Embarking on a kitchen renovation can be a massive upheaval in your home. We try and make it as stress-free as possible for you and keep disruption to a minimum. We know if can be hard to think where to start, so here are a few pointers to get things moving.
Empty your kitchen cupboards and drawers and put items out of the way in another room to avoid breakages. Find a separate box for those things you need on a daily basis – you’ll need these to hand before your new kitchen is finished.
Remove curtains, blinds and any other fixtures that you don’t want to get dirty or damaged during the renovation.
Relocate pet bowls, ideally around 10 days before the fit is due to start. This will give your pets get a chance to re-adjust before the changes start happening. Animals can get stressed or confused during a renovation, so this should help to minimise this.
Create a new “temporary” kitchen or cooking area, perhaps in a corner of a nearby room. It’s handy to line up a camping stove, microwave, toaster, washing-up bowl, and a kettle. We have a temporary kitchen set-up you are able to borrow if you would like – let us know at the time we book your fit and we will reserve it for you.
Try to simplify the temporary washing up process for the period when you are without your kitchen. One way to do this would be by gathering together eco-friendly disposable crockery and utensils to cut down on additional work.
Plan simple meals, stock up on easy foods to prepare and call in favours from friends and neighbours. Building in occasional takeaways and meals out is also a good idea.
Prepare for noise and dust and general disruption. Arrange to go away for a few days to break up the disruption if you can – and if possible, aim to head for friends or relatives who will cook for you too!
Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Yes, it will be disruptive and is likely to go on for a bit longer than anticipated, but in the end you will have a kitchen that you really love, and that will last you for many years to come.
When all the dust has settled, you will be the proud owner of a fantastic kitchen and and able to enjoy the fruits of the renovation. You’ll be able to repay all those favours you called in with friends and neighbours during the fit!