A kitchen remodeling project naturally will include many changes. Thus, the time needed to complete the project can vary considerably, depending on the breadth of the changes planned. In addition, some changes take more time than others, like demolition and reconstruction of walls compared to painting.
Overall, however, you and your remodeler can develop a timeline that includes all the milestones along the way. Here is a look at a typical timeline for a full kitchen remodel to give you an idea of the many phases to be completed for your dream kitchen.
Milestone 1 — Plan development begins with the homeowner and can take years, months or weeks and should include:
- Defining Your Project Scope of Work
- Creating a "Wishes, Wants & Needs" List
- Selections Process: like choosing cabinets and flooring you like best
- A review of potential design remodeling companies
Our article on "How to Plan Your Dream Kitchen Remodel" provides the big picture and will help you get started on your journey to a new kitchen.
Milestone 2 — Meet with your chosen designer, share your plan information and ideas, and develop an initial design.
This initial design should then be used to refine your budget against the design, make changes and move to a final design.
Milestone 3 — Based on the final design you can now choose and order the exact cabinetry, flooring, countertops, appliances, and lighting desired.
Keep in mind that custom-made components will take longer than ready-made to have built and delivered. Your remodeler will keep tabs on what is due when, so that if something is backordered, you can either make a new choice or change the project timeline to accommodate it.
Milestone 4 — As components arrive, it’s time to pack up your kitchen and move only the needed portions to your predetermined temporary kitchen area.
This should be near a water source, like a bathroom, and may have space for your refrigerator, a hot plate, a microwave and other cooking needs. Everything you do not use in your temporary kitchen should be packed and moved out of the kitchen to prepare for demolition and construction.
Milestone 5 — The actual remodeling begins with the removal of everything that is to be changed, which may include walls and ceilings, depending upon your final design.
Other items to be removed will include cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, and lighting and plumbing fixtures. Demolition may also reveal things that need to be remedied before construction can begin, such as unlevel floors, ceilings or walls. When this is the case, a change order may be required to perform the necessary construction to fix the problem.
Milestone 6 — Now it’s time to mark the locations of all new electrical for appliances, lighting and outlets according to the final design.
This enables the electrician to do his or her work efficiently and know exactly where everything goes without the risk of making costly mistakes. This step will also be appreciated during cabinet and appliance installation when there are no worries about working around outlets or switch plates.
Milestone 7 — Next comes the installation of the electrical, as well as any new plumbing and HVAC-related modifications.
This is also the best time to install or upgrade technology like cable and speaker wiring if desired.
Milestone 8 — Now it’s time for drywall, priming and flooring installation, in that order. The time required to complete these steps varies depending on the project size and type of flooring.
Milestone 9 — When flooring and walls are finished its time to install the new cabinets and countertops.
Keep in mind that some high-end countertops like granite require meticulous measurements for fabrication, which can take time to complete. Once, installed however, this attention to detail will show in the fit and luster of your new counters.
Milestone 10 — By now the end is in sight as plumbing fixtures are installed along with items like special moldings, final floor finishes and decorative trim.
Milestone 11— Last of all comes the lighting, electrical/gas appliances and any minor touch ups (aka punch list items) followed by the cleanup.
The 12th and FINAL Milestone — Unpack your kitchen and enjoy!
No matter the size of your kitchen remodel, we know that every decision and every step taken are important to our clients. We take pride in making every project our only project and look forward to working with you on your new kitchen.
To learn all of the steps in a kitchen remodel, read our all inclusive article, "Your Dream Kitchen Remodel," or click on the image below to get our complete remodeling toolkit, including worksheets and an ebook.