Here’s a quick overview of our kitchen in four months: from demo day to installing the hardwood floors.
The two projects that took the most time were the ones that most people don’t have to tackle: skim coating the ceiling & pouring concrete countertops. Though, I will say, that we didn’t have to do any plumbing to speak of (except a very minor pin hole repair) – because our appliances stayed in the same locations. We also did pretty minimal (but still important) electrical work. Since we didn’t have major changes for these items, we probably saved time in this area compared to other’s renovations.
Replaced drywall, some electrical work, cut a hole for the range hood, redirected the air vent, skim coated the ceiling, removed wall paper, patched damaged areas with mud, painted (walls & ceiling), reinstalled the appliances, & installed the cabinets.
Here’s a rough list for the amount of time we used for each project so far.
For some projects we were more intense (getting it done!) and some we were more casual (as in, stuff just takes time & progress seems slower)… we were trying to be efficient yet careful: but it was not like we were racing the clock. I’m not going to typically whittle it down to hours necessarily, but here’s the general gist:
Cabinet demo – (smashing goes quickly) – solid 1.5 days
Floor demo – (stubborn floor) – solid 2 days
Hired guys: widen door, foyer floor, jack joists, remove pantry – (due to ER visit) – 2 days
New drywall & electrical – (drywall is heavy) – casual 2 days
Widen other door… header & move switch – (because why not?) – casual 1 day
Skimcoat ceiling – (in retrospect, it’s miserable) – 5-7 days? with dry time
Miscellaneous – (cleats, range hood hole, redirect vent) – a few hours each
Assemble cabinets – (easy, just be organized) – 1-2 days
Install cabinets, appliances, & sink- (super easy) – 1-2 days
Make concrete countertops – (labor intensive) – 6.5 weeks total
Install hardwood floor, kitchen – (learning something new) – 2.5 -3 days
Install hardwood floor, foyer – (lots of corners) – 2 days
Of course, we still have more projects left in the kitchen – like making a custom live-edge walnut light fixture, tiling the backsplash wall, and pouring the waterfall sides to our island!