A first consideration after deciding you want a kitchen remodel, is whether to make it the low-cost, average or luxury version. You need to think of how long you are planning to stay in the house, and if your neighborhood will support the return of your investment when you sell. 

A couple more basic decisions will help you get started in a positive direction. You don’t normally want to work against the basic architectural style of your home. New kitchen hardware, and tile, for example can still convey a touch of traditional design to help your new kitchen fit with the traditional design of your home, if that’s the case. The super sleek magazine kitchen might not look great in a Victorian. Also, a major expense in a kitchen remodel is moving appliances that are connected to a gas line, or water supply to another position. You can often save a lot by keeping the new appliances in the same place. But that’s worth it only if feasible in new plan.

This is a time to get advice from professionals, and unless it’s to be a very small project, think twice about using the free design advice of large home improvement stores. For best results, choose the complete one-on-one design services of the company creating or providing your cabinets. A company with a history and reputation in your area. They will often include in-home consultations, complete project management, and installation, and they are doing this with your wishes always top of mind. You are spending enough on your new kitchen, you certainly don’t want to pay for costly mistakes of DIY or the wrong plan.

Do not even try to dust and clean the house every single day because there is dust everywhere, all the time.  Once or twice a week is fine for a quick vacuum and clean up, or you’ll be even more stressed. A wet sheet hanging in a doorway or two can help keep dust from other areas you are using. Then put a damp towel on the floor at the spot you enter the “clean” side of the construction area. Wiping your feet first can help to keep from spreading dust even more.

Put some thought into creating a temporary kitchen to prepare simple meals while your main kitchen is not available.  Use the basement, garage, or utility room, but ideally someplace with a sink.  Stock up on paper dishes and disposable cutlery. And can your refrigerator be moved close to this temporary kitchen? Even a dorm-room sized substitute would be a big help. This of course, is the time for power use of a microwave, toaster oven, crock pot and other small, helpful cooking appliances. But do buy lots of fruit and other healthy snacks that don’t require cooking, because they can balance many of the not-so-healthy kind that will certainly be too easy to grab and go, and going out for every meal loses its charm quickly. Pre-made salads and rotisserie chicken can do the trick for many different meals, and this may just be the time to try Uber Eats, Grub Hub and other delivery solutions.

And when the pressure mounts, try to sit down with a cup of tea and picture yourself soon breezing around your beautiful new kitchen.

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