8 Tips for Remodeling with Kids

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Nov, 2016
Remodeling with kids presents issues those remodeling without children under foot don’t have to deal with. Minimizing the impact of a remodel on every day life becomes key in a household with children. Yet, the remodeling process is ripe with the unexpected no matter how well you plan. Living through a remodel with kids in […] The post 8 Tips for Remodeling with Kids appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Remodeling with kids presents issues those remodeling without children under foot don’t have to deal with. Minimizing the impact of a remodel on every day life becomes key in a household with children. Yet, the remodeling process is ripe with the unexpected no matter how well you plan. Living through a remodel with kids in the house is possible, and these tips show you how it can be done well.
  1. Make plans for meal preparations. Lacking a place you can prepare meals, particularly over several days or weeks, is stressful for families and impacts your budget. Instead of eating out or opting for delivery every day, create an area where you can prepare meals, even if they are prepared simply. A small refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, and a microwave can function almost as well as a full kitchen. Within your remodeling budget, plan for take-out meals as they will be necessary at times.
  2. Incorporate “ease” whenever possible.Use paper plates and disposable utensils for mealtimes, for example. Don’t make any extra work for yourself.
  3. Keep routines as consistent as possible.Children thrive on routine, so keep meal times and bed times as consistent as possible, as well as establish areas they can perform regular daily activities such as playtime or homework.
  4. Prepare your child for the change by sharing informationearly on in the planning stages. Remodeling includes lots of noise and other activities that young children won’t understand and may even feel scared of, but an ongoing discussion and reassurance go a long way.
  5. Include kids in the process.Children of all ages can help make decisions when selecting colors and styles of products. Older children can even pick out the paint color for their room, or help in other decisions. Letting your child have some ownership in the process helps them feel more connected to the project.
  6. Curtail your stress.Kids react to your stress level, but if you take measures to keeps yours at bay, they adjust better to the change. This may mean taking a break for a massage or knowing when in the midst of the chaos to step out for a break, breathe and restore your sanity.
  7. Always keep safety in mind.Kids are known to explore, and remodeling presents several safety issues. Dust and the chemicals used in products in the remodeling process affect the health of the household air, tools become attractive (but dangerous) toys for young ones, and sharp objects such as nails are often scattered around a remodel job site. It’s important to understand and prepare for these hazards to keep your family out of harm’s way. With older children this may mean simply using barriers and signs to keep them out of rooms, but younger children may need to be removed from the home entirely during the remodeling process.
  8. Choose the right contractor.Select a contractor who understands the unique challenges presented when a family with children is undergoing a remodel. Certified, qualified contractors, with a good history and a low injury rate, and those who have experience working with families, are better options.
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