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How to Prep Your Temporary Kitchen

When your kitchen is being renovated, it is disruptive to your home and your family. The better you can prepare for the time where you don’t have a full kitchen, the better your overall experience will be. I often say that you can think of it like camping in your home.

Choose your space: Away from construction area.

  • Ideally near a sink (or get a dish pan)
  • Table area
  • Close to a fridge if possible (mini fridge works too)


Choose your tools: keep them in a clear plastic bin so things are easy to find

  • Knives
  • Essential utensils
  • Basic dinnerware
  • Cutlery
  • Cutting Board
  • Can Opener
  • Mixing Bowl

Appliances – it’s time to embrace your countertop appliances;

  • Instant pot
  • Slow cooker
  • Panini press
  • Microwave
  • Air fryer
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate / induction burner


Plan ahead:

  • Fill your freezer with your favourites to keep cooking to a minimum. Soups, stews, lasagna, casseroles – there are so many options.
  • Buy prepared foods like pre-washed produce and salad kits
  • Plan to BBQ
  • Try subscribing to a box meal delivery service


Good Times

And, when it all feels overwhelming, it’s okay to get takeout too. Planning ahead will ensure that this is not your only option.

Learn Your Countertop Options - Part I

When renovating your kitchen or bathroom you have many choices for new countertops.  I’ve chosen the 12 most popular options and will share the pros and cons to help you make your decision.  Here are the first 6 options.



Laminate countertops are often referred to as Formica, but there are other popular brands such as Wilsonart and Nevamar.  The most common type of laminate tops are called ‘Post-form counters’ which are a plastic laminated synthetics which is shaped and bonded to a particle board core. 


  • Easy to maintain
  • Low cost
  • Many designs available
  • DIY installation is possible


  • Visible seams
  • Not heat resistant
  • Can be considered too ‘cheap’
  • Scratches cannot be repaired



Tile countertops offer so much creativity for design and layout, or the selection to keep it simple as the photo above.


  • Easy to clean
  • Inexpensive
  • Possible to DIY
  • Unlimited design choices
  • Heat resistant


  • Grout can stain and be difficult to maintain
  • Tile can crack or break
  • Surface can end up uneven
  • Is not as valued as solid stone



Acrylic countertops (also referred to as solid surface) have been around for about 50 years. They are composed of acrylic and other resins that are pressed into sheets and other shapes. The most popular brands are Corian, Avonite and Swanstone.


  • Invisible seams
  • Easy to repair
  • Integrated sinks are available
  • Stain resistant
  • Many patterns possible


  • Easily scratched
  • Not heat resistant
  • Moderately expensive
  • Must be professionally installed



Granite slabs are slices of natural stone cut from the earth, so each piece is unique.  If you are looking to have a statement countertop, granite is an excellent choice.  As there are so many different designs, there is a broad range in price for granite slabs.


  • Heat resistant
  • Adds value to home
  • Very strong and durable
  • Thousands of natural designs


  • Requires sealing to resist staining
  • Professional installation only
  • More expensive
  • Can have natural imperfections


Aria Stone Gallery

Marble is a timeless and beautiful material and may be what you visualize when you picture a new kitchen or bathroom in your home.  But marble is not the easiest surface to live with.


  • Beautiful veining
  • Adds value to home
  • Heat resistant


  • Easily scratched
  • Easily stained
  • Expensive
  • Must be professionally installed



Quartz countertops are comprised of up to 93% natural stone, the remainder being the colouring and resins that are proprietary to each manufacturer.  Popular brands include Cambria, Caesarstone, Hanstone (Canadian), and Silestone.  Quartz bridges the gap between natural stones and consumer wishes – the look of natural stone without the natural imperfections.


  • Easy to maintain
  • Stain resistant
  • Adds value to home
  • Consistent and excellent patterning


  • Must be professionally installed
  • Expensive