A kitchen renovation can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks, meaning up to three months without a kitchen. That makes your preparation and planning incredibly important before diving into demolition.
At FD Design, we want to make your kitchen’s time out of service as short as possible. As a design firm and a contractor, we can have a full design ready before we touch a power tool. We also work with our suppliers to get everything on-site before demolition starts.
Prepare for Renovation
A kitchen renovation is a big undertaking. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t need us. To make the whole process a little less stressful, we work with you to understand your vision of a dream kitchen. I always say that I could have the same kitchen footprint and design it multiple ways depending on the client, how they use the space (order take-up 5 nights a week or cook in 3 meals a day, 7 days a week…entertain the neighborhood weekly or do your dishes and make a cup of tea in your pj’s by 7pm…I’m the latter 😉 ) By planning every inch of counter space and cabinetry in the design phase, we can avoid hurdles and indecision in the build phase.
Prepare for Meals sans-Kitchen
When your kitchen is all tape measures and paint fumes, you and your family still need to eat. Take out will be your friend, and so will budgeting for it. A portable stove or outdoor grill will be your ticket to home-cooked meals for a few weeks. Or, maybe you’re among the masses who have mastered the Instant Pot trend, in that case you’ll be just fine, I’m sure of it!
The process won’t be glamorous, but that makes the transition into a brand new dream kitchen all the more dazzling.
It’s a Messy Process
Renovations are messy, and dust flies. We take every precaution to keep your kitchen area blocked off from the rest of your home. If you are using one of our DIY kitchen packages, be sure your contractor does this, otherwise you’ll want to pick up a roll at your neighborhood hardware store. This clearly defines the bounds of the projects and preserves some calm throughout the rest of your home.
Keeping your living space separate from the building space helps maintain a sense of peace in your home. More than just keeping dust out of other rooms, you may want to designate a space where the renovation can’t reach in thought or conversation. Your kitchen is being ripped out and rebuilt, and it will weigh on your mind, so having a space to let it go is essential.