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How Long Does it Take to Finish a Luxury Kitchen Remodel With Custom Built?

September 23rd, 2023 | 8 min read

By Michael Flory

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Imagine you're embarking on the exciting journey of transforming your kitchen into a luxurious culinary haven. You've envisioned the perfect design, handpicked high-end appliances, and dreamt of hosting elegant dinner parties. But amidst all this excitement, there's one burning question on your mind: "How long will it take to complete this remarkable kitchen remodel?"

At Custom Built, we understand the anticipation of a luxury kitchen remodel. With over 15 years of experience in creating exquisite kitchen spaces, we've navigated projects of various complexities and sizes.

The timeline of your kitchen remodel is a critical aspect to plan, whether you're eager to enjoy your new space or have a special occasion on the horizon.

In this article, we'll unravel the factors that influence the duration of a luxury kitchen remodel and walk you through what your project will look like with Custom Built’s Proven Process, ensuring you have a clear understanding of what to expect along the way:

Luxury Kitchen Remodel Timeline with Custom Built’s Proven Process

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The timeline for completing a luxury kitchen remodel can vary significantly depending on several factors.

On average, you can expect the process to take anywhere from 6-12 months. 

However, it's essential to note that more complex projects with extensive structural changes, custom cabinetry, or high-end finishes may require more time. The key to a successful and timely kitchen remodel is thorough planning and efficient project management.

Starting with a clear vision, detailed design, and selecting materials in advance can help streamline the process. Working with an experienced design and remodeling team like Custom Built can also expedite the project while ensuring high-quality results. Ultimately, the duration of your luxury kitchen remodel will be influenced by your specific needs and the level of customization you desire.

Factors Affecting the Luxury Kitchen Remodel Timeline

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Scope of the Project

Full luxury kitchen remodel includes a comprehensive renovation of your entire kitchen space, encompassing various aspects such as layout redesign, new cabinetry, countertop replacement, installation of modern appliances, upgrading lighting fixtures, replacing flooring, and revamping the overall aesthetics, thereby giving your kitchen a complete makeover and transforming it into an exquisite and functional space.

Partial luxury kitchen remodels involve making selective improvements to specific elements of your kitchen, targeting areas that require attention or enhancements. This could range from replacing outdated or malfunctioning appliances to upgrading the countertops or introducing new backsplash tiles.

Availability of Materials

Custom-made items are products that are created and designed according to the specific preferences of a particular individual or entity. These items are tailor-made and personalized to meet the unique needs and desires of the customer.

With custom-made items, customers can have complete control over the design, material, and size of the product, ensuring that it perfectly aligns with their tastes and requirements.

On the other hand, special order items are not readily available in stock or inventory. 

Contractor's Schedule

One important consideration when selecting a contractor is the availability of the contractor. It is crucial to ensure that the chosen contractor has sufficient availability to complete the project within the desired timeframe.

This includes not only their ability to start the project promptly but also their availability throughout the project to ensure timely progress. Therefore, it is necessary to communicate and confirm the contractor's availability before finalizing any agreements or contracts.

Dream Phase: Planning Your Pristine Kitchen (1-2 Weeks)

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Example of 3D Design Rendering with Custom Built

Hiring a designer or a design-build firm is an essential step in creating a remodeling plan. This involves considering factors such as the company's experience, portfolio, and style to ensure they have the necessary skills to bring your vision to life. By carefully selecting a remodeling partner like Custom Built, you can ensure your design plan reflects your unique taste and preferences.

Here’s how we approach this stage of the luxury kitchen timeline at Custom Built:

Discovery Call with Your Project Development Advisor

Once we've received your information, your Project Development Advisor will get in touch to arrange a conversation with you. This discussion allows us to connect, delve deeper into your project plans, and assess whether we're the right match for your needs.

In-House Consultation

During this appointment, we will:

  • Engage in a dialogue, listening to your requirements and aspirations for your upcoming kitchen remodel.

  • Acquire initial measurements and capture photos of your existing kitchen area.

  • Present you with design concepts and layout recommendations.

  • Outline our step-by-step process.

Project Proposal Meeting

We will further examine and finalize key aspects of your project:

  • Confirm a comprehensive project overview.

  • Define the proposed budget range.

  • Discuss the project timeline.

Initiating Your Project

Should you decide to proceed with Custom Built, this stage involves collecting a 10% deposit and formalizing your project development agreement.

Design: Your Luxury Kitchen Starts to Take Shape (4-12 Weeks)

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The next step in creating a design plan is to select materials and finishes (countertops, flooring, cabinets, etc.). This involves considering various options and factors, such as durability, aesthetics, and functionality. By exploring a wide range of materials and finishes, you can find the perfect combination that will not only enhance the overall design but also meet your specific needs and requirements.

Here’s what you can expect from the Design phase of your luxury kitchen remodel with Custom Built:

Kick Off Meeting

This meeting will be held at your residence. Our design team will gather all the final measurements of your kitchen layout and information required for your project.

Design Vision Verification

Now is the time to witness your vision take shape! In this meeting, we will:

  • Examine your project through a 3D rendering presentation.

  • Determine the most suitable layout for your kitchen.

  • Engage in in-depth discussions regarding the overall design.

Selection Showcase Meeting

It's time to bring your dream space to life. In this session, we will:

  • Review all the details discussed in our previous meeting.

  • Showcase your design with colors, selections, and items that capture your vision.

  • Finalize your product selections, including colors, finishes, fixtures, and more.

Agreement Signing Meeting and Fixed Price Agreement

During this meeting, our primary objective is to confirm and endorse your project by addressing:

  • The scope of work

  • Material drop forms

  • Conceptual plans

  • Final product selections

  • Sales agreements

  • Construction planning

After this meeting, we will initiate various actions including material orders, permit applications, project scheduling, contractor coordination, and arranging your pre-construction meeting.

Lead Time: Materials and Production Team Prepare for Your Project (8-20 Weeks)

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Once we have finalized the design and plans for your luxury kitchen remodel, our team will seamlessly transition into the project preparation phase. During this crucial period, we handle several key tasks to ensure a smooth and successful remodeling process.

Material Orders

Our team will initiate material orders promptly. This includes all the components needed for your project, such as cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, flooring, and any specialized materials unique to your design. Ordering materials in advance helps to prevent delays during the construction phase.

Permit Acquisition

We will take care of the necessary permits and approvals required for your project. This involves liaising with local authorities and ensuring that all legal and regulatory requirements are met. Securing permits in advance ensures that your project is compliant with local building codes.

Project Scheduling

Our project management team will create a detailed schedule outlining every phase of your luxury kitchen remodel. This schedule is a vital tool for coordinating the various aspects of the project, from demolition to construction and finishing touches. It helps ensure that work progresses efficiently and on time.

Contractor Coordination

Various skilled trade partners will be involved in the completion of your project, such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters. We'll handle the coordination of these professionals, ensuring that they work in harmony to bring your vision to life.

Build: Construction Your Dream Culinary Space (8-20 Weeks)

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At this stage in your luxury kitchen remodel, it's time to commence construction, marking the beginning of a gratifying journey.

This phase starts with a pre-construction meeting, providing you with an opportunity to meet and connect with your project managers, discuss specific project details, establish expectations for project duration, and of course, get the construction underway.

Pre-Construction Meeting

Before construction begins, we'll schedule a pre-construction meeting. This meeting serves as an opportunity for you to meet your project manager, discuss specific project details, set expectations regarding project duration, and address any questions or concerns you may have. It's an important step in ensuring that everyone is on the same page before work commences.

By diligently completing these tasks during the project preparation phase, we lay a strong foundation for the successful execution of your luxury kitchen remodel. Our goal is to provide you with a seamless and stress-free experience, where every detail is thoughtfully managed to bring your dream kitchen to life.

Here are the main components of your luxury kitchen that our build team will construct:

Cabinets and Countertops

One of the remodeling phases that can significantly enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen is installing new cabinets. By carefully selecting the style, color, and material that complements your kitchen design, you can create a cohesive, functional, and visually pleasing space.

Another task often done in conjunction with installing new cabinets is mounting countertops. Countertops not only provide a flat surface for food preparation and other kitchen activities but also contribute to the overall look and feel of the space.

Depending on your preferences and budget, you can choose from various materials, such as granite, quartz, and marble.

Appliances and Fixtures

Installing appliances involves not only selecting the right appliances for your needs and style but also ensuring they are correctly installed and connected. From measuring the available space to carefully following manufacturer instructions, attention to detail is key to successfully integrating new appliances into your home.

Another important aspect of luxury kitchen remodeling is connecting plumbing fixtures. This encompasses various tasks, such as installing sinks and dishwashers. From understanding the different types of fixtures available to ensure proper placement and connection to your plumbing system, attention to detail is crucial.

An essential part of creating a well-designed and functional space is setting up lighting fixtures. This encompasses various tasks, including selecting the correct type of lighting fixtures for your culinary space, such as overhead lights, recessed lights, or wall sconces.

Flooring and Paint

Laying new flooring includes carefully selecting the type of flooring material, measuring the space accurately, preparing the subfloor by ensuring its cleanliness and stability, and installing the new floorboards or tiles.

Another common task in a luxury kitchen remodel is applying paint or wallpaper. This involves selecting the appropriate colors or patterns that complement the overall aesthetic of the space, preparing the walls by cleaning or repairing any imperfections, applying primers or sealers if necessary, and finally, carefully applying the chosen paint or wallpaper.

Final Inspections

The final electrical inspection is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and functionality of the electrical systems installed within a building. This inspection involves a thorough examination of all electrical components, wiring, and connections to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations.

Like the final electrical inspection, the final plumbing inspection is a crucial part of the overall building inspection process. This inspection focuses specifically on the plumbing systems within the building, including pipes, drains, fixtures, and water supply lines.

The final building inspection is a comprehensive assessment of the overall structure and construction. This inspection is typically conducted at the end of the construction process, once all the necessary permits have been obtained and all the major systems and components have been installed.

Cleaning and Touch-ups

Dusting and cleaning every nook and cranny of the designated area thoroughly to eliminate any accumulated dirt, dust, or debris, thereby ensuring a spotless and pristine appearance that appeals to the eye and creates a sense of freshness and cleanliness.

Diligently examining the surface for imperfections such as scratches, dents, or nicks, to detect and rectify these flaws effectively and efficiently, enhancing the overall aesthetic value and maintaining the desired standard of perfection.

Skillfully applying fresh paint or finishes onto the existing surfaces, as part of a meticulous process of giving a flawless and refined appearance, where even the minutest flaws are skillfully touched up to achieve an impeccable final result that radiates elegance and sophistication.

Next steps to remodeling your luxury kitchen

Let's rewind to the initial question that likely triggered your research - "How long does it take to complete a luxury kitchen remodel?" We understand that this question can be a source of anxiety, especially when you're eager to enjoy the benefits of your dream kitchen.

The anticipation and desire for a beautifully remodeled kitchen can often be overshadowed by the uncertainty of how long the process will take. It's this uncertainty that we aimed to address throughout this article.

In this blog, we've delved deep into the various factors that influence the timeline of your luxury kitchen remodel with Custom Built. From design and planning to construction and finishing touches, you now have a comprehensive understanding of what goes into this process.

At Custom Built, we're committed to turning your kitchen remodel dreams into reality. Our team of experts has 15+ years of experience and knowledge to navigate every step of the journey, ensuring your project stays on track and delivers the luxurious kitchen you envision.

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Now that you know the best features to include in your luxury kitchen remodel design, let’s explore some of the top trends and what the start of your project will look like with Custom Built:

Michael Flory

Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.