In many homes, the kitchen is the most frequently used room in the house, and in most cases the hardest room to do without. The kitchen gets used every day for a variety of reasons; food preparation, mealtime, a gathering place, and a place for the kids to do homework. I believe this is one of the reasons why I hear this question all the time, how long does it take to remodel a kitchen? While there’s no one size fits all answer, here’s a pretty good idea of what to expect.
You can break a kitchen renovation into three segments. The first is the removal of the existing kitchen, second is room preparation, and third is the installation of the new materials.
Removal of the existing kitchen, also known as demolition, is usually the shortest segment of the renovation. That is a good thing because it is also usually the messiest portion of the project, but we do all we can to minimize the mess in your home. Fortunately this segment of the project usually only lasts a day or two.
Once the old kitchen has been removed we can begin the preparation work to get ready for all the new products that will be installed in the kitchen. Many things have to happen before the new cabinetry can be installed. Perhaps electric and/or plumbing needs to be added, removed, relocated, or replaced. Sometimes ductwork needs to be modified and insulation repaired. There is also a great deal of construction work to be done at this time. Removing walls, adding beams, replacing windows or doors, and even fixing that annoying squeak in the floor need to be addressed before new materials are installed in the home. There may also be one or more inspections required at this time. When you add up the time required to perform these tasks, most jobs require 1 to 2 weeks for room preparation, and an involved job can take even longer. This can be a very frustrating time for the homeowner. Sometimes it’s hard to see progress being made in the preparation segment of the renovation. Much of the work being done is hidden in the walls, attic, or basement. And even if the work can be seen, it doesn’t look particularly pretty at this point. For more information, watch our video how to survive a kitchen remodel.
The most exciting time of the renovation is when we start installing the new products in your home. Homeowners begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and start to realize just how awesome their new room is going to look. Typically, allow a few weeks for installation.
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When you add up those three segments, you realize the average kitchen renovation will last approximately 4 to 5 weeks. Depending on the amount of work required and the products selected for the renovation, your job may take less time than average. However, for a very involved job that includes unique details, 6 to 8 weeks or more may be required to complete the renovation.
During the first meeting with a potential client we will take as much time as is needed to fully explain how we coordinate the renovation of your kitchen. We will go over how long we anticipate your job will take, how we make sure all the pieces are where they need to be – when they need to be there, and show you the steps we take to make sure your new kitchen will be perfect. We look forward to learning more about your dream kitchen and would love to set aside time just for you. Give us a call at (610) 262-7235 or click here to schedule a meeting so we can get to know you.