Kitchen Remodel Timeline – Are you looking to do a DIY kitchen remodel soon but do not know how long the process will take or the steps to follow? Depending on the size of the space, a kitchen remodel project may take anywhere from several weeks to twelve months or more. This allows time for planning and design, choosing a contractor, ordering the necessary materials, demolishing the current structure, and constructing a new kitchen.
A kitchen remodel project is complicated, so crucial steps must be followed in a certain order. Here is a detailed guide on remodeling a kitchen from start to finish.
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Planning Your Kitchen Remodel
Define the project scope
Start by thinking about your dreams and goals for your new kitchen. Look for design inspiration from some online photos. Define the style you want. Are you going to change the position of cabinets and walls? Will you replace countertops and flooring? Will you add a sink or new appliances? Making a kitchen remodel checklist can help you decide on your desired design elements.
Develop a budget
As a rule of thumb, a major remodel project for a kitchen requires a budget of 10-25% of a home’s market value. To be on the safe side, add an additional 10-15% as a cushion to cover any unexpected expenses.
Measure the space
Taking measurements of the walls, doors and windows of the renovation area can help you envision your kitchen design. Your measurements do not have to be precise, but they should be close.
Consult a kitchen designer
A designer can take your rough measurements, inspiration and ideas and translate them into a beautiful, functional space that meets your needs and budget. An initial design may take about one-three days to develop, while a final design may take one-four weeks, depending on your project scope.
Select a cabinet door style and color
Choosing your cabinetry style/color is a major decision, and deciding early in the process can help you pick other elements like countertops, flooring, and lighting.
Compare initial quotes to your budget
Once you have established a kitchen floor plan, use it to obtain accurate estimates from contractors, particularly for electrical, plumbing, and structural work. Be sure to tell both your kitchen designer and contractor(s) your budget limitations.
Check building permit requirements
Making electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural changes to your home often requires building permits. Consult your local building department to learn the requirements, needed documents and application review time frame, which may be a couple of weeks. If you have hired a designer, they should handle the permitting.
Finalize your plans
Have your designer measure your kitchen a second time and finalize your design. Then, formalize your remodel plan and sign any contracts.
If your kitchen designer is acting as your general contractor, they should provide you with a document covering the scope of work and specifications. This will detail what will be done and how, who is responsible for doing the work, when it will be finished, and the exact materials to be used. A copy should also be given to subcontractors to help avoid miscommunications and delays.
Ordering Materials (1-2 month time frame)
Before demolition begins, it is best to have all your chosen materials on hand. This gives you ample time to inspect everything so you can avoid headaches once your remodel is underway.
Order your cabinetry
The lead-time for cabinets varies depending on the manufacturer and the type of cabinets you want (e.g. custom, semi-custom or stock). Semi-custom cabinets may take four-six weeks to be built and shipped to your address. Prepare a space for the cartons, and inspect the cabinets for flaws upon arrival.
Order flooring, tiles, and finishes
After choosing cabinets, you can order complementary items like flooring and tile. While waiting for these items to arrive (three-four weeks), you can choose cabinet hardware and countertops. Keep in mind that countertops are only fabricated after cabinets are installed.
Order sinks, faucets and lighting
Your kitchen designer can help you identify the areas where you may need task lighting, and give you different options for sinks and faucets with features you may want to include in your kitchen. Just be sure you order these items in time for installation.
Price and functionality are important factors when it comes to choosing kitchen appliances, but appliances also add to the aesthetic of your kitchen. White appliances can be paired with white cabinetry, while stainless steel or black appliances can complement a variety of darker finishes.
Store products safely
It is important to have a secure area prepared to store materials as they arrive, such as a garage, seldom-used room, or porch. Items like wooden cabinets and flooring must be kept in a climate-controlled area to prevent damage from humidity and temperature changes.
Set up a temporary kitchen
Before new products are delivered and your existing kitchen becomes a construction zone, establish a temporary kitchen. You might decide to put a microwave and small refrigerator in another room, or opt for an outdoor grill.
Pack up the kitchen
Before the demolition process starts, you will want to pack up your remaining kitchen items and move everything to a safe place.
Rough Construction (1-6 week time frame)
The time frame for all the steps involved in rough construction depends on the extent of the renovation and whether you plan to change structural elements or the kitchen footprint.
Demolish the existing kitchen (2-3 days to 2-3 weeks)
Before this phase begins, check the local regulations on how to properly dispose of construction waste. The water, gas and electrical supplies are switched off first. Then, walls and other structural components are dismantled, and debris is dealt with to eliminate any safety hazards.
Build out utilities (1-2 weeks)
After the room is cleared, electrical, plumbing and gas lines can be roughed in, which is necessary if you are moving a sink, relocating appliances or adding/moving electrical fixtures. A local building inspector may have to then visit and approve the completed work before the next stage.
Install drywall (2-3 days)
Once the utilities are in place, drywall can be hung and the walls painted.
Install flooring (3-5 days)
Depending on the type of flooring you have chosen, it may be installed before or after the cabinetry. Hardwood floors are normally installed before the cabinets whereas tile and vinyl floors are installed afterward.
Finish Construction (1-2 month time frame)
This final phase of the remodeling project is when you will see a construction zone transform into your functional, attractive new kitchen.
Install cabinets (3-5 days)
Cabinets are mounted level, plumb and square to the floor and walls, and shimmed/adjusted as necessary.
Measure, fabricate, and install countertops (1-4 weeks)
Once the base and any pantry cabinets are installed, your countertops can be measured and fabricated. Measurement and installation takes about one day each, but fabrication and delivery may take up to four weeks.
Install lighting (1-2 days)
Wiring new lights may take some time, but with the ceiling, work space, and under cabinet areas already prepped for lighting, installation will be fairly easy.
Install backsplash (1-2 days)
Installing backlash typically only takes a day, but it may take longer if you have chosen small tiles in a complicated design.
Install appliances, (1-2 days)
After utilities like gas and electricity are connected, your new appliances can be installed. Care and caution must be taken with transferring and unpacking appliances to avoid damage to the floor and walls.
Complete finish carpentry (2-4 days)
Fine-tuning your kitchen with crown molding, paint touch-ups, decorative accents and other finishes may take several days. Any misaligned cabinets are also adjusted, kitchen appliances leveled, and everything checked to ensure it functions properly.
Clean up the construction zone
Dust and debris should be removed from the construction area and ventilation system. The cabinets should be wiped down inside and out, and then inspected. If you rented a dumpster to collect waste materials, it should be hauled away.
Unpack, set up, and accessorize
Now that your kitchen remodel is complete, you can unpack all your stored items/groceries and stow them in the appropriate places. You can add some accessories to your new kitchen to enhance its appearance.
Prepare for unexpected expenses
After you start to demolish your current kitchen, you may discover a mold issue, pests in the walls, or some other problem. If the house was built before 1978, you may have to deal with abating lead paint or asbestos materials as both are hazardous to human health.
Get Help from a qualified team
Surrounding yourself with an experienced, knowledgeable team of design professionals will help make your kitchen remodel a success. At Boss Design Center we can make the process easier for you. Contact us today for expert assistance with your home depot kitchen remodel project.