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How Long Does an Interior Design Project Take?

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Wondering how long your remodeling project may take to complete? It’s a good idea to plan ahead so you can be prepared for the disruption to your daily life. Here are three different project scenarios for what to expect your interior design project to take from start to finish.

1. What to Expect with a Full Kitchen Remodel – Estimated Timelines 14 – 24 weeks:

  • Planning & Design: Talk with your designer about your wants, needs and budget, visiting design showrooms
    1-3 weeks
  • Scale drawings: Floor plans
    The designer will take measurements and create to scale drawing or floor plan of the new kitchen design
    1-2 weeks
  • Concepts presented as mood or design boards: Design concepts including colors, finishes, textures, furniture, appliances, lighting etc will be presented
    1 week
  • Approval process: Client signs off on selections or requests changes
    1-2 weeks
  • Hiring and scheduling contractors and sub- contractors: Once design is signed off on, contractors are hired and scheduled
    1 weeks
  • Ordering materials: Contractor or homeowner orders materials such as cabinets, tile, flooring, lighting and countertops
    1 week
  • Permits: Any required permits are pulled before work begins. Permitting takes up to:
    3-4 weeks
  • Installation: Installation begins as soon as demolition (if needed) is finished and materials are available.
    4-8 weeks depending on scope of project
  • Final design: Once installation is complete, lighting, furniture and accessories are installed
    1-2 weeks

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Plan on a full kitchen remodel taking 8-12 weeks or longer depending on size of your kitchen and extent of structural changes. Many of these steps will overlap, but it’s better to anticipate a realistic timeframe and be pleasantly surprised if it gets completed in less time.

2. What to Expect with a Family Room Total Redesign – Estimated Timelines 6-8 Weeks:

Ex. Remodeling project without structural changes, but with new paint, flooring, lighting and furnishings.

  • Planning & Design: Talking with your designer about your wants, needs and budget, designer creates floor plan
    1 week
  • Concepts presented as mood or design boards: Design concepts including colors, flooring, furniture, lighting etc will be presented
    1 week
  • Approval process: Client signs off on selections or requests changes
    1 week
  • Hiring and scheduling contractors and sub- contractors (if needed): Once design is approved, contractors are hired and scheduled
    1 week
  • Ordering materials: Contractor or homeowner orders materials such as flooring
    1 week
  • Installation: Installation begins as soon as materials are available.
    1-2 weeks depending on scope of project
  • Final design: Once installation is complete, lighting, furniture and accessories are installed
    1 week

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3. What to Expect with a Partial Family Room Redesign – Estimated Timelines 2-4 weeks:

While a ย family room remodel with new flooring and paint could take up to 6 weeks,ย without the need for new flooring, your update could take up to 4 weeks as some of the above steps will overlap.

Keep in mind these timelines are entirely subjective and will depend on the designer and contractor you hire. Each professional will have other projects in the pipeline and may be juggling multiple overlapping deadlines.

Traditional design is dependent on multiple trades and professionals coordinating their work schedules.

One option to gain more control over the timeline of your remodeling or decorating project is online or e-design. Virtual design services can speed up the step of planning and design.

How to benefit from the reduced timeline of online design:

  • You love to DIY and prefer to manage and schedule your own projects
  • You’re good at taking the ball and running with it once the details are spelled out
  • You like getting involved in the process and are frankly a bit of a control freak
  • You’re not comfortable shopping by yourself
  • You like the idea of saving a little money, but still getting design services

If you answered yes to any of these questions, online or e-design may be the answer. You’ll have more control over how long your project takes and the peace of mind of knowing you’re in charge.

Why not set up a call now and find out if your project is a good fit.

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As owner/designer at Hampton Redesign since 2008, I've helped dozens of clients from homeowner to builder, from simple design consultations to full model home installations.

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