How to survive without a kitchen during your reno project

How to survive without a kitchen during your reno project

Most people don’t walk through a kitchen and bath showroom on a Saturday and randomly decide they want to remodel their kitchen from floor to ceiling. Instead, the planning process can take anywhere from 1-2 years or less depending on how much disposable income you have readily available.

One of the many things homeowners tend to forget about with a kitchen remodel is what they are going to do for the project duration without a kitchen that’s usable.

And, while the answer may seem simple – eat out every night, it’s probably not feasible as that could eat away at your reno budget and wouldn’t be very good for your overall health. So, what should you do instead?

How to survive without a kitchen during your kitchen remodel

Set up a temporary kitchen

An easy way to overcome this obstacle is to set up a temporary kitchen in another room of your home such as your basement, a bar area, or in your garage. Remember, this is temporary and while it may be an inconvenience at first, it will pay off when you have your new kitchen to look forward to for years to come.

Go microwave friendly

If you’re really prepared beforehand, you can meal prep frozen dinners that you store in an external freezer and then heat in a microwave for your family to enjoy night after night.


If you have a favorite restaurant and know you’re planning on a remodel project you can cut out coupons or sign up for their email newsletter to get special discounts on meals. This will help cut your budget and keep you out of the way for the construction workers.


One thing you may not have thought about was using a small room fridge to house all your food for the duration of the remodel and then have picnics with your family each night.

Whichever option you choose, remember that the more you plan, the better prepared you’ll be and the more time you’ll give yourself to mentally prepare for the changes that are happening.

Edward Powell