Remodeling your kitchen is exciting, though the thought of living without the use of your appliances, sink and food storage during the process is probably not something you look forward to. But if you have a good plan, you can greatly reduce the disruption to daily life while you watch the progress of the kitchen of your dreams unfold.
1. Decide: Stay or Go?
If your remodeling project involves a kitchen update, but no other rooms, proper planning and careful dust control can enable you to move your cooking and dining to another area of the house while still staying there.
Only a small percentage of homeowners are able to leave their home for the duration of a kitchen-only remodeling project. And many of them find it very stressful because of the expense and disruption to a family’s routines. So, roll up your sleeves and move on to Steps 2 through 4. You can do this!
2. Staging and Setup
Our most important recommendation is not to wait until the night before kitchen demolition starts to begin cleaning it out. Find out the schedule for removing the appliances, sink and cabinets and be ready for it. Many people set up a temporary kitchen in the dining room. A mini-fridge can be an inexpensive solution if you can’t move your full-size refrigerator there. Figure out what dishes, utensils and other food prep things you will need for the duration of the remodel and pack away everything else.
Set up a table and plastic storage bins to keep things as organized as possible. Stock up on items that don’t require refrigeration: cereal, canned soup and fruit, and quick snack items like protein bars, crackers, nuts, peanut butter, and raisins.
Cooking might actually be the simplest aspect of your ”kitchen-free” adventure. A microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, crock-pot or instant pot, and maybe a hot plate will get you through most meals. Take advantage of the prepared foods, heat-and-serve entrées, salad bar and rotisserie chicken from your grocer’s deli. If weather permits, a grill on the patio can be your best friend. And try Grubhub or other food delivery services, get take-out, and become familiar faces at neighborhood restaurants.
The biggest challenge you’ll probably have is cleaning up after meals, because you’ll have no kitchen sink. You may need to accept the fact that using disposable plates, bowls and flatware will save a lot of clean-up headaches. When you have the inevitable dishwashing to do, have a large dish pan or plastic bin handy to transport the dirty dishes to the water supply. And remember, you won’t have a garbage disposal, so you’ll need to scrape food scraps into the trash before you put dishes in the bathroom or laundry room sink. The last thing you need is food scraps clogging up the plumbing!
And Finally: It’s Worth It!
If you never thought about it before, you’ll come to realize how much you depend on your kitchen to be the hub of family activity! Once your new kitchen remodel is finished, you’ll be glad you took the leap to update the room where your family spends so much time.
We promise that we’ll make the process as smooth as possible for you and your family and that you’ll love the beautiful new kitchen that is the end result of this process. So, give us a call and let’s get started!