At some point, you will have to replace your kitchen cabinets or countertops. You may have to do tiling and you’ll probably want a modern high quality glass splashback. The problem with kitchen renovations has to do with the function of the kitchen. That’s where you cook and prepare food. You replace tiles, for instance, and you will render your kitchen unusable for at least a day. Major renovations could mean you being unable to cook in your kitchen for a few days. How do you deal with that? The answer lies in the planning.
How long will the renovation take?
You may not be able to answer this question, so it makes sense to ask an experienced renovator. Ask about the precise timeline for the project. That way, you will know how long it takes for the kitchen to be unusable. You may also be able to warn friends your kitchen would be a mess for some time, so dropping by or throwing a party would be out of the question.
Clear the kitchen of clutter.
One of the important things homeowners disregard when having kitchen renovations is preparing the area. It’s not like the builders will come and spend an entire day moving out furniture and wall fixtures. That’s one day of delay. Instead, clear the kitchen of stuff that will impede work. Do that at least one day before the scheduled renovation.
Arrange meal preparation so it doesn’t interfere with renovation work.
You can cook meals early in the morning before the workers arrive. Or you can eat outside. That way, you won’t have to worry about where you will wash your dishes, especially if you’re having your sink replaced. You can buy food that lasts long and put it in the fridge and heat it in the microwave next morning.
Or move kitchen utensils and appliances you use every day.
This is the other option. If you don’t like eating outdoors and you have groceries that could last throughout the renovation period, you may want to temporarily move necessary stuff away from the working area or into another room. Examples are the coffee maker, microwave oven, fridge, dinnerware, glassware, utensils, and cooking appliance.
Cover immovable furniture.
Your builder knows this already, but if they start working without putting covers on equipment and furniture in the kitchen, remind them to do so. You can use old newspaper or large bin bags. This is particularly necessary when you’re asking for a repainting job. The last thing you want to see are splotches on your china or granite countertop.
Dispose of items you no longer use.
This is the opportunity to inspect clutter in your kitchen distinguish between things you’re still using and those you no longer use for quite some time. Throw the latter away or put them on a garage sale. Or maybe donate them.
Call up your contractor.
Ask a few questions like how many men will be around to do the work and whether they will use your bathroom or put up their own portable toilet. Ask them what time they would arrive, so you can figure out to wait for them or hand over spare keys the day before.