Most of the time when someone considers remodeling the kitchen in their Rochester-area home, the focus (naturally) is on what’s going to happen in the kitchen. There’s the basic design to consider. There may be flooring to choose and cabinets to pick out. On top of that, you’ve got fixtures and lighting to figure out. There are a lot of details, but the process is kind of fun and exciting. If you’re looking for help with these kinds of decisions, we invite you to download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen e-book here.
There is, however, another aspect of remodeling that’s equally important. But it has nothing to do with cabinets or flooring or appliances. It’s all about how you prepare yourself for the remodeling process.
Remodeling doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens in the middle of your home and in the middle of your life. It’s also something that isn’t finished overnight. Depending on the scope of your project, it could take a few months. How will you live during that time? Preparation can mean the difference between enjoying the process and being stressed out by it. Here are a few things to think about:
Where will you fix meals? Sure, during the remodel, you may eat out a bit more frequently than you normally do, but you probably won’t want to leave every meal to restaraunts and take-out joints. Set up a temporary kitchen in another room in your house. You might want a portable microwave, a hot plate, and even a dormitory-style refrigerator to make fixing meals a little easier. Also, do a little bit of meal planning in advance. Think about meals you can easily fix using the microwave and hot plate. If it helps, think of it as camping out in your home. Maybe you’ll even fire up the outdoor grill more often than you usually do.
It’s one thing to prepare meals outside of your kitchen, but how are you going to handle clean-up? Where will you wash the dishes and pots and pans? And where will you keep the trash can? If you happen to have a laundry room with a sink, that may be a great solution for doing dishes. But think about what you’re going to need ahead of time. You might want to purchase a drying rack if your dishwasher is out of commission for a while. And you may want to get a large Rubbermaid® tub or tray for hauling items from your temporary kitchen to the area you’re using to wash dishes.
Think about all the stuff you have in your kitchen cabinets. If you’re replacing the cabinets, all of those items will have to go somewhere. Pack away any items you don’t use regularly and label boxes clearly. You’ll be glad when it’s time to put things back at the end of the project. For things you plan to use regularly (silverware and commonly used utensils), put them in a place you can easily access. It may be great to think: “We’ll just open a can of soup and heat it in the microwave,” but if you can’t find a can opener, you’ll be frustrated.
Chances are you’ll be delighted with your new kitchen when everything is done (and here are some additional ideas you might want to consider before you get started). But a little bit of “self-preparation” can make the whole experience a lot more pleasant for you!