Home Remodeling Project Pre-planning Tips – OMG! Kitchen & Bath

Starting a home remodeling project can be daunting. The thought of being without your kitchen or bathroom for 4-6 weeks can create an enormous amount of anxiety and stress. Remodeling projects can be hectic, crazy, and frustrating. However, with a bit of pre-planning, you can have fun while creating your dream space.

Here is a list by OMG! Kitchen & Bath to help you prepare.

  1. Empty the Rooms.

Protect or relocate anything of value. The remodeling process can often unintendedly cause damage to valuables. If you are unable to empty a room providing clear paths and covering furniture will help. Cleaning and decluttering countertops and cabinets will also keep items from getting dirty, damaged, or otherwise misplaced.

  1. Think About Kids and Pets.

Consider fall a perfect time to start remodel projects. Children are often in school during the day, and this allows for a reduction of foot traffic within the home.

Renovation projects come with unfamiliar people and noises. Noises can cause an enormous amount of anxiety and agitation for your animal family members. Consider daycare options, pet sitters, or simply crates to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.

  1. Expect the Unexpected.

Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, there are surprises. Having reserve funds set aside and being in contestant communication with your contractor will help.

Setback will happen, and if you and your contractor are on the same page, these things can be handled promptly.

  1. Have Fun with It.

Keep your eye on the prize. Embrace the process, even during the moment. Regardless if dust is flying all over your house, and your furniture is all over the place. Remember the result, will be the remodel of your dreams. Don’t forget to take pictures before, during, and after – so you can later show your friends and family.

General Tips for Kitchen & Bath Remodels

If you are doing a kitchen remodel, we recommend temporary kitchens. Set up a space in another part of your home that can have the basic functionality of a kitchen. Microwaves, Instant Pot, crockpots, electric grills, and even Refrigerators can temporarily be set up just about anywhere.

For example, when OMG! works in a kitchen, we make sure our team moves the refrigerator, microwave, and any other appliances. So you can continue to live “normally” while we build your kitchen beautiful.

Bathroom Remodel

The bathroom is the room that people renovate most often. Bathroom remodeling can turn the most personal and private room in your house into a roaring mess filled with dust, noise, and traffic. Again, if you only have one bathroom in your home, ask your contractor if they will set up a makeshift bathroom. If you have more than one bathroom to use, be sure to transfer all necessary items over into the other bathroom before the construction begins. Think about bathing schedules and usage times. If possible, ask a neighbor, stay with a family member, or even consider getting an outdoor shower used for camping.

Finally, remember – before demolition begins, meet with your designer consultant and contractor. This way, you will ensure that you understand the scope-of-work and how it will affect your life during the process.

At OMG! Kitchen & Bath, we pride ourselves on communication and make sure to let our clients know when obstacles arise. We offer the best solution to the problem and make sure the project continues and achieves the expected results.

At OMG! Kitchen & Bath we give start and completion dates in writing before any work begins, giving the customer time to plan accordingly.

Kitchen Safety Rules for Kids

Here’s a list of valuable kitchen safety rules to keep kids safe in the kitchen. It goes without saying that teaching children about the importance of safety-first is a smart idea for parents, grandparents and even, great grandparents.

1. Before you begin roll up long sleeves, tie back long hair and remove loose clothing that might get in the way or catch on something.

2. Wash your hands and dry them well. Wet hands can be slippery.

3. If you can’t quite reach the countertop, use a sturdy stool or wooden step to help.

4. Keep cabinet doors and drawers closed so you won’t bump into them.

5. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Wet spots can be slippery.

6. Always use oven mitts to handle food on the stove, in the oven or microwave and under the broiler.

7. When working with pots on the stove, be sure to hold the handle while stirring to prevent the pot from slipping off the burner.

8. Always pick up knives by their handle and do not point them at anyone. Be sure to only use a knife when an adult is close by and with permission.

9. Keep electrical cords away from the stove top, oven and sink.

10. Before leaving the kitchen, check that the oven and burners are all turned off.

11. If you burn yourself, tell an adult immediately.

12. Don’t put knives or other sharp objects in a sink full of water. Someone could reach in and get hurt.

13. Never put water on a cooking fire – it could make the fire bigger. Call for an adult to help and use baking soda or flour to put the fire out.

14. Don’t put cooked food on an unwashed plate or cutting board that held raw food. Always use a clean plate.

15. Never add water to a pan with hot oil in it. It could splatter and burn someone.

16. Keep paper towels, dish towels and pot holders away from the stove top so they don’t catch on fire.

Source: Kraft Canada