I am considering adding a temporary kitchen and laundry to a Lounge while the extension at the back is being redone. How would you best incorporate a kitchen and washing machine by still allowing a little space for a small dining table and a couch?
having had the experience of having to make an emergency temp kitchen in one of our renos i would suggest that even using your own recycled cabinets and appliances that the cost of labour and materials to make a safe kitchen and laundry will be several thousand dollars and then you have to have it all removed later ..far better to try and manage with existing kitchen while you add any improvements but i wouldn't buy a house that was unsafe to live in unless it's at a bargain price in a great area and you can live elsewhere while you make critical improvements ..attempting to live in the house at the same time will just slow down the work and waste money on things you don't need in the finished home
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Great idea, thank you. I was thinking of putting it in the tmporary kitchen as the bathroom is pretty small. What do you think?
how many bedrooms will you need and how long do you expect the renovations to last? do you have an old kitchen and laundry with sinks, taps, stove, fridge and a underbench washer that could be recycled for the temp kitchen or do you plan to use new fixtures that can be reused in the new kitchen later?...
How many people live there? Would a single bench along the back wall with a pantry work, how long for! Amazing what you can do with an electric frypan and a microwave and sink
A maximum of three People would live in this space. the existing kitchen, sink and over could be repurposed and used in the temp kitchen. The renovations won’t commence immediately - it’s a long term plan 3-4 years down the track.
If you need a kitchen for 3 to 4 years I would go for a small, cheap kitchen across the back wall, using freestanding units with storage under and double up your dining table as a kitchen table for prep, like our grandmother's used to do. You could install a sink fairly cheaply and a small cooktop, but maybe just buy a convection microwave to use as an oven? A convection microwave will cook just about anything, and takes up much less space than a full stove. Your cooktop doesn't have to be an electrician installed one. You can also buy table top, plug in induction hotplates. I think you really need 2 hotplates for long term cooking, but look around, see what you can get and what you think might work for you. If you use freestanding units, except for the sink, you could achieve quite an eclectic, funky look on very little money and a lot of imagination. A cheap kitchen doesn't have to look cheap. Check out the free standing units at Ikea, old cupboards and benches at second hand shops and the dump shop, even work benches at Bunnings. Go to the markets and get yourself a couple of sturdy, good sized cutting boards in stone or wood to use to do your prep on. The advantage of freestanding units is that you can build/install them yourself, arrange them how you like, re-arrange them if they aren't working for you how they are and repurpose them later,. Think about how you cook, and pare everything down to the bare minimum to save on storage/space. I lived for years with a kitchen in a small house that had an old gas stove, one small sink with a draining board, one bench about 1.2m long that had glass doored pass through overbench cupboards that I contually whacked my head on for the first three months when prepping food, and an old pine cupboard that was both pantry and crockery/cutlery storage. We also had a small fridge and microwave. I raised 2 teenagers with that kitchen. You adapt to what you have, especially if you have the goal of your dream kitchen shining in the future! Also, living with a basic kitchen really helps to clarify what you really want in a kitchen.
Oh, and would a front loader washing machine fit in the space next to the bath, be the door in the bathroom? You really don't want a washing machine in a space that hasn't been properly waterproofed. If not, maybe consider a temporary outside laundry?
How long will the renovations be ? I'd see if there are laundromats nearby -- by the time you put hot and cold water , a drain and power in your lounge or bathroom , you could be spending $1000 on labour and materials .
Even your kitchen -- can you wash the dishes elsewhere , and scrub vegies ? Each to their own , but as Maun says , a convection microwave , a couple of elements ( $50-60 at K Mart ) , a toastie sandwich machine , even a barbeque can probably get you through 4-6 weeks -- look at it as an adventure !
buy, borrow or rent a caravan for the duration, it'll be easier living out of the reno and better for your mental health.