A kitchen remodel is a worthy investment you can make in your home. Not only does a great kitchen provide you with a better cooking experience, but it also gives you a better entertaining space. You may also want to remodel the kitchen in anticipation of selling the home, but it is worth it either way.
People usually don't know that it takes time, careful planning, and money to make the remodel work. It may sound hard to survive such an undertaking, but it doesn't need to be.
You can use a few practical ways to survive your kitchen remodel; read on to know them.
Preparation is Key
One of the first things you need to do to survive is to understand the process to prepare for it. You'll need to set up a temporary kitchen since you'll still live in the house. But that's only the first part, you also need to prepare for the sound of power tools constantly running and contractors walking in and out.
Create the Temporary Kitchen
While you prepare for it, you need to bring it to life from the first day of the remodel. Have a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and stove in the temporary kitchen. These items keep the status quo during the entire remodel, and you don't have to miss your morning coffee routine.
The temporary kitchen should also have a family eating spot if you have a family. The ideal items for this area include portable chairs and a foldable table. You must ensure your family is comfortable when they come into the makeshift kitchen to enjoy their meals.
There are bound to be various extra expenses during the kitchen remodel. For example, you will likely be ordering out more often now than before. This will add to your expenses as cooking at home can be cheaper, especially if you have a family. Talk to your family about the extra expenses you are likely to incur on top of the stretched budget, thanks to the remodel before you begin. You can also discuss a meal plan if you don't have one since your makeshift kitchen won't have enough space for storage.
Design a Meal Plan
What are some of the quick meals you can prepare in the now small kitchen? For example, what can you make quickly for breakfast and lunch? It would help if you had meals that don't have much preparation since you won't have room for them, and this is where a meal plan comes handy.
You also want to buy precisely what you need for specific meals. You can also consider grilling since you can set it up in the backyard if you have one – but that's only an option if the weather outside is great.
This is also a great time to declutter, as the temporary kitchen will show you how much space you don't need once you move back to the kitchen. Take this time to pack up what you don't need in the kitchen. Also, go through the design, figure out what you won't need, and don't tire of downsizing.
Don't forget to have fun during the remodel, regardless of the reasons for the remodel. This is an adventure in that you can also involve your kids. When you have fun, you are likely to have a positive mindset about it which means you'll see only the good in the process.
You can also use this time to tap into your creative side and make the kitchen a mirror of what you want. You get to watch the countertops and appliances firsthand when they are installed.
This guide can certainly help you survive your kitchen remodel. But you also need to only have the right team for the whole process to be smooth. Contact us.