homeowner. Most people are unaware of the lead times needed to complete a project. Therefore, they are disappointed because it may seem like "the project
is taking a long time".
I'd like to offer a bit of advice and frame some realistic expectations for you on the amount of time you'll need to factor into your next project.
Custom Furniture 8-16 weeks
Kitchen cabinets in stock 8-10 weeks
Kitchen Cabinets custom 12-16 weeks
Lighting Fixtures 7-14 business days if in stock
Wall covering 7-14 business days if in stock
Fabrics 7-10 business days if in stock
Extra Fabric Protection add 2 weeks to the fabric order
fabric lead time plus 3-6 weeks
Granite/Stone 2 weeks if slab is available
Complete Room Design 16 weeks start to finish
Flooring 2-4 weeks if in stock
Custom Rug Order 8-16 weeks
Shutter/Blinds/Shades 2-4 weeks
Custom Pillows Fabric lead time plus 2-3 weeks
Custom Bedding Fabric lead time plus 2-4 weeks
Note: Most mills are closed for the month of December and even July. Most price increases are at the beginning of the new year as well. Therefore, lock in your pricing by the end of the year!
fabrication requirements. However, please note that Fall is the busiest time of the year for designers and workrooms.
People typically want their homes ready for visitors over
the Holidays. Owners wait until September and think they have plenty of time! They don't because everybody else wants the same thing too. It's actually better to start a project in the Winter and install it sometime in the Spring or Summer. Please, know most projects will cost you more money and take longer than what you think. Plan for some wiggle room regarding, finances, temporary housing, school calendars, and moving dates.
Be realistic about your next project. Plan out the schedule in advance with plenty of detail. Allow for discontinued
materials, trade issues, zoning issues, and a few hiccups along the way. If you can be flexible, the construction process will be a wonderful experience and you'll probably get hooked on it. -Anita Bhattacharya Oates, NCIDQ