Meet Jane Evans

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Meet Jane Evans

During college, I lived in a small, old house. My roommates and I loved it's cozy charm and, for the most part, didn't have any problems. However, one day, we noticed that the carpet in one of the bedrooms was wet--and it couldn't be dried. When we called our landlady and the repairman, they discovered that the shower not only needed to be re-caulked, but there was mold everywhere under the carpet. We had to move out for two weeks while they fixed the problem. Soon, thanks to the contractor (the likes of whom you can read about), we were back at home.


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4 Tips For Preparing For A Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen is almost always a wise investment that will add value to your home. While it is easy to get excited about a new kitchen, many people do not know what it is actually like to live through a full kitchen remodel. Not having access to a working kitchen can make life quite challenging. If you're having your kitchen remodeled in the near future, use the following tips to prepare in advance to make the process smoother for the whole family:

1. Create a Temporary Kitchen Area

When you have your kitchen fully remodeled, you will not be able to use the kitchen area at all until the project is completed. One of the best things you can do before your kitchen remodel begins is to designate a specific area to serve as a temporary kitchen while the remodel is being done. Your kitchen area should have things like your coffee maker, toaster, and electric griddle or frying pan, microwave, and a small portable refrigerator. Having a temporary kitchen set up will make it much easier for the family to prepare light meals and snacks when the kitchen is not accessible.

2. Stock Up on Disposable Serving Ware

If your kitchen is being remodeled, the last thing you want to do is try to wash dishes and glasses in the bathroom sink or the bathtub. Simplify things by stocking up on disposable plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins. Stock your temporary kitchen with these items, so they are on-hand and easy to access. This will give you and your family the ability to eat easily without having to worry about the hassle of cleaning up serving ware afterward.

3. Have Plenty of Non-Perishable Snacks on Hand

Most families want snacks throughout the day, but when you're working with a limited temporary kitchen area, elaborate snacks are not easy to prepare. Simplify things by purchasing a stockpile of your family's favorite non-perishable snacks. Crackers, chips, fruit snacks, and prepared popcorn are all easy to eat when someone is hungry and can easily be cleaned up.

4. Consider Using Your Grill

Kitchen remodeling is often a large financial investment, so most people do not want to go out to eat for every meal while the project is being completed. If the weather in your area is nice, use your grill to help you prepare a full meal and consider eating outside on your patio. This will allow you to have a delicious home-cooked meal with your family even when you don't have a full kitchen to use.