How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel
You are about to embark upon the kitchen renovation you have been planning for months, if not years. It is an exciting albeit difficult time. The very heart of your home is about to be torn out. Planning ahead for the transition can go a long way toward keeping the household running as smoothly as possible during your renovation. Some things to consider:
Create a Makeshift Kitchen
Before your project begins, designate a temporary kitchen—perhaps in the dining room. You can set up a table with a microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. If possible, try to utilize a refrigerator, next to the table if space allows, in an adjacent space, or in the garage. Bins beneath the table can easily store everyday items. Or consider using a few base cabinets that are being torn out. Use them and have the contractor cut off a section of countertop. Now you have a makeshift kitchen with storage! Paper and plastic dishware and utensils will help get you through the tough times without a sink to wash dishes. There will inevitably be some dishes to wash, so plan ahead on how to handle this. Once in a while, you will probably need to use another sink in the house, like the laundry room or bathroom sink.
Keep Food Handy
Take stock of your pantry. You will more than likely need to store most items, but keep the items you will need during the renovation on hand. Keep plastic wrap, garbage bags, and foil accessible. Consider single-serve snacks to cut down on dishes and make life a bit easier. Prepared foods including heat-and-serve entrées, the salad bar, or a rotisserie chicken can be found in your local grocery store (check the deli!). Consider creating freeze-and-heat meals and make use of your crock-pot for meals like pot roast and chili. Don’t forget the grill. It can be used (even in colder weather) to prepare meals without making a mess. An occasional meal out or pizza delivery can also take some pressure off.
Prevent Dust from Spreading
Regardless of the extent of the remodel, the project is going to create dust. You can cut down on how much dust travels throughout the home by closing off vents to prevent the dust from spreading to other rooms. Seal off the area with plastic sheets if possible, at least during the tear out phase.