Some seasons are better suited for remodelling your kitchen than others, depending on the nature of the project and the weather. During winter, when it is extremely cold, you should definitely avoid renovations that involve replacing patio doors or room windows.
President of the NKBA MN Chapter, CliqStudios designer and licensed contractor Carl A. Smith notes that, in areas where cold seasons are accompanied by snowing and ground freezing there are definite seasons to build. Comparing building to road repair, Smith notes that road works are scheduled in the summer months, halted during winter and resume during the spring.
However, he notes that ‘inside work’ is different. Remodels of bathrooms, basements and kitchens can be done at any time. He advises that if the renovation does not involve widow removal or compromise the envelope it can be conducted.
Basically, if your renovation is being done indoors and does not interfere with the windows, roofs, external doors, foundation or exterior walls then you can proceed.
Though interior renovations can be done at any time, homeowners usually opt to remodel their kitchens in summer and spring. This reduces contractor jobs in winter. In the past, it has been easy to reserve the services of a general contractor during winter.
Other Factors to Consider
Climate alone is not the only factor to consider when planning your kitchen remodel. Here are additional factors to consider.
Your Household Schedule
Set your remodel to when it does not interfere with and distract the daily schedule of your family. The kitchen is used several times a day in a typical household. Converting it to a renovation zone can be a huge inconvenience. Many families prefer to renovate in the summer due to the flexibility afforded by summer homes, summer camps for the kids and holiday time.
Your Eating Plans
Eating out every day can become expensive and exhausting. As the renovation on your kitchen is going on, you will require a makeshift eating plan for your household. Some will be content with having a simple table, a microwave and a mini-fridge. Others will opt for an outdoor grill in the warm summer months.
Holidays and Special Events
Can you try to have a kitchen remodel before a graduation, class reunion, holiday or any other special event? Well, it depends. Replacing worktops and cabinets can take a couple of weeks. On the other hand, altering the walls, replumbing, rewiring and calling inspections can take two or three months.
Smith says that the scope of work is the major factor. A knowledgeable homeowner or contractor must be aware of the construction timelines. By working backwards they can deduce and determine a reasonable time frame within which to execute the project.
Kitchen renovations are costly, averaging over £17,000. Homeowners are usually desperate for a discounted rate. Black Friday is the ultimate day for bargain prices, especially for major home appliances. For kitchen remodel discounts be on the lookout for spring promotions in April and May; check out prices for UK glass kitchen worktops and other equipment. Buying in advance and then storing your materials even when not remodelling immediately is important. Your kitchen renovation will run smoothly once work begins.
Product Lead Times
Customized cabinetry featuring exotic characteristics or hand-crafted designs can have up to three months of production. A lead time of 4 to 6 weeks between ordering and delivery is standard for semi-custom cabinetry. So, when considering your kitchen renovation schedule remember that different products have varying lead times based on their availability.
Ultimately, the appropriate time to conduct your kitchen renovation is after you have comprehensively planned it. A kitchen renovation project needs research, buying materials, sourcing funds, budgeting, setting goals and consulting professionals. When you put together all the pieces, elements and processes that you require to have a dream kitchen and become satisfied, nothing will stop you.