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Kitchen Renovation Part 2: Moving to the Basement

Kitchen Renovation Part 2: Moving to the Basement

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When you decide to tear out your kitchen, you need a plan for eating. And if you decide not to eat out for every meal, you need a logistical plan to make meals happen at home in a new location. Because it only takes one demolition day to make a kitchen unusable.

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We had two options – move to our family room or to our basement – both of which we’d have to access in the construction zone. Our family room just didn’t make sense due to the construction location and traffic pattern it would create. Although hard to imagine at first, the family room was better used as a sealed-off storage room. Plus, we already had a refrigerator in our basement. (And yes, it did break the week before demolition and had to be replaced. That story is for another day. But yes, I also had to throw away the Easter Honeybaked Ham. And YES, I did cry.)

With a NEW refrigerator in the basement (ALWAYS check Recker and Boerger for appliance deals), we planned to relocate downstairs for meals. And it hasn’t been too bad so far. My main take-aways? I assume most of these apply to camping. However, I don’t camp. But it feels somewhat like that is exactly what we are doing.

  • Paper products are the way to go. Just suck it up and completely switch. UNLESS you have a nearby sink. I had no access to running water in the basement…only a utility sink in my laundry room which I sometimes have to leave the house and reenter through the garage to access.
  • Thank goodness the kids were in school. Lunch was not my problem! I did pack some lunches, but did not need access to our basement during day which at times would have been a problem due to the work happening.
  • It is awesome if your mom or some other relative/neighbor/BFF lives within 2 miles and does not mind if you key-in to their kitchen whenever necessary. Take advantage.
  • It is awesome if your neighbor or mom happens to make way too much food and invites you for dinner. Again, take advantage.
  • One of the easiest dinners is sandwiches. Jazz it up by toasting the bread and adding some microwavable bacon. The kids will never know what got into you.
  • Unless you are a certain someone (you know who you are), breakfast is another easy option – cereals, microwavable oatmeal, toaster waffles, fruits, yogurts, microwavable sausage, etc.
  • You might feel wasteful, but again, switch to paper products. Including coffee cups. It’s only for a short time and somewhere like Costco makes it totally affordable.
  • BUT keep out a few “real” plates, coffee cups, utensils (knives), etc. if you prefer to use those in the microwave. I do not like to microwave paper or plastic.
  • Plastic totes make awesome “pantries”. I have two under our table. One filled with food and one filled with Ziploc bags, microwavable dishes, etc.
  • Freeze taco meat, carnitas, pasta dishes, etc. for easy reheat opportunities.

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We are only on Day 8 of the kitchen renovation. I’m sure I’ll have many more lessons learned by the time this project is over.

Have any of you lived through home construction?

What would your advice be?

 

Kitchen Renovation Part 1: The Selection Process

Kitchen Renovation Part 1: The Selection Process

About a year ago we started seriously discussing making improvements to our house. Do we spend money on the current house or look for a new house? I considered moving, but couldn’t imagine leaving our neighborhood. Was our house falling apart? No, but it was built in 1987 and the upgrades made by the previous

Chair Pockets

Chair Pockets

We have a great group of neighborhood ladies who are connected together on Facebook. Our neighborhood is 30+ years old and everyone is starting to update bathrooms, kitchens, backyards, etc. Last fall a few neighborhood moms that it would cool to host our own “Parade of Homes” and see in-person what each other is doing

Container Gardening on Our Deck

Container Gardening on Our Deck

Yesterday I started talking about our “garden”.  This year I wanted to grow more than just flowers in the yard.  BUT we have deer.  And raccoons.  And birds.  Lots of little creatures that love to nibble on everything. However, I really missed those tomatoes we grew in Alabama.  So I got two tomato plants and potted

The New Home Office

The New Home Office

Here it is.  The moment you’ve all some of you have been waiting for.  The Home Office reveal.  It’s hard to believe that back in April Andy and I had a “what if” conversation about this room and now only four months later the dream is reality. If you are not aware of our ongoing makeover, where

Bunk Beds Are Ordered!

Bunk Beds Are Ordered!

 Photo from Costco But wait!  That’s a photo of a dresser.  Why, yes it is.  A dresser that now lives in our girls’ room and is much adored by Charlotte.  While in Pottery Barn Kids, I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to get a dresser as well.  Their 7-drawer dresser was $1000 and

New Home Office Part 3

New Home Office Part 3

If you are following along with the home office update…we are moving forward!   If you are just now catching up, here’s: Part One Part Two   This weekend we went back out looking at floors and found another one we really liked and are hoping to get an on site quote of our two

New Home Office Part 2

New Home Office Part 2

Last week I started talking about our “formal living room” space and how we want to change it from a place we rarely use to a highly functional home office.  I showed some ideas I had, but no pictures of the actual space.  Well, today I have “before” photos.  I wanted to be sure to

Pinning for a New Home Office

Pinning for a New Home Office

There is a room in our house that is completely under-utilized.  Our front formal living room.  Although it does have a couch and chair, it’s also currently a catch-all space for a bookcase, a wine cabinet,  the kids’ Strider bikes, a keyboard and at during the holidays…the Christmas tree.  And it has old, yucky carpet. 

Laundry Room Finale

Laundry Room Finale

If you’ve been around a week or two…you know it was time to clean out my laundry room.  To catch up, Part 1 of the process was HERE and my post on the IKEA shelves was HERE.  We finally finished up some things around the weekend and here are the last of the before/after shots:

Ikea – This Saturday’s Shout-Out

Ikea – This Saturday’s Shout-Out

So, I started to tell y’all about the laundry room yesterday.  And the biggest thing was removing the table and creating space for this: We had some pretty awful storms near and around us last night.  The only good thing that came out of them was the fact that Andy’s office closed at 3:30 to make