How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

Plan for Inconvenience

A kitchen remodel is inconvenient so you need to plan to be inconvenienced.  Make sure all of the activities your family usually does in the kitchen are accounted for and a place is set up to do those activities when the kitchen is under construction.  For example, beyond cooking and eating are there other activities that the kitchen is used for such as homework or a computer station for paying bills?   Make a space for those activities.

Set Up A Temporary Kitchen

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Set up a temporary kitchen in another room of your home can really cut down on the inconvenience of a kitchen remodel.  It is helpful if it is a room with or near a sink.  Put your refrigerator and microwave there as well as a table to create “counter space”.  Think about appliances you can use to prepare meals such as a hot plate, crock pot or an electric fry pan.  Consider using paper plates and plastic utensils to cut down on dishwashing.  You may also consider cooking on your barbecue grill if weather permits.  You should also plan to eat out at least once a week to give everyone a welcomed break from the inconvenience of your temporary kitchen.

Controlling Kitchen Remodel Dust

One of the biggest and most complained about inconvenience during a remodel is the dust that is created.  Doorways around the remodel zone should be sealed up with plastic, but know that the fine dust will escape from the area no matter how well sealed it is.  Make sure to account for this by closing doors to rooms and sealing paper and plastic utensils in zip lock bags.  Cover sensitive electrical equipment such as computers, stereos, tablets and smart phones with plastic when not in use.

Remodeling May Cause Stress in Relationships

Change is difficult for almost everyone.  When your routine is disrupted, your privacy invaded by having workers in your home, things you normally do are interrupted, stress will surely follow.  Make sure you discuss this topic with your family and give everyone a chance to weigh in and have their concerns addressed.  Pulling together, staying optimistic, and minimizing complaining will all help the kitchen remodel project go more smoothly. 

Set Up a Sanctuary

Make sure you and your family have a quiet and orderly place to go to escape the chaos of the kitchen remodel.  It is a good idea to neaten up bedrooms and family rooms so they can be used as sanctuaries when your family needs to relax and de-stress.

Watch for part 3 of How to Survive A Kitchen Remodel where we will talk about selecting and working with your contractor.  Visit our website at

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