How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 02 Jan, 2015
The kitchen (second to maybe the bathroom) is one of the most challenging remodels to work around. Your life sustenance (eating and food prep) occurs in the kitchen. And while take-out is appealing on a busy night, indulging should not be an every night occurrence if you want to protect both your waistline and your […] The post How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
So how can you survive a kitchen remodel with the least amount of stress and inconvenience placed on your family. We’re here to tell you!
First of all, consider the scope of the project. A major renovation may take months, while a simple remodel can be completed in as little as a few weeks.
One of the best suggestions we’ve ever heard is to set up a temporary kitchen. You don’t have to sacrifice your kitchen prep and dining space if you just relocate it. You may not be able to arrange for a full kitchen set-up, but move your refrigerator to another room, or set up a mini-fridge. Include a microwave in the arrangement, or if you have the ability relocate the stove as well, and you’ll still be able to prepare most of your meals at home.
Find another area in your home to set up a dining area. Families who eat together build better relationships and are healthier! No need to sacrifice health and happiness while you undergo a remodel.
Use disposable tableware. It’s very likely dish washing chores may occur by handwashing, and if your makeshift kitchen doesn’t include a sink (most won’t), you may be washing dishes in a bathroom sink. You’ll want to minimize the amount of dishes you have to wash as much as possible.
Prepare for dust, dirt and lots of noise. And try not to stress about it. This may mean taking a vacation during the remodel, even if it’s just to a friend’s house or a hotel for a weekend to get away from the action and mess.
Prepare for convenience meals. You’ll want to rethink how you eat while undergoing a remodel. You may decide to budget for a certain amount of times you’ll eat out each week, or use a meal service, or buy prepared meals from the grocery store (pre-made salads, etc), but no matter what the method, know you’ll have to rethink meal preparation in substantial ways, and you’ll need to budget for it as well.
Lastly, choose a contractor wisely. A trusted contractor relationship will go a long way in ensuring your project operates smoothly, efficiently and you end up with a kitchen you’ll love for years to come.
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