Timelines for Home Remodeling Projects

posted on 31 Mar 2015 08:17 by optimalforesigh38
One of the most common questions homeowners will ask when planning a remodel is "how long will it take?" This is a fair enough question, considering renovation projects often disrupt your home. But while they are usually considering the construction phase of the project, there are other aspects that affect the timeline of a remodel.

From planning and construction to post-construction, the length of the project can vary significantly according to a number of factors. Let's take a closer look.


During the planning phase, a number of steps need to be taken. Planning can actually take longer than construction, depending on the size and scope of your project. During planning, you'll refine your design, choose and order materials, and prepare for the construction phase. Some of the steps in planning include

Your ideas - this is the first stage of planning where you start developing ideas about how you would like to remodel. Collect photos of other remodels you like and narrow your choices to your top few.

Consultation - you've got your ideas and you're ready to meet with an expert to help you decide which ideas are most appropriate for your home, space, and budget.

Design - next, you'll start to develop a more defined design for your remodel. This includes detailed measurements of your space, and you should expect your designer to take 2 or 3 weeks to create a plan.

Reviewing the design - once your designer has revealed the final plan, you'll get a more accurate estimate of costs. You'll be better positioned to visualize the remodel when you view the artistic renderings. At this stage, you can suggest revisions.

Making an agreement - your design is all set to go, so you'll be ready to enter into a construction agreement that includes all the details of your project, the scope of work, and the ultimate costs. Once your construction agreement is signed, you can choose a team to work on your project.

Selecting finishing elements - throughout the project, your design specialist will work with you to help you make final decisions regarding dcor and finishing materials.

Scheduling - depending on the materials you choose for the work, especially if you are using custom materials, you can expect it to take several weeks to receive your materials.


The construction phase will vary significantly, depending on the project. Here is a brief outline on the timelines you might expect:

Minor kitchen or bathroom remodel 2 to 6 weeks

Laundry room remodel 2 to 6 weeks

Outdoor living area remodel 4 to 12 weeks

Major kitchen or bathroom remodel 5 to 12 weeks

Additions or larger remodels 10 to 26 weeks


Finally, your project is done and you should take some time to review the work with your contractor and design specialist. Do a walkthrough of the project and make sure everything is perfect. You want your contractor to make any adjustments immediately. Ultimately, you want to be completely satisfied with your project.