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How Long Does an Interior Design Project Take?

As business owners, we take for granted everyone knows what we know. Not true. Timing is one good example. How long will it take? From heart surgery to car repair, only the professional knows what’s realistic.

Disappointment happens when our expectations aren’t met because a project took much longer than we planned for.

Take the process of remodeling a kitchen. How long should you expect the project to take –  start to finish?

In your typical renovation project such as a full kitchen remodel, here’s what to expect:

  • 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.

What about a remodeling project without structural changes, such as a family room redesign that only requires paint, flooring, new 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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Plan on a family room remodel with new flooring and paint to take up to 6 weeks.

Without flooring, a family room update may only 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. If you just need a designer to get you to the design approval step, it may save you time and money.

Could you 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 the service

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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