A well-planned kitchen remodel can make the value of your house go way up.
But it can be hard to see that when you’re living in a home that doesn’t have a functional kitchen. Getting through a remodel can be hard, but it’s doable and worth it.
We’ve come up with some kitchen remodeling tips that will help you keep your cool in this process. Let’s dive in!
Be Ready for Noise and Messes
Remodeling your kitchen will be loud and messy. There’s no way to get around that.
Be prepared for a lot of dust. And remember, no matter how much you clean, the kitchen area — and many other parts of the house— will stay messy until the remodel is done.
This is especially true if you’re doing a DIY job (which you can learn more about at Kitchen Shack).
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
Find another part of your home to set up a temporary kitchen. This might be a garage, a dining room, or any other area of your home that has enough space.
If you can, move your refrigerator, freezer, and microwave into this room. You might not be able to cook on your stove or use your oven, so if you don’t own a microwave, you might want to consider investing in one. You can also buy a camping cook stove.
Move all the kitchen items you commonly use into your temporary kitchen. Store them in clear, plastic storage containers so you can see what’s inside. Make sure you label the boxes if they aren’t clear so you know where everything is.
Buy Paper Dishes and Plastic Utensils
Washing dishes often becomes a hassle during your kitchen remodel. Because of this, it’s a good idea to buy paper plates, bowls, and cups and plastic utensils.
These will make mealtimes easier and cleanup faster.
Plan to Eat Out
You should plan the expense of eating out into your kitchen remodel diet. Even if you don’t eat out for every meal, you might find yourself at a restaurant more often than usual.
Figure out how much your family spends per meal when you eat out. Then multiply that amount by the number of meals you plan to eat out every week. After that, multiply your new number by the number of weeks your remodel will take.
This will make living without a kitchen more manageable.
Think about Your Pets
It can be hard to keep your pets out of the kitchen during the remodel. Providing them with free access to the kitchen will only cause them to get in the workers’ way and slow everything down.
You might want to board your pets during this time or have a friend or family member keep them at their house.
Get Out of the House
Sometimes, the easiest way to deal with a kitchen remodel is to get out of the house altogether.
Maybe you can stay with a friend or family member for a few weeks. If not, you can at least work out a situation where you cook meals at their house.
You might even be able to schedule your remodel during a normal vacation you were planning to take anyway.
Get More Kitchen Remodeling Tips
Some days you might not see the progress you think should be there. That’s normal — don’t let it bother you. Use these kitchen remodeling tips to make things easier.
Kitchen remodels take time and money. Because of this, there are days you’ll have to wait for measurements or materials before you can get anything else done. Remember to be patient.
Are you still at the planning stage of your kitchen remodel? Click here to learn what type of floor you should install and whether or not it will add value to your home.