If you are getting ready for a Miami kitchen remodeling, there are two different ways in which you must prepare before the project starts. On one hand, you want to be ready as far as the construction, planning, and materials are concerned. On the other, you want your family to survive during the remodel with the least amount of discomfort and there are some steps to take in that regard as well. Let’s see how best to prepare for this all-important project.
Family Survival Kit
Set Realistic Expectations
No matter how quickly you are promised your new kitchen to be fully operational, it is best to set realistic expectations and prepare to face some delays. If the delays never materialize, good for you. If they do, you will not be unnecessarily frustrated.
Do Not Be Seduced by the Thought of Eating Out
You may picture the time that you will be without a kitchen as a wonderful break from cooking and that might be a fun idea for a couple of days. After that, you will quickly realize that you cannot take the entire family out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, particularly if the kids are in school and you and your partner start work early. Not to mention the fact that this added expense will definitely make you go over budget for the kitchen remodel.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
If you can move your existing refrigerator out of the way of the kitchen area, you are off to a great start. Even if you plan on getting rid of this fridge, use it now either in your dining room, living room, or even in the garage. Install your microwave next to it on a side table and add the toaster, coffeemaker, and any other gadget that can make your life easier while the kitchen space is out of bounds. You may want to get packages of paper plates, cutlery, and glasses since the dishwasher will probably be unusable and set up a folding table and some chairs to have a place to eat.
Plan a Vacation if Possible
One of the best strategies for a painless kitchen installation is to get yourself and your loved ones out of the way. If it is possible to carry out the kitchen remodel when the kids are on vacation, take advantage of this and go someplace. Plan a vacation that will allow you to be in touch with your general contractor but far enough away not to be bothered by the disruption at home. It will be a nice surprise when you come home and see the new kitchen all done.
Kitchen Preparation Steps
Even before you start putting into practice your family’s survival kit, it is essential for you to have every single detail of the kitchen planned to avoid delays and have the project move forward as smoothly as possible.
Find the Right General Contractor
Remodeling a kitchen will likely require some plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling, and other subcontractors that must be coordinated by a general contractor. Let the professionals do their jobs by working with an experienced general contractor who will make a construction plan and have everyone show up when they are needed. Look for recommendations from neighbors, family members, or friends who have had kitchen construction done and request a written bid.
Plan the Design
Work with your general contractor to design your new kitchen. The more comprehensive plans you make, the less you risk that mistakes or omissions will be made. By having a clear idea of what you want, your General Contractor will be able to give you a detailed bid that will include all materials and labor. If the numbers are beyond what you expected to spend, now is the time to revise your expectations to make sure the final result meets your budget. You may have to forgo the Italian cabinetry or select different fixtures to ensure that the final look will not break the bank.
Select the Look
If you take the time to finalize the plan for how your new kitchen will look, you will be saving time in the future by not having to make decisions standing on one foot when the family is sick and tired of eating in the garage. Select the cabinetry, backsplash, tiles, lighting, fixtures, and anything else that may require some time to arrive. By preordering everything, you may find that the project advances much more smoothly and quickly.