
    • Lighting and electrical plans

    2. Selections

    You'll choose: 

    • Appliances
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Cabinets
    • Countertops
    • Backsplash
    • Light fixtures
    • Flooring
    • Cabinet hardware

    3. Construction Drawings

    4. Apply for Permits

    5. Order materials (delivery dates align with construction schedule)

    Kitchen Construction Schedule Example:

    Week 1

    • Dust and floor protection
    • Demolition
    • Straighten and level framing

    Week 2

    Sub-contractors rough in:

    • Plumbing
    • Electric
    • Duct work
    • A/V wiring

    Week 3

    • Close-in inspections
    • Install insulation
    • Insulation inspection
    • Stock drywall

    Week 4

    • Hang and finish drywall
    • Sand and prime drywall

    Week 5

    • Install hardwood flooring
    • Receive and set cabinets

    Week 6

    • Measure for countertops
    • Interior trim work
    • Countertop fabrication

    Week 7

    • Install countertops and appliances
    • Sub-contractors trim out electric and plumbing

    Week 8 & 9

    • Painting
    • Finish hardwood flooring

    Week 10

    • Professional cleaning
    • Final walk-through and punch list meeting

    There you have it. We’ve shared the truth based on our 35 years of experience in home renovation and kitchen remodeling. Obviously, it is important to set clear expectations with customers. Renovation is a significant investment. We think the more you know going into it, the better you will appreciate the entire process and the team you have partnered with to enrich your experience in a new kitchen. The weeks of construction will be over before you know it. Of course, a replacement kitchen schedule will be shorter and a custom kitchen renovation that includes structural work may be longer, but we think that’s the magic of expert kitchen remodeling for your DC home —making it all seem quick and easy. 

    Learn about how to approach a kitchen design and remodeling project by downloading The Definitive Guide to Kitchen Design & Remodeling Success. If you are ready to engage in a home renovation, please reach out to the experts at Gilday Renovations to get started. 

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