How Much Time Do You Need for a Kitchen Renovation?

The kitchen is the heart of any home; it is where families eat, friends gather, food is cooked, homework is completed, work’s done or discussed. Renovating this crucial space is a good investment that can increase the value of your home. But how much time do you need to plan for this type of project? From brainstorming to the completion of the work, give yourself anywhere between a few days to several months. But first, figure out why you want to make changes in your kitchen. Is it for more storage space? To create a child-friendly environment? Or, just to cook an abundance of food? No matter the extent of the transformation, it always requires adequate planning. This step is essential and can take a long time: from one week to two months, depending on your needs. For example, if you plan on hiring a contractor, take into account the time it takes to make the plans, gather estimates and the availability of the contractors. But, if you wish to simply makeover your cabinet doors by yourself, then one week should be enough for picking the materials, and then you can jump onto the work straight away. In order to guide you, here are 3 renovation scenarios and their timeframes.

1- Little Update

Is your current kitchen in a good condition but all you want is to update it or adjust it to your taste? This can simply be done by covering the cabinet doors, changing their handles and painting your wall tiles. This scenario will save you time and most importantly, it will save you Money. Firstly, for the cabinet doors, applying a vinyl wrap on your cupboard doors and replacing the handles will work wonders. You can pick from a multitude of colours and textures. You can also paint your cupboards to create a shiny or wooden effect. If you really don’t like the style of your kitchen cabinet doors, another option could be to simply remove them, and leave the shelves and the dishes on display for a minimalist style. Secondly, changing the look of your wall tiles. After sanding and cleaning them, be sure to apply a primer and a final coat. This can be done in a few hours. Finally, once you have picked the colour and the texture, the work can be completed without the help of a professional. Normally, from three to five days.

2- Partial Renovation

This scenario is for those who wish to make a relatively big change in their kitchen, but without redoing all of it. For example, the addition of an island. The island will provide a bigger workspace, more storage, and even a few extra seats. With the necessary construction work, this type of renovation definitely requires help from a contractor. A professional is needed mostly because there is new cupboard installation, new counters, the addition of lighting, and in some cases demolition. Once the planning has been done, which should take about one month, allow seven more days for the actual work to be completed.

3- Complete Renovation

Comepltely remodeling your kitchen space would include replacing cupboards, appliances, furniture, new floors and plumbing and electrics. To save time, we suggest you to use an interior designer and kitchen contractors. Planning is crucial in this case and can take several months. For the work, estimate between three and six weeks from start to finish, depending on the number of staff working, demolition needs, plumbing and electrical services, unforeseen events… Etc.

In short, no matter the scale of your transformation, the process may take a little longer than planned. Plan ahead and extend the timeframe by 15% to avoid setbacks. This being said, for advice on how to layout your kitchen, check out Kitchen Layout: Rules of Arrangement.


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