You might be wondering how we avoided starving during a major kitchen remodel that wound up growing and spilling into other parts of the house.
Options for Surviving a Kitchen Remodel
Everyone deals with a major remodel differently. You can:
- Dine out every evening;
- Eat fast food and takeout for every meal;
- Move in with a relative or friend and hope they still love you afterwards; or
- Set up a makeshift kitchen.
Setting Up A Makeshift Kitchen
We opted for number 4. Chris set up this little kitchen in our living room. Not much counter space, and the dishes were being washed in the laundry room, but we coped.
Note the stylish trouble light he clipped to the curtain rod over the range for task lighting. He got the little second-hand range on Craigslist, and it was actually from a trailer.* It kind of felt like we were camping in our living room, and I suspect Chris actually enjoyed this.
But he was pretty amazing. The remodel was done around the holidays, so his workload was light and, most days, he was able to spend all day working with our carpenter, Bruce. But Chris also made lunch for himself and Bruce in the little kitchen, and often he had dinner and a glass of wine ready for me when I got home from work.
Wine definitely helps when your olive oil and your wall paint wind up living side by side and you’ve completely given up on housekeeping.
As the remodel encroached further and further into the rest of the house, we had to move the makeshift kitchen first to the office and later to the upstairs landing. Each time, the kitchen got a little smaller. Eventually we had to put the fridge on the front porch.
But by this time, I just happy to still have my morning coffee, even if I had to go outside for the milk. Because by then, the end was in sight, and it was well worth it.
*Always consult a professional before installing or using a trailer range in your house.
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For more on our kitchen remodel, check out:
- Kitchen Remodel Part 1: Plan “B” For Better
- Kitchen Remodel Part 2: Ghosts of Kitchens Past
- Kitchen Remodel Part 3: Our New Original Kitchen
- Bringing the Arched Doorways Back
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