Five Tips for Surviving a Kitchen RemodelFriday, December 12, 2014
A kitchen remodel does not have to be as stressful or disrupt your family’s life as you may think. Before you begin your bespoke kitchen design By Mike Taylor, consider how you can make do with less and set your home up for less stress during the remodel. While a remodel can take anywhere from a few weeks to half a year to finish, you don't have to do without a kitchen in the meantime, nor do you need to budget for costly dining out during the kitchen remodel. Here are five survival tips, including setting up a new kitchen area while you are remodelling, for a nearly stress-free event.
Stick to a Loose Budget
Remember that changes in design can happen, as can unexpected expenses. Take your intended budget and expect it to be about 50% more than that. You may find that halfway through the remodel you have changed your mind about certain features, or that the lovely tile back-splash you chose has been discontinued. These things happen, prepare yourself and your budget for the inevitable and you will be less stressed when it does happen. Remember to be flexible, the end result will be worth it.
Mistakes Do Happen
Designing your own house or just your own kitchen can mean you have a set idea about how it will turn out. Plans will not go perfectly from beginning to end, so be aware that contractors make mistakes, deliveries may not be on time, or the right products might not be delivered. Expect the unexpected to happen and rejoice when it does go to plan instead of stressing when it doesn't. A general contractor can make sure that as few of these mistakes happen as possible, but he only has so much control over the matter too. Don't sign off on the project or pay the bill until all the mistakes have been corrected either.
Expect a Mess
Sure, plastic sheeting over doors leading to the rest of the house will help, but dust has a way of going around that too. Expect a mess, expect paint over spray or accidental spills, especially early on. Even the tidiest contractors and crew are still human and things still happen. It can be difficult to live with a bit of dust for three months or find out you need to replace an entryway carpet, but if you let this stress you, you will miss out on the joy of the project, getting to see your masterpiece come together. Prepare yourself mentally in advance for little things to happen, and learn that you can handle it as it too will pass.
As much as your contractor will try to get it all done on time, it is not likely to happen. Things rarely happen perfectly on schedule and sometimes this is not even the contractor’s fault. Whatever time frame you expected to begin with, at least double that. This way, if it takes less time you can be pleasantly surprised.
Set up A Kitchen
You don't have to go back to dorm-room hot late cooking, but you can utilize another part of your home for a makeshift kitchen area and save your family a lot of eating out. Look for fresh or frozen foods that can easily be cooked in a toaster oven, crock-pot, microwave, or eaten right out of the refrigerator. Look for ways to minimize on dishes too. You don't need to take stock in paper plates, but you don't need to expect a sink full of dishes in the bathroom every night either. Plan simple meals that require little or no prep and use as many fresh ingredients as possible, like boxed salads and precooked rice.
Check out these 10 survival tips to get you through the process and remember that a kitchen remodel is worth the challenge and the stress can be minimized with the right attitudes and expectations. You can make it through a kitchen remodel relatively stress free, if you prepare mentally for the challenge ahead of time.