The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s the center for congregating, for hosting events, family dinners, and other occasions that bring people together. There are many reasons why people choose to remodel their kitchen, including improved workflow, increasing storage capacity, and upgrading outdated appliances. Kitchen projects are typically done every 15-20 years, as trends for cabinets, countertops, and flooring come and go. While you may already have some design ideas in mind, one thing you may not have considered is how to live comfortably without a kitchen for a couple months.
We understand not having a kitchen for an extended period of time can be an inconvenience for you and your family. With over 30 years of construction knowledge, design expertise, and project experience, we can help assist you during this stressful situation. Even our own experts have endured a similar process at their homes, so we’ve compiled a checklist of everything to consider before starting your kitchen remodeling project.
1. Boxes or Totes– These items will come in handy when emptying your cabinets of dishes and other kitchen accessories. Prepare as if you were moving and find a designated area to keep things accessible.
2. A folding table or TV trays– This can be used for a temporary dining table while your kitchen is under construction. You may also want to consider using the grill or microwave more often during the remodeling process.
3. Table or platform for microwave– Keeping your old microwave and in a convenient location will come in handy for making quick meals and can also serve as a temporary coffee maker.
4. Plasticware, paper plates, napkins, and wet naps– Since you won’t have access to a sink and won’t be using dishes, you’ll need to buy plenty of disposable materials. You’ll also need sanitary supplies for a quick cleanup if any accidents occur.
5. Flypaper/ribbon– Depending on the time of year, the constant opening of doors allows pests to invade your home. Consider this as a preventative for a dirty and messy area.
6. Flip flops or slippers– With a potential construction zone in mind, you won’t want to walk barefoot around the house during the project. Protecting the bottom of your feet will help you avoid stepping on nails, staples, splintered subfloors or other dangerous debris.
7. Flashlight– This will help you find certain items that have been relocated while your project is taking place. If the power is turned off temporarily you’ll need this to illuminate the area.
8. Restaurant and fast food gift cards– Purchase these in advance to prepare your meals ahead of time. Crock pots will also come in handy if usable.
Finally, there’s one last thing you will need during your kitchen remodel: Patience. The average kitchen project takes about four to six weeks to complete, so set the expectation with your family beforehand. Often times projects of this nature tend to have a snowball effect, meaning if you upgrade one area of the kitchen, then that leads to another area of the home needing improvement too. Embrace the potential stress and frustration that may come with unexpected delays that extend the finish date.
One way to avoid this is to request an on-site project manager during your kitchen remodel. Without an experienced professional to oversee the tradespeople working on your home, mistakes can be made and the quality of work could suffer. This leaves your family frustrated as the completion date extends further and further. At Brothers Services, we’ll set you up with a dedicated project manager who checks the quality of every detail and ensures the exceptional care of your property. We believe in treating every project as if it were our own, providing you with the peace of mind and minimizing the disruption in your home.
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