4 Tips For Meal Management During Kitchen Remodels

Remodeling your home’s kitchen revolutionizes your cooking area and customizes it to your liking. During the process, however, you won’t have use of your kitchen for a little while. If you plan on remodeling your kitchen soon, use these four tips to keep cooking easy during this time.

1. Schedule the Remodel for Warm Months

Schedule the remodeling work to be done during warm months when the weather is generally nice. This will help reduce the likelihood of any necessary exterior work getting delayed by rain or other inclement weather. You’ll also be able to spend time outside, which has two benefits.

First, a lot of cooking can be done outdoors during pleasant weather. Invest in a grill if you don’t already have one, and you’ll be able to make almost anything you would in your normal kitchen. Even spaghetti can be cooked on a grill.

If you’d like, you can even purchase a fancy grill that comes with a stovetop burner and a counter. The added workspace makes prep easier, and you’ll have a small but functioning stove for extra versatility.

Second, it’s a lot of fun to eat outside when temperatures are warm. Lots of people have dinner outside on a picnic table, but picnics aren’t only for the last meal of the day. Having breakfast, lunch, and snacks on a porch or in a backyard offers a pleasant break from routine.

2. Take a Vacation During the Remodel

If you’re already planning on taking a vacation, book it for some time during the second half of the remodeling project. The weather should be decent if the remodeling is taking place when the weather is warm, and getting away will give you a break. You’ll also have lots of unknown restaurants to try at your destination.

The break will be especially beneficial if it comes a little way into the project. Anytime from the midpoint of the schedule to a week before everything will be done is a good time to go. You just don’t want to go during the very last week of the work, as you’ll want to see how everything comes together at the end.

3. Move Appliances to the Garage

In order to make sure you have full access to your appliances, ask the remodelers to move your appliances into the garage before they start. They’ll have the tools and expertise necessary to move these items safely, as they’d need to move the appliances anyway while working.

Going to your garage for a drink or piece of meat to cook might seem strange at first, but it’s not a big inconvenience. In fact, you might find the garage more conveniently located than your kitchen if you’re cooking outside all the time. As an added benefit, your refrigerator and freezer will run less in the garage since this is naturally a cooler place in the home.

If you don’t have a garage, a study or other spare room on the ground floor is preferable. Your living room can also work. Any rooms on a second floor should be avoided, and not just because they’d be inconvenient to access when you want to eat. The weight of a refrigerator and other appliances may be too much for some houses’ second stories to support.

4. Let People Know About the Project

Don’t keep your project a secret. Let all your friends and family members who live nearby know what’s going on. Some may invite you over for a meal, in which case you don’t have to worry about cooking at all. You can return the favor once the work is complete and you’re ready to show off your new kitchen.

To have your kitchen redone, speak with Contract Remodeling Services about our residential remodeling work.