Kitchens + Baths + Additions
• In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try. When the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
• Before the cabinets arrive – decide on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. Usually the garage is a good location.
• Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodel. While it’s a great time to "spring clean" your shelves, don’t forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun! Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
• Plan a location outside of the area where the remodeling is being done to act as your temporary kitchen.
• If it’s a bathroom remodel, pretend you’re packing to go on a trip. Remember the hairdryer and curling iron!
• Don’t forget about Fido & Kitty! If there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases - it maybe a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend’s home.
• Decide in advance where you’d like the installers to store their tools.
Dust...there’s just no way to avoid it! If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the work – remember to keep them well covered!
• Think outside the kitchen and remove pictures hanging on walls in adjacent rooms, cover fine drapery, furniture and rugs with plastic.
• Provide an access path to the electrical panel and main water shut off.
• The refrigerator!
• You may be able to temporarily move everything you need…except the kitchen sink! Consider where your "water source" will be relation to your temporary kitchen.
• Microwave (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals!)
• In a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. We promise you…you’ll thank yourself later!
• Coffee Maker (don’t forget to put the filters and coffee close at hand too!)
• Utility utensils, such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, and microwavable dishes.
• Keep the basics handy: butter, salt & pepper, favorite spices
• Dining area/table
• Cleaning supplies and dishtowels
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