5 Steps to Surviving Your Northern Virginia Kitchen Remodel

May 23, 2019

Planning a kitchen remodel can be daunting, especially if you have never been through a heavy renovation before. The key to surviving your kitchen remodel is to plan ahead and be prepared to be without modern conveniences. It can be done through smart planning and preparation!

Check out our new blog this week on how to survive a kitchen remodel in your Northern Virginia home! 

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1. Make Shift Kitchen

 Eating out all the time gets tiresome, not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home, you’ll still need a spot to make school lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that’s out of the way of construction. One common area used for a makeshift kitchen is the dining room, which may not get a lot of use when not in the holiday season. Setting up tables and moving appliances, can help create a space that still allows for daily meal planning. 



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2. Meal Planning

Meal planning can be critical when remodeling your kitchen. Having an extra refrigerator in the garage can save you from having to buy pre-made sandwiches every day. This is especially true if you have anyone in your home with dietary restrictions. If you do not have an extra refrigerator in your home, you can always ask your contractors to move your refrigerator to another location in your home so that you can use it while the kitchen is being remodeled. Since most kitchen remodels include new appliances, you can donate the older fridge once your new kitchen is up and running. 




3. Disposable Plates, Cups & Utensils

Without your usual spot to wash dishes, you’ll be getting creative-the bathtub, an outdoor hose, a cooler full of sudsy water. Make life easier by stocking up on recyclable or biodegradable plates, napkins, cups and utensils. You’ll streamline cleanup and cut down on the stress of your temporary displacement. 



4. Have Back-Up Overnight Options

Some remodeling work requires zero occupancy even if you are able to stay for most of the project. Finishing hardwood floors generally means staying away for at least a day on at least two separate occasions while the fumes dissipate, for example. So even if you camp out at home during most of the construction, know that you may need to leave during certain times anyway. 




5. Be Patient

In the grand scheme of home ownership, this is but a short period of inconvenience amid years of kitchen bliss. Keep the process in perspective and treat it as an adventure. When you’re hard at work in your sparkling new kitchen, the temporary hassles will fade from memory.


Tommy Hein


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