Tips For Surviving A Kitchen Remodel

It’s almost here!  Installation day. You’ve designed your new kitchen, chosen cabinets, countertops, and lighting, and ordered supplies.  All systems are go.   

Now, you’re probably wondering about the practicalities of living without a kitchen for several weeks … and what you need to do to prepare.   

Thankfully, your options aren’t limited to either moving in with the in-laws or eating fast food every night.  With some preparation, you can healthily transition between your old and new kitchen.

1. Think Ahead

The best way to ensure a smooth installation is with a thorough, well-thought-out design!  Make those 182 decisions about refrigerators, cooktops, vents, pendants, backsplashes and garbage disposals before you start tearing out the cabinets.  

Once your plan’s in place, your designer and contractor can accurately estimate how long your remodel will take. Generally speaking, most remodels take between four and twelve weeks, depending on their scope. So, if you were planning to see the in-laws or take a camping trip, this might be a good time to leave town.

Also, consider contacting Habitat for Humanity or another charitable organization to discuss donating usable cabinets, fixtures, hardware, or appliances that you’d otherwise be discarding during installation.

Finally, acclimate the pets.  If Fluffy is used to eating at the kitchen sink, move her food elsewhere several weeks before construction begins.    

2. Grill Your Way Through A Remodel

While a remodel will certainly upend your kitchen, it doesn’t have to upend your lifestyle.  With some preparation, you can maintain your healthy routine while your kitchen is being gutted.    

To do so, you’ll need to set up a temporary kitchen where you’ll cook and eat your meals.  Here are a few guidelines:  

  • Set Aside Kitchen Staples. At a minimum, you’ll want to have your coffee maker, a can opener, and a simple assortment of pots, pans, dishes, and utensils, readily available.   
  • Keep Disposable Dinnerware on Hand. To make things easy, consider purchasing disposable plates, cups, and utensils. These days, you can find eco-friendly options that are biodegradable and compostable.    
  • Obtain Cooking Essentials. For food preparation, we suggest you purchase or borrow a small refrigerator, microwave, mini freezer, and hotplate.  
  • Decide Where You’ll Clean Dishes.  This could be outside, weather permitting, or possibly in a bathroom sink or bathtub.  
  • Create Your Temporary Kitchen. Arrange your temporary kitchen on a fold-up table in an area away from construction, perhaps in the garage or basement.    

Believe it or not, you can still eat delicious home-cooked meals during your remodel.  To do so, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind:

  • Cook, Freeze, and Reheat. Before losing the use of your stove, cook meals that you can freeze and then reheat during installation, such as lasagna or soup.    
  • Opt for a Backyard BBQ. Consider grilling or using an outdoor stove, weather permitting.  Recall your scouting days, and create some delicious foil packet meals.  Treat it like camping in your backyard!

Buy Non-Perishables. Stock up on granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit, peanut butter, Nutella, nuts, popcorn, and cheese.  These make simple, healthy meals and snacks.

3. Help the Contractor & Help Yourself

By thoroughly preparing your kitchen for the remodel, you’re making it easy for the contractors to do their job without distractions.  Be sure to remove everything from your kitchen, including personal items, and securely protect the floor. Additionally, make sure the contractors have a place to park, and decide beforehand where they’ll use the restroom.  

With respect to protecting your floors and packing your kitchen supplies, we suggest the following:

 

  • Cover Your Flooring. During installation, a lot of heavy equipment will be moved in and out of your kitchen. To prevent floor damage, buy some carpet scraps and lay them across the flow of traffic, securing them with duct tape.  If you have a wooden floor, consider using carpet pads to secure the scraps, as the adhesive might damage the floor.    
  • Remove Dishes, Pots, & Utensils. About a week before installation, start to remove dishware.  Ideally, you’ll store items on the same floor, so you won’t have to walk up or down stairs to retrieve them.  

By now, you should have already set aside the essentials. Still, in case you later realize you can’t live without the garlic press, for example, you should pack the items you’re least likely to need at the bottoms of boxes.  Or, if you’re using a spare bedroom, simply lay things across the bed.  

Pack the utensils by type (fork, knife, spoon), separately, in gallon-sized ziplock bags so they’ll be easy to unpack.  

 

  • Label Items. When packing food and spices, keep like items together and label everything. This will make them easy to unpack after the remodel.   
  • Pack Personal Items. Remove all photographs, artwork, and other personal items from your kitchen, protecting them with newspaper or bubble wrap, before packing them into boxes.  
  • Take Down Window Coverings. Remove blinds, curtains, and rods from the windows.
  • Protect Furniture. Cover the furniture and any computer equipment around the kitchen with large plastic sheets.  

With Elevation 6225, We’ll Do All the Heavy Lifting

Whew, that may seem like a lot of work and inconvenience.  But the good news is that with elevation 6225, we’ll do much of it for you!  Our Total Homeowner Experience™ was designed with YOU in mind to delight you at every step of your remodeling journey.

At elevation 6225, you’ll enjoy:  

  • Advanced Preparation. Before construction, we’ll order all the necessary materials and store everything in our warehouse, so your project is positioned for success before construction begins.  
  • 24/7 Project Access with Our Award-Winning App. Can’t be there during your remodel?  Not to worry. Our app will give you 24/7 access to weekly site photos, job tasks, finish selections, budgets, and schedules. 
  • “White Glove” Relocation Services. Skip the hassles of moving your things. We’ll do the heavy lifting, literally, with “white glove” removal of your belongings into climate-controlled storage.  
  • A Temporary On-Site Kitchen. Elevation 6225 will provide you with a temporary on-site kitchen, including washing and heating facilities, so you’ll be able to enjoy home-cooked meals while your kitchen’s being gutted.  
  • Neighbor Notification. No worries, we’ll smooth things over with your neighbors. Not only will we notify them about the remodel, but we’ll also give them a number to call, should they experience any problems or concerns.
  • Identification of Potential Safety Hazards. We’ll visit your home and ensure the safety of our crew and your family by identifying all potential site safety hazards, as well as  utility shutoffs.  
  • A “No Headaches” Remodel. We’ll map out job-site parking, temporary facilities, and drop zones for freight deliveries, so you can rest easy, knowing we’ve got it all under control.   
  • Our Advanced Dust Control System. Breathe easy with our heavy-duty dust barrier and advanced dust control system. The dust barrier–which is constructed of plastic sheeting and barrier panels–reaches cathedral ceilings as high as 30’ and as wide as needed, protecting you and your family from uncontrollable dust. 

We also use an advanced dust control system that reduces 90% of airborne dust.  Part-vacuum, part-most-amazing-invention-ever, our two-stage 360° filtration system is so powerful that it filters, scrubs, and returns the air in a 6,000 cubic-foot room SIX TIMES in less than an hour. 

  • A Dedicated Project Manager. Your very own Client Strategist will manage your project, keeping everything running smoothly while serving as your point-of-contact on the team. Although your strategist wears a number of different hats, their main role is to keep you happy and informed about the status of your remodel. 

Sit Back, Relax, and Check Our App

What’s left for you to do to get ready for the remodel?  Outside of preparing Fluffy, not a whole lot. At elevation 6225, our mission is to delight you with your remodelling experience and everything short of cooking your hot meals, we’ll cover.  

If your last remodel ran over schedule or left you constantly harried from contractors who left you in the dark, remember it’s a whole different ball game with elevation 6225.  With our Client Strategist on hand during the remodel to answer any questions or concerns, and our mobile app to keep you updated, you’ll know exactly what’s “cooking” in your kitchen.  

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