Planning and designing a new kitchen can be a dream come true. The first time you and your family cook and eat a meal in your gorgeous new space, you’ll know that the minor inconvenience of the installation was all worth it. So how long does it usually take to have a new kitchen installed? You’ll find the answers and more in this example of a typical kitchen remodel timeline.
Planning and Designing Your Kitchen Remodel — 1 to 3 months
If you are like many of our clients, you can probably picture certain aspects of your dream kitchen very clearly. Begin the design process by making a list of the things you’re sure you want: white subway tiles, walnut cabinets, butler sinks, granite countertops, etc. Start by identifying the things you can’t live without, and we can help you fill in the gaps from there.
We will help you decide on the many customizations that are available for your new kitchen. We’ll ask questions about the way your family lives, cooks, and shares meals so that you will wind up with a kitchen that is as functional as it is beautiful. The planning and design phase can be done in as little as a few days up to a month or more, depending on your decisiveness and motivation to get going! This is a large part at the beginning of the kitchen remodel timeline.
Ordering Materials and Products with Long Lead Times — 2 weeks to 4 months
Cabinets have the longest lead times of anything that will be installed in your new kitchen, so make sure to plan accordingly. Custom cabinets can take 3 to 4 months to arrive from the time they are ordered; semi-custom cabinets can take up to 2 months, while pre-fabricated cabinets can arrive onsite within days of being ordered. Ordering custom or semi-custom cabinets will definitely impact your kitchen remodel timeline.
If you are planning to use specialty tiles on your backsplash or anywhere else in the kitchen, be aware that they can take extra time to fabricate and should be ordered as soon as possible. Natural stone such as marble or granite should be selected in concert with the cabinets and will need to be custom cut to your specifications once your cabinets have been installed.
Demolition of Existing Kitchen — 1 to 2 days
Gutting the existing kitchen takes 1 to 2 days. After the old kitchen has been removed, we evaluate the underlying structures to determine if there are any faults that will prevent proper installation of cabinets and appliances. Hopefully we find that all is well, but we will let you know if there are any uneven floors or other flaws that require repair before we proceed.
If a wall or window, for instance, needs to be moved, that can also add time to this stage.
Locations of Outlets, Light Fixtures, and More — 1 to 2 days
The electrics that will power your new kitchen need to be precisely mapped out before the installation begins. We mark the exact locations that outlets, plug strips, light fixtures, and appliance power feeds will be placed so that the electricians can do their job accurately.
Plumbing and Electrical Rough-ins — 1 to 2 weeks
The installation of mechanical wiring, plumbing pipes, and HVAC are up next. If you will be moving the stove, refrigerator, or dishwasher, plan on a longer kitchen remodel timetable. Inspections will take place before we proceed to the next step.
Insulation, Flooring, and Dry Wall — 7 to 10 days
Installing insulation, dry wall, and priming will take about 3 days. Depending on the square footage of the space and the material you choose for your floors, installation can take about 4 to 7 days, including sanding, staining, and sealing for wood floors, and laying cement, then tiles, and grouting for ceramic floors.
If you choose to add radiant heat under the floors, that will add several more days to the remodel – but may well be worth it!
Cabinet Installation — 2 to 5 days
The arrival of the cabinets means that very soon the construction site in the middle of your home will begin to look like a kitchen again! Once the cabinets are onsite, we carefully unwrap the units and prepare them for the carpenters.
Now that the cabinets are going up, your remodel is looking more and more like a kitchen again. Depending on the number of cabinets and the complexity of the layout, up to a week may be required to finish the job.
Countertops – 2 days
Once enough cabinets have been installed, precise countertop measurements can be taken. While measuring only takes a day, it may take several weeks to fabricate them. Countertop installation may be the final item to finish depending on the material and the fabricator’s schedule.
Backsplashes and Painting — 2 to 4 days
If you’ve chosen a tiled backsplash, installation will require 2 days including a day to grout. Painting will take 1 to 2 days and can partially overlap with the backsplash installation. Unless the painters are held up, painting shouldn’t negatively effect the kitchen remodel timeline.
Installing Plumbing and Appliances — 2 days
Now in the home stretch, the plumbers return to hook up sinks and faucets along with the dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator. The electrician can finish up by installing the outlets and handling any other issues with the electric.
Final Touches and Cleanup — 2 to 3 days
Once appliances are in, it will take a few days to tie up any loose ends. Carpentry finishes such as floor trim, toe kicks, molding details, door and window casings, and hardware will be completed. A final finish will be applied to wood floors, and the countertops will be installed if they haven’t been already.
And then, of course, your dream kitchen is ready for you and your family! Hopefully these last few days haven’t exceeded your original kitchen remodel timeline.
General Contractor in Media for Your Kitchen Remodel
From the time that demolition begins, expect that your kitchen remodel timeline will take about four to six weeks to complete. Most people find that they are able to live in their home during the installation process by creating a makeshift kitchen in another room — and of course, by eating lots of takeout! That’s all part of the fun. If you can schedule a vacation or a visit to friends or relatives during this time, that’s a win-win for everyone and will make the time go by more quickly.
Mancill Builders can take on any home project you need. We have decades of experience with everything from replacing flooring to planning and building your custom dream home. Whether you’re dreaming of a new deck or patio complete with landscaping, a new sunroom or addition, or a basement man cave, Mancill Builders is Delaware County’s most trusted and experienced general contractor. Contact us today to discuss your home improvement ideas!