Kitchen re-modeling is both exciting and wearisome. It can also be very expensive as you may need to eat out during the whole renovation period. However, proper preparation can turn the kitchenette remodeling to a pleasant experience.
The first thing you need to do is to set up a temporary kitchen in another part of the house. A garage or basement or any room that has a convenient sink would do. You could ask the kitchen renovator to place a few old cabinets in the temporary kitchen. The area should be large enough to place one of the appliances.
For easy access, put commonly used items in clear containers. Label these containers for easy identification. For those items that you don’t use often, place in well labeled cartons and store them in a central place out of the kitchen.
Make some meals in large quantities and put in a freezer. Defrost small quantities that you need every day. For foods that do not need to be refrigerated, place in well labeled cartons.
Utilize your outdoor grill. Use it to cook meals such as sliced vegetables, chicken breasts, and fish among others. The grill needs very little clean up.
Get plastic ware or paper cups and plates and use these instead of the normal dishware. This way you will avoid breakage. You can also use tin foil rather than earthenware to prepare your meals. Tin foil is easier to clean than earthenware.
Most pets will handle a remodel well. If your pet was feeding in the kitchen then you will need to move its food and water to a more convenient and safe place. Do this at least ten days before the remodeling begins. If you will not be home during the remodeling period, then take your pet to board in a facility that offers the service.
Make sure you pay extra attention to your pets during this period to ensure they do not get in the way of the work. Alert the persons who will be working on the remodeling of the presence of your pets.
There are many dangerous things such as nails, sharp objects and naked electrical wiring. If you have children, seal off the remodeling area with a locking gate. Take time to explain to the children on what is happening. Turn it to an experience for learning. You could ask the sub contractor if it would be possible for the children to observe as the kitchen joinery is put together.
Cover the doorways with plastic sheets. This will help to contain dust within the work area. Ensure that all air vents are also covered to prevent the spread of the dust. Make sure that the contractors clean up their work area every day after their work day is over.
Once the construction work is completed, it’s advisable to get the air ducts cleaned up. Hire the services of a professional crew to do a thorough scrubbing of your entire home.