How to Prepare for a Kitchen Renovation

How to Prepare for a Kitchen Renovation
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    Kitchen renovations are always, without fail, a daunting task.

    At many points throughout the process it is easy to forget why you decided to build a new kitchen in the first place, such is the stress involved.

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However, careful meticulous planning can alleviate many of the typical problems faced before they even occur. This guide should help you to prepare effectively, meaning you won’t have to spend as long microwaving meals in the living room and can instead settle into your new kitchen sooner than you ever imagined.

Research Your Suppliers Carefully

There is an abundance of opinion available online, commending and condemning every kitchen supplier on the planet in equal measure. Message boards in particular can be a great source of information, but even within a single thread you can sometimes receive a huge variety of feedback on a single firm. It is imperative to keep an open mind when trawling discussion forums, as you are obviously only getting one side of any story. The suppliers are not able to give you any follow up to the problems faced in particular cases, and we are always more inclined to take to the internet to tell everyone about poor service than good experiences.

Some threads – such as this one for example – can give you a great amount of detailed information about individual experiences with certain companies, just make sure that you don’t jump to a snap decision based purely on public forums. Choosing the right supplier can make or break your project, so gathering as much information as possible about each option is recommended.

Think About the Practicalities

Once you have decided to renovate, you have to be prepared to be without a kitchen for a prolonged period of time. Of all the rooms to be without, the kitchen is up there with the bathroom as the most inconvenient. For the duration of the renovation, your diet will be affected. You may be limited to solely a microwave, or have to go to a friends or relatives to eat, or even rely on takeaways and restaurants until you are able to use it again. I know from personal experience that this can really grind you down, so try and have a plan in place before you start.

Clear Your Kitchen Cleverly

It is really tempting to clear out your existing kitchen in a rush, throwing anything and everything into random boxes and worrying about it later. Trust me, as soon as your new kitchen is finished, the last thing you will want to do is be rooting through box after box trying to find the corkscrew to open the celebratory bubbly with. Do yourself a favour and empty the kitchen systematically. All your tinned food and boxed food in one box, all mugs, cups and plates in another and so on. This will make the unpacking processes so much easier, although it may seem like too much hard work to do at the time.

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