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How long does it take to renovate a kitchen?

Depending on the scale of your project, renovating a kitchen can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks to 4-5 months. Let’s break it down.

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Words by: Matilda Battersby


Refit keeping the original layout - 2-3 weeks

Even if you're keeping the original layout, removing the floor and units in the hub of your home is a big deal.

And if you're re-wiring for new lighting, be prepared to add a few extra days.

  • Removing old units - 2-3 days

  • Taking up old flooring - 2 days

  • First fix electrics - 2-3 days

  • Lighting installation - 2 days

  • Plaster work - 2-3 days

  • Installation of new units and worktops- 2-3 days

  • Installation of appliances - 1 day

  • Second fix electrics - 1-2 days

  • Painting and tiling - 3-4 days

Refit with a new layout - 4-5 weeks

If moving pipes is involved, for example shifting the sink or washing machine, or complete re-wiring is required as appliances are moved to new positions, allow an extra 1-2 weeks.

The walls will also need to be replastered after electrics are chased in at the first fix, which can take around a day to plaster and another day to dry.

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Extension and refit – 8-16 weeks

An extension is always going to take a fair chunk of time and you should allow three to four months for a big project like this.

You may need planning permission for your project, and in most cases, it takes around 8 weeks for a local authority to grant it.

The permission lasts for around three years from the date it’s granted.

Submit a planning application

But not every home or garden improvement needs planning permission.

There are plenty of projects that can be done under what’s known as ‘Permitted Development Rights’.

These fast-track rules created by the government allow a host of alterations to be done without the hassle of having to make a full planning application.

Planning permission isn’t needed for:

  • Single story extensions up to 6 metres on terraced and semi-detached homes

  • Single story extensions up to 8 metres on detached homes

  • Extensions up to 4 metres in height, or 3 metres if it’s within 2 metres of a property boundary

  • Double height extensions up to 3 metres, as long as it’s no closer than 7 metres to the property boundary

  • The extension mustn’t cover more than half of the garden

  • And must be built in similar materials as the original building

Even if you don't need full planning permission, you will need building regs approval.

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission, so it's possible to need both for a project.

Apply for building regs approval

And that's before you've even thought about digging foundations.

“Kitchen extensions can vary depending on the size, complexity and access, but generally allow eight to 16 weeks,” Tamsin Bryant, architect at ABL3 Architects.

“Lead times on ordering windows might mean builds need longer programs to accommodate the delivery of larger items.”

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