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What to Expect During Your Installation

Nov 29, 2022 10:00:00 AM | by Drew Saunders

Planning on remodeling your kitchen? Even if you are just days out from the big day, it is most important that you know what to expect once installation begins.

We understand a kitchen remodel is a disruption to your normal routine. Suddenly, your appliances are in different rooms of your home, and you slowly become convinced there’s been a glitch in the matrix. You’re ordering takeout (which is a tasty deviation from the norm), and your overly curious dog is trying to figure out what’s going on.kitchen2

So, what can you expect during your installation? To answer that, it’s important to consider what your plans are. Your overall plan for your dream kitchen will set not only the pace of the installation but also what kind of disruptions you can expect. If your cabinet boxes are in terrific shape, and you find yourself gravitating towards refacing, you can expect a process that is time efficient without sacrificing quality. Or maybe you’re looking to completely recreate your space, which is exciting but can also be daunting and a longer process. Don’t worry, today we’ll be breaking down every element of the installation process so you know what to expect for the big day.

Here we’ll cover the two most common ways to renovate your kitchen: cabinet refacing and a full remodel; from what goes into each of these processes, how add-ons, such as accessories, new countertops, and backsplashes, are installed in your home when they’re installed, and how any of these choices will influence the timeline of your renovation.

The remodel

Picture1-1A full remodel, or a “gut job” as it’s commonly called, is when you are no longer happy with multiple parts of your kitchen and want to replace all or most parts of the space. You’re tired of the look, feel, and layout and want something new. Or perhaps your existing cabinets are in poor condition and all new is the better option for you.

A full remodel will include all new cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, and in some cases, flooring. The more laborious choice of the two, every new ‘gut job’ starts with demolition prep. Your installer’s first goal will be to try and minimize dust and debris tracking throughout the rest of your home for the duration of the project. To combat dust, installers will prepare the room by attaching plastic sheeting from floor to ceiling to keep any excess debris from escaping the confines of the kitchen.

Have you ever watched an HGTV show?

Arguably the most exciting part is when they show you a slow-motion montage of a kitchen being broken down to a blank canvas. While your demolition won’t be in slow motion, it’s a necessary step to prepare your kitchen for the installation of all new materials. Included in the demolition will be the removal of your cabinetry, countertop, backsplash, sink, and flooring.

Once your kitchen is prepped, installation of your new base cabinet boxes (or the cabinets that sit on the floor of your kitchen) begins while a countertop draftsman is scheduled to come to your home and get the necessary measurements for your new countertop. If scheduled properly, there will be a well-orchestrated balance between the installation of your cabinetry and the templating of your countertop to reduce downtime in your project. Once all your cabinetry is installed, doors and drawers are attached, followed by any additional hardware, and includes any storage or decorative accessories you selected for your cabinetry.

Next comes one of the bigger and bolder parts of any remodel: replacing the countertop. Your sink, faucet, and (in some cases) garbage disposal are detached along with the removal of your old countertop. During the installation of your new countertop, these items will be reattached. When your countertop is all said and done, your backsplash is installed, making it the last piece of the puzzle.

Cabinet Refacing

Refacing is a great way to give your kitchen a facelift without the complications of a full remodel. This has become a popular option for homeowners who want a long-lasting alternative to a gut job. Let’s break down the four steps that are involved in refacing:refacing-process

  • All doors and drawer fronts from your existing cabinet boxes are removed and discarded. 
  • The cabinet frames are sanded down to a fresh wood surface.
  • Laminate is then installed. 
  • All new doors, door front accessories, and trim are installed. 

Refacing is a terrific option for kitchens that have “good bones” or well-maintained cabinet boxes while their doors and drawer fronts have seen better days. Refacing allows installers to come in and give you brand-new cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and accessories that make your kitchen feel brand new, in just a few days. 

Countertop & Backsplash Only

If your cabinets are in terrific shape but you’re no longer a fan of your countertop and backsplash, replacing these elements is a great way to give your kitchen a new, fresh feel.

Some things you can expect:

  • Your countertop and backsplash will be removed, followed by a draftsman coming out to your home to take measurements for your new countertops.
  • With a proper template, the countertop material of your choice will be cut precisely to get the exact measurements to custom-fit your kitchen. It’s important to keep in mind that with any kitchen project involving new countertops, you will be without running water for the duration of the remodel and as a result, you might find yourself ordering out or turning to alternative methods to cook and manage dishes.


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Once your beautiful new kitchen is complete, there’s one more step to take into consideration: debris removal. Here at Kitchen Magic, your debris can be picked up and properly disposed of within 5-7 days after your project is completed. If you choose not to have us remove the debris, this responsibility would be up to you to arrange with your sanitation company


The Timeline

But the question that everyone is dying to know…how long will it take? While you might not want to hear the dreaded “it depends”, it truly is determined by the scale of your project. With that in mind, let’s return to our previous breakdowns to give you a better idea of how long you can expect to be without a kitchen. While broader ranges are used for projects like a full remodel, some of these ranges include downtime while waiting for the delivery of other materials.

Full Remodel “Gut Job” (2-4 weeks from the start of installation)

The timeline for a remodel will always depend on your project’s needs. While new cabinetry installation takes 3-5 days, the templating, arrival and installation for a new countertop can take anywhere from 7-10 days. Adding a backsplash can take anywhere from 2-3 days. Interested in flooring or cabinet accessories? These will also increase your timeline by an additional couple of days.

Refacing Only (3-5 days from the start of installation)

Less disruptive than a gut job, refacing boasts a more time-efficient process than a full remodel. Two factors that have made this a popular choice among homeowners are not only the possibility of installers completing your project in less than a week but also the affordability compared to a full remodel.

Countertop and Backsplash (About 2 Weeks)

Strictly replacing your countertop and backsplash is a bit of a waiting game. Scheduling a draftsman to come out to your home might require some flexibility as they need to come out to your home to take measurements. Once measurements are taken, it will take 7-10 days for the custom-fabricated materials to arrive at your home and an additional day to install. A backsplash will add 2-3 days to the project and must be done after your countertops are in place.

Debris Removal (1 day to remove but can take up to 5-7 days after your project is done for the cleanup team to arrive)

Kitchen remodels will rack up debris, so it’s important to communicate with your installers about removal. If contracted to do so, the arrangements should be clearly spelled out in your contract and any questions or concerns should go through your project coordinator.


Know Your Installer

With any home improvement project, it’s completely normal for a homeowner to want to know who will be in your home completing your project. Here at Kitchen Magic, our certified contractors” work exclusively with us on kitchen remodeling projects.

Our average installer has been with us for over 11 years and some installers have been here for more than 30 years. With a company that cherishes a sense of family, when working with us, we value what our services can bring to your family and home.

What to Expect

As a homeowner, a kitchen remodel should be an exciting moment, not a stressful one. I hope that you’re now equipped to tackle whatever your kitchen remodel might throw at you. Make sure to set expectations based on your project’s scale and needs and know that the light at the end of a disruptive few weeks is the kitchen of your dreams. Still, have some concerns? Preparing beforehand with these steps is a great start.  

If you’re interested in taking the first steps towards your dream kitchen, call Kitchen Magic at (866) 525-0012 for a free in-home design consultation with one of our specialists.


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