Any major remodeling or DIY project can turn your life upside down, but a kitchen renovation is one of the most stressful. Surviving with a kitchen, especially if you have a family, is never easy and it can easily end up feeling like your house will be in chaos forever. You can get through without going crazy with these easy tips.
- Create a makeshift kitchen somewhere else. Put the fridge in another room, like the dining room, and set up a temporary kitchen. You’ll need a surface to prepare food on, and plenty of power sockets to plug in things like the kettle and the microwave. If you have a crockpot, set that up too for some decent meals. Portable cooking equipment designed for camping could help you out too, or use the barbecue if the weather is good.
- Buy disposable plates. You can set up somewhere to wash dishes, like the bathroom sink or filling the washing up bowl with hot water from the kettle, but it’s not going to be much fun. Stock up on disposable (and recyclable) plates, cups and cutlery. Even if you use them a few days a week, you’ll have a lot less stress to deal with from trying to wash up in a small sink.
- Make sure you understand all the decisions you’re making. There will be a lot of choices to make, and some of them will be on things you don’t really understand. Choosing a paint color for the walls is one thing, but if you’re asked to choose something like the type of extraction the oven will have or a roof repair service, make sure you understand what you’re deciding on. Ask your contractor to talk you through the options so you understand what you’re picking.
- Keep the dust under control. Any renovations generate a lot of dust, and you’ll be amazed by how far into the house the dust will get. Protect anything important like art or special furniture with dust sheets, even if they’re on a different floor to the kitchen. Make sure to protect your temporary kitchen setup from the dust too, with more dust sheets or plastic sheeting. Cover it over when you’re not using it
- Arrange to stay with friends. If one of your friends asks if they can help you out during renovations, ask if you can spend the night. Offer to buy dinner so they only need to provide a bed for the night. Getting a break from the building work will be great for your stress levels and give you somewhere to be away from all the dust.
- Keep the neighbors in the loop. Noisy home renovations going on for weeks can put a strain on the best relationships between neighbors. Before you start work, you should go over and let the neighbors know what you’re planning. Give them a timeline for the works and a rough overview of what will be happening so they know what level of disruption to expect. Always warn them before any particularly noisy workdays, and make sure your contractors work during sociable hours. If there are any delays, you should make your neighbors aware.