How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation
So you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen. Congratulations, and I cannot wait to see pictures of it when it’s done. But in the meantime, you need to know what to anticipate and how to handle it.
Home renovation pros and those who’ve been through a kitchen renovation agree that the best way to get through it is to flee and stay somewhere else. But this option isn’t always viable, so here’s what to expect if you have to live in your house through a renovation and how to prepare for it.
This story was inspired by this kitchen, which belongs to the author’s parents, Joy and Dan Harris. This was the state it was in during the middle of summer 2018.
Be fully aware of what’s going to happen
It’s going to be messy. It’s going to be noisy. For about a full week, you’re going to walk into a gutted kitchen expecting to turn on the coffee-maker and then realise that you’re barefoot in a construction zone. (It’s OK, it happens to the best of us.)
There will most likely be frustrating delays and unexpected change orders. Unable to make anything else for breakfast, you may get addicted to Pop-Tarts. And you will find yourself rinsing a dish in a small cloakroom basin or the bath.
Concentrate on letting go of control, because if you try to hold onto it, you’re toast. This would be a good time to take up yoga or learn to meditate. In addition to helping you find a calm place mentally, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house [restrictions permitted]. Find some good classes or apps and head to the park.