How long will it take before we could have our new kitchen?

How do you break down the process?

Because the very nature of kitchen remodeling is personalizing the room just for you it can be difficult to provide a generic timeline . But for planning, let’s use the following as a guide to help you get started and then adjust based on your individual needs to come up with a timeline for you. Here’s what you can expect as an overview:

There are three phases to a Kitchen Remodel;

1. Design

2. Pre-Construction

3. Build Out / Installation.


Design (4-8weeks)

The very first allocation of time goes to the design of your new space. This includes the wants and needs analysis and scope of work outline. Since most clients lead busy lives I allow for no more than 2 appointments per week to tackle these decisions, meeting twice per week is an aggressive schedule so most clients plan on one meeting every 5 days. We have lots of local showroom options here in Fairfax, Virginia, so each client gets to decide if they want to meet at the local showrooms or if they want me to pull samples on their behalf and present the options in their home. All told the Design Phase can easily be completed in 4-6 weeks. Smaller projects with less decisions can be done more quickly.  You can lose a lot of time if we wait to schedule our selection meetings as we go, for that reason I recommend scheduling out the meetings all at once then if we need to adjust or add another meeting it is much easier to find the time.

 
Having samples of selections as we make additional decisions is a good practice and insures that everything works well together.

Having samples of selections as we make additional decisions is a good practice and insures that everything works well together.

example of bathroom concept drawing.

example of bathroom concept drawing.

 

How long between the design selections and starting the work? (2-6weeks

The time between finishing the design selections and starting the work is called Pre-construction.

Remodeling your kitchen is similar to executing a favorite dinner recipe. When preparing a recipe you have active prep time, inactive time and cooking time. The Pre-Construction phase is like the inactive time, you are no longer actively doing any work but behind the scenes there is a lot happening. This time frame is completely dependent on the policies of your service provider. I believe that the Pre-Construction phase should last until all the products have been confirmed for delivery. The cabinet’s are typically the longest lead time item so we order those as soon as we have finalized all the details. The schedule is also determined by the number of jobs ahead of yours and this determines the length of time a client will spend in this phase. On the short side of things you can expect 3 weeks, on the longer side of things you can expect 6-8 weeks. We work hard to keep all our projects in a 3-6 week start range not booking projects out too far in advance unless the client has requested special scheduling considerations.


How long will we be without our Kitchen while you install the new one?(4-8 weeks)

The time it takes to Build out your project is usually the most concerning for our clients. We work on our projects from start to finish, what that means is that other than waiting for an electrician, plumber to make an appearance on site we look for progress each day. Our goal is always to finish one task and immediately be able to move into the next. On the average, a major kitchen remodel will take 22-28 working days, 4-6 weeks. If the project has a large structural or weather related component you should add a minimum 3-5 working days to this estimate. If we are not doing extensive work, no flooring, limited changes it can reduce the scope to 15-20 days, or 3-4 weeks. We take the scope of work and build it out using a calendar before starting demo. Then we give you the calendar so that you have a guide on what to expect when.

 
Murphy’s Design working on the roughing in stage.

Murphy’s Design working on the roughing in stage.

John Murphy finishing up detailed work on a Fairfax Virginia kitchen.

John Murphy finishing up detailed work on a Fairfax Virginia kitchen.

 

Closing Thoughts

In summary from start to finish allow 3-6 months to complete your kitchen remodel, don’t rush it, starting the build out and Installation before finishing the Design Phase is always a very bad idea.