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Kitchen Remodel Timeline: Initial Factors

There are several factors that you may be thinking about with regard to any kitchen remodel you’re looking into for your home, and timeline will naturally be on this list. How long does a kitchen remodel take? The answer depends on a few important factors.

At Barlow Construction, we’re proud to offer a huge range of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling and other home addition or home remodeling services to clients around Kaysville, Centerville, Layton, Farmington, Bountiful and nearby areas. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at the main factors that contribute to the timeline in your kitchen remodel, plus how to consider each of them and what to be thinking about when it comes to timing for your project.

Type of Remodel

While we’ll get into further detail here in a moment, one of the broad factors that tends to impact kitchen remodeling timeline in a big way is the type of remodel being done. There are a few general categories here:

  • Cosmetic upgrades: For those who are simply looking to update the appearance of their kitchen, such as new countertops or cabinets, the timeline will often be shorter. These kinds of projects may only take a couple weeks to complete.
  • Partial remodels: For those who are looking for more extensive updates, such as new appliances or flooring, the timeline will likely be longer. These projects may take several weeks to a few months depending on the scope.
  • Full kitchen remodels: For those looking for a complete overhaul of their kitchen, including layout changes and major structural work, the timeline could be several months to a year or more. These kinds of projects require extensive planning and construction.

Scope of Work

Another major factor in determining how long your kitchen remodel will take is the scope of work involved. As mentioned above, if you’re simply looking for cosmetic updates, the timeline will likely be shorter compared to a full kitchen remodel.

Additionally, adding in any major structural changes or custom features will also extend the timeline. It’s important to discuss your goals and vision with your contractor to get a realistic idea of how long the project will take.

Possible Demolition Needs

One area that may be part of the scope of work is any demolition involved. Whether it’s removing old cabinets or knocking down walls, this process can take time and may require specialized equipment. This will also need to be factored into the timeline for your project.

This can also have an impact on the overall cost of your kitchen remodel, as special permits may be required for certain types of demolition work.


When we talk about availability, there are a few things we’re referring to:

  • Materials: For some materials or finishes, there may be a wait time for delivery. This can impact the timeline if you’re set on using these specific items. For instance, if you want a specific type of marble for your countertops, but it’s backordered for several weeks, this will delay the timeline.
  • Contractor and subcontractors: It’s important to remember that your contractor may have other projects going on at the same time as yours. This can impact their availability and how quickly they’re able to complete your project. Additionally, if subcontractors are needed for certain aspects of the project, their availability can also impact the timeline.
  • Home access: In certain cases, the timeline may be extended if you’re still living in your home during the remodel. This can impact construction and installation schedules, as well as any necessary changes to accommodate your daily routines.

Permits and Inspections

Depending on the scope of your kitchen remodel, you may need to obtain permits and have inspections done throughout the process. These factors can add time to your project as you’ll need to wait for approvals before moving forward with certain phases of construction.

For instance, major structural changes or electrical work may require permits and inspections. It’s important to factor in these additional steps when considering the timeline for your kitchen remodel.

As you can see, there are many factors that can impact the timeline of a kitchen remodel. It’s important to carefully consider each of these factors before beginning your project to ensure realistic expectations and proper planning.

In part two of our series, we’ll look at some additional factors to keep in mind when it comes to the timeline of your kitchen remodel, including budget and preparation. Stay tuned for more information from Barlow Construction, or contact us today to learn about any of our home additions or remodeling services around Kaysville, Centerville, Layton, Farmington, Bountiful or nearby areas.

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