Have you ever wondered how much time a full kitchen renovation in your New Jersey home might take? You might have just seen your friend’s beautiful kitchen renovation and felt like it didn’t take much time. But when it comes down to it, what’s the real story?
If you’re thinking about moving forward with a full kitchen remodel, it’s important for you to know how long it will take for your kitchen to be usable once again. While many things will depend on the depth of your remodel, a few steps will have to be taken before and during your kitchen overhaul. Let’s look at these steps and details that can affect how long your kitchen remodel will take.
Why Does a Kitchen Remodel Take So Long?
Think about the different rooms in your home. Most rooms only have 4 walls and require heating, air conditioning, and electricity. These are much faster rooms to renovate than what you’ll find in a kitchen and bath remodel.
A kitchen, like other rooms, includes heating, air conditioning, and electrical work. However, there is also quite a bit of plumbing involved, different kinds of flooring within the room, and then you have the kitchen island or other cabinetry countertops, cabinets, shelves, and appliances to consider. It’s a lot for just one room in your house!
The good news is, if you aren’t drastically moving where your sink is or changing the layout in general, this will save time as plumbing, electrical, and gas lines and wiring probably won’t have to be redone.
With so many variables at work, your kitchen timeline can change as your remodel progresses. Patience is a must with a kitchen overhaul, but you want it done right!
Understand the Steps in a Full Kitchen Remodel
No matter how long your kitchen remodeling projects are going to take, there is a particular order in which things must get done. While different projects may take anywhere from three weeks or maybe even six months depending on the size of the project, most kitchen projects follow similar steps.
Understanding each step and what is happening throughout your kitchen reno will help you appreciate why things take time. While each remodeling contractor has its own way of doing things, your kitchen remodel will most likely happen in the following timeline:
1. The Planning Stage
You have probably been planning and dreaming about your kitchen designs for a long time. The planning stage is one of the most exciting parts of your home remodeling projects, especially your kitchen remodeling project.
During the planning stage, you will either work with your contractor, an interior designer, or both to look at kitchen designs and communicate what you want to see once your kitchen is complete. This is the time to ask lots of questions and to make sure that your contractor and designer know exactly what you want. This is also the perfect time to talk about a schedule and what kind of timeline you can expect. The more you can communicate your needs and wants, the better your New Jersey kitchen renovation will flow.
2. Get Started with the Demolition
Once your contractor knows exactly what you want in your new kitchen space, it’s time to get to work! Demolition is the first order of business so that you can clear out your existing space and make room for your new and improved kitchen. Some projects require complete demolition, while others only need a little.
One thing to note at this point is that your kitchen will most likely be an utterly unusable space for the next several weeks or months. However, planning for this time will make it so much easier on you, so begin now. It will all be worth it, don’t worry.
3. Start to See Progress with Framing, Plumbing, and Electrical Work
Once demolition has taken place and everything has been cleared out, you will quickly begin to see action. The framing will go up, plumbing will be installed, replaced, or repaired, and all the electrical wiring will be put in place to create your dream kitchen. Framing, plumbing, and electrical installation are some of the most vital steps in your kitchen remodeling, or bathroom reno, for that matter. This is an exciting time because you start to see the bones of your kitchen in real life instead of just on a set of plans.
4. Inspections, Inspections, Inspections
Waiting for inspections can be really frustrating as inspectors all work on their own schedules. They are necessary, though. You want to know that everything is safe, done to code, and finished properly at each step of your kitchen reno.
5. Walls, Windows, and Doors Up!
Once inspections have been done, it’s time to install the sheetrock, windows, and doors. Now you’ll really see how your kitchen is going to come together. These tasks can cause a lot of dust and debris. Fortunately, once these steps are complete, the mess will be more minimal in subsequent steps and doesn’t tend to spread through your house as much.
6. New Flooring, Cabinets, Sink, Countertops, and Appliances
This is the fun part! All the pretty things come up next. Watch as they install that new tile flooring you chose, beautifully painted kitchen cabinets, stainless steel sink, easy-to-clean countertops, and energy-efficient appliances. The design and installation finally come together.
7. The Finish Line!
You’ve made it! You have a beautiful new kitchen that will be perfect for you and your family. It’s more efficient, more user-friendly, and just what you need. Add some of your final touches and it’s perfect! Your NJ kitchen renovation is now complete.
Call Tandem Contracting Today For Your New Jersey Kitchen Remodel Project
Tandem Contracting is your full-service, award-winning kitchen remodeling team. We work hard to get you just what you want. Not only will your timeline be faster when hiring a contractor like Tandem Contracting, but we will ensure all facets of your reno are done right.
Call us today for more information and to schedule a time for us to come to your home and give you a free estimate on what it would take to build the kitchen you thought you could only dream of.