How to Create a Realistic Design and Construction Timeline

Find out the length of time you should allow for planning, building and unforeseen mishaps.

Design shows on TV might lead you to believe that you can complete a dramatic interior makeover in three days — or even in just one night. However, in reality, anything worth doing needs time to be done right. Renovating a single small bathroom can easily take three months from initial design research to finished construction, while a fuller renovation of several rooms or a larger room (like a complete kitchen overhaul) can take half a year — sometimes even much longer. This may sound pessimistic, but there are truly many benefits to giving your design project a healthy timeline. Here’s some honest advice for why and how you should plan out your project on a realistic schedule, whether you’re working with a designer or on your own, and no matter what the project size.