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The amount of dust and dirt that accumulates during a kitchen renovation can be alarming. While you cannot stop it completely, you can prepare for it. Here are a few tips ...

  • Protect what you cannot remove; floors should be covered, dust curtains hung and a pathway defined for workmen to enter and exit the workspace. Use plastic sheeting and tape to seal off doorways into other rooms and cover bookshelves, furniture, and electronic equipment. This work is often included in the contractor's scope of work.
  • Turn off the central air or heat when the workers are sanding floors. Keep extra air filters on hand and change them frequently.
  • Ask that the construction area be swept at the end of every day to minimize the mess.
  • If necessary, prepare a storage area in the garage or in another room near the kitchen for holding appliances, cabinets, and other items until it's time to install them. Or rent a storage space for a month or two during the construction phase.

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Sometimes it will be necessary to rent a large dumpster (like the one in the above photo) so the construction crew can dispose of large amounts of debris. Whether you use a large dumpster or not, if the construction crew is going to take debris outside your home, you should set up some ground rules for where trash is put, as well as some rules about how construction workers should exit your home.

The inside of your home will be in disarray when you renovate, but the outside of your home doesn't need to have a trampled lawn and random piles of garbage. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry recommends the following rules to preserve landscaping and curb appeal:

  • Ask that all lumber and materials be stored on paved surfaces, not your grass
  • If that is not possible, designate a path across your lawn with stakes and string - allow several access points and try to keep the path as direct as possible
  • You may want to lay down temporary plywood sidewalks - they distribute weight and will prevent ruts in your lawn. Standing the plywood up at the end of each work day will help preserve the grass. Be sure to remove the plywood as soon as the work is done.

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To stay perfectly safe during a kitchen renovation, you should probably move into a different home. Unfortunately, most of us don't have that luxury. Safety issues during a remodel are plentiful and it's hard to recognize all the potential dangers. As hard as it might be, you will have to trust that the construction crew in your home is taking the necessary precautions to keep the work area and surrounding areas safe.

While you may trust yourself to stay out of harm's way, if you have young children or pets, you'll need to be vigilant about their safety. For example, there may be construction materials stored in the work area or in the garage. Items normally found in the kitchen (e.g., refrigerator or microwave) or tools may be placed in areas of the home that are not child-proofed.

Making sure your children feel safe and comfortable with the various workers coming in your house, and the various work zones is also important. Therapist Erin Johnson says children should be introduced to everyone working on the project and have a good sense of work area boundaries.

If you have pets, you'll need to restrict their access to the construction area, especially during work hours. if it is difficult to keep work areas sealed off, or if your pets are easily frightened or upset by loud construction noises, consider finding a sitter or care-taking facility for them during work hours.

Whether you have a family the size of the Duggars or you are living on your own, it's a wise idea to inspect and clean the work zone and surrounding areas at the end of each day. Yes, the remodeling crew should pick up after themselves everyday, but small things like nails or loose wires could get overlooked during the cleanup process.

Stay tuned for more information on keeping clean in our next blog post.

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You've most likely packed up belongings for a move, so you will understand how the first part of this process works: gather as many clean, sturdy boxes as you need. The tricky part of packing is deciding what to box up, what to keep out, and what to take to Goodwill. An average kitchen remodel can last 4-8 weeks. So, you will not have easy access to the stored items for a period of time. You will also need to find a place to store the boxes in your home, or elsewhere.

Consider packing or moving fragile items close to the space being remodeled. This will ensure they do not get dirty or damaged during the project. This includes wall decorations as vibrations during the remodeling process could damage them.

As you pack, there will be a few items you will need to use during the remodeling. Pack these in a separate box or near the top for easier access. Remember to label your boxes.

Don't wait until the last minute to start packing. You will want to finish this before the remodeling starts. If you are using a temporary kitchen, you will need to set this up with all the necessary supplies prior to kicking off the remodel. While unlikely, if your project gets delayed, resist the urge to unpack kitchen items.

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Expectations are Everything

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A kitchen remodeling project represents a significant of your time and money.  At various times in the planning process our clients ask a version of the following question … “What should I expect during the project?”  As most people only undertake one remodeling project in their life, it is filled with uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

To help minimize this uncertainty, it is important to understand what to expect, how long it will take, how it will impact living in your house, and the best ways to maintain a clean, safe home.  We will address various remodeling expectations in this and future blog posts. While we cannot answer every potential question that could arise, we will work to provide information to prepare you for what lies ahead.

As you begin planning your kitchen remodel, remember the following:

  • Keep the end in mind – when the project is complete, you will have a new, beautiful kitchen designed for your family’s needs.
  • The project will not be complete overnight – remodeling a kitchen is a significant project and will take time.
  • Your patience will be tested – over the course of the project, there will be times when there appears to be little progress, you will tire of having people in the house, surprises will happen, etc.  Stay focused on the first bullet point … a beautiful kitchen.
  • Communicate – if anything is unclear or you have questions during the remodeling process, ask your designer/contractor. You have hired them for their expertise and they will gladly respond to your questions and/or concerns.

Watch our blog for more details on what to expect during a kitchen remodel.  We will touch on temporary kitchens, minimizing the mess, packing up your kitchen, and more. If you don’t want to wait, stop in our showroom or call us.  One of our designers would be happy to talk with you.

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