As you consider a home remodel project, a question you might be wondering is “How long will this take?” This is a great question, and is one that many homeowners ask us. Aside from the design process — which can take some time to nail down layout, colors, and fixtures — the actual construction work of a home remodeling project can vary due to the size and complexity of the project.
While each project is unique, there are some general guidelines we follow in estimating how long renovations can take:
On average, a bathroom remodel takes from 3-4 weeks. This includes demolition, updating and moving plumbing, installing a new shower or tub and fixtures, and tiling. Since a bathroom is usually a confined space, it limits the amount of workers that can be working at any given time.
During a bathroom renovation, we often have to turn the water off to the house while making plumbing upgrades, which can be an inconvenience for homeowners. And if you only have one bathroom in your home, your bathroom will be unusable for several weeks. But on the bright side, when the renovation is completed you’ll have the bathroom you’ve always wanted.
Upgrading or renovating your home’s kitchen is a worthwhile investment, but it can take a while to complete; most of our kitchen renovations are 2-3 months long. That’s because a kitchen renovation involves several complex components, including plumbing, gas lines, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and accent lighting. During this time, you’ll be without a kitchen; this means takeout, eating at restaurants, and your refrigerator might temporarily reside in the living room.
An addition to any home can take a significant amount of time. That’s because it involves every part of constructing a new home — including foundation, framing, insulating, roofing, electrical, and HVAC — just in a smaller scale. We generally plan an addition project will take 3-4 months.
Working on a historic home or building adds its own set of challenges to a remodel project. Many times we have additional foundational or structural work to do to ensure the house remains strong for many more years. We take great care in preserving original brick and woodwork, which can add more time to a project. For those reasons, we cannot give an average timeline. To determine a timeline for your project, we would have to do an on-site evaluation to see what unique challenges your home faces.
Each of these are general time estimates; the timing of your project will depend on your house, the scope of the project, and your requests. Not included is the planning, designing, and permit stages, all of which can add weeks to a project. Also not included are delays due to inclement weather and unforeseen delays.
As you can see, it can take some time to turn your plans and dreams into a reality. But the end result is worth it: a comfortable, updated living space for you and your family.
At Kreider and Diller, we work with you to develop a schedule, and we’ll make sure to communicate any delays or changes to that schedule when they arise. Call us today at 717-393-7273 so we can discuss the specifics of your project and estimate a timeline for you.