Remodeling Stories: What to Do Before the Remodel Begins

Now that the design and planning stage for my new kitchen is complete and the products are on order you might think I get to sit back and wait for the installation phase of the project to begin. Unfortunately, there are a few things that I as the homeowner am responsible for taking care of prior to beginning the installation phase. Your authorized Dura Supreme dealer will let you know what responsibilities that need to be completed prior to the install based on the scope of your individual project.

Here are just a few of the tasks that I needed to complete for my project.

Pack up your current kitchen - Before anyone can start to tear out the old cabinets it's important to have all the cabinets empty and the contents packed up and stored in an out of the way location. This is a good time to purge anything that you don't use as well as discarding those old tupperware containers that have lost their matching lids. Don't forget to organize your packing and label the boxes. Taking the extra time now will make unpacking everything in your new kitchen so much easier.

Purging and Cleaning Out the Kitchen for a Remodel. Keep Toss Donate

Set up a temporary kitchen - Don't underestimate the value of a good, well-planned temporary kitchen. Based on the scope of your project you will be without a working kitchen (yes, that includes the sink, dishwasher, etc.) for number of weeks. For my project I estimated that I will be without my kitchen for 4-6 weeks and needed to plan accordingly.

Plan for everyday items that you will use during the remodel such as dishes, silverware, tupperware containers, paper plates, cutlery etc. Consider where you will set up your temporary kitchen - will it be in the laundry room? Is the dining room more convenient? Where is the closest water source? You mean I have to do dishes in my bathtub...?

Temporary Kitchen set up for during a kitchen remodel

Don't forget to outfit your temporary kitchen with a variety of small appliances such as:

  • Microwave Oven
  • Hot Plate
  • Coffee Maker
  • Crock Pot
  • Toaster
  • Try to Grill out - weather permitting

Plan and prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them so that you don't have to eat out every night. Trust me - Nothing tastes better than a home cooked meal three - four weeks into the project. Create a binder with a variety of take-out menus for when you don't have time to cook. In addition, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of any restaurant gift certificates or coupons that you've been holding onto.

Remove artwork and valuables from the workspace - Your home is now a construction site and accidents can happen. I encourage all my customers to take a few additional minutes to remove any items that they may be concerned about. For example, I knew that the cabinetry would be brought into my home through the front door and decided to move my great-grandmothers antique stereo cabinet out of the entryway to ensure that it didn't get bumped into or damaged during the project. In addition, I removed any decorative wall hangings from not only the kitchen but from the adjacent laundry room as well.

Clean out the garage - For the duration of the project your garage now belongs to the installation crew. Your garage will be used for storage of cabinets, appliances, and other items that will be used for the remodel. In addition, the installation crew needs a place to set up their tools and equipment so that they have a place to work. This is especially important in colder climates when the work will be done over the winter months.  No one wants to work outside in sub-zero temperatures! Also, be prepared to park in the driveway or on the street during the construction.

Clean out the Garage to make space for kitchen cabinet and appliance deliveries.

Debris Removal - One of the biggest questions is what to do with the construction debris? Rather than renting a dumpster and completely demolishing the cabinetry and other components, consider reusing them in another area of your home such as the garage or basement. If the cabinetry is not needed look into charitable organizations that may be able to benefit from donated cabinetry such as Habitat for Humanity.

Turn off the furnace and air conditioning - This may not be possible for every project but if you have a forced air system - I strongly encourage you to turn it off during the remodel. If you are not able to turn off the heat or air conditioning, cover the intake or return air vents to minimize the amount of dust that gets transferred to other areas of your home. Also, be sure to schedule a thorough duct cleaning after the final installation is complete. Remember this is a construction zone and dust is inevitable.

Stay tuned for the next phase of my project - demolition!