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Kitchen installation – how long does it really takes.
The kitchen is one of the most complex rooms to renovate, and the number of trades, appliances and products involved means the process can drag on if it’s not managed effectively.
While it’s possible to install a new kitchen within a week, in most situations it will take much longer.
Managing the timeline of a kitchen renovation is the key to a smooth renovation. Certain tasks need to happen before others, which means trades need to be scheduled in the right order.
A kitchen installation almost always involves all key trades and everyone needs to do their bit before the next part can start, which can result in pushed-back timelines if something is not organised well.
It’s also important to allow enough time for each stage in the process to be completed to avoid having to reschedule trades if one step takes longer than expected.
If you’ve got a kitchen with laminate worktops, typically your worktop gets delivered with the kitchen.
A laminate kitchen can be installed within a week, but it normally takes about 10 days.
However, kitchens with stone benchtops will take longer because the benchtops can’t be made until the cabinets are installed and exact measurements taken.
However, kitchens with stone worktop will take longer because the worktops can’t be made until the cabinets are installed and exact measurements taken.
Four to five weeks is the average turnaround. In the first week the old kitchen comes out and the new cabinets go in.
Then the template is made for the new worktops. It could take anywhere between two to three weeks for the worktop to be made.
Type of Splashback
The type of splashback also affects the timeline. Custom-made stone or glass splashbacks take longer to install, but tile splashbacks are quicker because tiles can be cut on site.
Bigger means slower
Bigger kitchens take longer to make, according to Mr Piva. “It may seem obvious, but most people discount just how much the size of the kitchen will determine your timeline.
With a bigger kitchen the cabinetry takes a longer time to make, then there are all the other trades like plumber and electrician that also come into play which can easily blow out your timeline.
The complexity of your kitchen design will either make or break your timeline. If you are going for a bespoke kitchen with intricate cabinetry, appliances and features, it will take a longer time frame due to specific dimensions and features that won’t be readily available.
Order early to avoid delays
One of the most common mistakes when planning a kitchen renovation is underestimating the lead time when ordering new appliances.
Appliances should also be ordered first as, depending on what you are wanting, they can take anywhere from one to two months to come into stock, which could leave you at the end of your reno without properly fitted appliances.
Specialised appliances take longer to order than off-the-shelf items.
If appliances and as many materials as possible are on site and ready to be installed, the risk of delays is minimised.