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Summer Reno Survival Tips

Summer renovation survival tips:


With the warmer weathers comes a surge in interior and exterior home renovations. Tackling a kitchen, bath or whole home renovation can be easier to live through in the summer while taking advantage of time spent outdoors.


Each contractor will have different timelines for completing renovations based on your scope of work. At William Standen Co. our kitchen renovations can take from 9-12 weeks for complete gut jobs. Whole home renovations span 12-16 weeks. 

Set up guidelines with your contractor and/or designer so that they know what you expect of them. Perhaps you would like to schedule bi-weekly or weekly on site check in’s to review the progress. Or you may prefer weekly email progress updates. Setting up these guidelines and boundaries will ease both your and your professional experts minds during your project.

Aside from the proper guidelines and expectations, here are some summer renovation survival tips that you can easily to put into practice to make your life run more smoothly:


For the Kitchen:

  • Turn your dining room or basement into a kitchen and eating area.
  • Set up a temporary table in a separate room away from the renovations. Even better, an outdoor patio set and eating area.
  • Move your fridge into another room and make sure there is clear access to it, away from where work is taking place to ensure that the fridge does not become damaged.
  • In your temporary kitchen, set up a toaster oven, microwave and any other small appliances like a coffee maker that you will need daily.
  • For summer renovations, BBQ meals & dining outside make things easier.
  • You may want to change up your type of cooking and meals to things that can easily go from the fridge or freezer to the microwave, or fresh items that can be washed and chopped in an alternate sink and stored in a fridge.
  • Utilize a crockpot for easy-made meals.
  • Purchase an inexpensive camp style stove.
  • Designate your laundry sink or a basement sink to food preparations and clean up.
  • Keep dry goods in clear plastic storage containers to keep things fresh, and easy to grab.
  • Plan a deliberate one night a week out to eat at a restaurant (or more if you prefer).


For the bathroom:

If you are renovating the only bathroom in your home this can be tricky. If you are renovating multiple bathrooms, stagger them so that one is in use, or so that at least the toilet or shower remains in tact until one of the other bathrooms becomes available for use.

  • You may want to ask your contractor to set up a temporary fiberglass shower unit in your basement.
  • Arrange for a port-a-potty. Not ideal but may be necessary.
  • Move items such as make-up and toiletries into clear plastic bins to keep things organized and visible.
  • Set up a mirror for make-up or dressing in another room in the home.
  • Use rubber-maid bins to store linens and towels to keep them dust-free and organized.
  • Use a label maker to keep your bins and items organized, and make moving into your new bathroom easier when the job is done.


The key is understanding that quality work takes time, and having a plan and sticking to a routine will help ease the pain of being without a kitchen or bathroom, for a long term gain.


Written by: Cassandra Nordell for the London Free Press

May 7, 2016


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