Renovating your kitchen can be an exciting process. You get to watch the room evolve from its ordinary state to something much more functional and valuable. However, when you are living in the home while the renovation is underway, the process can also be a little nerve rattling–especially if you have kids. Between keeping kids out of construction zones and dealing with the extra racket, you are bound to feel a little overwhelmed with the process and look forward to its end. However, there are also a few simple tips you can use to help conquer the kitchen renovation process in spite of the fact you have kids in the house.
1. Make alternative meal plans. - The last thing you want to have to do in the middle of a kitchen renovation is try to go in there and cook with everything all in a mess. Plan out your meals in advance and make sure you include simple things that can be made in advance or thrown together without cooking, like sandwiches and salads.
2. Create a makeshift kitchen space in another room. - There are some things in the kitchen that it can be nearly impossible to be without when you have kids. For example, the refrigerator, microwave, and even the toaster for frozen waffles probably get a lot of use. Therefore, it is a good idea to set up a temporary kitchen space in the corner of another room with some of the appliances and things you need most often.
3. Work out a schedule with the contractor. - Of course, the more hours you can permit the contractor to work on the kitchen, the faster it will be done. However, it can save your sanity if you can create a schedule for workers that works around the schedule your kids normally follow. For example, if you have a toddler who usually has naptime at a certain point early in the afternoon, see if the contractor can make arrangements for lunchtime to occur about that time.
4. Have an ample supply of water on hand. - A kitchen renovation will almost always involve changes or work to the plumbing fixtures in that part of the house, which means you may be without water at some points in the project because the main water supply will have to be off. For this reason, it is a good idea to keep a steady supply of wet wipes on hand and gallon jugs of water for washing little hands when needed.
For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like www.maxwellconstructionco.com.