Tips to Help You Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

Your kitchen remodel project will most likely disrupt your everyday life, but we want to help minimize the disturbance with a few tips for creating a smoother process.

Communicate with Your Contractor
Clear and honest communication with your contractor is your best way to reduce any unnecessary stress. Beyond the choices on designs and materials, you will want to discuss parking, driveway use, storage areas, access to and from the work area, and access to other areas of your home (basements and attics for plumbing and electrical, as well as bathrooms for personal use).

Tips on Cooking and Eating

  • Create a temporary kitchen:You will want to designate an area in your home (that is out of the way of construction) as a stand-in kitchen. Even if you plan on eating out at restaurants a majority of the time, you’ll want a spot to make a sandwich or brew your morning coffee. Set up your old refrigerator (or a small mini-fridge) next to a table and chairs, and add small appliances (slow cookers, microwaves, toaster ovens, panini makers, electric griddles and coffee makers) to create a place to prepare a meal or grab a quick bite. Keep essential items (non-perishable food items, coffee accessories, can openers, paper towels, napkins, garbage bags, etc.) that you will need access to on a daily basis in this area.
  • Consider your dishes:Without water in your kitchen, your choices will be to do your dishes in another sink/bathtub in your home or to use disposable cups, plates, and utensils. Designate a washing area or stock up on your supplies before your remodel begins.
  • Prepare some meals in advance:If you will have access to a freezer during yourremodel, prepare some meals ahead of time and freeze them in smaller, single-meal portion sizes.

Tips for Reducing Your Stress Level

  • Remove yourself from the situation:The disorder in your home can become a bit stressful during a remodel. Go out to dinner, visit a friend, or take a walk when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed.
  • Expect the unexpected:Even the most carefully planned remodel can have some surprises. Schedules can change unexpectedly, material selections can become delayed, inclement weather can occur—be prepared for a few bumps in the road.
  • Remember the big picture:You may not be able to imagine it now, but when you are in your gorgeous new kitchen you will look back on this time as a short period of inconvenience. Keep your mind on the outcome and treat the remodel as an adventure.

Trust Your Kitchen Remodel to 5th Generation Contracting

At 5th Generation Contracting, we are extremely experienced in every aspect of kitchen design, from new builds to remodels and renovations. Let us help you take the stress out of the process and avoid costly mistakes by sharing our knowledge, tips, and advice. We understand that a home remodel is a big decision and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Take a look at some of our recent kitchen projects, then contact usto get started on your kitchen project. You can feel confident that when you choose 5th Generation Contracting for your kitchen remodel, you’re choosing the best in the business!