Balance Remodeling A Kitchen While You’re Still Living In It

Being out of your home while remodeling your kitchen is the easiest thing to do, but it's not always possible. If you and your family are going to stay in the house during the remodel, there are several ways to make it as pain-free as possible. 

Preparing for the project can help you avoid headaches once the work starts. 

Request a Clear Timeline  

Discuss the remodeling timeline with the contractor before the project begins. After you've had a design consultation and a walkthrough to go over all the intricacies of the job, you'll be able to request a timeline. Removing any kitchen parts that will be repurposed and demolishing your existing kitchen can take longer than expected, making a timeline a must. 

The timeline should include every project step, including the demolition, electrical and plumbing work, installation, and all the finishing touches. Leaving enough time for each step will ensure the remodeling team isn't rushed and that your kitchen is completed on time.

Create a Temporary Kitchen

While staying at home with your family during the remodeling project, you'll need a way to feed them. Moving your refrigerator into another part of the home or using a mini-fridge can help make sure you have food on hand. Having a microwave handy and an electric cooktop can make preparing meals as easy as possible while your kitchen is out of commission. 

Since the kitchen sink won't be accessible, you may need to wash dishes and collect water in the bathroom or a laundry room if you have a sink there. Making a plan for how you'll prepare meals and clean afterward can keep the family going until your kitchen is ready. 

Avoid Mess While Remodeling 

Keeping your home clean while remodeling can be challenging, especially if your kitchen isn't near the entrance. Make a plan by laying out a runner from the front door to the kitchen with plastic wrap designed for flooring or a tarp. Having the floor protected makes it easier for the contractors to reach the kitchen without tracking dirt and debris inside.

Finding ways to make your kitchen remodeling project go smoothly will help your family stay on schedule. Since remodeling a kitchen is an extensive project, it can take months to complete if it's not organized correctly. Having a timeline that's followed can help keep everyone on track and reduce stress as you wait for the kitchen to be complete.