It may be weeks or even up to a couple of months depending on schedules and project size, before you will have a fully functioning kitchen.
You still have to eat! A temporary kitchen is some thing to begin considering well before you move out of your existing kitchen. Plan ahead before packing up and storing your current kitchen.
Before the project is underway, think about:
- Creating a temporary workspace: with a microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, toaster, table and whatever else you can move. A refrigerator will be a must. If you are not able to set your existing unit in another area of your home or garage, small under counter refrigerators can be found at reasonable prices at club stores or rental stores. Just remember, the area where you set up your temporary kitchen might not be able to support multiple appliances running at the same time, not to mention any other electronic items typically used in that room. You might need to have only one thing plugged in at a time to prevent blown fuses or flipped breakers.
- Water: No matter how simple your temporary kitchen needs are access to water will be a priority. Laundry rooms that have a sink can be a perfect place for your temporary kitchen. If that’s not an option a purchased plastic “dishpan” will be a great help for doing dishes elsewhere
- Getting back to basics with meals: Think slow cookers, grilling outside, cold cuts and big salads
- Borrowing a kitchen: It’s a great time to get a little more social. Ask family and friends if you can cook in their kitchens, and invite your hosts to share the meal.
- RV's or motor homes: If you own one this is a great time to make use of it’s kitchen. If not, rentals are available. Do you have friends or family that would loan you their RV? Just remember that through the project, large delivery trucks will need access to your home. If you use an RV, please consider where it will be parked and if that could cause any interference of bringing in and taking out materials to the project site in your home.
- Dinning out: A kitchen renovation may be the perfect excuse to try interesting new restaurants and revisit old favorites.
The Olympia area has some great local businesses that offer good selections of prepared foods for home enjoyment.
* Dinners Done Right: located at 8640 Martin Way East Plaza, Suite I http://www.dinnersdoneright.com/aboutus.php
You make your own meals using their kitchen recipes and ingredients.
* Bayview and Ralph's Thriftways along with Hagen Foods, are local favorites with deli style fresh foods, main courses to go and build your own salad bars along with fresh soups.
* Olympia Food Co-Op with two locations has a great, fresh organic salad bar http://www.olympiafood.coop/
We would appreciate hearing from you if you know of other local sources we can add to this list.
Please chime in!