Sunday, March 14, 2010

Scheduling a Kitchen Remodel

Whether you are planning a wedding or planning to tear apart your house, a good schedule will help you stay on task and ensure that materials arrive as you need them. 

Here is a sample schedule for a medium sized kitchen remodel that was developed using Microsoft Project, but you could just as easily use a calendar.  The key is to build the build the entire event in your head before you do any of the real work.  Break out each task and take your best guess at how long you need to complete it.  Ask each person and supplier along the way how much time they'll need for their portion of the job.
 
Keep in mind that the planning phase of a construction project can take just as long or longer as the building phase.  If there are major changes to the exterior of your house (i.e., new windows or roofline) you may have to go through your city's Design Review process which can add six weeks or more to your permit time.

Construction should be sequenced in such a way that you are not being held up by any one item with a long lead time.  The items with the longest lead times are cabinets (12+ weeks) and windows (6-8+ weeks).  Because you'll need to know what appliances you're using in order to purchase your cabinets, focus on appliances, cabinets, and windows to start.
Your plumbing fixtures need to be on site during rough plumbing, which is very early in the remodel, so focus on those next.  Tile, depending on where you order it from,  can take 6+ weeks to arrive, or you may be able to find something that is stocked locally.  All finish grade wood, whether it's hardwood flooring or crown moulding, should arrive to the site at  least 2 weeks before you plan to install it because it needs to acclimate to the humidity of the space tp prevent it from swelling or shrinking after it's installed.

The more items you can select and order ahead of time, the happier you'll be.  Prevent decision fatigue!  Use your schedule to prioritize the decisions you have to make to keep stress levels low and have some fun with your new kitchen!

4 comments:

Debbie said...

That's amazing! I had no idea that one had to plan so much! It certainly would make plans to clear to all involved and save stress. Thanks for putting it so clearly.

meryl rose said...

You should also add PLENTY of space/time (when doing a project yourself) for exhaustion, fatigue, general laziness, and anger and frustration :)

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