Depending on the size of your project, availability of materials and contractors, and your natural decision-making process, your kitchen remodel timeline may last a few weeks or a few months. (It doesn’t happen overnight like those home makeover shows make it appear.)
Get to know the steps to remodel a kitchen and the activities in each, so you understand what to do now, what comes next in the order of events, and what a typical bath or kitchen renovation timeline looks like.
Kitchen and Bath Remodel Order of Events
Typical Time Frame: As long as you need
- Gather ideas
- Set a budget
- Take measurements
- Meet with a kitchen planning professional
- Order Masterpiece cabinetry door and finish samples
- Refine design plans
- Get contractor quotes
Revise and adjust your design plan as many times as it takes. It’s easier and far less expensive to try out ideas on paper than it is to change course after you order materials and begin construction.
Typical Time Frame: VARIES
- Order cabinets
- Purchase fixtures, flooring and appliances
- Box up your dishes
- Set up a temporary kitchen
Your cabinets will take a minimum of 4 weeks to arrive. While you’re waiting, plan ahead for life during construction. What meals you can make with a slow cooker? Where will your kids eat? How will you keep pets safe?
Typical Time Frame: A few days-2 weeks
- Plumbing, electric and HVAC rough-in
- Drywall and painting
Demolition is dirty and dusty. Protect floors and walls leading to and from your kitchen. Expect surprises and delays in this phase. They’re part of every remodeling project.
Typical Time Frame: 4-6 weeks
- Cabinets arrive
- Inspect your order for shipping damage
- Lay flooring
- Install cabinets
- Measure for countertops
- Install countertops
- Install lighting, faucets, backsplash and hardware
- Complete finish carpentry
Keep a keen eye out for the inevitable scuff or touch-up and note those on a punch list of fixes for your contractor.