How to live in a house during a kitchen renovation

If moving out is an option, do it!

If not, separating the renovation space from the living space is the next alternative. Cordoning the area off with plastic keeps some of the dust out of the living area.  All the furniture has to be moved out of the work areas. You can have a moving company pack up those things and store them until you need them back. If you store them yourself in a garage or self-storage unit, be careful about proper ventilation so you don’t grow mold!

You need to store & prepare food, cook meals, clean up and sit down to eat, all without a kitchen! If thought and planning is given to this problem an acceptable solution may be attained. The stove, fridge and microwave can be re-located with the help of the electrician at the demolition stage. The plumber may be able to re-use your old sink with your old sink cabinet with minimal expense. A card table or something similar can be stored out of the way except at meal times. BBQ’ing is great anytime of the year.

Noise, dust and cleaning will be the order of the day. The goal is to minimize the inherent mess of a renovation, but these things cannot be avoided. The trades people are generally conscientious about keeping their work area as clean as possible, but ‘broom’ clean is not the same standard to which most of us keep our homes. Besides the plastic on the doorways, the customer should take care to put drop sheets over furniture, and insert filters into heating ducts and cold air returns. Use an industrial grade shop-vac for all cleaning as drywall dust can ruin a household vacuum.

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