How long does it take to plan a kitchen renovation? What should you take into consideration? Is now the right time to consider planning a kitchen renovation?

How Long Does it Take to Plan a Kitchen Renovation?

Planning a kitchen renovation takes time. There are many factors to consider, including your space, the cost, scheduling and overall timing, the extent of renovations, available options for appliances, cabinets, and other parts needed, and so much more. Who are you getting to do the renovations? Have you checked their references? How long will it take for necessary components to come in? These are all things to take into consideration and add to the overall timing for your project.

Realistically, once you have a good idea of what you want to see happen, the planning might take as little as a week. If you are unsure of what you want, it may take closer to 2-3 weeks to come up with a plan with your kitchen contractor. We always encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.

What Factors Should you Take Into Consideration When Planning?

  • How big is your space? Break out the tape measure and get an accurate measurement of your space. Exact measures let you know how much counter you may need, how many kitchen cabinets you can fit in, and how much flooring you will need, among other decisions. If those measurements don’t allow everything on your must-have list, do you have space to expand into other rooms? Should you consider a bigger kitchen remodel involving tearing down walls, over working with your existing space? Knowing how much space you have to work with is essential before any other decisions can be made.
  • What aspects of your kitchen will be affected? Do you have to replace your floor? Will you need to add or relocate electrical outlets? Can you salvage any of your kitchen cabinets through refacing? Salvaging aspects of your old kitchen can save money to put towards other aspects of your kitchen renovation, or just keep more money in your pocket.
  • How much do you want to spend? Your budget is a huge factor in any kitchen remodelling projects. Will the money spent add value to your home? Mapping out a budget can help you decide whether to simply reface kitchen cabinets or plan a full kitchen remodel. A realistic budget helps you define what to look at when it comes to options like appliances, flooring, backsplash, countertops, and more. And sticking to that budget is key to keeping your pocketbook and mental well-being a little healthier.
  • How long do you plan to stay in your home? If the goal is short-term, think about how much value a new kitchen will bring as far as the current real estate market goes. If you plan to stay in your home for longer, the question turns more to personal benefits and overall comfort.
  • How long with the renovations take? The length of time for kitchen renovation projects depends upon the extent of the renovations. Full remodels can take 3-4 weeks or longer compared to refacing cabinets, which can typically take closer to a week. Once you and your contractor finalize plans, next steps are to order parts, which can delay the start of renovations as well.
  • What will like life look like during renovations? Again, that depends upon the extent of work done. During refacing, there is minimal interruption to your daily life and the scope of work is much shorter. If the plan includes a full remodel, there may be demolition, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, flooring, tiling, and more to contend with before everything is done. You need to decide whether you plan to stay at home during that time, or whether you can live elsewhere. If you stay put, then you need to keep in mind that you will be inconvenienced as far as meal prep and access to a regular kitchen goes. That adds a whole other level of planning to consider.


When is the best time to undertake kitchen renovations?

The best time to undertake kitchen renovations is a highly personal decision. The factors discussed above need to be thought about and addressed, before making the decision to go ahead with work. That might mean talking to your financial advisor, or a local real estate agent, not to mention your significant other and any other family members who may be affected. Are your finances in order? Will it benefit you financially or emotionally? Are you prepared for what the process involves? If you answered yes to those questions, then the answer is now.

**If you decide that today is the right time for you, start with a call to Ryan at 519-691-5338 and start the process together.**