How Long Does a Remodel Take?

Wondering how long your South Bend or Harbor Country home remodel will take? There’s a short answer and a long answer. We’ll start with the short one: a kitchen or bathroom remodel will typically take between one and three months once you start construction; an addition (such as a sunroom) will take at least three months, and a whole home remodel will take six months to a year. 

Let’s now dive into the longer answer. The details matter for your timeline and expectations.

The timeline of each project is largely dependent on the scope of work, unpredictable delays such as disruptions to the supply chain, and the availability of the contractor you hire. It’s also important to realize that each contractor has a different remodeling process, and some will “get the job done quicker” than others. 

Since we can only speak to our process, we know how long each step typically takes for us. Let’s go over each of those steps to give you a general understanding of what the remodeling process looks like and how long it takes. 

Step One: First Meeting

Your designer will meet you at your home to listen to your goals, concerns, ideas, and talk about your vision. They will take measurements and pictures and determine if we are a good fit for your project. Our designers are prepared to ask a lot of questions in order to present a great solution for your needs.

This marks day one in our remodeling process.

Step Two: Design Phase

After the first visit, your designer will work to produce a plan, creating visuals in order to help you visualize your space. We are not just a “pull and replace” type of remodeler; we also enjoy a challenge and coming up with creative solutions to improve your life. 

Step Three: Selection Phase

Your designer will help schedule meetings to select project materials. We have many materials in our showroom but can source many other options as well. We invite you to look at our area’s best suppliers and work with experts in each field to help you make informed decisions along the way. 

The timeline for steps two and three varies depending on the scope of your project. For example, these steps for a half-bathroom remodel would take one to two weeks, while a full kitchen remodel could take four to eight weeks. 

Step Four: Sub Visit

After the design is finalized, we will bring our estimator and all licensed subcontractors needed for your project to do a site review to determine the exact work to be done. This could include a plumber, electrician, flooring supplier, HVAC professional, foundation provider, etc., as needed. We strive to minimize surprises by having the people doing the work access the site directly at the outset of the project. 

Step Five: Estimating Phase

At this point, your project has taken shape! Your designer will turn your job over to our estimating department, which provides another checkpoint for job review. At this juncture, your total project price is calculated. 

Step Six: Proposal

Your designer will invite you into our showroom, where we will present a detailed proposal to explicitly spell out, step by step, the work and materials to be used for your project. We will present the pricing for your job and make sure you are comfortable with the project before moving forward. If there are changes that need to be made, we can always take a second look and revise the proposal to meet your needs.  

Expect steps four through six to take one to four weeks, starting after the design is complete.

Step Seven: Construction

By spending necessary time in the planning process, the construction process is smooth and efficient. Detailed planning significantly reduces change orders and other typical remodeling delays. 

The construction timeline depends on the scope of work and unforeseeable obstacles. 

Step Eight: Completion

We walk with you through your project to ensure we’ve met your expectations. You’ll be able to ask us any questions you have and we’ll provide you some additional tips for maintaining your new space. 

To reiterate, these eight steps are specific to our process; we can’t speak to the processes of other remodeling contractors in the area. In some cases, you might be working with separate entities on the design and construction of your project. If this is the case, you can expect steps two through six to take longer than we’ve outlined. 

We recommend walking through the entire process with your contractor during the first home visit. They will be able to provide a more detailed timeline after learning the specifics of your project. 

Ready to Talk With a Trusted South Bend Remodeling Contractor?

We’d be honored to discuss your home remodeling goals. Schedule a free consultation or give us a call at (574) 289-4992 to get started today. 

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