How long does it take to remodel a kitchen? Well, the reality is that it depends on several factors. To answer the question of how long does a kitchen remodel Delaware take, let’s look at the different factors that can impact a project.
But before we even get into the nuts and bolts of a kitchen remodel, let’s cover a few critical points. Much of how any home remodeling turns out has to do with how the homeowner handles things as well as how effective they are at making decisions in terms of what they want and their budget.
The better at planning and product selection, the easier and less expensive the whole renovation process will be. Making decisions and not changing them will also enable a faster, easier and more successful project.
Determining a budget and sticking with it also will make a huge difference in terms of the results.
So, let’s see how to remodel a kitchen and how long it might take.
How Long Does It Take to Remodel a Kitchen
This is the most important phase of any kitchen remodel. Miss some steps along the way and there’s going to be headaches later!
The goal of planning is to determine the following:
- Project Scope – The project scope is a plan for exactly how much work do you want to do.
- Budget – The budget is where project scope meets reality. Often, contractor and homeowner must edit the scope and budget until they’re in agreement with each other.
- Finding the team – While you can be the general for your remodel, it takes a lot of time and expertise to manage and coordinate. And for many homeowners, the headaches, delays and additional cost overruns are far greater than having a pro from Bromwell Construction handle all of these headaches for you.
- Estimates and Final Budget – Once you have a team in place, the budget can be finalized and the scope of the project as well.
If you have kids, they are going to love watching the demolition process! It creates quite a noisy mess, but it’s the first step in moving towards the kitchen of your dreams. Dust can impact items in rooms near the kitchen, so find out from your contractor what needs to be removed or well-covered.
Once the area has been cleared, it’s time to layout the design and mark where everything from cabinets, appliances, and outlets will go. This is also a time when issues that couldn’t be seen before pop up. With the right team in place, modifications and adjustments will be made as needed. This step is frequently completed within one day.
Mechanical Rough Ins
Mechanical rough-ins are done when the plumber, electricians, HVAC teams show up for the first time. Rough-ins need to be scheduled appropriately to avoid chaos.
In general, the HVAC and plumbers arrive first and the electricians follow behind. Barring any surprises plumbers should take 1-2 days, HVAC 2-3 days and electrical is generally two days. So if you allocate up to one week, the project should stay on track.
Walls and Floors
Now it’s time for the space to start taking shape and begin to look like what you’ve been dreaming about. While this is a messy part with dust and debris flying, the kitchen is beginning to show itself. Make sure your contractor has plenty of plastic and tape covering the space and protecting the rest of the house from as much of the mess as possible.
Walls move a bit slowly and can take anywhere from one day to about one week depending upon how much demolition there was as well as reconfiguration of the spaces.
The process requires installing drywall, taping and then sealing and perhaps priming the walls. At times it might also be good to paint the walls, but that depends on the space and layout of the kitchen. Drywall with painting can be done anywhere from 2 days to over one week based on size and configuration.
Once that’s completed, the flooring is installed. Tile is probably the slowest to install due to the number of steps in the process, but it does create a beautiful look. Estimating time to complete this phase depends on several factors. At minimum for laminate flooring, it’s likely to be at least a day. When it’s hardwood or tile, estimating up to 5 days based on size and layout is wise.
By now cabinets and appliances should be on site and ready for installation. At this point, the realization dawns that a beautiful new kitchen is coming to life.
How long does it take to install kitchen cabinets? Kitchen cabinets can usually be installed within one to three days based on number of cabinets and layout.
All countertop designs would have been calculated off of the kitchen design plans that were laid out at the outset of the project.
At this point, the counter people will come and verify that the plans were accurate and see what, if any, adjustments are needed before installing the counters.
Depending upon the types of counters, it can take anywhere from one day to a few weeks for the counters to be ready to be installed. Once they are ready to be installed, most counter installations are completed within a day – though occasionally there’s part of a second day required.
Appliance installation doesn’t actually have its own time slot in terms of when the appliances are installed. Factors such as when the appliances arrive, amount of storage space and the contractor team can all impact this phase of the project.
Often, the appliances are set in place to ensure that they fit but not hooked up or fully installed until after the counters are installed.
This is the time when it seems like there are more contractors coming through than ever before – and that is the case. This usually takes place over two days and up to one week depending upon how big the project was.
At this time, all the trim work, final mechanical work, touch ups, painting, and installations are happening. It might even appear that contractors are climbing all over each other! Finish carpenters are installing toe kick at the base of cabinets, handles, pulls and other finish features on cabinetry. Mechanical contractors are coming in to hook everything up and install lighting wherever it’s been planned.
Final touch-ups to countertops, painting, and flooring are also done now.
And best of all…all the mess and debris is cleared away and the kitchen is clean and ready to become a focal point of your home.
When Is the Best Time to Remodel a Kitchen?
There is no special time of year when it’s better to remodel a kitchen. If you plan to remodel your kitchen in the summer, get started early as many contractors book up quickly for this busy time of year.
Otherwise, the best time of year to remodel your kitchen is when you have time in your personal life to get the remodel done – without interfering with important life events.
Kitchen remodels can take a while (often many weeks). While the kitchen remodel is occurring, you won’t have access to your kitchen to do important tasks like making meals or entertaining friends. Time your kitchen remodel Delaware in such a way that you won’t have to worry about events like parties, holiday celebrations and other events that would require extensive use of your kitchen.
How Much Is My Kitchen Remodel Delaware Going to Cost?
The cost of your kitchen remodel in Delaware depends on the work that’s being done. A minor kitchen remodel may cost $60,000, while a major kitchen remodel may cost $100,000 or more. The difference between a minor and major kitchen remodel in Delaware is the scope of the project.
For a minor kitchen remodel, the appliances will be replaced, the floor will be replaced, the cabinets may be refinished or replaced, but there will be no structural changes to the kitchen.
For a major kitchen remodel, walls may be removed and major changes may be made to the functionality of the kitchen. Your designer from Bromwell Construction may design a kitchen triangle to make cooking easier, or may open up your space to make it more conducive to entertaining.
You can control the scope of the project to allow it to fit in your budget. When you get together with your contractor to discuss your kitchen remodel Delaware, let them know what your budget is and what you’d like to accomplish, and your contractor will help you determine whether your goals are realistic for the amount that you’re able to spend.
How Long Does It Take to Demolish a Kitchen?
Demolishing a kitchen can take as long as 10 to 20 hours, depending on who is doing the demolishing and how much needs to be removed. At Bromwell construction, we’ll provide you with a kitchen remodel timeline so you’ll know what to expect and when to expect the work will be done on your kitchen renovation schedule.
What to Know About Cost and Availability
Determining exactly how long a kitchen remodel will take depends on cost estimates as well as contractor availability. At a bare minimum, assume two months for a small project and up to five months for larger more extensive projects that include wall changes and room reconfigurations. While there might be some headaches along the way, the end result will be something that you and your family will live in and love for decades to come.
Contact Bromwell Construction
If you’ve decided that you are ready to take on this home improvement project, and are saying “I need to find someone that will do a kitchen remodel near me!” then contact us! We’d love to help you create the kitchen of your dreams starting today. Get your remodeling estimate from Bromwell Construction now!