It’s true. Kitchen renovations can be messy. They can disrupt your home, your routines, your entire life. But they don’t last forever, and the payoff is a brand new kitchen at the end. The trick is to have faith in the process, have patience with yourself and everyone else along the way, and to take steps to prepare for the inevitable disruptions before they start. A little preparation goes a long way in making your kitchen renovations run a whole lot smoother.
Kitchen Renovation Preparation
A kitchen renovation affects plenty of aspects of your life. As much of our lives revolve around food, this shouldn’t surprise you. But it needn’t be a deterrent to getting the kitchen of your dreams. It just takes a little forethought.
There are several things to consider and prepare for before your kitchen contractor shows up at your door.
- A kitchen renovation is about making a fresh start. It is the perfect time to purge items you never use, things which are broken, or multiples of products.
- As much of your kitchen will be inaccessible during renovations, it is a good idea to pack anything you will not need during the process; formal tableware, extra wineglasses, the bulk of your pots and pans, etc.
- Be prepared for disruptions in the rest of your house. You might want to remove throw rugs in higher traffic areas, fragile wall-mounted items, and other articles of furniture to make way for the workers and their machinery. Be forewarned that many tools create vibrations, which might impact other rooms in your house, aside from just your kitchen.
- Create a temporary kitchen! You don’t want to be underfoot while your kitchen contractor is working, but life still must go on. Set up a convenient space for your temporary digs with a fridge, microwave, hot plate, coffee pot/kettle, crock pot, toaster, non-perishable snacks, and the bare minimum of cups, dinnerware, and cooking implements. If you have a barbeque, all the better! Don’t forget wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs, a can opener, scissors, corkscrew, sharp knives, your go-to spices, oven mitts, dish towels and cloths, plus a drying rack and dish soap.
- Before the renovations start, take the time to prepare extra meals to freeze. Eating out and takeout can get expensive. A few extra meals that just need to be popped into the microwave can save you money and the monotony of yet another pizza.
Kitchen renovation preparation is a small, but important step to take to help make your kitchen renovations run smoother. Talk to your kitchen contractor about what to expect, how long the process will last, and ask if there is anything else you should worry about. Anticipating what the process looks like can help you prepare and ride out the renos with a little more fortitude. And always remember the end game—a brand new kitchen!
If you have questions, or would like to arrange an estimate, feel free to contact Ryan at Revival Home Renovations.