When it comes to remodeling we do our best to make sure our client has a great experience. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and craftsmanship and hope that it show throughout the entire renovation project. Of all the home renovation projects, the kitchen can be one of the most stressful rooms to renovate in your home. So much of our daily lives revolve around the use of the kitchen that any disruption can just cause havoc with the rest of your normal routine. We’re going to share with you a few tips for how to survive a kitchen remodel with your sanity intact.
Make a plan
Before any work on the kitchen begins make sure you have a solid plan in place with your contractor. We’re talking about materials, pricing, timelines, responsibilities, cleanup, ect. The less on the fly decision making you have to deal with the happier you will be.
How will you cook?
Kitchen remodels can take some time. Eating out every night could add up really quick. Try setting up a mini kitchen in a room separate from the remodel. You can get by easily enough with a microwave, hotplate and an electric skillet. If you’re a fan of grilling this can be a really great experience for you.
As for cleaning up, consider using an old plastic storage container for washing dirty dishes in your tub, or switch to disposable plates and utensils for the time.
Special order anything?
If you have chosen to special order any materials wait to start on your remodel until they have arrived and you can verify that they are indeed what you have ordered. Perhaps you were sent the right faucet, but in the wrong finish, or there is not nearly enough of the tile that you ordered. Waiting until everything has arrived can save you headaches and a whole lot of unnecessary down time.
Prepare for dust
It’s inevitable, when you remodel there is going to be dust. To all those exceptionally tidy people, you have been warned. Prior to starting your project you can talk with your contractor about what can be done to minimize dust, such as doing any cutting of materials outside, or having drywall sanders equipped with a vacuum attachment. Also discuss what kind of barriers will be used to prevent dust from going into other areas of your house. Even the best laid plans can go awry though and leave you with dust in the end. After the remodel is complete be sure to check on your home’s air filter and replace if necessary. Use your upholstery attachment and clean furniture and draperies which are notorious for attracting dust and debris. Tack cloths are great for cleaning baseboards, windowsills and shelves.