How To Survive Your Renovation

Planning your new kitchen is an exciting event. However the thought of the actual work may not fill you with that same excitement. In any type of renovation, you can expect tiny annoyances along the way. The important thing is to think clearly and to have a sense of perspective. Here are some tips to make your kitchen renovation a more pleasant and dynamic experience for you.

1. Decide on the team that you want to work with

And not necessarily the company with the lowest price. Keep in mind that you are not just buying cabinetry, you are purchasing a service and you must feel comfortable with the team that you select to work in your home, and will carry your project though till the end.

2. Arrange a time line and schedule for yourself

Know when floors are being laid, cabinetry installed and appliances delivered. You will have many different trades people coming in and out, and making a timeline for yourself will make it less overwhelming.

3. Eat fresh, nutritious food

Even though you may not have a kitchen for 1-3 weeks, it is important to still eat fresh, nutritious food. Plan where you will put your fridge, kettle, toaster etc., and have a sense of what you will be eating whilst your renovation takes place.

4. Communicate clearly

This is above and beyond the most important thing. You can be open, frank, honest and understanding all at the same time. People are more willing to do more for you if you are firm but nice.

Your new kitchen renovation does not have to be a stressful time. With a little bit of thought, common sense, planning and patience, you can achieve a relatively smooth, hassle free kitchen renovation.


  • Anthony says:

    This is a good article, thanks!

  • Jane says:

    I actually have a lovely relationship with my neighbours, so it doesn’t worry me too much not having a kitchen for a while, as I can just pop in next door to have my meals. I realise many people can’t do that, so it can be a bit stressful to have to eat out every day while the kitchen is being renovated… I agree that communication is key, or things can spiral out of control!

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