The timeline for a “typical” whole house remodel varies. That’s because no two remodels are ever alike. Until the scope of the project is determined, it’s just a guessing game. Once your design team has a clear idea of your vision and budget, though, a good design build firm can – barring any surprises – confidently give you an estimated completion date.
At Foley Development Group, each whole house, bathroom, basement, or kitchen remodeling project we do is unique. A whole house remodel can often feel like driving your car on a crowded highway – there’s times of movement followed by periods of idling, waiting for the pace to pick up again. The design and materials selection phase is a busy one, but obtaining permits and setting a construction schedule is a much slower process. Then comes the busy period of demo followed by electrical and plumbing work that’s largely out of view.
We know it can be frustrating to go through the lulls – most homeowners need to see things progressing to believe there’s an end in sight. Rest assured, your team is doing everything it can to make sure your whole house remodel stays on schedule and budget.
A Remodeling Timeline
Knowing what to expect can be half the battle in navigating your whole house remodel. Keep in mind that typically, the construction phase takes up only about a third of the time needed to complete the remodel. The time your own remodel will take is contingent on several factors, including:
- The type of remodel.
- The scope of the project.
- How long the design process takes.
Does your project include an addition? Will you be tearing down walls and replacing all the electrical? It isn’t the square footage of your house that defines how long the job will take as much as it is the layout and changes you’ll be making. For example, if sinks, toilets, and major appliances aren’t being moved, that can mean a shorter schedule than if you’re changing the entire footprint of the kitchen or bathrooms.
For remodels that involve structural changes and altered layouts, the design and construction phases can last longer. If the work requires permits, as most whole house remodels do, that can add weeks to the process as well. The good news is that when you choose a design build firm to do your whole house remodel, the process will be faster than if you use the design-bid-build model. Because the work is done in house, complete designs can be finished in weeks instead of months!
That said, our experience – and our proven process – has given us a pretty good idea of how long certain projects or phases take. Once we have your design in place, we can give you an accurate timeline.
The Construction Schedule
The average whole house remodel takes between four to eight months. Obviously, some will take less or more time. When the work begins will depend on the schedules of both you and your contractor. Remodeling is never an exact science, and any number of circumstances can have an impact on your project. That’s why it’s so important to work with a design build firm that does all the necessary up-front work, like having a set schedule and all materials on site beforehand, both of which help avoid delays and surprises while the job is in progress.
Here at FDG, we provide you with a detailed timeline for both the design and constructions phases, and we refine it as necessary as your whole house remodel progresses. Everything we do schedule-wise is focused on keeping things moving forward in a timely fashion.
To learn more about our scheduling process and how it ensures you get the home you want, when you want it, schedule a conversation with us today. We look forward to meeting you!