How Long Does a Typical Kitchen Remodel Take?
Standard pull and replace kitchens generally take 12 to 18 working days to install. This is when appliances and fixtures are simply updated but reconfiguration does not occur. More elaborate kitchen remodels which do involve reconfiguration ( moving walls, bumping out space, etc.) will take longer. Every kitchen remodel project is unique. Your kitchen designer will go over the specific timeline with you for your particular job.
What is done to protect my home from dust and debris that results from construction?
Any time walls or floors are disturbed, dust will result. But, certain procedures are followed to limit this as much as possible. Where appropriate, plastic sheets are hung to block the kitchen off from the rest of the house. But, some dust will always drift out of work areas and you should take measures to protect your property. Electronic equipment, fine furniture, or other valuables should be covered or removed. Because adjoining walls may be disturbed during the construction process, be sure to remove pictures and valuables along these walls. Also, cover your fish tank and keep expensive telephones and electronic equipment out of the remodeling area.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for My Kitchen Remodel?
It is a good idea to determine what you will be using for an eating and cooking area while your kitchen is under construction. All items need to be removed from the area where construction will take place. To help you through this process, we have provided some hints below.
- In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all those restaurants you've been meaning to try. When microwaving gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
- Before the cabinets arrive, decide on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. Usually, the garage is a good location.
- Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodel. While it's a great time to "spring clean" your shelves, don't forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun!
- Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
- Plan a location outside of the area where the remodeling is being done to act as your temporary kitchen.
- Clean out the fridge!
- You may be able to temporarily move everything you need . . . except the kitchen sink! Consider where your "water source" will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
- Microwave (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals!)
- In a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. We promise you . . . you'll thank yourself later!
- Coffee Maker (Don't forget to put the filters and coffee close at hand too!)
- Utility utensils, such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives and microwavable dishes.
- Keep the basics handy: butter, salt & pepper, favorite spices
- Dining area/table
- Tell the kids you're picnicking . . . use paper plates & napkins as well as disposable silverware.
- Cleaning supplies and dishtowels
- For a bathroom remodel, pretend you're packing to go on a trip. Remember the hair dryer and curling iron!
- Don't forget about Fido and Kitty. If there isn't an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction--especially during certain phases--it may be a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend's home.
- Dust . . . there's just no way to avoid it! If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment close to the work area--remember to move them or keep them well covered!