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Kitchen Remodel Series Part Four: Kitchen Remodel Timeline

So far, our Kitchen Design blog series has covered how to plan your renovation with a kitchen designer, how to determine your kitchen style and what factors affect a kitchen’s budget. Now comes the fun part – putting all your visions and designs together and setting the dates to execute your dream kitchen remodel!

A kitchen remodel is a big job, one that will temporarily disrupt your household’s routine. So it is understandable that most homeowners are anxious to get the project done quickly. What kind of timeline can you expect for your kitchen renovation? The amount of electrical and plumbing work will factor in heavily into how long it will take to complete your remodel, as will the type of cabinetry you choose.

Your cabinetry and contractor will often control the timeline

The kitchen remodel timeline generally works around your contractor’s schedule, but your kitchen designer will be able to tell you the estimated lead time based on your cabinet manufacturer.

Riverhead Building Supply’s JoAnn Lyles, CKD said that “Depending on the brand of cabinetry, your new custom kitchen could take up to 12 weeks from order date to completion. The actual construction phase may be just two or three weeks.” She said she usually schedules “the appliance delivery to coincide a day or two after the cabinet delivery.”

Barry Gano, a Riverhead Building Supply kitchen designer, agreed. He said while “stock cabinets could take 2-3 weeks; custom cabinets can take from 8-12 weeks.” Countertops may be installed 2-3 weeks after cabinet delivery.

Plan on delays

Gano added that the most important thing a customer should understand when planning their kitchen remodel is that “there will be delays.”

As with any type of construction project, there may be some unforeseen obstacles that may disrupt the completion schedule.  Some of the things that may impact your renovation timeline include:

  • Weather conditions
  • Items arrive damaged and need to be returned and exchanged
  • Changes to original plans
  • Products being out of stock and on back order
  • Special order items
  • Delays getting necessary permits
  • Specialists such as plumbers or electricians being unavailable for a certain amount of time

Nelson Schneider, also a kitchen designer, said that “When a customer asks about the length of time for their project, I advise them that there are a lot of variables that go into that answer,” including “what is being replaced, what is being reused, etc.”

Some factors that can help your kitchen renovation go more quickly include:

  • Proper planning with a kitchen designer
  • Using stock cabinets
  • Getting all the necessary permits as soon as possible
  • Adhering to the original plans – avoid making changes during the construction phase

The kitchen renovation process can seem overwhelming but it is important that every element is completed correctly to exact specifications, even if that means stretching out the timeline a bit. In the long run, the inconvenience and disruption will be worth it. JoAnn Lyles, CKD said, “Your kitchen is an investment in your home and quality of life. Plan to set up a temporary kitchen if you have to be there during the renovation. A microwave, paper plates, and grilled dinners will get you through.”

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Building the Dream with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk

When it comes to residential construction, what better partnership for a building materials supplier than to join forces with Habitat for Humanity?  The Riverhead Building Supply affiliation with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk started in the late ‘80s, with chapter director Roger Metcalf first meeting with Edgar Goodale to share Habitat for Humanity’s goal of helping deserving families to realize their dream of home ownership. Riverhead Building Supply was part of that first Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk build, and is currently helping to complete a project in East Quogue.
Over the years, Riverhead Building Supply has contributed to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk in a variety of forms, from donating materials and providing labor to offering special prices for Habitat for Humanity home builds. Riverhead Building Supply estimates that it has provided Habitat for Humanity with enough 2 x 4s to easily stretch the 90 miles from Montauk to the Suffolk County border, if placed end to end.  In addition to helping build homes in Suffolk County, Riverhead Building Supply has also donated materials to Re-Store, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk’s retail store.

Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremonies are a particularly heartwarming and emotional event, and seeing families receive the keys to their new homes has been a gratifying experience for Riverhead Building Supply and its employees.

Below are some images from the most recent home building site, in East Quogue, NY.

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Kitchen Remodel Series Part Three: The Factors that Determine Costs

One of the first things people do when they are thinking about a kitchen remodel is to look for ideas online. It’s hard not to fall in love with all those picture-perfect kitchens on Pinterest and Houzz. If you are just starting the kitchen renovation process, you may be wondering if you will be able to afford your own dream kitchen.

In this third installment of our Kitchen Design blog series, we’re going to talk about that big word that is on everyone’s mind when it comes to kitchen remodels – the budget.

The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary dramatically depending on what types of materials and appliances you choose, the construction, electrical and plumbing work involved, and the size of the space.

Here are a few of the elements of a kitchen remodel and the factors that can influence cost.

Cabinet materials, construction and finishes – Certain cabinet materials are more expensive than others. Stainless steel and solid rare hardwood cabinets will cost more, while melamine or wood veneer cabinets will cost less.  Painted, glazed or custom distressed cabinets are more labor-intensive to create so these will increase your cost.  Glass inlays, unique features, and entirely custom designs will also add to the price.

Kitchen layout, utilities and windows – Your kitchen remodeling costs will be affected by the room’s layout, cabinet configuration, the number of cabinets and panels that need to be installed, as well as any mouldings.

Removing walls and moving windows and utilities also need to be considered. Knocking down walls, rewiring the electrical, moving a gas stove, or relocating your sink can be expensive and may also require permits.

Changing the location of your windows and appliances, especially the sink or plumbing, can increase costs. JoAnn Lyles, Certified Kitchen Designer at Riverhead Building Supply said that, “If your workflow traffic patterns work and are comfortable, keeping appliance and sink locations in nearly the same locations can help with your installation budget.”

Countertops – Countertops are available in a variety of materials from affordable laminate and tile to higher-end butcher block, granite, engineered stone, marble, concrete, stainless steel and quartz countertops. Don’t base your material decision on just aesthetics or price. Each material has its pros and cons so it is important to do your research to ensure that you understand the maintenance involved and how the materials hold up to scratches, stains and heat.

Flooring – There are many flooring options at various price points. At the lower end of the price range are linoleum and laminate floors. Porcelain, hardwood and cork flooring are considered mid-range flooring choices. Natural stone tile flooring is among the most expensive type of kitchen flooring material. Similar to countertops, it is essential to compare the materials and understand how they will fit into your lifestyle. Consider the maintenance required and how the material will hold up to foot traffic, spills, pets, and even sunlight (which can discolor certain materials).

Set priorities
To keep your kitchen renovation budget in check, establish what is most important to you. If you love to entertain, buying professional-grade appliances may be essential. Do you want more light?  Moving your windows or installing larger ones may take priority. Make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves and go from there.

Creating your dream kitchen while staying within your budget can seem overwhelming. Your kitchen designer and your contractor can be great resources to help you sort it all out. JoAnn Lyles, CKD said that contractors “are very helpful in guiding you with construction decisions that may affect your overall budget. Your thoughts of moving a wall or changing a window location may stretch your budget and the amount of money you thought you would have for cabinetry, appliances and countertops.” That is why, she added, it is important to talk to them “very early in the process, before you start the designing of your new kitchen.”

Barry Gano, a Riverhead Building Supply Kitchen Designer, suggests that you develop a budget for your entire kitchen project. Your designer can then break down the numbers into different areas such as construction, appliances, flooring, and lighting. Those amounts subtracted from your overall budget is roughly what you will be able to spend on your cabinets which experts say can eat up between 40-60% of your kitchen renovation budget.

The next blog in our Kitchen Design series will explain the kitchen remodel timeline and why you should always expect the unexpected.

This article is Part Three in our Kitchen Remodel Series. Part Four is entitled “Kitchen Remodel Timeline”.