How To Keep Your Sanity During a Kitchen Renovation
A new kitchen is exciting, especially if you’ve been making do with a cramped, uncomfortable, or dated space. However, the traditional kitchen renovation process can have you wondering why you ever thought it was a good idea to begin with. We have good news for you; most homeowners agree that their remodeled kitchens were worth the disruption.
The kitchen is the most-used room in the house, and a total kitchen remodel can take six weeks to three months. If you’re just going with a countertop resurfacing and cabinet refacing, the disruption will be much less- a few days at maximum. That being said, here are some tips to help you manage the chaos without becoming a closet case.
Set A Realistic Budget
Kitchen renovation costs can be anywhere from $2,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope. If you are changing the floor plan of your kitchen, the costs will be on the higher side, while if you’re making surface updates, you will be on the lower end of the spectrum. You’ll have to balance the work you want done against how much you can realistically afford to spend.
Don’t forget to add an extra 10-20 percent to your bottom line for unanticipated expenses. Knowing you can cover extra kitchen renovation costs without financial hardship will ease your peace of mind.
Have A Flexible Time Frame
If you really want a new look in a hurry, NuStone Transformations can give you a brand new countertop and refresh your cabinets in just a few days. Our resurfacing products are fully manufactured in our facility, so the time that we are actually in your home is minimized to installation.
Many homeowners are disconcerted when a kitchen renovation takes longer than expected. The contractor’s completion date is actually just a general estimate of how long the project will take, and unforeseen delays are always possible . Although the contractor will make corrections, it still slows things down. If you add a few weeks to the completion date, you’ll avoid stressing out if the job takes longer.
Create A Mealtime Survival Plan
No matter what degree of reno or remodel you go for, your kitchen will be off-limits, at least for a short period of time. In the interim, you’ll need a temporary space in which to cook, eat and clean up.
Although some people live on microwave dinners or eat out, you can also turn your dining room into a temporary kitchen. Move the fridge in there, and get a few cheap tables to serve as counter tops. Stash dry goods in storage bins and use an old bookcase to stack dishes and cooking gear.
Cook with small appliances. Use one of the tables for the microwave, toaster oven, hotplate, slow cooker, electric frying pan and coffeemaker. Dishes can be washed in a basement tub or bathtub, but get paper plates for those days when you just can’t deal with dirty dishes.
The Crock-Pot and outdoor barbecue might well become your new best friends, but don’t forget to stock up on healthy snacks. Cheese, peanut butter, crackers, sandwich fixings, pretzels, canned soups, peanuts, fruit, raw veggies and trail mix are easy meal-makers and nutritious in the bargain.
Keep Expectations Realistic
While the new kitchen will be nicer than the old one, avoid the temptation to think it will solve all your problems. If you do that, you’re sure to be disappointed. Rather, see it for what it is: an investment in your property value and a new way to enjoy life!
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