Managing a Kitchen Remodel During the Winter
The winter months are busy enough between things like the holidays, family being in town, as well as winter break for the kids, and adding on a renovation may not seem like the best idea at first glance. However, because these months are slower in the contracting business, you may find that this is the perfect time for a kitchen renovation. With contractors more readily available, you could see the timeline of the project decrease with their open schedules. With that, some companies will even offer lower rates during the colder months. If you’ve been thinking about giving your kitchen a facelift, you’ll need a plan in place to handle the hustle and bustle of a remodel during the holiday months.
Plan out your dinners
With the main areas – like the kitchen – being taken over by construction crews and equipment, it’ll be difficult to just quickly whip up a meal like normal. Make sure you have a clear idea of the project timeline, and for every week, plan out your meals so you know exactly what you need to do in order to prepare your meal. By doing this, you’ll not only be able to pick out easy meals to make, but you’ll probably find a bunch of delicious meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes. With that, you may find yourself ordering takeout more often than normal, so be sure to account for that in your remodel budget.
Create a separate dining area
It isn’t uncommon for families to eat dinner in the kitchen, while having rules against eating in the family room. While this may work for your everyday life, things might have to change while you’re undergoing a kitchen remodel. Whether it’ll be your family room or formal dining room, get the space prepared to enjoy meals daily while the kitchen is out of commission. Especially if you’re taking on holiday hosting, you’ll want to find multiple areas throughout your home for you to designate as an eating area. Invest in some folding tables and chairs, as well as some decorative table cloths, so you can have a seat for everyone.
Not only will you have limited access to the kitchen to prepare meals, but you likely won’t be able to use the space to wash dishes. The amount of construction your kitchen will be undergoing will determine the amount of access you and your family will have to it. That said, it’s a good idea to have a generous inventory of disposable plates and utensils in the event you find yourself washing preparation dishes in the bathroom sink. If you’re hosting for the holidays, seek out some beautiful holiday themed disposable dishware and napkins to impress your guests without sacrificing convenience.
People tend to believe that construction slows down in the winter months, which may not seem like the best time to handle a kitchen remodel. While it is true that overall construction winds down, this calmer period for contractors could actually be the perfect time for a kitchen remodel. That said, it’s understandable that your family life centers around the kitchen, especially during the holiday season, and you’ll need to be ready to handle the hustle and bustle of a remodel during the holiday months.