If you’ve already decided that your kitchen needs a makeover, one of the next steps is learning how to get ready for your kitchen remodel.
First, it’s important to recognize the need for proper planning and execution so you end up with a new kitchen you actually love. That means hiring a professional kitchen designer and experienced remodeling company to do the job. Before the building process can begin, though, there are a few important tasks you need to check off your own to-do list.
Get Ready For Your Kitchen Remodel With These 4 Simple (But Important) Tasks
1. Decide what you’ll still need to use during your kitchen remodel.
Most homeowners don’t completely relocate during a kitchen remodel. They simply relocate necessary kitchen items to another area of the house and ‘make do’ until the remodel is completed. The rest of your home will get cluttered quickly, though, if you keep out too many things.
Take some time to think about what you use on a daily basis. Could you live without a toaster for several weeks? How about a coffee maker? Maybe you’ll buy breakfast and coffee on the way to work or school, eliminating the need to have these small appliances elsewhere in the house. But dinnerware and utensils will be essential if you plan to eat any or all of your meals at home. Decide exactly what you’ll need and where its new home will be during your remodel.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a California room or fully equipped outdoor dining area like this Villa Park home, you may need less than you think! You may also already have a great place to store items that will be needed while your indoor kitchen is getting an overhaul.
2. Take an honest look at your kitchen items and decide what can be thrown away, given away, or donated.
Once you’ve decided what you DO need, the next step to get your kitchen ready for a remodel is to eliminate what you DON’T need. Here, we’re talking about duplicate kitchen accessories, unused dinnerware, and other things you’ve accumulated but never used.
If something gets used only once a year or on a rare occasion, think long and hard about whether it’s worth saving. This is the perfect time to downsize and declutter! Throw away anything that’s worn out and won’t look or function well in your new kitchen. Then, give away or donate duplicates or unused items. You’ll have less to pack up and store AND you’ll have less to find a new home for once your remodel is finished.
3. Decide where and how to store the items you want to keep but won’t need during your kitchen remodel.
At this point in the process, you’ve decided what’s essential and what’s not. The essential items will be kept elsewhere in the house where they can easily be used when needed. Now, where will you put the items you’re keeping but won’t need until your new kitchen is ready?
How and where you pack these items will be affected by how long you expect your kitchen remodel to take. If it’s just a few weeks, popular storage spaces include closets, an out-of-the way area inside a home office, or shelves inside your garage. For kitchen remodels that are expected to take longer than a month, you’ll probably want to use sturdy moving boxes to store and stack items for safe keeping. You may even choose to store these boxes in an outdoor shed or storage container so they’re completely out of the way.
4. Organize packed items in a way that makes sense to you.
As your project start time approaches, it’s time to get your kitchen ready for a remodel by actually packing up your belongings. Take care to label each box clearly so you can easily know what’s inside. This will make it convenient to find something should you end up needing it before your remodel is finished. And, it’ll be easier to put items away in your newly completed kitchen.
Get Ready For Your Kitchen Remodel With the Orange County Kitchen Remodeling Experts
As we previously mentioned, aring down, packing, and storing your kitchen essentials is only part of the process to get your kitchen ready for a remodel. An even more important step is working with an experienced kitchen designer. They will help you determine what works and what doesn’t in your current kitchen. Then, they can design a new kitchen that meets your needs and looks beautiful, too.
At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we’ve been designing and building exquisite kitchens for Orange County homeowners for almost 40 years! Our experienced design-build team members know exactly what it takes to combine industry standards, popular kitchen design trends, and your own personal style preferences to create a space you’ll love for years to come.
Learn more about the quality of our work by browsing through our online portfolio of completed projects. Or, register for one of our upcoming webinars to learn helpful tips from the remodeling pros.
Then, when you’re ready to start planning your own kitchen remodel, simply give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.