So you’re thinking about having your kitchen remodeled or renovated. Perhaps you want to extend the room to enlarge it, or you want to upgrade cabinets, appliances and such. Or maybe you want to do both!
Whether it’s a small remodel or extensive renovation, it’s likely that you and your family will need to make some adjustments in your everyday life during the process. There are some things you should consider before embarking on this exciting but a bit chaotic journey.
Set a Budget
Before you even think about remodeling, you need to determine how much you can afford to spend on the renovation. And remember, there are usually unexpected expenses, so you need to allow room in the budget for that. A good rule of thumb is to expect to spend an additional 20% of what you think it will cost.
And don’t forget the “hidden” costs of surviving during the renovation process. Eating meals out can cost a lot more than cooking them at home. You’ll be buying more convenient supplies as well, like paper plates and utensils, since washing dishes will be a hardship.
There Will Be Mess
There will be strange men—and maybe women—in your home for weeks. There’s no getting around the fact that contractors will be trudging through your house and making lots of noise. You can map out a path for the contractors to walk from the entrance of your home to the kitchen. Placing old rugs or drop cloths along that path can decrease the amount of tracked dirt and debris throughout.
Another suggestion is to move any breakable or valuable items in the kitchen and adjoining rooms to a safer area. Contractors moving equipment and supplies, and causing vibrations installing kitchen amenities could cause damage to these items.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
Unless you’re fortunate enough to have another functional kitchen in your home, or can stay at a hotel or elsewhere during the renovation, you’ll need to set up an alternate space, preferably with a working sink, if possible. This space could be the utility room, laundry room or basement. Although your bathrooms have sinks, they aren’t great alternative kitchens, simply because you’d be competing with so many other necessary activities.
Before the contractor starts replacing all the cabinets and countertops, you may want to set aside a couple cabinets to use in your alternate kitchen.
If you have an extra “beer box” refrigerator in your home, you can use it temporarily to keep perishable items for quick breakfasts, lunches and even dinners.
Find Alternatives to Meal Preparation
Your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher may be non-functional during the remodeling process so you’ll need to make other arrangements for meals. Although occasionally eating out is an option, it can be expensive if you do so for the entire duration.
Here are some creative ways you can avoid, or at least decrease the expense of restaurants:
- You can cook a lot of foods on a barbecue grill; especially of the renovation is taking place during nice weather.
- If you have a camping stove, you can cook some items on there as well. If you don’t own one, maybe you can borrow one or buy one secondhand.
- Clip coupons for restaurants, so that if you do eat out, it won’t cost as much.
- Use the kitchen of a friend, neighbor or family member. To pay them back, make a meal for them too!
- If you will have the use of a freezer during remodeling, cook meals ahead of time and freeze. You can take them out to thaw and microwave.
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