How long will you be eating takeout and living with construction mess? Will the kitchen be ready in time for that big family event? How much will the project set you back? We talked to the pros and crunched the numbers on kitchen renovations, so you’ll be prepared before demo day.
By Mary Kate Hogan
You’ll face dozens of decisions when working on a kitchen renovation, from layout, cabinets, and appliances to seemingly endless smaller details, such as the metal finish for your faucet, size and style of drawer pulls, and grout color for your backsplash. Still, the whole process is exciting and seems less daunting when you have a clear plan and budget in place. To help prospective renovators get a handle on it all, we talked to Arthur Zobel of Majestic Kitchens, who has 28 years of experience working on all types of kitchens, from modest to luxe.
Though every kitchen is different, the steps that homeowners need to take to complete a renovation are similar from project to project. There are three main phases of the timeline, and the duration for each varies, depending on the complexity of the job, how quickly the homeowner can decide on materials, and other factors.
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Budget isn’t a four-letter word. “It makes my life easier when people have a good idea what the kitchen’s going to cost,” says Zobel. Every project is different, of course, but below are some ballpark figures.
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How long will the process take?
“Most kitchens take at least four to six weeks,” says Peterson. Think about asking your contractor to commit to a completion date in your contract with financial penalties for not meeting it.
Can you set up a temporary kitchen?
“A fridge, microwave, and toaster oven just plug in. Running water is where the cost comes in.” Look at using a nearby bathroom or laundry room with a sink as a temporary kitchen.