Tips for Surviving a Kitchen Renovation

Dreaming up your new kitchen always starts out fun, but you might have a different opinion once demolition begins. Fortunately, the summer is a great time for the project because you have so many outdoor cooking options. Here are some practical tips to help you live in your house during an extensive kitchen renovation, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum comfort.

1. Set Up a Temporary Kitchen

One of the first steps in preparing for a kitchen renovation is establishing a temporary kitchen in another part of your home. Choose a convenient location with easy access to water and electricity, such as a laundry room or basement. You may be able to use a corner of your living room or dining room if you have enough space.

You’ll need all the essential appliances, such as a microwave, air fryer, toaster oven, coffee maker, and mini fridge. Don’t forget to set up a table or counter space for food preparation.

2. Plan Simple Meals

During the renovation, your cooking capabilities will be limited, so plan simple meals that require minimal preparation. Try microwave meals or frozen options that can be microwaved or put in the air fryer. Even seemingly easy meals, like boiling pasta, might be a safety issue depending on where you set up the temporary kitchen. Consider using a slow cooker or an instant pot for one-pot meals that don’t require extensive cleanup. Stock up on disposable plates, cups, and utensils to reduce the need for washing dishes. 

3. Utilize Outdoor Cooking

If you have a grill, take advantage of outdoor cooking during the renovation. Grilling not only expands your meal options but also keeps cooking smells and messes out of your temporary indoor kitchen. This is probably your best option during the summer and can bring some normalcy to an otherwise stressful time.

4. Stay Organized

Keeping your temporary kitchen organized is crucial to maintaining efficiency and reducing stress. Use storage bins or shelves to keep utensils, cookware, and pantry items neatly arranged. Label boxes and containers to quickly locate items when needed. This will make these even easier when you restock your new kitchen… and maybe you’ll discover you don’t need everything you had before!

5. Designate a Construction-Free Zone

To maintain some sense of calm and relaxation, designate a construction-free zone in your home where you can escape the chaos. This could be a bedroom, living room, or any other area that remains untouched by the renovation. Make this space comfortable and clutter-free, providing a retreat for you and your family to unwind.

6. Protect Your Belongings

If you’re not careful, you’ll be cleaning dust and debris out of your house for months after construction ends. Start by sealing off the construction area and doing your best to keep the access closed. Cover furniture in the area right next to the kitchen, and you may want to cover any bookshelves or remove the books until the dust literally settles. 

7. Keep Communication Open

Effective communication with your contractor is essential to ensure the renovation stays on track and any issues are promptly addressed. Schedule regular meetings or check-ins to discuss progress, ask questions, and clarify any concerns. While staying completely on schedule is nearly impossible, open communication helps prevent misunderstandings and keeps the project running smoothly.

8. Plan for Contingencies

Unexpected issues can arise during any renovation, so it’s important to plan for contingencies. Set aside a portion of your budget for unforeseen expenses and be prepared for potential delays. Having a backup plan for meals and daily routines can help you adapt to any changes during the renovation.

9. Prioritize Safety

Safety should be a top priority during your kitchen renovation. Ensure that the construction area is properly secured, and that tools and materials are safely stored when not in use. Keep children and pets away from the renovation site to prevent accidents. Discuss safety protocols with your contractor and make sure everyone in your household is aware of them.

10. Embrace Flexibility

Flexibility is key to navigating a kitchen renovation successfully. Be prepared to adjust your routines and expectations as needed. Understand that there may be inconveniences and disruptions, like the sound of construction tools in the early morning, but staying flexible and adaptable will help you manage them more effectively.

11. Maintain a Positive Attitude

While renovations are stressful, maintaining a positive attitude can make the process more bearable. Focus on the end result and the beautiful new kitchen you’ll soon have. Involve your family in the renovation process by seeking their input and keeping them updated on progress. Celebrate small milestones along the way to stay motivated and excited about the transformation.

Start Renovating:

If you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, finding the right contractors and fabricators is an important step. At Garden State Soapstone, Slate, and Wood Countertops, we use the best materials that only look better over time. Call us today to visit our showroom and see all the options to make your vision a reality.

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