How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel
This is part two in our new series about Barbara Gilbert’s Dallas kitchen remodel. Read part one here.
I’m toward the end of a big kitchen renovation in my DFW home and I’ve got a few tips for surviving the process emerging with a smile.
This is a new home for my husband and me — we’re empty nesters and purchased a zero-lot-line house with good bones last year. The specific design of the kitchen wasn’t doing it for me, though. I saw room for improvement and started a kitchen remodel a few months ago. I had planned on completing it by June, but some life circumstances made that impossible.
So we tore it apart and started from (nearly) scratch in June.
The first thing to keep in mind is that there will be inevitable headaches. If they say four weeks, you’d better count on six. This is especially true in Texas where it’s so hard to get workers. I advise clients — and myself! — to keep their eye on the end goal: a beautiful, convenient kitchen where everything functions exactly as it should.
That perspective can be hard to maintain when the countertops are ripped out, cabinet doors off being painted, and fumes are everywhere, but nonetheless, it’s a goal!
Patience is the next piece of advice I offer. It simply takes time for all the changes to happen and there’s no point in getting upset during the weeks of work.
The third thing I always advise is to create a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in the house. Honestly, it’s best if one can move out altogether during a kitchen remodel, but that’s usually not possible. At my house, we used the upstairs laundry room and set it up with a small refrigerator. Unfortunately, there was no microwave. We used paper plates and disposable cutlery and got take-out more than usual.
With my Dallas kitchen remodel, all that’s left is some touchups on the cabinets and installing glass on the pantry door and cabinet doors — so close! The rest is done and it’s functional and gorgeous. We’re so happy with the results. I’ll be having professional photos taken and I will share them on the blog in the coming month.
What do you think of my ideas for staying sane during a kitchen remodel? Leave me a comment, or share your thoughts over on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram (be sure to tag @bgidesigner)!
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