10 Tips to Take the Stress out of Your Kitchen Remodel

Any time you remodel your home, you’re basically turning your home into a worksite—complete with trucks, construction crews and that famous construction dust. Thankfully, a little preparation and ingenuity can make the remodel process much less stressful. Seattle builder Potter Construction has gathered these tips from 30 years of construction experience to make your kitchen remodel go more smoothly.

  1. Be prepared to pack—everything in your kitchen cabinets needs to be boxed up before construction starts (and don’t forget to label the boxes for easy unpacking).
  2. Set up temporary cooking quarters by moving the refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee maker and microwave to another room.
  3. Keep utensils, paper plates and basic spices handy.
  4. Arrange a dishwashing station in your laundry room or spare bathroom.
  5. Don’t worry about the dust—just cover the grand piano (and anything else you’re concerned about) and we’ll clean your house once your kitchen remodel is done.
  6. Stockpile Seattle restaurant coupons for nights you really want to eat out.
  7. Designate a “safe haven” in your home where you can escape from the construction, and consider taking that vacation you’ve been talking about.
  8. Decide beforehand what time workers are allowed in, and where tools and materials can be stored.
  9. Don’t forget about your pets. If you can’t keep them safely out of the way, consider letting them stay at a friend’s home or boarding facility.
  10. Maintain your enthusiasm by celebrating as each major stage of your kitchen remodel is finished—like the drywall or cabinets—instead of just at the end.