I think it's safe to say that most people have projects they'd like to complete around the house. For those who are looking to accomplish a larger-scale renovation, it can be daunting to take on a big project and have your space disrupted for weeks or months at a time. It is virtually impossible to determine exactly how long a project will take due to a variety of factors. There are, however, general estimations that can give you a good idea of what to expect if you're considering doing any of the following projects we will talk about below.
Keep in mind delays are extremely common with construction. Delays can be caused by a variety of things including material delays, weather delays, shipping delays, permit issues, and more. Going into a renovation expecting delays and some ups and downs can help you get through the process easier. It also generally takes longer for larger spaces or more complicated remodels. Read on for estimated timelines on some top renovation projects!
Timeline: Typically 4-6 weeks
Potential Contributing Factors: Variety of materials and components required/issues, demolition, plumbing work, electrical work, installation, painting, finishing/touch-up work, contractor delays
Timeline: 3-4 weeks
Potential Contributing Factors: Potential mold or water damage issues, variety of materials and components required/issues, demolition, plumbing work, electrical work, installation, painting, finishing/touch-up work, contractor delays
Home Addition/Adding a Room
Timeline: 2-3 months, longer if larger addition or multiple rooms
Potential Contributing Factors: Permitting and zoning issues, weather delays, exterior work, building a foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, contractor delays
Guest House/ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
Timeline: 6-8 months
Potential Contributing Factors: Building a guest house/ADU is building a brand-new, separate building, so you're starting from scratch. You'll have to build the foundation, framing, and adding all new plumbing, electrical, bathroom, and kitchen. Permitting and zoning issues can also cause significant delays.