HAVING A KITCHEN REDESIGNED is an exciting process from original plans, through choosing fixtures and fittings to final finishes. Once the building work begins, the ideal situation is to move out, leaving things in the capable hands of your trusted interior designer and builder, but that’s not always possible. If you find yourself staying put, here are our survival tips to ensure the actual build goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Identify a spot for a temporary kitchen
Things are definitely going to be a bit topsy turvy for a while and while take-aways and eating out can be fun to start with, they become tedious after a while. Can you find a corner in a spare bedroom, garage or dining room, perhaps, where you can set up a temporary camp?
2. You’ll need a fridge.
If you’ve room, transfer your fridge into the new space or alternatively invest in a mini-version. If either has a freezer as well, that will be a godsend.
3. Set up your washing-up area
While we recommend that you do as little washing-up as possible (see point 7) it’s inevitable so be sure that everyone knows where the washing up bowl is kept (it’s usual to have a spare for draining) and keep a good supply of tea-towels.
4. Sitting down to eat
Maintaining family habits helps to keep a sense of normality to the situation. Folding tables and chairs are a boon in these circumstances as they don’t have to take up too much room.
5. What do you really need?
Select the utensils and kit that you use regularly rather than occasionally and store everything else until the new kitchen is ready.
6. Plan meals that are easy to prepare
The microwave, slow-cooker, air-fryer, even your barbecue, are your friends during this time. Make your life as simple as possible by choosing meals that can be prepared with the minimum of fuss.
7. Recycle, recycle, recycle
Find a range of recyclable or biodegradable plates and utensils to make life a little simpler.
8. Take the easy path
This is not the time to establish a culinary reputation. Invest in ready-meals, tasty store-cupboard treats, filling snacks.
9. Remember why you are doing this
This is temporary inconvenience and when you can stand back and admire your new kitchen it will all have been worthwhile.