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HOW TO SET UP A TEMPORARY KITCHEN DURING A REMODEL

Navigating the Chaos: A Guide to Crafting Your Temporary Kitchen While Your Dream Kitchen Is in the Works



At Build Forward, we are dedicated to transforming spaces and lives, and we understand that undergoing a remodel is embarking on a journey. It’s an exciting venture filled with promise, but it can also be a chaotic period, particularly when it comes to the heart of the home: the kitchen. Have no fear, for we're here to guide you through the process of setting up a temporary kitchen that sustains your needs during your remodel.


Assess Your Space


Before diving into the logistics of your temporary kitchen, take stock of whatever available space you have. Whether it’s a corner of your living room, a section of the garage or basement, or even a spare bedroom, evaluate the layout and size. This assessment will help inform decisions regarding the placement of essential appliances and storage solutions.


Essential Appliances

While your dream kitchen is under construction, your temporary setup should prioritize functionality. Consider investing in (if you don't already own) portable appliances such as a microwave, toaster oven, and hot plate. These versatile gadgets provide the means to prepare simple meals without the need for a full stove or oven. Additionally, a compact refrigerator or mini-fridge can keep perishables fresh and within arm’s reach.


Create Work Zones


In the absence of ample counter space, you can delineate work zones to streamline meal preparation. Designate areas for food prep, cooking, and cleanup to optimize efficiency. Utilize folding tables, kitchen carts, or even sturdy plywood boards atop sawhorses to fashion makeshift countertops. Remember to keep cooking utensils, pots, pans, and cutting boards easily accessible to minimize frustration.


Stock Up on Supplies

A well-stocked pantry is the cornerstone of any functional kitchen, temporary or otherwise. Prior to starting your remodel, take inventory of pantry staples and non-perishable items. Consider meal planning to minimize waste and ensure you have everything you need on hand. Don’t forget to include disposable plates, utensils, and napkins for convenience and ease of cleanup if you don't have an extra sink you can use.


Get Creative with Storage


Maximize vertical space and make the most of every inch available for storage. You can install open shelving or racks to house pots, pans, and cooking essentials. Opt for stackable bins or clear containers to corral pantry items and keep them organized. Utilize wall-mounted hooks or magnetic strips to hang cooking utensils, freeing up valuable counter space.


Embrace Simplicity

Above all, embrace the mantra of simplicity during this transitional period. While you may not have access to your fully-equipped kitchen, focus on nourishing meals that require minimal fuss. Explore one-pot wonders, sheet pan meals, and slow cooker recipes that simplify meal prep and cleanup. Remember, it’s not about perfection but rather adaptability and resilience in the face of change.


Embarking on a remodel journey can be both exhilarating and daunting, but with careful planning and creativity, setting up a temporary kitchen can transform the chaos into a functional solution. By assessing your space, prioritizing essential appliances, creating functional work zones, stocking up on supplies, maximizing storage, and embracing simplicity, you can navigate this period with as much grace and ease as possible. Remember, your dream kitchen awaits on the other side, making the temporary inconvenience well worth the effort. If you're ready to take the first steps or have questions you can shoot us an email at info@buildforward.com or contact us here. Happy remodeling!

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