If a new kitchen was on last year’s holiday wish list, now is the time to act. A comprehensive kitchen remodel can take up to five months, which means you need to get started now if you want a new kitchen up and running in time to cook your next Thanksgiving turkey, or New Year’s Day black-eyed peas and cabbage.
Even under ideal conditions your kitchen renovation will be an enormous undertaking, so building in time for contingencies—late deliveries, permit issues, and other unforeseen complications—will help keep the process moving along.
To give you an idea of what goes in to a kitchen remodel, we are sharing our “remodeling timeline” to help you visualize how to get from Point A (your current kitchen) to Point B (your dream kitchen); at just shy of 20 weeks, you can see why it’s important to plan ahead and—of course—to expect the unexpected.
Week 1 [The Planning Stages]: Gather family members and assess the state of your current kitchen. What key features would you like? Which appliances would you like to keep? What can you not do without? Set a budget, and determine if you need a loan.
Weeks 2-4 [Meet with a Kitchen Designer]: It’s time for the planning to begin! During this period you will be choosing your finishes and materials to be incorporated, according to your personal aesthetic. Interview general contractors and discuss necessary permits.
Weeks 5-10 [Preparing Your Kitchen]: Once the cabinetry, countertops, and appliances are ordered, begin packing up your kitchen. Stay organized, and designate boxes/containers with labels: Keep, Donate, or Trash. Identify a sink in which you can wash dishes during the transition. Move your microwave to a convenient location for cooking or re-heating, and decide where to put your refrigerator. If you are planning on all new appliances, this may be the perfect time for a garage sale!
Week 11-19 [Demolition]: The length of your demolition phase will vary, depending on the size of the remodel. It generally takes a week or less for a professional crew to deconstruct a room; typical remodels take eight weeks from the time construction begins. Plumbing, electrical, drywall, the overall extent of the project, and materials chosen—these issues, among others, will also impact the length of this phase.
Weeks 11-19 Cont’d [Installation]: Installation generally occurs in the following order: flooring, cabinetry, countertops, paint, and appliances. Then it will be time to unpack those boxes and begin enjoying your beautiful, new kitchen—just in time for the holidays!