A kitchen remodeling project can take anywhere from a few weeks to more than a couple of months depending on the size of the project.
In the meantime, you can prepare to ensure the project goes smoothly and you are still able to enjoy delicious meals without your kitchen.
Preparing For Your Kitchen Remodeling Project
You can prepare for your kitchen remodeling project by setting up a temporary kitchen, planning your meals ahead of time, organizing your kitchen packing and removing any wall-mounted breakables.
Set Up A Temporary Kitchen
A temporary kitchen is a great way to make your kitchen remodel go smoothly. This can be in an extra bedroom or any room that is easily accessible for the family that has extra space. For the temporary kitchen, consider adding the following:
- A mini-fridge/freezer
- Table with microwave
- Electric oven
- Electric skillet
Baking tools are also important, such as cookie sheets, spatula, tongs, oven mitts, etc. This is also a great place to set up your temporary coffee area as well.
It is also important to keep essential items such as paper towels, utensils, garbage can, cups, plates, etc., in the temporary kitchen as well.
For food, you can stock up on frozen dinners or meal prep by cooking meals in advance and freezing them.
Of course, you may not have all of the luxuries you would have with a full kitchen, but there are many possibilities for cooking fresh and warm meals, depending on the types of portable appliances you choose.
Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time
As mentioned, planning your meals ahead of time can ensure you are not scrambling to provide dinner for the whole family.
It can help you keep your meal costs down during the kitchen remodeling project. Of course, eating out and pick-up meals are likely to happen more than usual as well.
Pizza can get old rather quickly, however, so finding unique sit-down restaurants that the entire family enjoys can be helpful.
You can also continue to eat in during your kitchen remodeling project as well, despite not having access to your normal kitchen space.
One great way to do this is using a friend’s or family member’s kitchen once a week and preparing meals ahead of time.
This particularly works if you have enough fridge and freezer space to adequately store what you cook.
The outdoor grill, crockpot, electric skillet and microwave are great ways to continue having meals at home as well.
Organize Your Packing
It is important to remain organized anytime you pack and move items in your home. Pack all of the items you use in the same boxes and keep them together.
This may include your coffee maker, pots, pans, mixing bowls and cooking utensils. You may need to wrap your dishes in something soft to protect them.
It is also important to mark any boxes that contain breakable items to ensure no one is careless while moving them out of the kitchen. This is also a great time to declutter your kitchen as well. Set aside an extra box for items that you can donate or throw away.
Remove Any Wall-Mounted Breakables
Be sure also to remove any breakable items that are mounted or hanging on the kitchen walls. This is an easy preparation tip to forget.
However, it is important to avoid anything breaking during the remodeling project, especially if the project involves a fair amount of construction.
Find A Solution For Your Pets
Your pets will need to be put up while the contractor works on the kitchen remodeling project. Even if your pet is well-mannered, they could get hurt if around the workers during installation, painting, etc. Find a room where they are comfortable and get them used to being there before the project begins.
How To Create A Temporary Kitchen During The Remodel
As discussed, there are things you can do to create a temporary kitchen in another room. Of course, if you have a guest house, a friendly neighbor or a nearby relative, then using their kitchen may work as well. If you do create a temporary kitchen in your home, then consider these tips:
- Stock up on non-perishable foods
- Utilize microwave dinners
- Go shopping for cooking/cleaning supplies
- Find portable appliances (i.e. crockpot)
- Choose a room that is easily accessible
By taking the time to set up a temporary kitchen, you can help ensure your family’s normal meal routines are not thrown off course.
Start Your Kitchen Remodeling Project With Monumental Contractors
Monumental Contractors specialize in kitchen remodeling. We can help you transform your kitchen in a fast, effective and affordable manner.
We can also help you prepare ahead of time so the remodel is not an inconvenience for you or your family. To learn more, contact us by phone or message today.