Renovation projects are messy. Really messy. Demolishing my old kitchen created an astounding amount of dust, which worked its way into every corner of the condo and settled on every exposed surface. For a few weeks I fought a losing battle to keep the dust out of my bedroom and living room. Once demo was done, I assumed that the dust situation would improve, so I cleaned up as much of the residual dust as possible. This turned out to be a grave miscalculation. From installing the countertop, to hanging drywall, to cutting and installing trim, almost every aspect of the renovation created mountains of dust. Cleaning dust is the last thing you want to do after a long day of renovation work, but keeping a few areas of your home clean during a renovation goes a long way toward maintaining some semblance of normalcy.
Order the appliances before you order the cabinetry. Another piece of advice I had in advance and ignored. As a result, my “24-inch” dishwasher did not fit in a 24-inch cabinet and the cabinet had to be modified to fit the dishwasher. This could have been avoided if I’d ordered the cabinetry after the appliances had arrived and been measured.
From Christine & Pierre:
If you're doing a kitchen reno, it's worth it to spend a little time setting up your temporary kitchen. We had a good setup with a toaster oven and a sink in the basement, and it meant that we could cook some things and maintain some semblance of normalcy.
From Danielle & Austin:
Know what you can and can’t live without. Sure, we anticipated that losing our kitchen would be inconvenient, but we had no idea just how important cooking was to our lifestyle. Having to eat out more took a toll on our bodies and our budget, and it feels so incredible to be making fresh, healthy meals again.
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