Every project is different, but generally, you can expect a whole-house remodeling project to last between 16 weeks (4 months) and 24 weeks (6 months). More complicated projects or projects that experience several unforeseen delays can take longer. Many homeowners are surprised to discover that the construction of their project is actually faster than the design and licensing phases. Of course, this largely depends on how organized and focused your builder is and the degree to which you can stick to your original plan and design choices.
Most reliable builders will create a detailed timeline of the construction process and share it with you. One factor that can cause delays in construction is when a subcontractor does not complete the work as scheduled. That's why it's important to choose a general contractor or a design and construction company that has established long-term relationships with dependable subcontractors. Nowadays, there is a high demand for major subs, such as plumbers and electricians, so building can sometimes take a little longer in Seattle than in other cities.
The average duration of a home renovation is 4 to 8 months. There are exceptions to this rule when projects are very small or large, but most home renovations will be done within this time frame. If you've never remodeled a home before, you're probably surprised at how many decisions you have to make. Designing a home remodel is definitely a process you shouldn't rush, and the time you spend with your designer choosing the designs and finishes helps ensure that you're satisfied with the final result.
If your house is already fairly new or doesn't require much work, you might want to do a simple cosmetic remodel.