The kitchen is a fairly complex room in the home, so the process can be complex as well. To help you feel confident and prepared going when you're planning your remodel, so we’ve created a complete kitchen remodeling timeline guide.
How Long Does The Complete Kitchen Remodeling Process Take?
From the time you begin researching remodelers in your area to moving back into your kitchen, the process can take around 9 to 12 months. Every kitchen remodel is unique and there are many variables that can impact the time it takes to walk through the process. Consulting with a knowledgeable design-build remodeling team will help you understand what your estimated timeline could be.
Save Time by Hiring a Design-Build Team
You may notice that we reference working with a design-build team throughout this guide. That's because the design-build process saves time by working with both a designer and builder from the beginning to design your kitchen remodel with real-time cost information, so you’ll know that your design is within your budget. Skip the bidding process, endless revisions, and miscommunications that cause delay—you could save months!
What Is the Average Kitchen Remodeling Timeline?
Keep this guide handy so you’ll know what to expect along the way!
Discovery Phase (2 months)
This part of the remodel process is driven by you. Researching and consulting with design-build remodeling teams to find the one that fits your design goals takes time. Checking out portfolios, reading reviews, and scheduling consultations help you get to know each company you are considering. Take an inventory of the changes you would like to make to your kitchen and have it ready to share during your consultations with the remodeling teams.
In-Home Assessment (1 month)
Congratulations! You’ve chosen a design-build team that's the best fit! Your design-builder will assess your home and ask a lot of questions about your routines, your frustrations with your current kitchen, and the changes you’d like to see. You’ll also discuss your ideal budget and timeframe so your design-build team can align your design with your budget but also checks off all the boxes.
Design Phase (3-4 months)
Great kitchen design always begins with the “why” motivating your remodel and what you expect out of the process. Sharing the inspiring photos and ideas you’ve collected along the way kick-starts the discussion for your new kitchen. An experienced and knowledgeable design team will come to the table with solutions and options that will fit within your budget.
Materials Ordering (up to 2 months)
Everything from flooring and cabinets to plumbing fixtures and hardware will be ordered 4 to 6 weeks before construction is scheduled to start. Once the materials are delivered, your design-build team will inspect them for damage or missing pieces.
Demolition (1 to 2 weeks)
Out with the old and in with the new. The demo timeline will depend on your design. Removing walls will, of course, take longer than just ripping out cabinets. Your design-build team will have a construction dumpster on site to take care of debris and waste on a daily basis.
Structural Updates (2 to 4 weeks)
Does your design includes removing walls, extending the square footage of your home, or building a double island? Then your timeline here will take closer to 4 weeks.
Your more complex kitchen remodel will be well worth the wait for a larger kitchen that suits you and your family’s needs.
Electrical & Plumbing Rough-Ins (3 to 5 days)
Once the walls are up, your team can install electrical and plumbing systems.
Drywall & Paint (up to 2 weeks)
Not every project will include extensive drywall installation, but if your kitchen remodel includes major renovations, this part of the timeline will take the full two weeks. You’ll begin to see your space take form with drywall, prime, and painting. A more simple kitchen remodel could take less time if only priming and painting are needed.
Flooring (3 to 5 days)
Your flooring will determine how long installation will take. Hardwood parquet, for example, is an intricate process, whereas luxury vinyl tile can be installed more quickly. Hardwood floors require staining and sealing, while tile will only require time needed for curing.
Cabinets & Countertops (up to 1 month)
Your kitchen is finally taking shape! Cabinets will be expertly installed and templated for countertops. Fabrication and installation of the new countertop can take 1 to 2 weeks.
With your cabinets and countertops in place, every other finish can be installed. If your backsplash is the trendy slab style, this would have been installed with your countertops. Otherwise, your tile backsplash will take a few days to install and grout. Lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware, and appliances will all be installed next and your kitchen is nearly complete!
Finishing Touches, Punch List, & Clean Up (1 to 2 weeks)
Every finish is in place. The remodeling team is working through an internal checklist and cleaning up the space to prep for your final walk through. Your lead carpenter will walk you through the remodeled areas and document any corrections or adjustments you point out on a written punch list. Once these items are addressed, the crew will perform a final clean-up of your kitchen and you can move back into your new space!