Remodeling progress of a home renovation with a ladder and tools

temporary kitchen during a remodel

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel

Every kitchen remodeling project includes a temporary kitchen during a remodel.

Remodeling progress of a home renovation with a ladder and tools
Pexels: Rene Asmussen

Disassembling your home, especially your kitchen, can be a difficult challenge for anyone.

At Sylvestre Remodeling & Design, we have a solution that our clients refer to as “brilliant” and “lifesaver.” Every kitchen remodeling with Sylvestre Design & Remodeling includes a temporary kitchen for the project’s duration. Here are some additional tips for preparing for it.

Before we get started, let’s understand what it is.

A temporary kitchen is the set-up of a kitchenette in an alternate location within the home during a kitchen remodeling project.  It is most often located in the dining room of a home or other room adjacent to the kitchen. It can include some of the cabinets that were removed from the old kitchen, the refrigerator, and the microwave. In some cases, it is also possible to have the sink and range (if plumbing and other mechanicals are readily available).

A small temporary kitchen in a remodel of a home

Why do you need a temporary kitchen?

Remodeling progress for a kitchen will take months to complete. From day one, your kitchen as you know it will be deemed unusable. Imagine your family living for up to 6 months on take-out, eating in restaurants, washing dishes in the bathtub, or worse, using paper and plastic disposable utensils and eating cold cereal for every meal. 

Now imagine the alternative: A sufficient amount of counter space and cabinet storage, a full-sized refrigerator, and at the very least, a microwave for cooking. Add the possibility of a full kitchen sink to wash dishes with a range and/or oven for cooking.

The value is unmatched when considering the convenience, cost, and health benefits. When a friend asks you how you are holding up during your remodeling progress, you can smile and tell them about the necessity of a temporary kitchen.

How to prepare for a temporary kitchen

  • Prioritize only essential items. Pack everything else away.
  • Stock up on paper goods and plastic utensils; preferably eco-friendly options if you can find them.
  • Decide on a storage solution for food and everything else.
  • Lastly, don’t forget… your temporary kitchen is only temporary. Soon you will have a remodeled beautiful and functional kitchen!

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