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How Long Will It Take To Plan My Remodel?

If you’ve had any experience remodeling your home, you know that the planning stages are longer than one would expect.  The length of planning your remodel will be based on a few items:

  • Type of project
  • How much homework you have done
  • How quickly you can make decisions
  • How much time you have available to commit to the process

It will also be more streamlined and less painful if you have help from a designer or your contractor along the way.

So How Long Does It Take?

Kitchens and master bathrooms will take about 3 to 6 months from conception to completion.  Large room additions (including a kitchen or bath) and whole house remodels can take 9-12 or longer from conception to completion.  These timelines are from the time you have selected your contractor.  Depending on how carefully you consider your contractor (and, you should be very discerning with this decision), this will add a considerable amount of time as well.  In general, you will want to begin the contractor selection process at least 6-9 months before you anticipate completion on your kitchen or bath and 12-18 months before you anticipate completion on your addition or whole house remodel.  The exception to this rule is if you are lucky enough to find your contractor on high recommendation from a friend or family member.  This makes the decision much easier!

Why Does It Take So Long?

We often receive calls from potential clients wanting to begin their project as soon as they make a decision on who to use.  Remember, any reputable contractor worthy of your time is going to book projects well into the future.  It should be a red flag if your chosen contractor can begin right away (with the exception of the “one man shop” contractor working on your small project).  Also, there is a difference in beginning the process right away and beginning construction right away.  When speaking with your contractor be sure to clarify this.  It is typical to put a small deposit down to confirm a spot on their construction schedule and then the planning process can begin.  This includes meetings at your home and/or at their showroom where you will collaborate the layout and design options of your space.  You will also begin the material selections process.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

Depending on your project, you may have many selections to choose.  For example, in your kitchen remodel you will need to choose:

  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Backsplash tile
  • Appliances

For a bathroom remodel, there are even more products to potentially look at.  With the limitless options available today (and endless price points), it can be very overwhelming for a homeowner to narrow down the possibilities. This is where help from a designer is invaluable!  They have the eye for what looks great together as they have experience with so many different combinations.  They are familiar with the newest products and what items look great without breaking the bank.

What’s Next?

Have you been thinking about the remodeling work that is needed in your home?  Now, rather than later, is the time to start the process in order to have it completed by the time you want.  Some great projects that need the process started now are room additions for the Spring and basement projects for Super Bowl Sunday!

Check out Synergy Builder’s Houzz profile here to begin collecting ideas and then call us at 630.293.8070 to get started!

 

 

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