Renovations can quickly take over your home and your lives, especially when the project involves the kitchen. No matter what size kitchen renovation project you are starting, living without access to this space can become expensive. Depending on the size of your planned changes, eating out for the duration of the kitchen renovation project may even cause your project to go over the budget. Joseph Kitchen and Bath has some suggestions to help you plan, prepare, and survive while your custom kitchen is being completed.
Make a Chart
Creating a chart that tracks the progress of the work is a good way to keep the construction team on schedule. Make a checklist, take photos, and mark the progression of the work at each step of the process. This will also help you reduce any frustration you feel since you can see actual progress being made.
Make a Temporary Kitchen
If you have a basement, utility room, or garage, you can set up a temporary kitchen for the duration of the project. Any area that has an attached sink is preferable, but you can make do even without one. If you plan to toss your old cabinets, ask the construction company to set them up in your temporary space during the renovations. Plywood is a great temporary working space if your cabinets no longer have their tops as well. You can even place your smaller appliances on top of these makeshift counters to ease your transition.
Most kitchen renovations are planned well in advance. As a result, you can start saving coupons and listing dining offers from local eateries. This will help you save money when you do have to eat out, and that money can further increase your renovation budget.
If you have a large freezer or a deep freezer, you can prepare meals in advance. Cooking the main portions of your meal and then freezing them will help reduce the cost of eating out. You can simply reheat the meals in a microwave as needed.
When your kitchen is in one piece, it is easy to find everything you need relatively quickly. During a renovation, things will be out of order, and some items may get lost or thrown away accidentally. To keep track of the items you may need, place your kitchen’s contents in clear containers before storing them. Things that you need for day-to-day activities should be stored in your temporary space for easy access.
Use Your BBQ
For kitchen renovations that are completed in the summer or fall, you can use your grill as a substitute stove. You can enjoy the weather and feed your family without too much incontinence. An easy way to keep your cookware from getting grill marks is to rub bar soap on the exterior to remove the soot.
Use a Camping Stove
One of the most affordable ways to replace your full-size stove is with a mini version. You can purchase a propane-powered stove or a camping stove to cook or warm your meals on the go.
If you have friends who enjoy your cooking, you can offer to cook for them in exchange for being able to cook meals for your family. In this way, you both will get great home-cooked meals without the need to eat out.
How Joseph Kitchen and Bath Can Help
For homeowners who are looking to start a Toronto kitchen renovation project, we have a wide assortment of affordable packages. To find out more, give us a call at (905) 707-7756 to speak with an expert today.