Remodeling a kitchen is exciting and satisfying, particularly if you enjoy cooking, gathering for family dinners, or want your kitchen to reflect your style like the rest of your house. It can also be challenging because it’s a room that gets so much use that when it’s out of commission, you really feel the loss.
Make the process easier on yourself by using some of these practical tips before construction begins.
1. Take your time with the design and planning process.
It can be hard to hold back your excitement, but most project delays are caused by a lack of clarity in the planning, design, and material selection processes.
2. Nail down a specific timeline.
This way you'll know exactly how long you’ll be without a working kitchen. If remodelers you speak to cannot give you a timeline, that’s a red flag that should get your attention.
3. Clarify with your remodeler about which areas of the house will be impacted by the project and how that will affect your use of the space.
Remember, even with a project in the kitchen, it’s likely that crew members will need access to your water and electric shutoffs during construction.
4. Set up your temporary kitchen (if possible) a day or two before the renovations begin.
Move all your essential tools, appliances, and equipment into the temporary space, using shallow bins and small storage containers to keep things organized.
5. Move your pets’ food and water bowls.
Move your pets' food and water bowls to another room in your house to prevent confusion or stress during renovation. In our experience, dogs love the company our crews provide, but cats just want it to all stop.
6. Leave access to the items you’ll still be able to use during the project when packing.
This can also be a great time to purge old kitchen gadgets and supplies that have outlived their usefulness.
7. Purchase disposable plates.
Purchase disposable plates, cups and utensils to either use for all your meals or to give yourself a break now and then from hand washing dishes in the utility sink.
8. Move furniture and electronics out of the kitchen the day before work begins.
9. Remove pictures and artwork from the walls in rooms adjacent to the kitchen.
Vibrations from construction work can shake them loose and leave you with broken frames.
If you’re like most people, the logistical challenges of designing and remodeling your kitchen may seem overwhelming. Contact us today to find out how our Design-Build Process will put the fun back into getting a great new kitchen.
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