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Congratulations on making the decision to create the kitchen of your dreams. 

While many people believe that they are about to be barred from kitchen functions during renovation – it’s not true. It is possible to continue healthy eating without a kitchen during a kitchen remodel.  


Selecting the Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Location

Advice to survive yuor kitchen remodelTechnology has introduced modern conveniences that allow you to make basic meals for your family during renovations. Just about every home has a nook area that can be equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, conventional toaster oven, and a mini refrigerator. You can stock these improvised kitchenettes with fresh vegetables, fruits, and snacks for healthy eating without a kitchen. Depending on the size of the kitchenette, it may feel like you are staying in a hotel.

Here are a few things to think about during a remodel without losing your appetite:

  • Set up a temporary dining area in one of the other rooms. Family rooms or basements make great temporary dining areas and offer all of the comforts of home.
  • Talk with your contractor – you may be able to relocate the old cabinets temporarily. Create a short-term kitchen in another area of the house.
  • Simplify the meals by using crock-pots, serve fresh green salads, or cheese and crackers. These are great meal options for healthy eating without a kitchen.

Grilling adviceFor the more adventurous and the outdoor cook – cooking meals on a grill is like camping in your own home. Today’s grills offer some incredible selections of using pots for boiling water to baking a delicious pie. Preparing hot meals on the grill offers a variety of family-style meals, while reducing the temptation to go out and eat. 

  • Try some new grilling techniques for roasting vegetables or baking - it’s not just for meat anymore.
  • Use paper plates and cups for an easy clean up and enjoy more quality family time

Most growing families have secondary refrigerators in the garage. During the kitchen remodel, these secondary appliances come in handy for storing perishables like breads, milk, juices, cheeses, and meats. These small conveniences can help everyone get through the kitchen remodel without a lot of interruption to your daily lives.


Things to Think About During a Remodel

Surviving by toaster ovenBefore you actually commit to your kitchen remodel, be realistic about the project. Also, be sure to get firm schedules and dates from your contractor, especially if there are custom designs and materials involved. Knowing your project’s timeline helps with your own scheduling, planning for family events, and showing off your new kitchen. 

  • Keep in mind even the best-laid plans need some flexibility. 
  • Great workmanship and attention to detail takes time.



With your help, your contractor can make your kitchen remodel as painless as possible. It is important to stay motivated with the completed picture in your mind. Include the family in the plans and the excitement. It helps to keep the energy going at the end of the day, when you would give anything to be back into your own kitchen. You'll be cooking up family recipes and enjoying your new space, soon. Besides, it'll be another 10 years before you consider renovating your kitchen again – it's in your best interest to do it right the first time.


Iris M. writes blog content for real estate; research, region and community information for the purpose of providing information to the reader, helping them with decisions when selecting a home. She writes content on a variety of subjects, pertaining to client specifics, industry related, research and informative studies, including "how to" for mass market and social media.