You've spent months combing magazines, browsing on-line decorating sites, visiting showrooms and planning. Your dream kitchen is finally in sight. Now comes the hard part. There is no avoiding inconvenience, but with some smart planning and clear expectations it doesn't have to completely disrupt your life.
Living without a kitchen, even temporarily, can be extremely inconvenient, but with a little advance planning, it doesn't have to be a nightmare. Plan on setting up a temporary kitchen someplace like a utility room, garage or basement, ideally someplace with a sink. You may be able to utilize your old cabinets to set up a microwave, portable grill, toaster oven or coffee maker.
Everyone works better in a positive environment. By keeping an optimistic attitude throughout your project you will encourage all of those around you to do the same, making your overall remodeling experience more enjoyable.
Remember that communication is vital to the success of any remodeling project. Make sure that you are accessible to answer questions if they arise and be sure to ask your project coordinator for a phone number and email address in case you have questions or concerns of your own to address.
Kitchen remodeling, like any other construction project, is never simple. When unexpected situations arise, it's best to be able to roll with it. Ask your project coordinator for an estimated time frame for each step of the project so that you go into your project with your eyes open.
Any time that you have workers in your home, make sure they are clear about any areas that are off limits to them. If you do not have a convenient lavatory for their use, either recommend one that is close or rent a port-a-potty.
Decide who will be the primary decision maker for the project. There is nothing that confuses a contractor more than having multiple directives from the homeowners. Make sure everyone is aware who has the final say and that person is accessible by phone or in person at all times so that your project does not get delayed.
The final step in the journey is a simple one. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new kitchen!