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Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Remodelling

Understanding the remodelling process

Kitchen remodelling means that you'll be in kitchen limbo for a decent amount of time. Your patience will be tested. Yet, when you reach your goal, your friends, family and neighbors will be impressed.

Be ready for constant challenges. The general rule of kitchen remodelling is that everything that has a chance to go wrong can go wrong. Potential problems you should brace yourself for: miscommunication, more dust than you expected, termites or carpenter ants in the walls, floor, or windows, mold or moisture in the walls from leaky plumbing or poor flashing, structural problems that need to be repaired, asbestos or lead paint removal, etc.

Kitchen remodelling can cause tempers to flare and create stress. Ask as many questions and clarify issues as much as possible as things occur. Addressing your concerns and assessing your options along the way is going to reduce the stress and frustration you experience during the remodel. Try and steer away from an emotional decision or argument. Focus on the use of space, reasons for the design preference, personal priorities, project timeline, etc.

Set up a temporary kitchen. A temporary kitchen is a must during a remodel. Keep essential items handy: microwave meals and non-perishables like soup, condiments, cereal; microwave-safe dishes and utensils ... At some point, there will be no water in the kitchen. Plan to do the dishes in another sink or the bathtub. Or stock up on disposable plates and cups, paper towels and a disinfectant cleanser. Move your old refrigerator or a small mini-fridge to a convenient space close to a water source. Small appliances such as microwaves, toasters or toaster ovens, hot plates, and small electric grills will be immensely helpful in preparing home-cooked meals.

You'll be packing up many kitchen items and not unpacking them for a few months. So you'll have to find storage space in your home or somewhere else. You should decide which items might need to be unpacked during the remodelling process. You'll want to complete your packing before the remodel starts.

Remodels can pose plenty of potential safety issues for people as well as pets. You will have to trust that the construction crew in your home is taking the necessary precautions to keep the work area and surrounding areas safe. Making sure your children feel safe and comfortable with the various workers coming in your house, and the various work zones is also important. If you have pets you'll need to restrict their access to the construction area, especially during work hours.

The amount of dust and dirt that accumulates during a remodel can be alarming. You cannot stop it completely, but you can prepare. Protect what you can't remove. Use plastic sheeting and tape to seal off doorways into other rooms and cover bookshelves, furniture, and electronic equipment. Turn off the central air or heat when the workers are sanding floors. Ask that the construction area be "broom cleaned" at the end of every day to minimize the mess.