In two easy phases
The complete process of replacing an older kitchen with a new one can be divided into two phases.
In order to get started with designing your new kitchen, I can offer two options as described in the following.
OPTION 1 - Checking and validating your design and order list
OPTION 2 - Kitchen Measurement & In-Home Kitchen Planning
I will visit you in your home to create a detailed layout of your new kitchen for you, using the IKEA Home Planner software; including cabinets, panels, filling, handles, and appliances.
In-Home Planning Service includes:
- The measurements of your room will include:
- Room dimension (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 to see if all room corners are square and all walls are plumb.
- Three-hour personal consultation.
- 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; and plumbing, gas, and electrical connections don't need to be present at the time of the appointment.
I will not bring samples to our appointment, only my experience, and good advice. You will be receiving a planning service, not a design service. I know about functionality and layout, not about style/design. You must make your style decisions before your planning appointment.
Price: $249 - Up to 3 hours in your home and my planning work at my office included.
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
I suggest that you have Ikea make the delivery as opposed to bring home all the items yourself. They have a flat fee of $69 (most of Ottawa) so it is truly not worth the hassle doing it yourself in my opinion.
Step 2 - Removal of old kitchen
However, if your project is a kitchen renovation and not a new house project, the old kitchen must be removed before the new kitchen can be installed.
If you don't want to do this yourself, I will be happy to do it as well. If the old kitchen is still in a reasonable state, it might even bring in some money if advertised on Kijiji, in which case gentle dismounting is required.
Step 3 - Painting, Plumbing & Electrical
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 small adjustments which I often can do for you. However, if you are moving these appliances to new positions, you are looking at bigger changes which will require an electrician and/or a plumber. These things are of course known of at the time of designing your new kitchen, so appointments can be made in due time.
Having the walls painted before I install the cabinets and the end panels, in particular, will give the best result in my opinion.
Step 4 - Installation of new kitchen
I will assemble and install all Ikea Sektion cabinets, doors, drawers, panels, shelves, toe-kicks, handles, knobs, and what else you decide to buy from Ikea to be part of your new Ikea kitchen, according to Ikea's and other manufactures 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.
Step 5 - Measurement of Countertop
Maybe you have ordered the countertop through a supplier approved by Ikea or maybe you have found an independent countertop company, but no matter which one it is; it's time to ask them to 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.
Step 6 - Delivery & Installation of Countertop
Depending on which countertop company you are using, the countertop will be delivered between 1 and 3 weeks after measurements were taken.
Step 7 - Adjustment & Finishing Touch
At this stage in the process all drawers, doors, handles, knobs, toe-kicks etc have been installed and I can perform the final adjustment so everything is lining up perfectly.
Your new kitchen is now ready for you to "move in".