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In two easy phases

The complete process of removing an older kitchen and starting an Ikea kitchen installation can be divided into two phases.

Phase One is everything you do before starting to remove the old kitchen. Phase Two is everything that happens after you start the demolition and begin the Ikea kitchen installation itself.

Activities in Phase One consist of taking measurements and designing the kitchen. This is where we're creating a layout plan, choosing door and drawer fronts, deciding whether you want under cabinet lights and everything else that has to do with your kitchen. In other words, phase 1 is where you make all the decisions.

In Phase Two, all the action happens. First, you will have the old kitchen removed and new floors installed if needed. Second, any necessary changes to the plumbing and electrical system and painting the walls and ceiling, if needed, are also Phase Two activities. And of course, the installation of all cabinets, the countertop, the sink, and the appliances.



In order to get started with designing your new kitchen, I offer two options as described in the following.

OPTION 1 - Kitchen Measurement & In-Home Kitchen Planning

After visiting Ikea, you probably know what design you like the best. Still, you would like me to take all the measurements and help you plan the layout of your new kitchen to optimize functionality based on your individual needs.

I will visit you in your home to create a detailed layout of your new kitchen using the IKEA Home Planner software, including cabinets, panels, filling, handles, and appliances.

In-Home Planning Service includes:

  • The measurements of your room will consist of the following:
    • Room dimensions (height, length, width)
    • Dimension and position of windows and doors
    • Position of external walls
    • Width of all windows (including the sill) and their height above the floor
    • Position of sloping ceilings
    • Position of electric, water and gas connections and other fixtures.
    • Check if all room corners are square and all walls are plumb.
  • Detailed kitchen layout and 3D view drawing prepared on the software, IKEA Home Planner and emailed to you as a pdf file.
  • Itemized price quote for IKEA Kitchen products (cabinetry, appliances)
  • Explanation of the buying and installation process

Important to know:
Walls and ceilings don't need to be finished; plumbing, gas, and electrical connections don't need to be present at the appointment time.

I will not bring samples to our appointment, only my experience and sound advice. You will be receiving a planning service, not a design service. I know about functionality and layout but not about style/design. 

Before our appointment, I will ask you to fill out this form.

Price: $299 - Up to 3 hours at your home, including my office planning work.


OPTION 2 - Checking and validating your design and order list

If you plan on doing the layout plan yourself but would like me to go through your design and the Ikea order list, this is the option you want to choose.
When you, or the Ikea kitchen designers, have finalized the layout plan for your new kitchen, you can send it to me by email, and I will go through all the details and options to make sure that everything is as expected. Then, when we have finalized the design and order list, I will send you an estimate package which, besides the estimate for the cost of installation, also includes a list of everything you need for ordering your kitchen at Ikea.
Price: $249.

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After agreement on the final design of your kitchen, you are ready to start all necessary activities which will bring your renovation project to the finishing line.
Below you can see that I have divided this phase into seven steps. Getting a new kitchen doesn't need to be complicated.

Step 1 - Order & Pickup/Delivery

When the kitchen layout and parts list have been double-checked and finalized, you are now ready to order all the parts for your new kitchen.
You can do that by either going to Ikea or by giving them a call. With the print-out from the online Ikea planner, the good people at Ikea can pull up your list, and they will convert it into an order.
I suggest that you have Ikea make the delivery instead of bringing home all the items yourself. They have a reasonably priced flat fee, so it is genuinely not worth the hassle of doing it yourself, in my opinion.

Step 2 - Removal of old kitchen

After all the Ikea boxes have been delivered or picked up, we are almost ready to begin installing your new kitchen.
However, if your project is a kitchen renovation and not a new house project, you must have the old kitchen removed before I can install the new kitchen.
If you don't want to do this yourself, I will be happy to refer you to a very reliable guy I know very well. However, he cannot dispose of the old cabinets for you, but if the old kitchen is still in a reasonable state, it might even bring in some money or be picked up for free if you post it on Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji.

Step 3 - Painting, Plumbing & Electrical

When you have removed the old kitchen, it's good to make any significant changes to the plumbing and electrical installations.
Each kitchen renovation is different, and the extent of changes to the utilities depends on how different the new layout is, compared to the old one. If the stove, fridge, sink, and dishwasher are kept in (almost) the same spots as before, you might only need minor adjustments. However, if you move the appliances to new positions, you are looking at more extensive changes. Of course, these things are well known when we're designing your new kitchen so that you can make appointments with an electrician and or plumber in due time.
Having the walls and ceilings painted before I install the cabinets and all the panels, in particular, will give the best result, in my opinion.

Step 4 - Installation of new kitchen

Finally, the room is ready, and t The assembly and installation of the kitchen cabinets can begin.
I will assemble and install all Ikea parts. That includes cabinets, doors, drawers, panels, shelves, toe-kicks, handles, and knobs, to mention a few. And, of course, everything, according to Ikea's instructions. Sounds great, huh?
In general, the only thing I don't install is the countertop and sink/faucet unless it is an Ikea laminate or butcher block countertop with NO joints.
If you will have floating floors installed after the kitchen installation, I will have to postpone the installation of any panels which run to the floor.

Step 5 - Measurement of Countertop

When I have finished installing all the base cabinets, the countertop company can come by and do their measurements.
If I start installing your kitchen on a Monday, everything will be ready for the countertop people Thursday morning in most cases. However, in rare instances where the kitchen is huge, I might need a day or two extra to be ready, so it is always good practice to ask me before making an appointment with the countertop company.
By the way, speaking of the countertop. Suppose you're looking for a good and reliable countertop company with a short turnaround time (from templating to delivery) and outstanding quality. In that case, I will be happy to refer you to such a business. Just ask.

Step 6 - Delivery & Installation of Countertop

The countertop company will install the countertop and the sink, so I will not interfere with this part of the kitchen renovation. 
Depending on which countertop company you are using, the countertop will be delivered between one and five weeks after they took measurements.

Step 7 - Finalizing

After installing the countertop, the sink, and the faucet, and when the plumbing and electrical work have been completed too, the kitchen renovation has ended.
All drawers, doors, handles, knobs, toe-kicks etc., have most likely been installed at this stage in the process. If not, I will come by and finalize my work.
Also, as mentioned in Step 6, I will come back and install any panels which run to the floor if you have installed floating floors. 
When that is all done and completed, your new kitchen is now ready for you to "move-in."
If you have any questions, please send me an email or contact me here


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