Although I spend a lot of my time dreaming about the end result, I also spend a lot of time thinking about how I’m going to live through the renovation itself. Typically, Steve can remodel a kitchen in 6-8 weeks but for our kitchen, I’m planning on a 6-9 month renovation living without a sink or oven. This is us doing most the work on nights and weekends. (I do not recommend it this way!)
Last remodel, we were living like this:
But this time we have two kids and a business to run plus this remodel will include the kitchen with a pop out and the rest of the main floor. So I need to be much more prepared. Here’s my list of advise mostly for myself and for others ready for a big remodel:
- Plan ahead – Start thinking where things can go and be sure to get rid of things taking up space. I will need to go through the cold storage and consolidate because it will be the home of a lot of our supplies. I will be taking some big trips to the DI, the dump and the ReStore to free up space around my house and garage.
- Make the most of your space – don’t throw all your food and supplies into boxes where you’ll never be able to find what you need. I have a bookshelf with toys in my basement that I plan using as my pantry. I plan on actually moving everything to the basement since our kitchen remodel will be the entire main floor.
- Get to know some old friends… the crock pot, george foremen, toaster oven, microwave, electric skillet, snackster, outside grill, etc. – Wow, there are so options other than the oven/stove and I’ve already started collecting recipes that will make it so much easier to eat at home.
- Be creative – don’t just eat cold cereal every morning, although I probably could, Steve would go crazy. Try waffles, oatmeal or even a egg and cheese panini using the George Foremen. Then throw some chicken and rice into the crock pot and you’ll have a great dinner ready to go that night.
- And have fun! Always remember the end goal (see awesomeness below) and make sure take time to relax and NOT discuss the remodel!