Working Around a Kitchen Remodel
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The new cabinets are picked out, the budget is nailed down and the crew is ready to tear your old kitchen apart. But are you ready to bridge the period between old kitchen and new kitchen? Here are a few tips for making the seemingly impossible remodeling process a little more manageable while we bring your new kitchen to life.
Careful planning and a positive outlook will serve you well during this in-between phase. There’s no doubt that living without a kitchen is trying, but when you compare a few weeks dedicated to the remodel to the years of enjoyment you’ll gain from your new kitchen, it’s a little easier to bear.
- A few weeks before the crew arrives, pack and carefully label anything that is nonessential for the duration of the remodel. Store these boxes out of the way of the construction crew and your living space.
- Take out will certainly be a great option during this period, but before too long you’ll want to be able to make food at home again—probably before the new kitchen is finished. Set up a temporary kitchen where you will have a sink with running water, storage for food, dishes and essential utensils and enough counter or table space to prepare simple meals, brew coffee and pack school lunches. If you’ll be setting up your temporary kitchen in a garage or basement, plan to bring in a few tables, chairs, shelving units and storage crates to keep things as neat and manageable as possible.
- Plan your meals for small appliances and cramped quarters. You may be a gourmet cook but during the remodel keep things as simple as possible. Keep your microwave, slow cooker and electric griddle busy and save the complicated dishes for the new kitchen. Consider moving your fridge to the temporary kitchen or buying a mini-fridge for the interim. If you’re particularly organized, double your favorite recipes during the months prior to construction and put the second servings in a chest freezer. Be sure to label everything carefully to eliminate “mystery meal” nights.
- If doing dishes in the bathtub or stationary tub will drive you nuts, you may want to buy some recyclable or biodegradable plates and napkins for the time being. You won’t be able to get away from washing dishes in some unconventional manner entirely, but you can cut the job down to size with a stock of disposables.
- When the weather is nice, cook outside. Set up an outdoor kitchen where your grill is the centerpiece and use your patio furniture or picnic table for dining al fresco.
- Plan your vacation for during the remodel. You've left your project in our capable hands, so take advantage of the timing and give yourself a break from the project at the same time by scheduling your vacation during the remodel.
- Psych yourself up and remember the big picture. Mentally prepare yourself for the inconveniences and remember what you’ll gain when you’re through the process: your dream kitchen.
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