8 Ways To Prepare For Demo Day In Your Kitchen

8 Ways To Prepare For Demo Day In Your Kitchen

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, planning the design isn’t the only preparation work you will need to do. You’ll need to prepare your kitchen and your home for the construction that’s about to take place, especially if you’re doing a full-on remodel that requires demolition (such as the removal of cabinets or walls). The following are eight ways that you can prepare for the day that work begins on your kitchen remodel:

1. Set up a temporary kitchen

You’re not going to be able to use your kitchen while it’s under construction, which means you’ll need to set up a temporary kitchen where you can access things that you need on a daily basis. If you have a mini fridge you can use, then you can store some of the essentials from your main fridge as well. Otherwise, you may find yourself eating out a lot more while work is being done in the kitchen.

2. Clear out your kitchen cabinets

You will need to clear out all of your cabinets if they’re being worked on. You should clear all your shelves and walls as well. Even decorative items should be removed. The vibrations caused by demolition could cause items hanging from your walls to fall.

3. Remove items from adjoining walls

Besides removing the items from the walls inside your kitchen, don’t forget to remove items hanging on the walls on the other side. Even if there’s no work being done on the walls, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Block off the kitchen

A lot of dust and debris is going to collect as a result of any demolition work that’s done. You should think about hanging plastic sheeting around the entrances of your kitchen to help keep this dust and debris from spreading throughout the rest of your house.

5. Consider how contractors get in and out

If you have a kitchen door that leads outside, then you won’t have to worry about contractors walking through your house every few minutes. However, if the only way to your kitchen is through your living room, you may want to clear a path and lay down some plastic sheeting so that contractors don’t track dirt, dust, and debris all over your floors.

6. Decide what to do with pets and kids

Demolition can be quite loud, which means that on the day (or days) that the walls, cabinets, or flooring are being torn down or ripped out, you may want to have someone watch your pets and kids outside your home. At the very least, create a space away from the noise and activity where they can stay.

7. Pick up disposable plates and utensils

Even though you could bring all of your utensils, plates, and glasses to your temporary kitchen, using them and then washing them in the bathroom sink can be very inconvenient. Just pick up disposable plates, utensils, and cups for use during the remodel instead.

8. Add eating out to your remodeling budget

Because of how inconvenient it will become to eat at home, there’s a good chance you’ll just end up eating out more. It’s a good way to get out of the house as well. However, make sure you add the cost of doing this to your budget.

If you’re doing heavy work on your kitchen, then you’ll want to make sure that it disrupts your household as little as possible. These are eight ways to limit the disruptive effect demolition can have on your house and your household. For more remodeling advice, contact Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.