Multi-Gen Lifestyles - Kitchen Remodeling Update

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel 



Life is busy at our Multi-Gen house with the kitchen remodel in full swing. Right now, it's chaos central. Naturally, the biggest headache is trying to cook and clean up. A Weber grill with a side burner is getting a lot of use and a utility sink in the garage works well for washing pots, pans, and dishes.  


My sis and her husband, who live on another level of our home, offered to let us use their kitchen, but honestly, carrying things up and down the stairs would just add to the workload. Plus, it would be pretty crowded with all of us cooking different meals - especially at the same time. 


Mom, who lives with us, is a good sport about the remodel and is getting used to the glamping aspect of the ordeal. Her morning oatmeal is made in the microwave and we try to keep her favorite foods around. It requires thought, prep, and planning. So far, so good. 

What's up with the Blazers? 


Plus, mom is a big Portland Trail Blazers fan and has been pretty distracted with her job as their number one cheerleader.  She's even been wearing her team jersey to her Silver Sneakers classes - we're sorry they've lost the last 3 games, but we also respect and admire the Golden State Warriors.  May the best team win. 


Patience is a virtue. 


Back to the kitchen. Hopefully in a few days, we'll be able to test out the new double ovens. However, installing the new gas stove, the farmhouse sink, and the dishwasher will have to wait until the counter tops are in place. Since the counter fabricators are booked until May 30th, it will be at least a month before we get our new quartz counters.


We've been warned, remodeling is an endeavor in patience. It certainly is, but we know the end result will be worth the hassles. Tonight, we're taking a break and having take-out. Woohoo! Happy Sunday. 


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... I lived through one of those kitchen renovations once and said never again! I don't envy you. Since then, I've had renovations done before I moved into a new home and the last two times just built brand new homes to avoid renovating. Meantime, can't wait to see the finished product.

May 19, 2019 08:44 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I can't wait to see the finished product.  Good things come to those who wait.  

May 19, 2019 09:09 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we are sure going to appreciate being done. And, honestly, we can handle 6 weeks of inconvience to enjoy a new kitchen. 


Good morning, Michael. We keep our eye on the finish line. ;) The old kitchen really needed updating. And, we are both most excited to have a propane cooktop( Natural gas isn't available here) - we've been using an old  electric JennAire since we moved in, four years ago in September  - neither of us like to cook with an electric stove. 

May 19, 2019 09:26 AM #7
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a project you have there. It will be so beautiful when finished though. I am curious what you ended doing for your back splash. I am sure whatever you both decided will be wonderful. Sorry for your Mom and her team. Have a blessed Sunday.

May 19, 2019 09:42 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Brian England We have watched the Warriors in the finals the last two years ( with Ron and Alexandra) - and heartily rooted for them.  Unless something big happens for our Blazers, I'm guessing we will be again. Mom says Damian Lillard ( star for the Blazers) has separated ribs and isn't playing his best. Still, the Warriors have been brilliant with their defense. 

May 19, 2019 09:45 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Carol Williams we all like the Warriors team and if we're going to lose... ;)  As for the remodel, I am excited and the upgrade will be so worth it...we still have some bathroom remodels and other updates on our plate...but not in the near future. Lol. 

May 19, 2019 09:49 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Oh Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I feel your pain - I really do. We went through a pretty extensive remodel, including the kitchen and it took about 4 months. We had other projects we had planned to re-do but we said WE ARE DONE FOR NOW! Getting your sink back is a big deal!!!!! It will so worth it once it's completed. We still love our newer kitchen to this day and so glad we did it.

May 19, 2019 11:27 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon again Debb. I do feel your pain but there is a light coming. It always takes longer and is replete with surprises. Hang in there.   

May 19, 2019 12:23 PM #12
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Kitchen remodels take patience and a willingness to innovate. Back in my single-family house days, a down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel had us with an electric plate and microwave in the laundry room (with sink.) I think the refrigerator was in the garage. It worked; we didn't starve--in fact, it was rather fun for a limited period.

May 19, 2019 12:56 PM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb,  I remember out remodeling out kitchen in 2003 but now I am ready for another remodel or we just need to buy a new house.


May 19, 2019 01:14 PM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I am very interested in your ordeal Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I will eventually be going through this in the near future. I am not looking forward to it. Enjoy your take out! You deserve it. 

May 19, 2019 04:56 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- I am forever intrigued by your multi-generational living. It makes so much sense. I could see it working with my brother and sis-in-law but we would have to have an arrangement like yours. We are on totally different time schedules (he often gets in from his gig just a few hours before we're waking up!) 

Please tell your mom that we stayed up late to root the Blazers on but that didn't seem to do the trick. 

Fingers, toes, knees crossed for tomorrow night. 

May 19, 2019 06:15 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I’m with mom and the Trail Blazers (our NW Basketball Team) 

May 19, 2019 09:36 PM #17
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, a kitchen remodel will definitely test your patience. They always seem to take longer than originally planned. Hang in there, the finished product will be worth it and I can't wait to see it. I hope you enjoyed your takeout! 

May 20, 2019 05:35 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You will need to blog about some of the local restaurants you are enjoying while your kitchen update is in progress.

May 20, 2019 07:20 AM #19
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, kitchen remodels while you're living in the home does take patience for sure but when it's all done, you forget all the suffering. 

May 20, 2019 10:05 AM #20
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Oh dear Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I just committed to a Master Bath renovation. What have I done? Too bad money was no object, I would suggest both of us scheduling a long, long vacation and don't come home until it's done. 

Good luck! I hope it all goes well. By the way, your mom sounds like a Peach who is spunky and doesn't get rattled by material things. Her heart is for her TEAM and the people she loves! Way to go Debb's Mom!!!

May 20, 2019 10:47 AM #21
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

From the school of been there and done that it's envisioning the end result that keeps you sane ! 

May 20, 2019 05:47 PM #22
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

Good for you for making it happen. It's never fun but will be so worth it! I always say a "Home is a work in progress!"  Can't wait to see the finish product.

Jun 17, 2019 03:25 PM #23
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

I'm slowly but surely going through a remodel as well. We're just beginning.

Jun 18, 2019 04:26 AM #24
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