Preparing for Your Remodeling Project

Congratulations!  The kitchen you’ve been dreaming of for years has been contracted!  Your beautiful new cabinets and countertops have been chosen and dates have been set for cabinet delivery and installation of your new kitchen.  Until now, you’ve been fixated on choosing finishes and envisioning cooking and gathering in your amazing new space.

That space will be realized, but only after a few weeks of noise, dust and disruption to your home and life.  What are some steps you can take to minimize the mess and impact on your family’s day-to-day operations?


First, know and accept that there will be dust, especially during the demolition phase of construction.  Tearing out old flooring, cabinets and countertops, taking out walls and other demolition activities are going to cause dust.  NDKB’s project management team will talk with you about closing vents, changing your air filter frequently and how the contractor will work to control the spread of dust outside of the construction zone.  Our contractors do their best to ensure their work spaces are left clean and free of debris before leaving the jobsite every day.  Still—it is best to accept that you will likely find dust in other areas of your home.

Second, know that there will likely be people in and out of your home, sometimes several different people in a single day.  With your permission, NDKB will place a lockbox at your home so that the contractors working on your project can enter your home and work.  Project management and the contractor will strive to keep you apprised of the work schedule so that you are never surprised by the contractor’s presence.  If you have situations that require that we schedule days when the contractor does not work at your home, we are happy to accommodate.  We realize that not only can the dust, noise and disruption be difficult, but also having strangers entering your home on a daily basis.

Here are a few suggestions of ways to pave the way for a smooth remodeling project:

  • Declutter your kitchen—remodeling is a great time to go through your kitchen and donate or dispose of items that you no longer use or need. You’re going to need to remove everything from your kitchen before demolition—what a great time to lighten your load!
  • Remove everything from the kitchen—every last thing. First, box up items that you don’t use on a regular basis, like the turkey baster and the Christmas cookie cutters.  Label all of the boxes in the event that you do need to find something.  Find a place in your home to store these items, away from the construction zone.
  • Pack like things together so that moving back into the kitchen is a breeze.
  • Just before demolition day, remove the items that you use on a daily basis. Designate a place in your home outside of the construction zone to become your temporary kitchen.  A table to hold the microwave, toaster and coffee pot may be all that is needed.  If you’re getting new appliances, it may be possible to move your old refrigerator into the garage or another space to use during remodeling.
  • Invest in paper plates and disposable cutlery as washing dishes will be a challenge. Tip:  a large cooler works well for washing dishes, especially one with a spigot to let water out and is likely cleaner than the bathtub for washing dishes!
  • Plan meals that are easy to prepare and will use small appliances such as the microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker. How about using the grill? It can be used for everything from meat to veggies!  If you’ll still have a freezer available, make freezer meals prior to construction to quickly reheat during remodeling.  Eating at restaurants is another option, but one that can get old quickly and make quite a dent in your wallet.  Simple meals will help your bottom line and keep family routines intact.
  • Although we strive to minimize dust leaving the construction area, some dust may still escape. Consider covering furniture in rooms adjacent to the kitchen—inexpensive drop cloths or old sheets work great.
  • If you have pets, please let us know. Plan on a space for them away from the construction area as they could disrupt work or get hurt.  If you have a pet that is very nervous around outsiders or doesn’t tolerate noise well, it might be wise to consider a kennel or temporary care for them.

Perhaps the best piece of advice we can give you is to remember that in the grand scheme of home ownership, a kitchen remodeling project will only last a few weeks:  keep a positive outlook, be flexible and keep your sense of humor!  This too shall pass, and when it does, you’ll be left with a beautiful new kitchen, Nicely done!