The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, so it's only natural that at some point it will need to be renovated. If you have taken the leap and decided that it's time to replace those broken cabinets, install new flooring, and tear down that wall to make the kitchen more open, it is important to be prepared. The day the contractor arrives to begin demolition services will be exciting, but kitchen demolition can be a messy job, so it's essential that you make a plan and be prepared to not have a kitchen for several days. Here are a few tips to help you prepare a kitchen demolition.
Create a Temporary Kitchen
A kitchen demolition means you will not have access to anything in the kitchen, including the stove, sink, and refrigerator. So, unless you intend on eating out every day, you will need to create a temporary kitchen somewhere inside your home. Before the demolition services are started, everything will need to be removed from the kitchen, so before boxing everything up be sure to keep out the small appliances you will need for a makeshift kitchen. The microwave, toaster ovens, and countertop grills are good alternatives to the stove and oven, and don't forget the coffee maker. For the refrigerator you can either rent a small apartment-style refrigerator or use a heavy duty cooler with ice. Another great way to have meals at home during the demolition is by utilizing the outdoor grill and you eating outside on the picnic table.
Living Without Water
When the demolition services contractor arrives, the first thing they will do is turn off the power and the water going to the kitchen. This means you will not have water running to the sink or the dishwasher and you will not have cold drinking water coming from the refrigerator. To get through this, be sure to purchase several cases of water for drinking and a few gallons to use for cooking. To avoid washing the dishes in the bathroom sink, use disposable plates and silverware.
Access for Demolition Crew
Clear an area outside that will given the demolition crew a place to store their tools and equipment. It's also a good idea to remove your vehicles from the driveway so the crew will have a place to park their work trucks. A dumpster will most likely be used as well, so removing your vehicles from the driveway will make room for the dumpster. The crew will typically work full days, so be sure to let them know which bathrooms they will have access to. If you plan on being gone at any time during the demolition make sure the demolition services crew has access to get inside your home.
A few days before the demolition is scheduled to begin remove all furniture from the kitchen, take down the wall decorations, and empty the refrigerator and dishwasher. To prevent dust from getting into other areas of the house, seal doorways with plastic and be sure to remove or cover the smoke alarms, as the dust may set them off. Demolition can be noisy, so make sure to let your neighbors know when the work will begin.
Contact a company like Kennah Construction for more information.