How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation Take (2024)

kitchen renovation timeline

How long do kitchen renovations take, and what factors will influence the duration of the renovation project? These are essential questions you need to consider when pursuing a renovation project.

While kitchen renovations will vary in duration, ranging from a few days to several months, contingent upon the project’s complexity, you can approximate timeframes.

In this guide, we’ll dive into how long a kitchen renovation project takes.

Kitchen renovation timeline

It’s worth highlighting that the timelines given in this section are merely rough estimates—since many factors will impact the duration of the renovation project.

The points below provide estimates of the time it takes to complete the renovation if:

  1. Your kitchen size is about three by five metres
  2. And you have a two-person team with no kitchen renovation experience

Old kitchen demolition and clearing

Duration: 1 – 2 days

It generally takes 1-2 days for the demolition. Following this, you should allow another half day to a full day for clearing.

Demolishing and clearing out your old kitchen can take two days or more, especially if your cupboards, floor coverings, and tiles need to come off. The process can also involve removing your sink and sealing off water and waste pipes. Other essential work includes checking for structural damage to your kitchen floor or walls to secure your electrical and gas supplies.

Remember that demolishing and clearing your old kitchen shouldn’t be rushed and must be done with utmost care. Doing so prevents back jobs that can cause delays, ensuring a smoother transition from your old to your new kitchen.

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Initial clean up and repairs

Duration: Up to 1 day

The cleanup will take half to a full day. Depending on the damage and complexity of the fixes needed, the repairs might take a couple of days.

Once your old kitchen is cleared, you’ll need around two days to clean up and repair any damages that may have occurred during demolition and clearing.

The process can include repairing damage to your floor coverings, filling holes in the wall, and removing any piping or wiring that needs replacing.

Kitchen cabinet making

Duration: 1 – 3 weeks

Custom kitchen cabinets or cupboards can take ten days to several weeks, depending on the complexity of the cabinetry design, materials, and skilled labour available.

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Duration: 3 – 5 days

It can take an average of two days for plumbing tasks such as:

  1. Changing your water supplies and drainage systems
  2. Relocating sinks and faucets
  3. Connecting your dishwasher and sink to the water supply

The process can be longer depending on the extent of the necessary plumbing changes and the availability of labour and materials.

Electrical work

Duration: 4 – 8 days

Electrical work can take two to several days since it involves the following tasks:

  1. Cutting and making new electrical channels in the walls to connect and text new cables to existing circuits.
  2. Updating the safety switch.
  3. Running cables to the right positions for new light fittings and power points or sockets for worktops and major appliances.

Like plumbing, electrical work can take longer depending on changes needed for your kitchen renovation.

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Duration: 1.5 – 3.5 days

Plastering ceilings and walls plus drying time can take two days to a week before you can start painting over them.

The process also involves repairing damaged surfaces around power points and old tiling. Sometimes, you may need a plasterboard to hide pipework and other surface fittings. Once done, workers can apply a first coat, let the plaster dry, and finish it with a skim coat.


Duration: 3 – 5 days

Applying a first watery coat on new plaster after it dries and waiting for that to dry to apply two coats of paint can take two to three days.

However, the duration of the entire painting process can vary depending on the size of your kitchen, the number of coats required, the type of paint used, and the colour design. For instance, painting can take longer if the paint job requires specialised skills and artistry.

Other painting tasks include:

  1. Preparing the surface
  2. Applying primer
  3. Painting coats

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Kitchen Tiling

Duration: 3 – 5 days

Tiling usually takes two to three days but may also require a week to finish depending on the following factors:

  1. The size of your kitchen
  2. The complexity of the tiling design
  3. The type of tiles

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Floor materials

Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 days

Adding the floor coverings can happen before or after installing the fixed appliances and kitchen cupboards.

The exact duration of floor covering installation can vary depending on the type of material. For instance, vinyl floor coverings can take a few hours, but tile, wooden, or stone materials can take days, especially if there are complex shapes to cut around kitchen islands or floor-to-ceiling cupboards.

The entire kitchen renovation process includes the following:

  • Design consultation and planning
  • Taking measurements and making a layout
  • Fabricating the cupboards in a workshop
  • Installing the cupboards in your kitchen
  • Finishing touches, including hardware adjustments and installation


Duration: 4 – 8 days

Installing everything from the cupboard, benchtop, and splashback to the fixed appliances can take four to five days.

Many factors will impact the length of the installation process. For example, the type of benchtop you’ll choose is one factor. Engineered stone, granite, and steel benchtops must be made to measure so they fit properly. You’ll need to order them after your cupboards are installed, and they can take one or two weeks to arrive.

You may also need to wait for the availability of the specialist who will install your benchtops. The installation process can also include touch-ups or minor repairs for areas that may have been slightly damaged during installation.


Duration: 4 – 8 hours

Gas, plumbing, and electrical work must be inspected to ensure compliance with local regulations and that everything works.

If you’re making a wheelchair-friendly kitchen, it may also need to be inspected for accessibility compliance. The inspection process is usually quick and doesn’t take a whole day. Adjustments or corrections may be needed after the inspection before the renovation can proceed or finished.

Other factors that impact your kitchen renovation timeline

A typical kitchen remodel usually lasts for eight weeks. Other factors that can impact your renovation timeline include the following:

  1. The planning process, including research, deciding on a modern or more classic and elegant design, and finding kitchen renovation companies in Perth.
  2. Deciding on your budget and looking for financing options is important, especially for more expensive major renovations. Renovation Capital, in partnership with Humm90, can be a great solution with its 0% Finance offer.
  3. Finding and consulting a professional kitchen designer.
  4. Checking local permit requirements.

Get started on your kitchen renovation today

Become familiar with the key factors that influence kitchen renovation timelines so you can start and finish your project on time. Prioritise careful planning, efficient decision-making, and clear communication with your renovation team to streamline the process and achieve your dream kitchen quickly.

Renovation Capital has years of experience with kitchen renovation projects. Book a consultation today so our team can take you closer to your dream kitchen.

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