I want to remodel but how much time will this take?

When it comes to remodeling the prospect of remodeling is daunting. What to budget, Where do I begin? How long will my life be disrupted for? While most people like the idea of a new kitchen or bath, they are often beaten down with obstacles. It's a fair question to want to understand the time frame.   At Gerhards, we want to take the pain out of the process by taking over those challenges. We can provide a general idea on the time frame from your first meeting with your designer to your next meal in your new kitchen. To aid in confidence of expectations, we asked  Tracy Rath, Designer and Store Manager at Gerhards in Brookfield to provide a solid understanding of a question we hear often: How long will my Kitchen or Bath remodel project take?  Below are the necessary steps along with a understanding of what to expect.

1. Design. That is where it all begins. The design process itself can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Through open dialogue we can determine if the solution is to simply replace or create an entire new footprint. Sometimes a customer loves their current layout and simply wants to have a new up to date look. There is a lot to consider – with all the new space saving features we offer now along with the new cabinet choices there is a good possibility that an entirely new layout may be your best design. Once you determine the general design, you get to do what many consider to be the best part: Choosing your door style(s), wood specie(s), and color choice(s) for your cabinets and countertops.

2. Order and manufacturing.  We handle five brands of cabinetry.  Depending on what brand of cabinetry you decide to order, the manufacturing of your cabinets can take anywhere from three to six weeks. There are all sorts of paint/glaze finishes and custom paint finishes that could add a couple of extra weeks to those numbers. Once your cabinets arrive at Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath, we will be able to ship them to your home within a couple of days.

3. Installation. Depending on the details of your project, i.e. the required demolition and size of your kitchen, your cabinetry could be installed within just a few days. Please check with your installers to confirm their schedule and time frame. After your base cabinets are set (installed) the next step is to contact us to arrange for our  countertop fabricator to visit your home  to measure your installed cabinets. If you are purchasing a granite, cambria, quartz, or quartzite , the typical timeline for those products take about 2-3 weeks to fabricate and install after your cabinets have been installed and the tops have been measured. If you are planning to use an under-mounted sink, make sure you have it at your home at the time of your countertop measure.

Overall – the  timeframe varies from project to project. As a general guideline,  if you have a smaller kitchen and you order with a three week lead time, your whole project could be completed in about 6-7 weeks. If you have chosen a custom cabinet line with a custom painted finish it may take 12-14 weeks from start to finish. If you have decided to remove soffits/bulkheads and or walls, this could easily add several more weeks to your project.

We are more than happy to learn about your specific project to get a better feel for expectations. Please call or stop in today so we can start your dream kitchen and or bath!


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