A kitchen remodeling project provides homeowners with the opportunity to redesign their kitchen in a way that best suits their individual needs and the tastes of their entire households. However, throughout the construction process, it may be a bit more difficult to prepare and eat meals, along with other tasks that generally performed in the kitchen area. To make things easier while the kitchen remodel is going on, here are a few tips to help you and your family survive the renovation.
Request a Timeline Estimate
If you get an estimate of how long the kitchen remodel is going to take, you will be able to plan accordingly. Generally, kitchen renovation projects will take several weeks. However, every project is different, and there are always delays that can crop up. Therefore, speak directly to your contractor and make sure that you request to be notified of any potential delays.
Plan to Dine Out More
During the kitchen remodel, you will not have access to and be able to use the refrigerator, oven, or stovetop. For that reason, you should plan to order delivery and/or dine out. You should establish a food budget for this to ensure you don't overspend during this timeframe. Print out some coupons and make sure to take advantage of any daily specials at local restaurants. You may be able to find some cost-effective and tasty options in the prepared food section of your local grocery store.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
You may want to consider setting up a temporary kitchen in the garage or basement. You will want to ensure you have a toaster oven, slow cooker, hot place, microwave, and miniature fridge. These appliances will help you prepare simple and hot meals while your kitchen is being remodeled. You can minimize the cleanup by using disposable dishware.
Cook and Freeze Meals Ahead of Time
Before the kitchen remodeling project actually begins, you should consider preparing and cooking several large meals that can be frozen. These meals can then be frozen into smaller portions. This will allow meal prep to be easier throughout the construction phase of the kitchen remodel, as you can easily grab a meal, pop it in the microwave, and eat dinner with the family. Plus, this will save a significant amount of money on take-out.
For more information on how to survive your kitchen remodel or what you need to do to prepare for the construction, talk to your contractor.