The is our third renovation. From vague memory the first one which was a major reorganisation of the rooms plus bathroom and kitchen, was planned to take 6 weeks and took 3 months. The second one which was a gut of a rental property and re-build of bathroom and kitchen was supposed to take about a month and took about two.
This time around? I didn’t even ask – I mean why even worry about it (Pro tip: don’t plan a big event like Christmas for the week after the renovation is due to start). I ordered the kitchen the end of August and agreed an install date of late October. The builders said they would start early October.
In the end the plumber’s availability delayed the start of the builders – which was fine with me. I can live without a bathroom or kitchen, but it’s pretty annoying if you lose both and then nothing happens for weeks!
Today is the two week anniversary of the builders being on site. They are finishing off the last of the gibbing and the plasterer is due today. By the weekend we’ll be painting. The kitchen goes in next Thursday – that will be 3 weeks to the day!
We won’t be finished – I’m juggling flooring and install of the stove. The splash back can’ be measured until the kitchen is in – so that will be a 10 day delay.
But really three weeks? From start to kitchen (and with a bathroom, laundry and full replacement of the plumbing and a new gas connection along the way!).
I’m glad I didn’t ask them how long it would take – because I’d never have believed them!
But why is it different this time? Simple answer – organisation. The builders didn’t start until the plumber was available. And not just available to make the pipes safe to start ripping out the kitchen and bathroom. But available for the subsequent days of work running the new plumbing and installing the new connections.
If you are doing this type of renovation – you need a builder who can project manage – not just build! We’re very luck to have the team from Smartway Buidlers on the job.