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Researchers tell us most homeowners who begin a kitchen remodeling project take on average 18 months to complete it, but a full one-third who start the process actually drop out within a day or two because it can be daunting. Somewhere in between those early drop-outs and the 18-month process though is a timeline that will work for you.
Approximately 60 percent of kitchen remodels involve changing the footprint of the kitchen. If you might be in that majority, then we urge you to spend dedicated time upfront to thoroughly define your project. Do you want to renovate one or more existing rooms? Move walls? Add on? Are you tackling a full re-model or just upgrading a few things? This is a good time to determine your resources and establish how much you're willing to spend. For a large project, you'll want to explore options for at least 4 weeks, but smaller projects, like a bathroom, can be defined in a week's time.
Once you know how big of a project you want to tackle, it's time to meet with a designer to begin talking about your floorplan, materials, style, color and finishes. This stage can be very time-consuming because measurements must be taken, plumbing and electrical must be estimated, contractors must be consulted. We recommend allowing a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks for this stage for a big project, or 4 to 6 for a small project.
Minor projects can be finished in mere days for tear out and install, while more substantial projects could take a period of four to six weeks. Expect a lot of activity in your house during this period while contractors are working. Generally, Medallion's lead time for home delivery ranges from three to six weeks depending on the selections you've made. Your designer will know the approximate window for delivery of new cabinets once the order has been submitted and scheduled. Do keep the channels of communication open between your contractor, your designer and you as far as when the cabinets will arrive. If your old kitchen is torn out too soon, then you could needlessly endure extra time without a functioning kitchen.
If you've been dreaming about a new kitchen or bath for some time, or if you're just getting started, the National Kitchen and Bath Association has tools to help you plan your project. NKBA Guidelines include smart and safe planning tips such as how much space to allow for walking distance around an island and why you should never place your cooking surface under a window. Click the image below to visit the download page. Available for both Apple and Android devices.
Use this handy booklet (available in PDF form) to step through every stage of your remodeling project, from selecting a designer to collecting ideas to establishing a budget.