Kitchen Design Process - Prep For Our Visit
Step 5: Prep for Our Visit
When completing a kitchen renovation, the preparations are not over when the design work is done and cabinets selected. You must also prepare for the upheaval and, dare we say it, inconvenience of the installation process. To help you weather the storm of living in the midst of an in-progress kitchen renovation, we’ve prepared the following tips that can help ease the pain.
You’ve selected the perfect cabinetry and decorative enhancements for your home, found the team of certified professionals who will install your KraftMaid cabinets, and placed your order. Now it’s time to get your home ready for the arrival and installation of your cabinets.
Preparing for the Installation
You’ve selected the perfect cabinetry and decorative enhancements for your home, found the team of certified professionals who will install your KraftMaid cabinets, and placed your order. Now it’s time to get your home ready for the arrival and installation of your cabinets. To make your home and family ready for the installation, it’s a good idea to answer a couple of important questions before the cabinets arrive and the project begins:
- Where will new cabinets be stored when they arrive?
- What will you do with your old cabinets once they’re removed?
New Cabinet Arrival and Storage
Choose a large, dry area that has enough room to both store and unpack your boxes of cabinetry and accent pieces. Since the process of installing cabinets and decorative accents is typically not completed in one day, the area you use to store your new cabinets will most likely be the place where cabinets are kept while the project is in progress.
Remember that it’s one large shipment and that the boxes will be heavy, so it’s a good idea to designate a room that is on the same floor as the room in which the cabinets will be installed. When you receive your cabinetry order, have your installer compare the delivery receipts to your original order to make sure that you have received your entire KraftMaid order. While it’s important to keep the products in their boxes until the project begins in order to prevent any damage that may occur, it’s a good idea to do a brief inspection of the items when the order arrives. To do this, open the cartons and inspect the cabinets by carefully sliding them partially out of the box and then replacing them back into the boxes until they are needed. If you have any questions or concerns about your product delivery, please contact the retailer where you purchased your KraftMaid cabinets. They will be happy to help you with any questions.
Old Cabinetry Removal
We know you’re excited to get the process underway, but don’t remove your existing cabinets and major appliances until you’ve discussed the project timeline with your installer. During this conversation you should determine who will remove the existing cabinetry, when the removal process will begin, and what you should do with your major appliances in the room. Once the old cabinetry is removed, many customers update their old cabinets with a new finish or hardware and re-install them in the garage or basement. During your initial conversations with your installer, ask about the process and fees for re-installing cabinets in another area of the home. You may also consider donating your former cabinets to a church or charitable organization. Find out how to live through the remodel.
Live Through The Remodel
Throughout your kitchen renovation, you’ll have family, a team of professionals, and guests come and go through your home. Relax; there are steps you can take to make sure your home doesn’t look like it’s under construction.
- Create a clean work area. Save your professionals time by cleaning out the old kitchen cabinets and the pathway to and around the work area before the project begins. Relocate or pack away any items in this space that could be accidentally damaged such as valuables, photos, artwork, etc.
- Seal off your rooms. Ask your cabinetry installer to block off the construction zone and vents in the room with plastic sheets. Since dust will filter throughout the home, cover carpeting with plastic sheets and protect large pieces of furniture with sheets or blankets.
- Identify the cabinetry installer’s work zone. At the beginning of the project, decide which rooms the installer will be working in and how much access they will have to the rest of the house. For example:
- What room do you prefer they use as a preparation/staging area for installation? This will most likely be the room where your new KraftMaid cabinets are stored.
- Is there space in the garage for the cabinet installer to set up tools and cutting materials? This may minimize dust filtering through the home.
- Will you provide the cabinet installer with a house key?
- Which bathroom should the installation team use?
- Identify the rooms that will be accessible throughout the installation. Determine how you and your family will get around your house. If the room being renovated is a major access point, you will need to create a detour through nearby rooms during work hours.
- Keep your feet covered. Your house may become a mini construction site filled with tools and nails during the installation. To avoid injuries, wear a pair shoes indoors during the kitchen remodel.
- Keep the receipts together in one file. Whether it’s your KraftMaid cabinets, new appliances, light fixtures or paint – keep all of your receipts together.
- Create a photo journal. Track the progress of your KraftMaid cabinet installation with photos and notes. This will be a great keepsake to show guests after the kitchen makeover is complete as they enjoy your new space.
Keep reading for tips on how to create a project plan for a successful installation.
Designing a new kitchen? Find out how to create a temporary kitchen.
Your kitchen will be “Out of Order” for a few weeks while the professionals install your KraftMaid cabinets and decorative enhancements. In the meantime, here’s a list of suggestions to help you create a safe, temporary kitchen that works for you and your dinner guests.
- Choose a space for your temporary kitchen. To create a temporary kitchen, you’ll need to find an area in your home that has enough room to cook and prepare a meal. Make sure that the area is well ventilated and is near an electrical outlet that can support small appliances.
- Bring out the portable cooking appliances. In today’s culture of “dinner on the go”, we are fortunate enough to have access to a range of quality, portable cooking appliances such as countertop grills, crock pots, convection ovens, microwaves, hot plates, etc. These portable appliances are great to have on hand when you’re facing a kitchen renovation, large or small. Keep your portable appliances in a central location with a recipe box of meals that can be made using each appliance.
- Keep things cool. Talk with your installer or subcontractor to determine the best place for your refrigerator. Ideally, it should be moved to the garage, dining room, or an area in your home that has the proper electrical requirements. Most importantly, avoid putting it on carpet or flooring that might be damaged in case of a leak. Consider creating a kitchen work zone: position a mini fridge next to your portable cooking appliances so everything you need for meal preparation is in one place.
- Set aside your essential cooking items and place settings. When you’re packing up the items in your existing cabinets, set aside place setings for each person (plus an extra set or two for unexpected guests) with cooking utensils that are must-haves to make a meal: a can opener, colander, cutting board, knives, favorite pans, measuring utensils, etc. The rest of the dishes and appliances should be carefully packed and stored until the project is complete.
- Keep it neat. Take advantage of the mock-counter space that a long, sturdy table can provide and position each appliance in a neat row for fast, easy use. Include a small storage container for cooking utensils like a can opener, spoon, spatula, etc. You might consider reusing your old base cabinets in an alternate room (dining, garage, etc.) to store canned and boxed goods, dishes, and glasses, top them with your old countertop or a large piece of plywood and you’re half way to a temporary kitchen. Designate one sink, preferably a utility sink, to wash dishes. It may not be ideal to eat next to the closest utility sink. Instead, use a small tote to collect all dirty dishes after a meal. This way, you can easily carry dishes to the sink and avoid spills or stains along the way.
- Be safe. For example, wherever you decide to do setup your temporary cooking space, make sure that the area is well ventilated, portable appliances are plugged into surge protectors, and a smoke alarm is installed near the cooking area. Be sure to unplug portable appliances (except refrigerator) after you’re done using them. Keep all activity out of the room that is under construction. Communicate this to family and friends by sealing off the entranceways to that room with large sheets of plastic and possibly even a baby gate to keep out children and pets. For more tips on sealing off entranceways to the room, learn how to live through the remodel.
- Be a resourceful chef. Precook meals before the installation process and freeze them. Homemade stews, soups, and baked goods are a wonderful treat when you’re missing the luxury of your former kitchen setup. Tired of cooking in? Treat yourself to new restaurants or visit markets for freshly prepared foods. In warm weather, enjoy your outdoor grill and picnic with friends and family.
- Hang in there. We understand that everything may feel scattered around your home, but remember it’s only temporary. The end result will be well worth the wait.