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Kitchen Renovation Survival Guide: How to Live in Your Home During the Remodel

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Your dream kitchen awaits, but getting there means navigating some temporary chaos. Remodelling your kitchen while still living in your home is totally doable – it just takes some extra preparation. FACL Construction shares top tips to make the process bearable and even (dare we say it?) enjoyable.

Planning for a Life Alongside the Renovation

  1. Realistic Timelines: Let’s be honest, renovations rarely stick exactly to the original schedule. Factor in a buffer time, both for the actual work and your mental sanity. Being flexible keeps stress at bay.
  2. Your Makeshift Kitchenette: Designate a space away from the work zone and set it up with the bare essentials: microwave, toaster oven, maybe a hot plate, a kettle, and even a mini-fridge if space allows. This helps you eat reasonably normal throughout the renovation.
  3. Contractor Communication is Key: Regularly discuss the daily plans with your contractor. Prepping mentally for noisy mornings or certain areas being off-limits for a day gives you greater control over the temporary disruption.

Maintaining Daily Life (…Sort Of)

  1. Dust Control: Accept that dust and debris WILL try to conquer your home. Seal off the renovation zone with plastic sheeting as best as possible, protect valuables in adjacent rooms, and consider investing in an air purifier to mitigate allergens and odours.
  2. Disposable Dishes Win: Save your sanity and limited sink access by stocking up on disposable plates, cups, and cutlery. Less handwashing hassle after your “makeshift kitchenette” meals equals better moods!
  3. Meal Prep Magic: Embrace the pre-renovation slow cooker craze! Prep big batches of soups, stews, and curries in advance that just need simple reheating in your temporary kitchen setup. If grilling outdoors is an option, stock up on easy-to-grill items.
  4. Expert Tip: “If takeout or eating out gets tempting, look for healthy meal delivery options in your area as an alternative. They save clean-up and provide balanced meals to help you fuel up during a hectic time.” – FACL Construction

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

  1. Designated Work Zones: Clearly establish with your contractor where materials and tools will be stored to minimise clutter. Having zones that remain largely accessible helps you feel some normality throughout the process.
  2. Embrace Flexibility: The best-laid plans…often need adjusting. Having realistic expectations about changing timelines or small inconveniences makes it easier to roll with the punches.
  3. Keep the End Goal in Sight: Feeling overwhelmed? Take a look at your kitchen inspiration boards or visit websites with beautiful completed kitchen ideas. Visualising the end result during the chaotic weeks gets you across the finish line!


Renovating your kitchen is a chance to create the heart of your home. Don’t let the temporary disruption dampen your spirits. With the right preparation, patience, and a little humour, you’ll survive the project and soon be showing off your stunning new space. Don’t hesitate to ask FACL Construction for guidance in making your kitchen remodel as smooth as possible, ensuring both function and beauty when it’s time for the big reveal!

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