The votes have been tallied!

Here’s how you voted in the design polls:

How would you describe your style?

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16 % Coastal

16 % French Country

16 % Other

What would you add to your backyard if space was not an issue?

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20 % Deck

20 % Outdoor Fireplace

20 % All of the above

Which room in your home would you make bigger?

Three-way tie between Master Bedroom, Kitchen and Mudroom.

Did you vote in my latest poll? 

Surviving a kitchen renovation

Last week, I introduced you to Jeff LeMoine. The father of two is about to take on a major kitchen redesign. But before he swings the sledge-hammer, tears down a wall and rips out his outdated cabinets, Jeff needs a survival plan.

The family of four will be without a proper kitchen for over two months. So, how will they survive the renovation without starving and at the same time keep their young children out of harm’s way?

“We’re planning the demolition to begin in the spring to take advantage of the nice weather. (fingers crossed) We have a big backyard and the kids can play outside while the contractors work inside. And we will rely heavily on the BBQ for meals.” Jeff and his wife have put a lot thought in how they will cope as a family without a full kitchen.

“We do have cabinets in the unfinished basement that we will use for storage and we’re moving the old microwave, oven and fridge down there as well,” added Jeff.

They won’t have a dishwasher and will use the laundry room sink to wash pots, pans and cutlery. They also plan to use paper plates to minimize washing dishes by hand.

“Luckily, we have family close by and we will take them up on any offers for meals,” said Jeff.

A massive kitchen remodel will obviously disrupt the natural order of things in the LeMoine household. “I think my wife will have the hardest time. I will be a close second. The mess will be hard to deal with. The kids will think its amazing. They are wide-eyed and curious. But we will have to be on our toes, keep them out of the construction zone and engaged in other ways.”

In the end, it will be short-term pain for long-term gain.

Have you ever lived through a major renovation? How did you cope?

If space wasn’t an issue, what would you add to your backyard?