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RENOVATING KITCHEN.

Miss Mary

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Hi everyone. Sometime in January we are having our kitchen renovated. While the walls will remain we will be having the drop ceiling removed and the ceiling above ripped out and replaced. We will be removing and replacing all the lighting, cabinets, appliances, floor, doors, and windows. The kitchen will be sealed off from the rest of the house and the contractors will use only the side door which is off the kitchen. They said the job should take 6 weeks but I honestly believe it is going to take a lot longer. I am very concerned for Kai’s well being and am not sure what the best thing to do is. I can’t put him in the basement as it is unheated. My first floor has a dinning room off the kitchen which is where I have Kai’s large cage. Off the dining room straight ahead is the living room. Just an archway separates the two rooms. There is also a small hallway off the dinning room closer to the kitchen. Off that hallway is a bathroom, a small TV room where I keep Kai’s smaller cage, and a small bedroom. They all have doors. There is also a staircase (which also has a door) that leads to an upstairs open den, 3 upstairs bedrooms with doors and 1 bathroom. I am wondering if Kai would be safe in one of the upstairs bedrooms? My only other option would be to let a family member keep him for me till the work is completed but the thought of him being away for so long is upsetting to me. I would love to keep him upstairs if he would be safe. All replies are welcome especially from anyone who has been in this situation.
 

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I'd make sure they are as far away in your house as possible in a room with a door. If you have forced air heat, seal off the vents in the kitchen so stuff doesn't get circulated that way.
Be cautions about VOCs - volatile Organic Compounds and research all products. The laminate in cabinets, any glue used on floors, flooring material, caulking and sealers, paint.
Look around on this website where they have info plus safe products for sale:
Green Building Supply, Non Toxic Supplies, Environmentally Friendly Materials
 

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We went through a rather large very dusty remodel last year. I sealed off each room as it was being demolished with plastic and closed and covered the vents in that room. We also set up fans pointing out the windows to help exhaust the dust out the window. It worked pretty well and not much construction dust migrated through out the house.
 

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As long as those guys stay in the kitchen and the birds do not go into the kitchen I don't see a problem. If they need to do something that smells make sure they use "VENTILATION". A (decent size) fan in a open window in that room pointed "outside" will create an exhaust for that room expelling it outside preventing it from entering the rest of the house.
 

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We remodeled extensively. The birds were fine. I think it took 4 months when they’d promised six weeks... they zipped this door over the bird room to sel it off.I’m going to link what I think is the same thing. Our crew LOVED the birds and were very concerned about their welfare.

 

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If I recall your daughter doesn't live to far from you @Miss Mary ?

If they do work with anything very strong smelling, maybe Kai can stay with her for a short bit. -Only brainstorming :)
 

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I always use the window fans that suck air out when using anything potentially harmful. Also, block all raised doorways and open windows in their rooms.
 

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I'd make sure they are as far away in your house as possible in a room with a door. If you have forced air heat, seal off the vents in the kitchen so stuff doesn't get circulated that way.
Be cautions about VOCs - volatile Organic Compounds and research all products. The laminate in cabinets, any glue used on floors, flooring material, caulking and sealers, paint.
Look around on this website where they have info plus safe products for sale:
Green Building Supply, Non Toxic Supplies, Environmentally Friendly Materials
Thank you for your reply. I will definitely research everything. I still haven’t decided what to do but if I decide to keep Kai home he will be in an upstairs bedroom on the opposite side of the kitcken. The kitchen doorway will be sealed and the door to the staircase going upstairs will be kept closed. The bedroom door will also be kept closed and sealed.
 

Miss Mary

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We went through a rather large very dusty remodel last year. I sealed off each room as it was being demolished with plastic and closed and covered the vents in that room. We also set up fans pointing out the windows to help exhaust the dust out the window. It worked pretty well and not much construction dust migrated through out the house.
Thank you so much for your reply. It’s always comforting hearing from someone who has gone through this. If I decide to keep Kai home he will be kept in an upstairs bedroom on the opposite side of the house from the kitchen. The kitchen doorway will be sealed and the downstairs door to the staircase going upstairs will be kept closed as well as the doors to all bedrooms. We will use a fan in the kitchen window to vent. We have steam (water) heat so that shouldn’t be an issue. I am very nervous.
 

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What is ‘bump’ please?
Bump is used when someone notices your thread is not getting the views it needs so they post the word bump which then causes your thread to go to the top of the list for new posts.
You will notice that any thread that has just had a response posted tends to be at the top of the list of threads.
 

Miss Mary

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As long as those guys stay in the kitchen and the birds do not go into the kitchen I don't see a problem. If they need to do something that smells make sure they use "VENTILATION". A (decent size) fan in a open window in that room pointed "outside" will create an exhaust for that room expelling it outside preventing it from entering the rest of the house.
Thank you for replying. The contractor is going to seal off the kitchen doorway and will be using the back door to come and go. We will use a fan. I am still not sure if I am keeping Kai home. There are some concerns with him being away. I’m still weighing the situation.
 

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Bump is used when someone notices your thread is not getting the views it needs so they post the word bump which then causes your thread to go to the top of the list for new posts.
You will notice that any thread that has just had a response posted tends to be at the top of the list of threads.
Gotcha. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
 

Miss Mary

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Also, be sure and put a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door
I will. Thank you.
I always use the window fans that suck air out when using anything potentially harmful. Also, block all raised doorways and open windows in their rooms.
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Thank you so much. I will definitely follow your suggestions.
 
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