Researchers tell us most homeowners who begin a kitchen remodeling project take an average of about 18 months to complete.
"We discussed how she would perform typical kitchen functions and then planned the cabinetry storage so that the flow of the kitchen was the best it could be for interactive family cooking and entertaining."
Bonnie Bagley Catlin | Kitchen Designer
Define the Big Picture
Approximately 60 percent of kitchen remodels involve changing the footprint of the kitchen. 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, may be defined in a week’s time.
Imagine the Finished Project
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.
Get the Job Done
Minor projects may be finished in mere days for tear out and install, while more substantial projects could take a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Expect a lot of activity in your house during this period while contractors are working. Do keep the channels of communication open between your contractor, your designer and you, so your old kitchen is not torn out too soon.