Most homeowners that want to have their kitchen remodeled also want to know how long it’s going to take. It’s because they want the renovation to finish on or before an important occasion, such as Christmas day, wedding day, and the arrival of out-of-town guests. “How long do kitchen renovations take?” is a question commonly asked by homeowners.
The time it takes to renovate a kitchen depends on the size of the kitchen and the amount of work to be done. On a minimum it would take at least a month up to 2 months. This doesn’t include the period for planning and designing. Fortunately, you don’t have to move out of your house during the renovation period. There are many ways to prepare food for your household while the kitchen is under construction. Here are a few tips on having an efficient kitchen renovation.
Take Time to Design and Plan Your Kitchen Renovation
Don’t be in such a hurry to go ahead and renovation your kitchen. It is very important that you spend as much time as you need for the designing of the kitchen. You should be happy with the design and all your requirements should be met. It’s better to spend more time while planning, than realizing during the renovation itself that you missed something. Get a designer to help you go through the design process and help you choose the material, type of cabinets and accessories. Look at online kitchen design blogs and pages to get ideas.
You should also take your priorities into consideration. Sometimes you have to choose between wants and needs, and between budget and aesthetics. Your designer will be able to give you design options so you can make wise decisions, and at the same time stay within budget. To avoid last minute changes, you should really think about how you use your kitchen now and what else you need to add. Remember, it’s always better to make revisions on paper than having to demolish walls or cabinets.
Take Note of Materials and Products that have Long Lead Times
There are many products that have long lead times for ordering. These include customized cabinets, floor tiles, natural stone countertops and special furniture. You have to take these items into consideration so they arrive at the right time during your renovation.
Customized cabinets take about three to four months to fabricate and ship to your home. On the other hand, ready-made cabinets only take a few days to ship. If you prefer granite countertops, it is best if you can select it on site before having it shipped. This way you can see the actual veining of the stone. If there’s a backsplash or floor tile that you like, ask the supplier to reserve it for you as sometimes they ship it from overseas. All in all, make sure you start designing and planning early to have an allowance for the arrival of long lead time items.