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How To Stay At Home During a Kitchen Renovation
A kitchen is often the most used room in your home and beginning a kitchen remodel is not only exciting but it can also be fun. After all, you’ve probably waited a long time for this. Picking the perfect tile, shopping for appliances, and finding the perfect slab of granite for your countertop and imagining just how wonderful the new space will be is enjoyable. Once the planning and design stages are over, the intrusive work begins.
The first decision you’ll need to make just before demolition starts is – should you stay or should you go? Remodeling can be an incredibly disruptive process when it comes to your family’s day-to-day routine (Click to learn more about our awesome process!). On the one hand, if you stay, you get to monitor the project’s progress, but you and your family will have to deal with the lack of privacy as you’ll have workers in the house, plus the dust and noise are a nuisance.
If you choose to move out, rental costs and eating out for the six to eight weeks of your project can add thousands of dollars to your costs. Naturally, most homeowners opt to stay put. If you do decide to stay, make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting into, and how to stay safe in a construction zone.
Here are a few tips to help you get through your kitchen renovation with flying colors.
Stay or Go? Some Factors to Consider
While most homeowners choose to stay, there are some advantages to moving out. Especially if you have family or close friends to stay to reduce or eliminate the cost of a hotel or short-term rental.
Advantages of Leaving
- Avoid the Noise and Dust – A construction site is noisy, disruptive and dirty. It will definitely get messy and be noisy.
- Live Comfortably Without Disruption – Hotels, family and vacation homes are much more inviting than living on a construction site.
- Leaving Can Accelerate Your Timeline – Without your family in the way, professionals can get the job done faster.
- It Can Actually Be Cheaper Than Staying – Some companies charge more if you stay in your home. Plus if they finish early it can save considerable cash.
- Everyone Could Use A Vacation – Time your kitchen remodel around a holiday and come back to an HGTV style “big reveal.”
Of course, there are always two sides to every story
Advantages of Staying
- It’s Usually Less Expensive Than Leaving – Hotel and food costs can add up to a considerable amount depending on the length of time the project takes.
- Monitor Your Project – There is some peace of mind that comes from knowing where your project stands.
- If Questions Come Up, You’re Available – Problems will arise. The faster your contractor addresses them, the sooner they’re resolved. If you’re there, you can make decisions instantly.
- You Don’t Have To Eat In A Restaurant Every Night– With some pre-planning, you can still cook and eat at home. Of course, it depends on the scope of work.
There are some cases in which you will have to leave your home. For example, if your roof is compromised your safety may be at risk or if you live in an older home and have asbestos that will need removal. Your design build contractor will inform you if problems that require you to leave arise.
Deciding To Stay: Tips For Surviving Your Kitchen Renovation at Home
Now that you’ve decided to stay, here are a few tips to help you survive your kitchen renovation. With planning and a little patience, you’ll get through with flying colors. The primary goal is to minimize disruption, remain safe and stay sane!
- Have A Construction Schedule – There are points where you might need to leave for a short period. For example when your water is shut-off for plumbing, or when the floors are being refinished.
- Turn off the HVAC – Blowing air will blow dust throughout your home, even in you tarp off the construction zone. Contain the dust as much as possible and consider adding an air handler to filter the air.
- Remove Breakable Object and Art – Stuff can break if it’s near the construction zone. Remove all fragile objects.
- Keep the Pets and Kids Out of The Way – Having children and pets underfoot can cause delays and is potentially dangerous.
- Plan Your Renovation During A “Stay at Home” Vacation – Or during the summer, grilling can be fun, and you can still eat at home! If you do leave, make sure your design build contractor can get in touch if problems come up.
- Consider Setting Up a Temporary Kitchen – With a little planning, the laundry room or another area can become a temporary kitchen. You can move the fridge, set up a counter with a portable burner, convection oven, and microwave.
- Stock Up On The Paper Plates – While it’s not the “greenest” way of life, paper plates, Solo cups and plastic ware that can be thrown away for easy cleanup helps. Remember, it’s only temporary and the energy and water you’ll save with you all new energy efficient appliances will more than makeup for it in the long run!
With a little pre-planning and some grit, you’ll get through your kitchen renovation. Most contractors will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible. Here at Joseph & Berry, we plan every day of your project before we begin and we have a dedicated project manager overseeing your kitchen remodel. We’ll let you know well in advance if you should plan on leaving for a few days. We also work with your throughout the process to minimize the day-to-day disruption to you and your family. Always remember, no matter how difficult the process, the day it’s over you’ll have your dream kitchen ready to enjoy for many years to come! To learn more about the design-build remodel projects we have completed in Greater Dallas or to ask questions about kitchen renovation, contact us to speak with one of our designers.