Helpful Tips to Staying Sane During a Kitchen Remodel
In last month’s blog, Lessons Learned-- What to Expect for Your Kitchen Remodel, we shared the top five lessons homeowners learned from their kitchen remodels. This month, we’re talking sanity. When your home’s in disarray while you eagerly await your dream kitchen, how do you remain happy and calm? Here are five tips for staying sane during your kitchen remodel.
If it seems too good to be true, it might be
When hiring a contractor, do your due diligence to ensure that you hire someone who understands your vision, has high standards for quality and functionality, respects your time, and is reasonable and transparent with fees and estimates. If someone’s willing to do the work for half the price of other contractors in the area, make sure it’s not because they plan on cutting corners. In other words, save yourself the headache of changing contractors halfway through your project and nail down a team you can trust to lead you through this massive undertaking.
Decide where in the house you’ll set up your new makeshift, temporary kitchen. You can get creative with this! Some people turn their guest bathroom into a kitchen by adding a mini-fridge and having a pressure- or multi-cooker or slow cooker on hand to make dinners easy. Save yourself the hassle of dishes and grab some paper plates and disposable silverware. Are you environmentally conscious? We’re so happy to hear that! Biodegradable kitchenware can be found here. You’ll also probably be eating out much more than usual, so just remember to budget for that ahead of time.
Before deciding on a layout for your new kitchen, consider making a list of all the items housed in your current kitchen. Which do you want to keep? What will get tossed or donated? Not only is this a great way to clean house but also having an inventory of everything will make transitioning into the new kitchen easier. You can factor those items into the storage space of the new kitchen you’re creating.
Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Spending a lot of money, time, and energy to get your dream kitchen = you deserve to GET your dream kitchen! If something doesn’t seem right, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about it. If you’re not happy with how something’s been installed, don’t be afraid to point it out and have it redone if necessary. If things aren’t moving along in the time frame they should be, don’t hesitate to call and ask why.
Narrow down your options
Try to limit your options by deciding on a style for your kitchen, e.g., traditional, modern, farmhouse, etc. This will help narrow down style choices for cabinets, countertops, etc. Having a budget in place will also help you determine a price range for your items. Now, you’ll be able to make faster decisions and eliminate that overwhelming feeling that can come from factoring in every possible option.
Have realistic expectations
If you head into your kitchen remodel understanding that you will face some unexpected setbacks along the way, like it will take longer than you think (a good rule of thumb is to double the time you think it will take) and it will cost more than you originally estimated, you won’t be quite as overwhelmed when those things happen. If these things somehow don’t happen to you, amazing!! But if they do, you’ll be ready.
Halfway through your kitchen remodel, you may find yourself hating that you ever chose to do this. But don’t worry. It’ll all be worth it in the end. The memory of the hassle will be forgotten once you make new memories with friends and family in your new kitchen, designed specifically for your needs and to your aesthetic.
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