Regardless of how often you cook or entertain, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any home. This makes it one of the most stressful rooms to renovate, especially when still living within the property. The reality of any kitchen renovation is that even when everything goes to plan, there is no way to avoid at least some inconveniences. Dust sheets and protective coverings over everything? No sink or dishwasher to clean up? No cooker or place to prep food? Whatever the issue, don’t despair, this blog will demonstrate that you can overcome these temporary issues with some smart preparation.
In this blog, our design team and our clients have provided their tried and tested tips for living in your home during a kitchen renovation.
Make a Plan For Your Meals
It’s fairly safe to say that a kitchen renovation isn’t the time for gourmet meals. Think about quick and simple meals that can be cooked with minimal cookware and ingredients. There are lots of fantastic cookbooks that offer simple recipes that require little equipment and minimal ingredients. We love Jamie Oliver’s “5 Ingredients” cookbook, which has loads of simple recipes; there’s also a great recipe book by Anna Jones called “One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A greener way to cook for you, your family and the planet” that is full of recipes that you can cook with a simple temporary kitchen. The key to success is to plan what you will eat during the renovation so you can work out which utensils and appliances you are going to need in your temporary kitchen.
When we asked our designers and clients for their advice for mealtime during a renovation, we received heaps of great advice for not only preparing great food but also reheating and storing food. Not to mention some excellent advice for avoiding cooking altogether! Read on to hear their top tips.
Purchase a slow cooker - At the time of writing this article, one of our designers, Sophie, is currently going through a kitchen renovation and she said that she swears by her slow cooker. Slow cookers are a relatively inexpensive way of cooking fresh meals from scratch or reheating pre-cooked meals. The BBC good food website has tonnes of fantastic slow cooker recipes that taste delicious and are simple to cook. A top tip for cooking with your slow cooker is to use these slow cook liners, which help save time washing up.
The microwave is healthier than you think – However you feel about microwaved food, your microwave is your friend during a renovation. We buy almost 80 million ready meals a week in the UK, but don’t forget you can still prepare fresh food in your microwave. Contrary to popular belief, the microwave preserves more nutrients than traditional cooking methods such as boiling or roasting.
Master batch cooking – When we asked our designers and clients for advice, there was a common theme; batch cooking is your friend. If you can batch cook and store as much as you can before your renovation, it will make dinner times much more straightforward.
Dust off your camping supplies - Camping stoves and tables are a cheap cooking and workspace solution when you are between kitchens. The good thing is even if you don’t own camping equipment, you probably know someone who would lend you some. If you do purchase some equipment, you can always sell it on after your build.
Make use of your BBQ – It’s surprising just how versatile your BBQ is. Burgers, chicken and sausages are all classic BBQ foods but you will be amazed at what else you can cook, from avocado to pizza. With a bit of imagination, your BBQ can serve as a temporary replacement for your hob or oven.
Take the pressure off with a takeaway – With a renovation on the go, you have the perfect excuse to get a takeaway. Take the pressure off cooking and order in from your favourite restaurant.
Get by with a little help from your friends – A great tip from our clients is to ask your friends and family for help. In most cases, your family and friends will be more than happy to help you by either inviting you for dinner or sending over a delivery of one of their signature dishes.
Tupperware is the key – If you follow any of the tips above, you will need some good quality Tupperware to keep your food fresh for longer. Make sure you have plenty so that you can save your batched cooked treats.
We hope that these tips have been helpful in outlining what to expect during your renovation and how to minimise disruption. All of our clients agree that the temporary inconvenience is 100% worth it. With a stunning new kitchen installed, your memories of the renovation will soon be replaced with memories of treasured times spent in your kitchen with family and friends.
At KCA, we have been guiding clients through the process of a new kitchen since 1993. To find out how we could help you, please contact our design team by calling 01344 883777 or enquire online.
We'd like to say a big thank you to our clients who shared their advice for this article.