Tips On Surviving a Kitchen Remodel

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Congratulations you hired Trilogy Contracting— the kitchen remodeling job you’ve planned for months is finally ready to begin! Now comes the hard part: making do without a fully functioning kitchen for the duration. There’s no escaping the inconvenience, but with some smart planning, it doesn’t have to wreak havoc.

Home remodeling pros and those who have been through a kitchen remodel agree that the best way to get through it is to leave and stay somewhere else. But this option is not always viable, so here is what to expect if you have to live in your house through a remodel and how to prepare for it.


If you decide to stay in your home during a renovation…


1. Make Preparation and Get Organized.

Preparation and control are key. If you have ample time and preparation for the start of a renovation, everything will go as smooth as you allow it to be. Control with your surroundings, and trust with your contractors, and you’ll be smooth sailing.

Here are some tips:

  • Carve out some time to pack up the kitchen, or arrange for movers. If it’s a big task.
  • Prepare yourself, and sort out if you need refrigeration for any perishables.
  • Include takeout food and restaurant in your expenses.

2. Clean Up, and Throw Out

Figuring out what not to pack is key because once you box up your stuff, you won’t be able to find anything you need until after the kitchen is completed and the boxes are unpacked.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Designate a cleanup site. Keep dish detergent, a scrub brush, and a dishtowel at the sink you’ve designated.
  • When packing the kitchen, throw out any old kitchen items you have.
  • If you’re staying in your home, consider just cleaning your house in general. This can always help pass the time, and also feel like a fresh start.

3. Meal Prep

Get used to the reality of your new at-home menu. You’re going to want to buy stuff at the grocery store that you can stick a spoon in, or something that is easy to make with minimal appliances.

We’ll help you:

  • Be prepared to consist mostly of food you can toast indoors or grill outdoors.
  • Buy soups, cereals, and ingredients for sandwiches.
  • Just like preparation, make a small budget aside for eating out.

4. Temporary Kitchen

If possible, set up a mini kitchen in another room. Think about what equipment might come in handy for throwing together quick and easy meals. If your house has a mini kitchen or a wet bar elsewhere, you’re in luck. This is a great spot to set up. The mini kitchen can go just about anywhere in your house, but cleanup is the catch. So think about how you’re going to handle a small-appliance cooking mess before you make it.

Possible equipment & appliances, we suggest:

  • Coffee Maker
  • Slow Cooker
  • Kettle
  • Toaster or Toaster Oven
  • Electric Frying Pan
  • Minifridge


But if you decide to leave during your kitchen renovation…


1. Just Take a Vacation or Small Get-away

Like what said before, home remodeling pros and those who have been through a kitchen remodel agree that the best way to get through it is to flee and stay somewhere else. You won’t have to live through the dust, debris removal, and noise which is inevitable during any project. So if you plan out a good chunk of time to get away; you’ll come back to a brand new kitchen with no hassle!

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