Kitchen Remodel Preparation
All the excitement of a kitchen remodel can quickly be lost during the first week of renovation if you don’t take steps to prepare for being without a fully functioning kitchen. Here’s some tips to help ease the disruption of your daily routine and keep stress levels down.
Create a Temporary Kitchen Space
It won’t have your stove or dishwasher, but didn’t you make do with a toaster oven and crock pot in college? Designate an area of your house away from construction and set up your small appliances, a few shelves, and some seating. Move your fridge to this area if possible or consider buying/borrowing a mini fridge. Keep only the absolutely critical kitchen tools accessible in this area. Everything else, put in storage.
Disposable Goods Are Your Friend
Washing the coffee and crock pot without a kitchen sink will be enough during this busy time. Let’s not add plates, bowls, cups, and utensils to that mix. Stock up on anything and everything disposable, preferably recyclable or biodegradable to be nice to the polar bears.
Alternative Food Sources
I know take-out is probably a given, but that may put a dent in your wallet (and probably a stretch in your waistline). Stock up on nonperishable snacks to get you through the day. The biggest game changer will be your grill, weather permitting. Grills can actually cook almost everything an oven can. Familiarize yourself with different techniques to cook a variety of foods on your grill.
Take a Step Back
If you’re in a position to take a vacation, visit some family or friends, or even stay in a local hotel, this may be the most stress-free option, even if it’s for only part of the renovation. Take this opportunity to let the professionals do the heavy lifting, and enjoy visiting with family and friends.
And remember, what’s a few weeks of inconvenience compared to a lifetime of your dream kitchen? Request a Design Consultation by filling out this form on our website, and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours to get you started!