Kitchen Remodeling: Part III – Final Scope, Cost and Scheduling

Kitchen Design

Once the plan is done and the materials are selected, you are ready to review the total cost of your remodeling project.

Final Proposal

Once the plan is done and the materials are selected, you are ready to review total cost of your remodeling project. Make sure you understand what is being quoted – is freight and tax included? Does the labor bid have a detailed list of the scope of work? It is important to also get the lead times of the products – this can help you determine your start date. It is a good idea to have all the products on hand before beginning tear out.

In my Glen Ellyn kitchen design client’s case, she was able to go to one source to get all of her prices and services. We provided her with a detailed checklist of the scope of labor as well as all the materials and what is included down to the last sink strainer and each piece of cabinet hardware.

Schedule

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that things never finish on time or the contractor is gone for weeks at a time and they don’t know when he will come back to finish the job. To avoid this, set up a detailed schedule ahead of time so that both parties have something to follow and adhere to. It cuts down on the stress of uncertainty and sets up expectations for both the contractor and the homeowner.

Knowing what to expect goes a long way in getting you prepared for construction. In the weeks following the start of your remodel you home will be busy. Here is a brief list of what activities that will be going on during the next weeks or months depending on the scope of your kitchen remodel:

  • -Tear out
  • -Framing
  • -Rough electrical, rough plumbing
  • -Drywall
  • -Flooring
  • -Cabinets
  • -Countertops
  • -Backsplash
  • -Painting

Below is the schedule from tear out to completion for the kitchen remodel we have been using as an example in this series.

Keeping a schedule like this is not for the meek. We were actually right on schedule to the day with this project!

1-3 1/8 - 1/10 SUBCONTRACTOR TEAR OUT 2 1/9 - 1/9 ARCHITECT REVIEW LOAD BEARING WALL 4-5 1/11 - 1/12 CARPENTER ROUGH FRAMING 6-7 1/15 - 1/16 CARPENTER ROUGH FRAMING 8-10 1/17 - 1/19 PLUMBER ROUGH PLUMBING 11 1/22 - 1/22 PLUMBER ROUGH PLUMBING 12-15 1/23 - 1/26 ELECTRICIAN ROUGH ELECTRICAL 11-15 1/22 - 1/26 WINDOWS/DOOR SUPPLIER WINDOWS & DOOR 16-20 1/29 - 2/2 FLOOR HEAT CONTRACTOR FLOOR HEAT SYSTEM 16-20 1/29 - 2/2 WINDOWS/DOOR SUPPLIER WINDOWS & DOOR 21-22 2/5 - 2/6 FLOORING CONTRACTOR LAY WOOD FLOOR 23-25 2/7 - 2/9 DRYWALLER DRYWALL WORK 26 2/12 - 2/12 DRYWALLER DRYWALL WORK 27-30 2/13 - 2/16 FLOORING CONTRACTOR INSTALL, SAND & FINISH (HOLD FINAL) 30 2/16 - 2/16 GENERAL CONTRACTOR DELIVER MISC. 31 2/19 - 2/19 SUBCONTRACTOR COVER FLOORS & LAYOUT 32-33 2/20 - 2/21 CARPENTER SET BASE CABINETS 34 2/22 - 2/22 CARPENTER/PLUMBER SET BASE CABINETS/INSTALL SINK 35 2/23 - 2/23 COUNTERTOP CONTRACTOR MEASURE TOPS 36-38 2/26 - 2/28 CARPENTER CABINETS & TRIM 39 3/1 - 3/1 APPLIANCE SUPPLIER DELIVER APPLIANCES 39-40 3/1 - 3/1 CARPENTER APPLIANCES & TRIM 41-42 3/5 - 3/6 CARPENTER APPLIANCES & TRIM 43 3/7 - 3/7 COUNTERTOP CONTRACTOR INSTALL TOPS 44-45 3/8 - 3/9 CARPENTER CABINETS, TRIM & PLUMBING 46-50 3/12 - 3/16 CARPENTER,PLUMBER & APPLIANCE SUPPLIER TRIM PLUMBINGS & APPLIANCES 51-53 3/19 - 3/21 ELECTRICIAN, APPLIANCE SUPPLIER & CARPENTER ELECTRICAL, APPLIANCES & TRIM 54-55 3/22 - 3/23 TILE INSTALLER TILE & GROUT BACKSPLASH

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