One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to remodelling your home is “How long does it take to redo a kitchen?”. It’s a good question. Whether you’re looking to remodel within a certain time frame such as before a big party or family event, or if you’re simply interested in knowing when your home will be back to normal. Either way, it’s crucial to understand the realistic time frames when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. Due to this, we have complied together a few guidelines, as well as a realistic schedule that you can refer to.
This can usually be the most lengthy process but it’s also considered the most fun! The design phase allows you to experiment with different styles, appliances, flooring, flat pack kitchen carcasses, pattern and colour schemes. It also gives you a chance to think about the more detailed specifications such as kitchen door handles, kitchen sinks and kitchen taps. All of these, are important and crucial aspects when it comes to building and designing your own kitchen so remember to take your time, do your research and don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone.
Once this phase is complete, you can then move on to the actual remodelling of your kitchen.
Finding a Contactor
Finding the right contractor for you is an important and valuable stage of your kitchen remodelling therefore it’s important to take your time with this phase. If you choose to go with us, we here at Lark and Larks, have a wide range of designs to choose from that are available to buy online. From the ultra modern slab kitchen style through to traditional tongue and grooved door style kitchens, our online store makes it easier than ever before for you to search through and find the right style for you and your home.
Once you’ve decided on a contractor, a contract will then be put together for your review which typically takes about a week. This contract will include a description of the work that needs to be done and an estimated timeline for completion.
Finalising Design Process: 1-4 Weeks
The time frame for this can again depends on the scope and size of your kitchen or project. Before, you begin construction, make sure you know exactly what you want and discuss with your contractor that this is a realistic expectation as well as time and cost worthy.
It is also advised that you use this time warn any neighbours that may be wary about your renovation due to noise or other inconveniences. Tell them what to expect and how long the project is expected to last and at the end of t all invite them over to see the finished product!
Removing Your Current Kitchen: 1-2 Days
Once you have found your contractor and decided on the design of your new kitchen, the next step is to declutter and remove any existing kitchen units, flooring, countertops, and appliances from your old one. This can typically take a couple of day but it depends on how big or small your current kitchen is. During this time it is advised to declutter and sort out what you want to keep and what you want to lose.
Demolition or Structural Changes: From 2-3 Days to 2-3 Months
Moving a Wall or Changing Window Placement
Once you have stripped out your kitchen back to it’s basics, it’s time to start thinking about any changes within your existing interior walls. This should be considered in the design process as this can often be the longest and most strenuous task of your kitchen remodelling. Be aware of any plumbing or electrics that may be in the way as these will need to be avoided or rewired.
Now that you’ve stripped the space down to the studs, it’ll be easy to get new plumbing or electrical where it needs to go. Consider whether any plans need to be altered now that you can see what’s behind the walls.
Reroute Plumbing and Electrical
Once construction of the available space is complete, you can now start thinking out rerouting all the plumbing and electrical to fit your desired interior. This is your opportunity to move any large electrical equipment positioning such as dishwasher, stove or refrigerator.
Painting Your Kitchen: 2-3 Days
Paining is a lot easier to manage on a blank canvas so make sure you paint your kitchen walls, ceilings and trims before any babinets or utilities are installed. Your colour schemes will have been decided in your design process but perhaps think about incorporating a feature wall into your design to brighten up the space. The importance of colour is crucial and when it comes to picking the perfect colour for your kitchen, it must reflect the style and tone you want from your design.
Kitchen Floor Installation: 2-5 Days
The installation time on your flooring can depend on the space you have to fit and the material you have chosen to use in your new kitchen. It also depends on whether you are doing it yourself or getting a professional to do it for you. All these factors can have an impact on the time it takes to install flooring into your new kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinet Installation: 3-5 Days
Once your flooring is in, you can then start to begin installation on your base units, wall units and kitchen storage cabinets. The time scale for this can again depend highly on whether you are installing it yourself or using a professional. Additionally, the more cabinets you have the longer it will take to install.
Kitchen Lighting Installation: 1-2 Days
Lighting installation will be the first step in making you kitchen feel a little bit more homely. This is usually a quick and simple task, however, if you decide to install yourself it’s always advised to ask for some professional advice beforehand.
Kitchen Utility Installation: 1-2 Days
Finally, finish your kitchen remodelling by adding all the extra details such as decor, plants, crookery, glassware and cookbooks. Use this time wisely as a change to re-organise your kitchen cupboards and design a fresh start for you brand new kitchen.