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How Long Should Your Custom Kitchen Take from Start to Finish?

Custom kitchens can make your property feel like home, but knowing the timeline for a project like this can make the entire remodeling process a lot easier and comforting.

Getting a completely custom kitchen is one of those common household bucket list items homeowners love. A kitchen remodel empowers you to cook with more flow, it looks really nice, and you’ll have a new reason to invite people over.

This is one of those home upgrades that you will love to show off, but timewise, how long to remodel a kitchen and get the end-product you envisioned?

The kitchen of your dreams comes with a set schedule, but that schedule can vary. Let’s explore this further.

An Average of 6 Weeks from Start to Finish

In general, you can expect that your custom kitchen will take, on average, 6 weeks to complete. This is a standard turnaround time for a custom kitchen from start to finish—at least as far as the actual building time goes.

However, these is just the average timeline, and it can vary from household to household, and from preferences to preferences.

During this 6-week window, you can expect to have your contractors running in and out of your kitchen on a semi-regular basis, which is something to consider when agreeing to the contract.

The 6-week timeframe is exclusively for the build. It does not include any of the prep work. The design process, for example, must be completed in advance. The amount of time that these other processes take can vary, but once the prep work is done, the 6 weeks of actual kitchen remodeling begin.

Variables that Change Timelines

Timelines are not guaranteed, and they are certainly not all the same length. Your neighbor’s kitchen remodeling process might take 5 weeks and yours might take 7 weeks because there are certain variables throughout the build process that can influence the timeline. Depending on what you choose during the design phase, you might find yourself increasing or even decreasing the timeline. It helps to know what to look out for.

1. New Cabinetry

New white cabinets in kitchen remodel by KHB Construction in Modesto California

Adding all new custom cabinets can take additional time that will ultimately prolong the timeline.

This is because of the processes involved with replacing cabinets, as well as the amount of time that it takes to get certain cabinets. With things the way they are, importing certain materials can take longer than normal.

When you replace your cabinets, you are going to be removing the existing cabinets and adding in the new ones. This adds to the process, as opposed to simply keeping the cabinets that you already have. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t invest in new cabinets, just that you will want to consider the change in timeline.

2. Solid Surfaces

Granite kitchen countertop for sink area and marble countertop for island area

Getting solid surfaces for your kitchen renovation project are another addition that can take more time. This comes down to the installation and the materials themselves.

Just like with cabinets, certain solid surfaces might take quite a while to get to your home, which can delay the timeline. Some surfaces will also require more dedication and care during the installation. This can slow things down.

3. Painting

Close-up of person choosing paint colors from swatches for kitchen remodeling
Painting is a final step, but it can add to the timeline. Any time that we paint a room in your home, we must put aside the time to do it right—and this can vary depending on what you want to see. Painting generally won’t add a lot to a timeline, but it is another instance where skipping it can make things move along more quickly. Of course, plenty of homeowners enjoy adding a new color to go with their new kitchen!

4. Backsplashes

White porcelain backsplash for modern kitchen

Adding in a backsplash or replacing an existing backsplash does influence the timeline a bit. Once again, this cycles back to the materials and the installation. It won’t be a huge time increase in most cases, but it is still something to consider.

Check out our backsplash article to see what you should to look for when choosing your backsplash style.

5. Moving Locations

If you want to rearrange your kitchen in any way, you can expect to add 2 to 3 days per change.

If you want to move your kitchen sink, add a few days. If you want to place your stove in a different location, add a few days. If you have built in appliances, the process will take even longer.

These changes can look great and increase the functional flow of your kitchen, but they do take time because we have to move the electrics and plumbing system that support these features.

First and foremost, electrical wiring needs to be safe, so we’ll take our time making sure everything is installed correctly. Plumbing fixtures also need to be installed properly if you don’t want any hidden leaks, humidity, and ultimately mold.

The Longest You Should Expect for a Custom Kitchen

In the majority of cases, a fully custom kitchen will take 6 to 7 weeks. This is not a guarantee, but it is the standard of what you should expect if you ask for all of the bells and whistles during your kitchen remodel.

This timeline should give you a good idea of how long does a kitchen remodel take, but even this isn’t set in stone. If your keeping the same layout of your existing kitchen, your kitchen remodeling project can be finished much faster, in just a few weeks.

Like-for-Like Makes it Easy

Homeowners who want to keep their timeline cruising right along will find that taking a like-for-like approach makes it much easier.

For a faster timeline, keep your kitchen essentials where they are and look for opportunities to keep what you can from your old kitchen. This way, you can save money and time as well, so be sure to discuss your options with your contractor.

The Takeaway

Kitchen remodels are extensive projects with a lot of possible upgrades and changes that can happen. Extensive plumbing, electrical renovation, new kitchen design, custom kitchen cabinets, and many other things will make a huge different in how long will your kitchen renovation take.

But a custom kitchen is one huge opportunity to improve how you feel in your home. It can make it cooking easier, support your family’s unique needs, and will add a special designer touch to your kitchen.

The most important takeaway: large kitchen remodeling projects will always take time—especially if you want something truly spectacular!

If you want to get a clear timeline of how your project will unfold, get in touch with us. After we see the scope of work, we can tell for sure how long will your kitchen remodel take.

We offer premium kitchen remodels in Modesto, Turlock, Tracy, and More of Central-Valley & Tri-Valley, California. Call us today at (209) 620-0068 to discuss your upcoming kitchen remodel, or request a free quote to get an estimate for your project’s timeline!