What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago!  After Savvy Home Supply came in and  turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated.  My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.  

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay.  It may be harmful to your liver next week!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week.  All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible.  All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take!  At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.