The Kitchen Remodel Survival Guide

Kitchen remodels are so satisfying once they have been completed. However, during the process of remodeling your kitchen, we cannot think of anything worse than having to live in a home with a building site for a kitchen. 

If you have remodeled a kitchen in the past, you may be aware of what is to come when you begin planning another. You may also know the best things to do to get through running a household without a useable kitchen. However, if you have not experienced this, it is understandable that you may feel slightly daunted right now. 

 

Whether you just want your remodel to go better than it did last time, or you are planning your first remodel, we have gathered some top tips for how to survive the process. 

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Timescales

Before you start the remodel, you may need to prepare yourself for the time it will take to plan and execute the project. 

Planning will take approximately: 

  • 2-4 weeks to speak to contractors and decide which you will use
  • 1-4 weeks to draw up your designs, choose the materials, and work out your costs

 

Completing the remodel will take approximately:

  • 1-4 weeks to order the materials, have your permits approved, and receive the materials
  • 2-4 to build the new kitchen

 

Step 1: Organize

While the planning stage is being completed, you can make your first step towards surviving the remodeling process. That is to organize your kitchen. Organizing your kitchen at this point serves two purposes. The first is to ensure that you know where everything is while the remodel is taking place. This will make it much easier if you need something from your kitchen while it is all in boxes. 

Secondly, organizing your kitchen is an excellent way to declutter and donate or dispose of anything you no longer use, need, or want in your new kitchen. Completing this step early in the planning process of the remodel means that you will not be rushed or pressed for time to get it done and end up keeping everything. This also means you do not need to sort through your kitchen items while you are unpacking into your new kitchen. 

The best thing to do when while your kitchen is being remodeled is to create a temporary kitchen setup, so you do not end up eating out each night for several weeks. Organizing early will allow you to have the temporary setup created and ready to go in plenty of time, so you do not forget something. 

 

Step 2: Create Your Temporary Kitchen Setup

Firstly, when creating your temporary kitchen, you need to decide which room you are going to utilize. The main thing when deciding this is to pick a room where you have plumbing and electrical outlets. This will make cooking and washing up much easier. You could utilize a basement space or laundry room if you have either. If you do not, you can use a dining room to use the outlets and use your bathroom to wash up the dishes. 

You should ideally use a room that is set away from your kitchen, but if you cannot, then ensure you use a room where the doors can be fully closed. This will really make the difference when there is dust in the air from the remodel. 

The items we recommend you have in your kitchen during the remodel are your essentials for daily use. If you are a big coffee drinker, for example, ensure your coffee maker is set up, and you have mugs and coffee in place before it starts. You should also include appliances that can be used to make full meals, like slow cookers/crock pots and a microwave. A small fridge is also a great idea, along with an electric kettle, hot plate, and toaster. 

 

Step 3: Plan Meals

This step goes closely with step 2, as the meals you plan to make during the kitchen remodel may influence the items you choose to include in your temporary kitchen. We recommend you plan meals that can be cooked easily with very little preparation as you will be working in a restricted space. 

Slow cooker meals are a great place to start, especially with pre-prepared ingredients, so you can just add everything to the pot and set it away to cook. For less washing up, use a slow cooker liner that can be disposed of quickly and easily once the food is served. 

Microwave meals are also a great option and can be bought and cooked immediately. If you do not have much or any fridge space, you can buy one to microwave immediately. A takeout is also a great option, and you can use leftovers for meals the next day to save you having to cook again. 

 

Step 4: Keep Children and Pets out of the Kitchen

Keeping children and pets out of the kitchen area is sensible to avoid injuries, but also to avoid them trailing dust and debris through your home too. 

Sitting your children down, if you have children, ahead of the remodel and explaining the process to them is also a huge benefit. Children knowing the impact a home improvement project is going to have on them is good for everyone in the house as it is less of a shock throughout the process. 

Ensuring your children can stick as close to their usual routine as possible will help the whole family get through the project and will make your life easier outside of the remodel. We advise you to ensure that you have ways to make their favorite foods in your temporary kitchen too, in case of a difficult day. 

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