Once your contractor has given you a “start” date or a “demo” date, it is important that you prepare yourself for construction. Preparation comes in many forms. First you will need to come up with an eating plan for the duration of your project. Second, you will need to pack up and store your current kitchen so construction can take place. Third, you have to prepare a temporary kitchen space. Here are some tips for how to prepare for your kitchen remodel.
Decide what types of meals you are going to eat during your remodel
Chances are you will do a mix of the following eating plans. It is easy to fall into a rut of eating out a lot during your remodel because it is “easier”, but it is not healthier and you would be surprised to know that after a few weeks of eating out, you will actually crave home cooked food! Plan meals around small appliances: microwave, toaster, or toaster-oven, slow cookers, electric griddles and skillets, hot plates, and coffee makers.
Eating In Options:
- Prepare meals and freeze them
- Cook frozen meals in an electric oven
- Cook in the crock pot
- Cook using an electric skillet
- BBQ on the weekends
Eating Out Options
- Sit Down Restaurants
- Fast Food Restaurants
- Pizza (this can get old very quickly)
- Eat24.com is a great way to order restaurant-style food and have it delivered to your house
- Help coordinate a family or friend potluck at someone else’s house
Tips for packing up your kitchen
- Set up a temporary kitchen before demolition of your existing kitchen
- Keep items that might need to be unpacked (such as seasonings) in an area that is accessible.
- Label your boxes!
- Relocate throw rugs which are in the pathway to the kitchen
- Secure objects such as wall-mounted china, photos, prints, or other breakable collectibles. These items may fall away from the wall or shelf and break during construction because of vibrations of the tools.
- Find a secure location to keep your mail (most people keep it in the kitchen and are upset when they lose bills because their routines are disturbed during their kitchen remodel).
Create a temporary kitchen station
- Move your old refrigerator or a small mini-fridge to a convenient space close to a water source. Add a table with a microwave and place a trash can below the table.
- Keep a stash of non-perishable snacks such as soups, condiments, and cereal.
- Stock up on microwaveable frozen dinners.
- Keep essential items handy such as paper towels, garbage bags, dishcloths, dishwasher soap, paper cups and napkins, paper plates and utensils.
- Coffee pot: Don’t forget your coffee pods (or filters with coffee grounds), Coffee mugs, Sugar, Cream
- Electric Oven: Don’t forget your oven mitts
- Electric Skillet: Don’t forget your spatula, cooking spoons, tongs, oven mitts, pam cooking spray
- Crock Pot: Don’t forget your spatula, cooking Spoons, oven mitts, pam cooking spray
- BBQ: Don’t forget your cookie sheet, grilling utensils, basting tools
TIP: Small appliances such as microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, crock pots, and small electric grills will be immensely helpful in preparing home-cooked meals. Just remember, the area where you set up your temporary kitchen may not be able to support multiple appliances running at the same time, not to mention other electronic items typically used in that room. You might need to have only one thing plugged in at a time to prevent tripping the circuit breakers.
You will be without water in the kitchen for a few weeks so plan to do the dishes in another sink or a bathtub. Or stock up on disposable plates and cups, paper towels, and disinfectant cleaners. Even if you decide to use disposable eating utensils – there are a few items you will want to make sure you have set aside for your use.
- Wine cork screw
- Potato peeler
- Can opener
- Forks, Knives, Spoons, Steak Knives
- Cutting Board
- Plastic Sandwich Bags
- Plastic Freezer Bags
- Trash Bags
- 3-5 Tupperware containers with lids
- Plastic cups or real glasses, depending on what you prefer
- Styrofoam coffee cups or real coffee mugs, depending on what you prefer
- Dish soap
- Dish towels
- Paper towels
- Disinfectant wipes
- House cleaners (many homeowners keep these under the kitchen sink. You will want these cleaners for the rest of your house during your remodel)
- Many homeowners keep their pet food under their kitchen sink – do not forget to set that aside for your 4 legged family members.
Your home will not be child-proofed during your remodel so explain to little ones where they can and can not go.
If you have pets you will need to restrict their access to the construction area, especially during work hours. If it is difficult to keep work zones sealed off, or if your pets are easily frightened for upset by loud noises, consider finding a pet sitter or care-taking facility for them, at least during work hours.
Preparing your kitchen to get remodeled should not be too daunting of a task. If you take a few days to prepare your space, you will find the organization will help you get through the remodel easier. Using the tips above should help alleviate some of the stress of preparing and living through your remodel.