The amount of time it takes to remodel a kitchen varies by the complexity of the project. For simplicity sake, we’ll discuss an average kitchen remodel where the kitchen is completely stripped, new cabinetry, solid surface counter tops with a tile backsplash and appliances are installed. New flooring is installed and the walls and ceiling are painted. The footprint of the kitchen will be redesigned but no structural work will be done. Windows and doors all remain in the same location.
The first step is the demolition. Appliances, counter tops, cabinetry, flooring and sheetrock are removed. Next is the rough in of all mechanicals; plumbing, electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). When necessary insulation is installed in ceiling and at exterior walls.
After the mechanicals have passed inspection, it’s time to install sheetrock and repair any walls to make ready for painting. After painting is completed the cabinets should be installed and ready for counter top templating.
The first item to be completed is counter top templating. It usually takes about a week for fabrication and installation. While we are waiting for the counter tops it would be a good time to install flooring. Depending on the type of flooring you have selected, this could take anywhere from one day to five days.
The counter tops are installed. The following day we start the tile backsplash which generally takes two days. By the end of the week we are installing appliances, the plumber and electrician are setting fixtures, completing hook-ups and installing lighting.
Complete any items that did not get finished in week 4 and do touch-up painting. Remodeling projects always contain unforeseen issues that may take extra time to address. Remember, the better job you do of selecting all of your materials before the job starts and having all materials available and appliances on site will help shorten the time. Decisions made “on the fly” always create delays.