Building a Realistic Remodeling Timeline

Written by Ron Mifflin

home remodeling timeline st. louisA remodeling project is always an exciting time. From design through demo to completion, it’s fun to see the space you’ve always dreamed of come to life. What often comes as a surprise is that the entire process takes longer than imagined. The time it will take to complete your kitchen, bathroom, or basement remodel depends a lot on the scope of the work and how much planning is done before the hammer hits the wall.

Understanding the amount of work that goes into a job, remaining flexible, and setting realistic expectations will go a long way in making sure your remodel goes as smoothly as possible. Here’s what you can expect a proper home remodeling timeline to look like.

Realistic Home Remodeling Timeline

Remodeling is not an exact science in that there are variables in existing conditions, materials and building practices. For a well-planned and designed remodel, the design and construction phases can last about the same amount of time. In fact, in many cases, the design phase lasts longer. When scheduling your remodel, it helps if you keep a few points in mind:

  • Plan for construction to take place when it’s best for the project, and will affect your family the least. For example, if you schedule construction to begin right before winter and then a cold snap sets in, you could be looking at weeks of delay.
  • If you’ll be tearing down walls or changing the footprint, think about whether some of that work can be done while your family is on vacation or you are out of town..
  • Discuss with your design-build team whether any of the products you want have a long lead time and plan accordingly.

The Way We Work

Search the internet for information on a proper home remodeling timeline, and you’ll often see headlines and advice along the lines of “forget what your contractor tells you.” At J.T. McDermott, we disagree. Our carefully crafted and streamlined design-build process ensures your project finishes on schedule and on budget. Here’s how we do it.

home remodeling timeline st. louis

  1. We make sure all design decisions, as well as materials and product selections, are specifically defined and signed off on – in writing – so that they can be ordered correctly. This is a critical stage where many items are worked out and your family prepared for construction to begin. It includes finalizing the design plan, completion of construction-related documents, and obtaining permits.
  2. We don’t start construction until all the materials are in our possession. This minimizes the time we are in your home and guarantees that once construction begins it can move forward without interruption.
  3. We have a published schedule in place which includes the projected schedule and make-up time. All remodeling projects are fluid, so we’re careful to build some leeway into your schedule so there are no time-related surprises. We also keep you informed of daily progress, are available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have along the way.

We Thrive on Organization

At J.T. McDermott, we use the advanced technology of Buildertrend™ to enhance communications, improve performance, and provide you with project management information, tasks to be performed, and where the project stands. We provide progress photos so you are continually updated and assured that the work is progressing as promised. Our 3-D renderings and visualizations made before work begins also help save time by reducing changes during construction.

It’s important to us that you get to enjoy your remodeled space when you expect to. In planning and scheduling your remodel, we pay careful attention to even the smallest of details. We keep disruption to your family’s everyday life to a minimum, and the entire team treats your home as if it were their own.

Learn More

At J.T. McDermott, we make sure you can prepare for the construction phase by giving you a customized schedule before the work begins. Your Lead Craftsman and production team will also work with you to make any necessary preparations. To learn more, schedule a conversation with us today. We look forward to meeting you!

Ron is the resident numbers cruncher, helping clients meet their budget and get the remodel they’ve dreamed of. He considers himself the “man behind the curtain” who’s always looking out for the best interests of the client.

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