Home Planning & Renovations

Typical Timeline for a Kitchen Renovation in NYC

By Mia Cetkovic


Ever wished your NYC kitchen could match your big-city dreams? You know, the kind that belongs in a magazine, where culinary masterpieces are born? That dream is closer than you think.

MyHome gets it. We understand the unique challenges and aspirations of New York homeowners. That’s why we’ve spent over two decades perfecting the art of luxury kitchen renovations right here in the heart of the city.

We’re not only for stunning designs and high-end materials (though we certainly deliver on those). We’re about making the entire renovation process smooth, efficient, and stress-free.

From the initial concept to the final reveal, we transform kitchens without wasting time. MyHome upholds time, work efficiency, and your budget to finish things on time.

Read on to learn more about standard NYC kitchen renovations.

Typical Timeline

So, what does the road to your dream kitchen entail? Here’s a breakdown of a typical NYC kitchen renovation timeline:

Phase 1: Design and Planning (2-4 weeks)

We’ll kick things off with a deep dive into your vision. This involves detailed discussions, mood boards, and 3D renderings to ensure we agree.

Our seasoned designers will also handle those tricky NYC permit applications, a process we’ve mastered over the years.

Phase 2: Demolition and Preparation (1-2 weeks)

Out with the old, in with the new! This phase is all about clearing the canvas for your kitchen masterpiece.

Our crew will carefully remove your existing cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. We take extra precautions to protect the surrounding areas, minimizing dust and disruption to your home.

This phase includes any necessary prep work for the new installation, such as patching walls, leveling floors, and rerouting plumbing or electrical lines.

We’ll work closely with your designer to ensure the space is perfectly prepped and ready for the exciting transformation ahead.

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Phase 3: Core Construction (4-8 weeks)

This is where the “real” work begins. Consider it the backbone of your kitchen transformation. We will tackle the essential elements:

  • Electrical: We’ll upgrade your electrical system to handle your new appliances and lighting, ensuring safety and functionality.
  • Plumbing: New sinks, faucets, and potentially a dishwasher require careful plumbing work. We’ll see that everything is hooked up correctly and up to code.
  • Flooring: Whether it’s hardwood, tile, or something more unique, your chosen flooring will be installed with precision.
  • Structural Changes: If your dream kitchen involves removing a wall or expanding the space, this is when those changes take shape. We can handle complex structural work so your home remains safe and sound.

Throughout this phase, our project managers will be your trusted guides. They’ll oversee every detail, coordinating with our skilled tradespeople to keep the project moving smoothly. Their expertise ensures that each element is completed to the highest standards to minimize the risk of delays or costly rework down the line.

Phase 4: Cabinetry and Countertops (2-4 weeks)

This is the moment your kitchen truly starts to take shape. Your custom-designed cabinetry, meticulously crafted to your specifications, will be carefully installed. Whether you’ve chosen sleek modern lines or a more traditional look, our carpenters ensure every cabinet is level, aligned, and perfectly fitted.

Next, your chosen countertops will be installed. Each slab is carefully measured and cut from durable granite to luxurious marble to fit into your new kitchen design. We’ll handle all the details, including sealing and finishing, so your countertops stand the test of time.

This phase is about the details. Your cabinet hardware, drawer pulls, and decorative elements will be installed.

Phase 5: Appliances and Fixtures (1-2 weeks)

The excitement builds as your kitchen truly comes together. This is where the finishing touches make your space functional and beautiful.

  • Appliances: Your carefully selected appliances, from your state-of-the-art refrigerator to your professional-grade range, are installed precisely.
  • Sinks and Faucets: Your sink and faucet are functional necessities and style statements. We’ll install them carefully with proper plumbing connections and a flawless finish.
  • Lighting: We’ll install your chosen fixtures, from recessed to pendant lights, for a perfect ambiance for cooking and entertaining.
  • Additional Fixtures: This phase includes installing other essential fixtures like garbage disposals, soap dispensers, and other accessories you’ve chosen to complete your dream kitchen.

This is where your vision truly comes to life. Each appliance and fixture should be carefully placed and installed, adding the final layers of functionality and style to the newly renovated space.

Phase 6: Finishing Touches (1-2 weeks)

The final touches are what truly make your kitchen shine. The backsplash should have been built by then. Whether you prefer classic subway tiles, modern mosaics, or something unique, we will ensure a flawless finish.

We’ll then complete any final painting touch-ups and thoroughly clean your kitchen, removing any dust or debris from the renovation process.

Important Note: These are just estimates. The actual timeline can vary depending on the size of your kitchen, the complexity of the design, and any surprises that may arise.

But here’s the MyHome difference: our team’s deep experience and streamlined process help us anticipate potential hiccups and keep your project on track. We will keep you updated, addressing any concerns promptly.

Related Article: Kitchen Renovation: How to Plan and Manage Your Project

Factors Affecting Timeline

We’re all about transparency, so let’s be upfront: even the best-laid plans can encounter a few bumps. Some common factors that can affect your kitchen renovation timeline include:

Permit Approvals

NYC is known for its intricate permitting process. But don’t sweat it – our team has overcome these waters countless times. We’ll handle the paperwork efficiently, keeping your project moving forward.

Material Availability

Sometimes, those perfect tiles or custom cabinets might take longer to arrive. We order materials well in advance and have backup options ready, just in case.

Unexpected Issues

Occasionally, we might uncover hidden issues during demolition (think outdated wiring or plumbing). Our experienced crew knows how to tackle these surprises head-on, finding swift solutions to keep your project on track.

The MyHome’s project managers keep a close eye on every detail. So, even if a curveball comes our way, you can trust that we’ll handle it efficiently.


While not always a roadblock, your budget can affect the timeline. Higher-end materials or custom work may require more time for sourcing and installation

From the start, we’re transparent about this, working with you to find options that align with your financial goals and desired timeline.

Related Article: How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

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MyHome’s Expertise and Customer-Centric Approach

MyHome has been transforming NYC kitchens for over two decades. Our seasoned designers, project managers, and craftsmen have seen everything, from classic brownstones to sleek downtown lofts.

We’re a one-stop shop for everything you need: design expertise, top-notch materials, skilled labor, and meticulous project management. This means you don’t have to juggle multiple contractors and suppliers.

The MyHome Guarantee: Kitchen Delivered On Time

Remember, every kitchen renovation is unique, and timelines can change. But your project is in capable hands with MyHome’s streamlined process and proactive approach.

MyHome works tirelessly to minimize delays and deliver the kitchen of your dreams within a realistic timeframe.

Prep your NYC for a kitchen renovation. Contact MyHome today for a personalized consultation or get a free estimate for your design estimate.

Let’s discuss your vision and timeline and how we can make your dream kitchen a pleasant reality.