A kitchen remodel is one of the most disruptive home renovations you can do.
It affects your daily routine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on how extensive the changes are, a kitchen remodel can last weeks, or even months. To help manage the process of a kitchen remodel, it is very important to have practical alternatives for cooking, cleanup and food storage.
Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips
Try to start your planning as soon as you can prior to the start of the renovation. Be sure your plans are intact before demolition. Once demolition begins, you will be involved with other planning and decision making – you do not want to be scrambling for food prep and cleanup.
Additionally, you also want to be sure all of the kitchen remodel plans are in place so no decisions have to be made on the fly.
To best plan for your kitchen remodel – consider the following
For starters, get an experienced professional planner or designer involved on the front end. They will provide insights on layout, cabinetry, appliances, and lighting. This allows you to select products, fixtures and special installation needs defined early in the process. Be sure you have some budget set aside for this expertise. More often than not it will save you money in the long run by avoiding mistakes of inexperience and deliver a more polished finished product.
Secure Building Permits – Have your contractor pull the needed permits before starting the project. Be sure he shares with you the schedule for building inspections. Not having approvals by the inspectors can slow down or even stop a kitchen remodel in its tracks. For example, until electrical and plumbing gets approved, work must stop. It does not matter if your kitchen sits torn apart for an extra week or more.
Order Everything Early – When possible, purchase appliances, cabinetry, sinks, and other fitted items well in advance. If once piece is missing, it can affect the entire project. When new fixtures arrive, inspect them immediately – do not wait. Inspect their condition. Make sure they are the right items. By building a lot of lead time into the process, you will have to worry less about manufacturer delays, damage in shipping, incorrect sizes or other problems. If you don’t have a dry and secure garage or similar space to store these goods, try to arrange storage with your designer or contractor or rent a storage unit.
Build A Temporary Kitchen For Your Kitchen Remodel
For a larger kitchen remodel project, it’s best to create a substitute kitchen for temporary use. Adjacent areas such as the dining room or family room are likely candidates for this role.
Create a makeshift table/countertop – lay down plastic sheeting (4 mil or thicker) on the floor, and place 1/2-inch plywood sheathing or oriented strand board (OSB) on the plastic. Two full sheets give you an 8×8-foot work area.
Appliance planning – even if you’re dumping your old appliances, keep the refrigerator and microwave oven at least. For added more versatility, check out a European tabletop cooking center (designed for dorm rooms and small apartments about the size of a large microwave oven). Some kitchen remodel contractors may loan these to their clients to use while their kitchen is unusable. Chances are you’ll use a laundry or utility sink for you water needs.
Adopt a simple menu – one involving as little preparation as possible. Frozen meals, canned soup, and microwave entrees offer is exactly what you need – ease of preparation and cleanup. Salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruit are also easy to prepare and keep cleanup easy. Using disposable dinnerware helps keep things simple. Pizza and takeout fast food is good for a couple of nights each week. If possible, a weekly restaurant meal as a reward to help keep things moving forward could be a good thing to plan. Something we have had clients do is work with local family and friends for an occasional dinner invite. While greatly appreciated by you – it is also something you can repay when your kitchen remodel is done.
Kitchen Remodel Experts In Madison WI
Sims Exteriors and Remodeling can help create the look you want with your kitchen remodel. Our remodeling pros can start with a unique kitchen remodel, but can build a distinctive flair into any room in your home. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling are kitchen remodel specialists serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.
Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email us for assistance with your kitchen remodel in Madison WI.