How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?


Once you decide to do a kitchen remodel, it’s understandable that you’ll be anxious for it to start and completed. After all, this is your perfect kitchen, and the sooner it’s done, the sooner you’ll be able to put it to good use. New appliances! Sparkling new countertops! Pretty modern cabinets! A floor that shines! There’s so much to look forward to when you’re remodeling your kitchen. So, how long are you going to have to wait?

That’s a reasonable question but one for which there’s not really a solid answer that pertains to everyone. Every kitchen remodel project is different and depending on the work you’re doing and the materials you’ve chosen, timelines can vary greatly. However, just by doing your homework a bit and consulting with your kitchen specialist, you may be able to come up with a ballpark figure as far as time to complete the project is concerned.

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

Solicit bids (a week or more)

The first thing you’ll need to do is find a contractor or kitchen specialist and ask for estimates for the work that needs to be done. This could be a very short process or could take a while, depending on how quickly you schedule interviews, check references, and make your final decision. That means this step can consume anywhere from a week to several weeks. That’s up to you!

Sign a contract and determine your construction schedule (about a week)

Next, it’s time to address the paperwork. Your chosen kitchen remodel expert will present you with a contract to review and sign. It should include all the essentials you discussed like a description of the work, a breakdown of the costs, a payment schedule, a timeline, warranty information, and more. Review this carefully before you sign.

Obtain the needed permits (times vary)

This one could take a while depending on your state or municipality. If anything is going to hold up the start of your project, this could be it. But if you’ve hired a contractor who is well-versed in the particulars of obtaining permits in your area, the process should go off without a hitch. So make sure you ask about this as you’re interviewing prospective kitchen remodel companies or individuals.

Permits are generally needed for plumbing or electrical work. If you have to move any lines, such as a gas line, you’ll need an additional permit and likely the services of an architect. The latter could take from a few weeks to a few months but hopefully no longer than that.

Source your materials (times vary)

Whether you or your kitchen remodel company is gathering all the materials, it’s a good idea to place an order for what’s needed as soon as your design is approved. Some items have long lead times, so if you don’t want to wait, you might decide to go with something else in order to move the project along. Check for what’s in stock and ready to ship if time is of the essence.

The construction phase (2-3 weeks)

The rest of the project involves removing the old kitchen fixtures and installing the new ones. Assigning a time to this will depend on what you’re doing. But here are some approximate figures for each step.

  • Demolition – 2 days
  • Rerouting plumbing and/or electrical – 3 to 4 days
  • Inspections and sign-offs by local officials – 1 day
  • Flooring installation – 2 to 5 days, depending on materials chosen
  • All other installations – up to 2 weeks if you are gutting the kitchen and replacing cabinets. The time will be much shorter if you are refacing your cabinets (as short as 4-7 days).
  • Clean-up – 1 day
  • Walk-through – an hour

If you find any problems during the walk-through, expect the contractor to take no more than a week to address these issues. A good kitchen specialist should be able to take care of problems quickly and efficiently so you can start using your new kitchen.

Given all the variables, it’s safe to say that you should leave at least a 2- to 3-month window for your work to be complete. However, working with a family-owned business like Mr. Cabinet Care for new kitchen cabinets can be a time-saving and stress-free process. With their state of the art 24,000 square-foot factory/showroom in Anaheim, California, nothing is kept “in stock”. Custom craftsmanship is their specialty! After they finish getting your exact measurements and you decide on the design you want, their timeline begins! The entire project typically takes between 6-8 weeks and you will be pleased with the end result. Investing in quality custom cabinetry from Mr. Cabinet Care ensures that your project is done safely, securely, and efficiently. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

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