Holiday decorations will soon appear in the stores and some folks are already shopping. Others are looking forward to family gatherings or dreading that awkward conversation they’ll be forced to have with their least favorite uncle. Some of you might be dreaming about making Christmas dinner in their newly-remodeled kitchen. Don’t miss that deadline because you’ve underestimated how long a kitchen remodel takes. Assuming you have a contractor that’s ready to start, we’ve compiled a list of steps and an optimistic timeline.
Here’s the process:
- Make selections, get quotes then finalize the measurements and floor plan. This will take at least three weeks. In a remodel, there are always more details to hammer out and budget obstacles to overcome than you’d expect. Select cabinets and countertops so you can get some bottom-line numbers. The first cabinet estimate is probably more than you anticipated and you’ll have to make some cuts or changes. That takes time, but you want to cover everything before you place your order.
- Order your cabinets. It usually takes two to four weeks for your order to arrive.
- Schedule the installation. Most companies wait until the cabinets have arrived before doing this. Allow for at least a week between arrival of the cabinets and when the work starts.
- Installation begins. Any demolition, plumbing, electrical work and installation may take a week depending on the size of your kitchen and the scope of the remodel.
- Schedule the countertops. Most countertop fabricators try to take a template a day or two after the cabinets go in, but allow for three weeks until the tops are in place, usually a week until they template and two weeks before they can come back and install the countertops.
Altogether, this process will take at least 10-12 weeks, not counting on obstacles like back-ordered material; installer or contractor delays and getting inspections and permits. Some cabinet manufacturers are closed just for the long Thanksgiving weekend but some are closed the whole week. That will put you back, too. Remember, you’ll need to merge flooring, appliance installation, plumbing, lighting and electrical work into this schedule. Most of that can be done after the cabinets are installed and before the countertops are put in, though. Don’t be surprised if there are details that need to be tweaked as you’d be thawing the Christmas turkey, so if you’re hosting, go for light and informal. Prepare yourself for remodeling delays and be ready to hand hosting the holiday dinner off to someone else in the family.
Are you ready to get started? Come into our showroom and meet with one of our talented designers so the process can begin today and you can be ready to celebrate the holidays!