Whether you're making an outdated kitchen more livable or creating the kitchen of your dreams, planning a remodel is an exciting and exhausting venture. While you pick out the perfect cabinets or decide whether to splurge on marble or granite for your countertops, also take time to prepare for the remodel itself.
Here's what you can expect to happen during a typical kitchen remodel.
A Lot of Dust
You expect your remodel to be loud and messy. However, what you should really prepare yourself for is the amount of construction dust that will cover every surface of your kitchen (and surrounding rooms). Copious amounts of dust will be created throughout the entire process, from demolition on the first day to the last day when the finishing touches are added.
Here are a few ways you can keep the dust in check during the renovation:
- Take the Work Outside. Ask the contractors to perform the tasks most likely to create dust, such as cutting wood, outdoors. The less dust created in the house, the easier it will be to keep it under control.
- Create Barriers. Seal the doors to the kitchen with plastic in an inexpensive effort to prevent dust from traveling outside the work area. Place a fan in the window and blow the dust out of the house for another cost-effective method.
- Protect Flooring and Carpets. Cleaning up dust off your wood or laminate floors or carpet is a big job. Cover the flooring with plastic to make cleaning up far less strenuous.
- Hire a Cleaning Crew. Work with your contractor to hire a cleaning company to remove the dust.
Many times, grabbing your vacuum and a broom is the best way to keep the dust in the kitchen and adjoining rooms under control. Just don't clean up when the contractors are working.
Life Without a Kitchen
Be prepared for life without your stove, refrigerator, cabinets and kitchen table because they will likely be unavailable for several days or weeks.
The best way to prepare for this situation is to create a makeshift kitchen in another space, such as your dining room or basement. Place your microwave, toaster, a toaster oven, hot plate, a small refrigerator and everything else you will need to prepare meals.
Storing your utensils, plates, cups, pots and pans in plastic bins will also help you easily access them.
A Busted Budget
Finally, no matter how hard you try, there is still a chance you will exceed your budget. Between last minute upgrades and unexpected issues, such as a burst pipe, it's easy to spend several hundreds or thousands more than you anticipated. Luckily, there are several things you can do now to ensure you stay within a budget during your kitchen renovation.
- Do your research. Research every aspect of a kitchen remodel, from the cost of materials and labor to potential problems that can ruin your budget.
- Put money aside for the unexpected. Set aside at least 15 percent of your budget to cover unexpected upgrades, mistakes or disasters.
- Be very specific. Provide a clear vision of what you want to your contractor. Let the professionals know exactly what you want, and how much you want to spend, to help ensure you don't overspend.
If you're concerned about your budget, remember to keep your plan simple, avoid last minute upgrades and do your part to ensure the contractors can complete the remodel on time.
Knowing what to expect during your kitchen remodel can help ensure the experience is less stressful. If you have further questions about potential kitchen remodeling hurdles, contact All Weather Systems.