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A Kitchen Renovation Timeline

How Long Does A Kitchen Renovation Take

A home renovation can be a significant investment of time and money. Depending on a general contractor, it can take several weeks to several months, which is why you need to find the right contractor.

A home renovation can be a significant investment of time and money. Depending on a general contractor, it can take several weeks to several months, which is why you need to find the right contractor.

How long does a kitchen renovation take? The time frame will depend on your contractor and the scope of your renovation. If you only renovate a small part of your kitchen, it will take less time. Typically, a kitchen renovation is time-consuming and can take three to six months.

In this article, we will break down each stage of your renovation before, during, and after construction. We will also tell you the average time frame for each step.

Before Renovation

There are some details you have to take care of before renovation can even begin.

Design Plan
You will, of course, need to pick out a design or theme for your new kitchen. Consider how will it fit with the rest of your home or home renovation. This will give your contractors a reference to work with. For the design, you can either do it yourself or get some professional help. A design build firm will provide you with both the interior design of your project as well as the construction or you can use an independent interior designer to assist you in this step of the process.

If you know what you want, this should not take too long. It can take a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. It will depend on your pace.

Order Materials
Unless you do a package deal, you are going to be the one ordering the materials. These materials may include tiles, wallpaper, cabinets, and appliances. There is no accurate time frame for this. It will depend on how fast the materials are delivered. You can speed this up by paying extra for express delivery. When you work with a design build firm or professional contractor they will usually undertake this task, using their connection of trusted suppliers. They will also very likely receive volume discounts from these suppliers, thereby bringing your materials cost down.

During Renovation

Once you have finalized the pre-construction process, it is time to hire a contractor. Then, the actual renovation can finally begin.

If you are planning to do a full kitchen renovation, everything in the room will be removed and demolished or donated. Taking out flooring, cabinets, and appliances will last a couple of days to a week. However, large structural changes like removing or adding walls, relocating plumbing and/or electrical, etc. could take two to three months.

Plumbing And Electricity
It is an essential step if you are switching out your old kitchen appliances for brand new ones. Fixing this could be as quick as two days or as long as two weeks. It will depend on the contractor and/or their subcontractors.

The painting or staining of cabinets is done prior to installation. Painting or wall/ceiling treatments may be done before or after the installation of flooring, etc. Duration can be anywhere from a couple days to a week depending on what needs to be painted.

With the installation, contractors will install the cabinets, appliances, lighting, countertops, and new flooring. Work with your contractor to schedule this efficiently and minimize your kitchen downtime. Each installation should take a few days so that everything will be installed within a few weeks.

After Renovation

Once the major remodeling is complete, the next phase involves the finishing touches.

Final Trimmings
This step is all about finalizing the details and making sure everything is in order. Any carpentry that has to be fixed or adjustments to hardware and molding details will be made during this stage.


The actual time frame of your kitchen renovation will vary depending on factors like planning, contractor schedule, how large the project is and product delivery. Try to allocate at least one month to several months for the renovation process.

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