6 Steps to Surviving a Kitchen Remodel
Posted on: September 8, 2016
Few rooms in our home are as important as our kitchens. In many homes, the kitchen is the center of all activities, an informal family gathering place. And, kitchens loom large as the source of our meals. An in our American culture, eating is a vitally important aspect of home living. Interfering with the normal kitchen activity can be painful and very disruptive.
When you decide to remodel your kitchen, food preparation contingencies should be part of the planning process.
Establish Eating Contingencies
How will you survive for the time your kitchen is out of commission? Eating out or calling for takeout/delivery is an option. But over time, this can become a real budget issue. The fact is, you need to create an alternate area for even the most simple chores of brewing a cup of coffee or packing the kids’ lunches for school.
Setting up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house will help. Move your existing refrigerator into another room with easy access to your dining areas. You will also need to move your microwave, toaster oven and hot plate since your stove will almost certainly be out of bounds.
Keep it Simple
Creating complex meals during a remodel will drive you crazy. For the remodel period, simplify your meals. Don’t move your food processor or waffle iron into your temporary kitchen. Concentrate on those meals that require popping a package in the microwave. Remember, your kitchen sink is also out of commission, so the fewer utensils you use, the less mess you will have to clean up in the bathroom or outdoors.
Think plastic ware and paper plates whenever possible. Disposable microwave-safe containers will be a blessing. Remember, without your kitchen sink, cleanup should be as disposable as possible.
We are fortunate to live in the Tampa Bay area where we can use outdoor grills most of the year. Cooking outdoors can be a very effective way to minimize the disruption of a kitchen remodel.
Stock up with ready to eat snacks as a meal alternative or to quell that between meals hunger. Your super market has aisles chock full of ready to eat snacks, fruit, pudding, crackers, etc.
Stay Focused on the Prize
Constantly remind yourself that all this short term inconvenience will ultimately yield a brand new, beautiful kitchen that will be your pride and joy for years to come.
When you are ready to get your remodeling project going, call the remodeling professionals at Midway Services for a free in-home consultation.