Understanding the Project Timeline

Timeline….. The word means so many different things in the construction industry. And it typically gets a bad wrap!

One huge thing to remember when thinking about the timeline is that sometimes it cannot be controlled (as much as we wish we could), whether that means shipping times for materials, staffing shortage, swamped sub-contractors, and so many more. We aim to prepare you for the unexpected as much as we can. It is just that, sometimes, unpredictable. 

With all of that being said, we are able to at least set expectations around a couple of areas pre-job. 

Understanding the Project Timeline

Question: How soon before a project starts should you get a contractor involved? 

Answer: The honest answer is that the project start date will depend on the contractor and their schedule, so as soon as you feel like a remodel is on your horizon, let us know about it; for us, we say, the sooner, the better. We like to ensure we have as many details fleshed out in the beginning as possible. From a defined scope of work and plan to selections made, purchased, and in hand. If you’d like a project to start in the summer, you can consider reaching out the winter before. There is no such thing as too soon. That said, I want you to know that the bid submitted to you may need to be changed once you are ready to start. If we learned anything from the fluctuation in pricing during COVID, materials, and labor can change overnight. 

Understanding the Project Timeline

Question: When will my project start?

Answer: Many factors go into this. As mentioned above, we like to have selections and materials in hand before your project starts. This, in turn, means that the selected items’ lead times play a role in when we can start the project. Another factor to remember is that we are a small, family-owned business, and our team reflects that (meet our team). We have three project managers that all have their own specific skill sets. We like to pair the project manager up with the projects that will allow them to shine. If the project before yours needs to run a little long, yours may need to be pushed a tad to ensure the project manager is focused on your project. Although this isn’t ideal, it ensures that your project is at the front of their minds.

Understanding the Project Timeline

Question: How long will my project take to complete? 

Answer: The answer to this is all dependent on your specific project. An addition is going to take quite a bit longer than a bathroom. Custom cabinets will take longer to manufacture and install than pre-fab cabinets. Tile takes longer to install than LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank). The amount of change orders during a project prolongs the overall duration of the project as well. As much as we value relationships over clients and will love getting to know you and your family, we want to give your home back to you so that you can start living in it the way you dreamed it would be. We will be sure to provide you with a range that we anticipate your project will take. We ask that you be patient and flexible with us and understand that it’s construction; inevitably, it won’t go perfectly. 

Here is a rule of thumb for a standard remodel with Carlson Projects.

Bathroom 5×8 | 8-14 weeks

Kitchen 10×6 | 14-18 weeks

Larger Remodels, like additions and multiple rooms, can take up to 9 months. All timelines vary on the scope of work and size of the project. These timelines figure keeping the existing layout.

Six Months is a standard timeline from the signed contract to the start of construction. Of course, this depends on the volume of leads and the current climate of the construction industry.

Have more questions around timeline? Comment below! We would love to hear from you! 



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