Explanation of Remodeling Timeframes

Are you dreaming of kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling next year?   2018 is right around the corner and we have noticed that the time scales people have in mind are very different from what can be delivered.  Most people suffer from what the remodeling and construction industry call “HGTV Syndrome.”  Let us elaborate becase the magic of television has completely warped the minds of the everyday homeowner.

Remodeling Timelines:  HGTV Versus Reality

Television has made homeowners believe their kitchen, bathroom or home addition can be completed in 2 weeks for $10,000.  For some reason that is the same answer every time.  The reason HGTV makes remodeling look so seamless and inexpensive is because they have a lot of help average homeowners could never get.

In order to get the materials they need to complete a project they reach out to local and national vendors for materials in exchange for a mention or shout out on national television. Trading advertising for building materials is a great trade off and allows the homeowner featured on the show to have much lower material costs than they would normally.

HGTV has ways of getting a crew together quick to turn a home renovation around in a day. Most times they employ dozens of employees working 24 hours a day.  This ensures they can meet their production deadlines.  While it makes for fantastic TV and can provide inspiration to homeowners for their own remodels, the timelines shown on TV aren’t realistic.  We are going to break it down for you per project so you have a better idea before you dive head first in a remodel.

Open Kitchen Floorplan - Kitchen Remodel Contractor FallbrookKitchen Remodeling Timelines

Kitchen remodels are in very high demand because more homeowners are deciding to customize their home rather than relocate.   The time it takes to build a kitchen remodel depends on the scope of work and size of the space.  Many people do not take into consideration the kitchen remodel planning stages (including selecting a contractor, designing the space, and selecting materials) which take several weeks on top of the actual construction time!  For example,  a standard kitchen cabinet order can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to be delivered.  The time it takes to actually build your kitchen remodel will range from 6-8 weeks (no permits) to 8-10 weeks (with permits).  Kitchen remodels with walls being added or removed and kitchens with floor plan changes take the longest to complete.

Bathroom Remodel Photo - Project completed in San Marcos CA by Classic Home ImprovementsBathroom Remodeling Timelines

Bathrooms are smaller than kitchens however they can be just as complicated.  Depending on whether your bathroom remodel a simple hall bathroom can take 3-6 weeks.  A large master bathroom will take anywhere from 8-10 weeks.   The variance in time is due to product selection and scope of work.  For example, it takes longer to tile a bathroom wall than to install a fiberglass tub.  If you are relocating your toilet or changing from a tub to a shower the underground plumbing is affected.  So your scope of work really determines the length of time it will take to remodel your bathroom.  Additionally, and just as importantly, the time it takes to complete your remodel will be determined by what type of remodeling contractor you hire.

Small Bathroom - Room Addition Contractors San DiegoRoom Addition Timelines

Additions and whole house remodeling are a whole other animal and can take 3 months to a year depending on what you are doing.  In all of your remodels, keep in mind the time it takes to obtain a permit.  Once you have submitted for a permit you will be waiting approximately 6 weeks to get approval, and that is with no requested changes from the city.  If the city requests plan changes the clock starts over.

Remember that creating incredible spaces for your home are not works of television magic, but well thought out designs accompanied by hard work from reputable contractors. As much as homeowners wish this process would be quick and painless, the best projects must take some time to create. Keep this in mind when you are thinking about your next home renovation.

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3 Types of San Diego Home Remodeling Contractors

When considering a major home renovation many homeowners will ask friends and family for a referral or they will look to the internet for recommendations on who to invite out to their home to provide them with an estimate.  The problem is, many consumers do not really know what type of remodeling contractor they need.  There are essentially 3 types of San Diego home remodeling contractors.  Here is a cheat sheet to help you understand what type of remodeling company you should be reaching out to:

Specialized trade contractor –

Special trade contractors may work as a subcontractor, performing only part of the work covered by a general contract, or they may work directly for the homeowner for only the trade for which they are licensed (ie:  plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, etc).

General Contractor (No Employees, sometimes referred to as a remodeling contractor) –

Someone who has the ability and license to tackle a lot of different aspects of a remodel.  Most of these type of general contractors are good at what they do, however they are not specialists in any aspects of the remodel.  This type of general contractor might be referred to as or “jack of all trades” (although, if licensed, insured, and highly experienced, is likely more than just that).  A remodeling contractor may work by himself and not carry workers compensation insurance.  If he/she does have employees then the license holder is required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance.  A remodeling contractor who works solo is responsible for everything related to the business including accounting, sales, gathering materials, installing materials, scheduling, warranty, so and and so forth.

General Contractor (Corporation/Organization) –

A General Contractor who is the license holder for a corporation has all the skills of the general contractor listed but will typically be hired for more complicated projects such as a home addition, kitchen remodel, exterior renovations, or custom home, and should have a higher level of sophistication and business acumen.  Typically general contracting companies offer better and longer warranties.  A general contracting company often hires sub-contractors or employs in-house specialized tradespeople (sometimes both!) to perform each individual trade within the remodel.  This type of general contractor not only manages the schedule and the tradespeople, this contractor also has employees to assist homeowners with design, space planning, product selection, and manage product tracking and delivery.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general contracting corporation (the general building license holder is John Crocker).   The company offers services to homeowners in San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA and has a kitchen and bathroom showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

If you are still a little confused about what type of remodeling contractor you need for your home remodeling project, the best place to look for information is the Contractors State Licensing Board (www.cslb.ca.gov).

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