How Long Will Your Kitchen Remodel Really Take?

October 30, 20122 comments

Unlike what popular home improvement television shows typically depict, a kitchen remodel is not a quick, weekend-long project. Often, a remodel will leave your kitchen unusable for a few months as you progress towards completion.

We see a remodel as being composed of six steps. Splitting a remodel into separate parts will help make it more manageable and keep you on track.

Pink kitchen with CliqStudios white kitchen cabinets

The Painted Linen Rockford Cabinets pair well with the pink walls

Below, I’ve linked to the six steps in our kitchen remodeling guide and provided a brief description of what tasks are involved during each part.

Kitchen design planning — Before construction can start, you must decide on a kitchen design and layout, make your major product selections that could affect the design, and finalize contract agreements with contractors and/or professional designers.

Building permits — You will have to prepare and acquire building permits. Your contractor should help you with the paperwork for these permits.

Temporary kitchen — Since your kitchen will be under construction, you should prepare a temporary kitchen where you can make quick meals until your new kitchen is complete.

Kitchen demolition — In order to install your new kitchen cabinets and appliances, your old ones will have to be removed. In this stage, everything will be cleared, disassembled, and thrown out.

Remodel rough construction — In this first part of construction, the electrical, drywall, and plumbing will be installed.

Remodel finish construction — This is the final part of construction where the finishing touches are put on your kitchen. Your new cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, and fixtures will be installed.  You’ll then be able to unpack and start using your new space!

Typically, after plans are made, a remodel will last between 8–13 weeks.


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  1. Jaynee Reply

    Our renovation took two months and included a 250 addition as part of the kitchen renovation. Our contractor was fabulous and everything went quite seamlessly because we planned everything in advance and didn’t change our minds about things as the construction progressed. We also had very detailed architectural drawings that enabled my contractor to know EXACTLY what we wanted. The only thing we changed was deciding to have the backsplash go all the way up to the ceiling rather than only up to the range hood. And we changed our mind BEFORE he got started and bought more tiles so that our contractor would have enough. Not only that, but because of our diligent planning and lack of change orders, our project came in 10% UNDER budget.

  2. Aurelio the Fridge Reply

    It’s definitely a process, but if the finished product is fabulous, then it’s TOTALLY worth the journey. You could spend a couple of months somewhat inconvenienced and end up with an amaahzing kitchen that tickles you pink and wows every guest who walks through your door, or you could skip the hassle and keep trucking along with an impractical, drab kitchen that you simply don’t love. Everyone I’ve talked to who has gone through a remodel would do it again in a minute (and trust me, I spend a lot of time talking about kitchens!). Understanding what the process is going to be like and the time frame to expect is totally important, but a dream kitchen is worth the wait.

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