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HOW TO GET A NEW KITCHEN

The complete process of replacing an older kitchen with a new one can be divided into two phases.
Phase 1 is everything you do before starting to remove the old kitchen and phase 2 is everything that happens after the actual work on your kitchen starts.
Activities in phase 1 are taking measurements, and designing the kitchen i.e. 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.
Phase 2 is where all the action takes place i.e. removal of the old kitchen, having new floors put in, doing any changes needed to the plumbing and electrical system, painting walls and ceiling and installing all cabinets, sink, countertop, appliances and everything else that needs installing.

PHASE 1

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

OPTION 1 – Kitchen Measurement

If you are planning on doing the layout plan yourself but would like me to do the measurements this is the option you want to choose.

I will visit you in your home to carry out accurate measurements. All dimensions will be entered into the IKEA Home Planner software and will be saved to a new account. Within two business days, username and password will be emailed to you.

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.

Additionally, I will check whether all room corners are square and all the walls are plumb.

When you, or with the help of Ikea’s kitchen designers have finalized the layout plan for your new kitchen, you can email it to me, and I will send you my very best estimate for the installation cost.

Price: $79.

OPTION 2 – Kitchen Measurement & In-Home Kitchen Planning

After a visit to Ikea, you pretty much know what design you are going for but 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.

 

Description:

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: $199 – Up to 3 hours in your home and my planning work at my office included.

 

PHASE 2

When the final design of your kitchen has been agreed upon, you are ready to start all the activities that need to be carried out before your kitchen project is completed.

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

After 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 to give them a call. With the print-out from the online Ikea planner, which you either will get from me or have already if you planned the kitchen yourself, 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 as opposed to bring home all the items yourself. They have a flat fee of $49 (most of Ottawa) so it is truly not worth the hassle 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 the installation of your new 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

Right after the old kitchen has been removed is a good time to do any major 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 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

Finally, everything is ready. The assembly and installation of the kitchen cabinets can begin.

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

When I have finished installation of all the base cabinets it’s time to call the countertop company you have decided to use.

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 Wednesday morning.

Step 6 – Delivery & Installation of Countertop

The countertop will be installed by the countertop company 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 1 and 3 weeks after measurements were taken.

Step 7 – Adjustment & Finishing Touch

When the countertop, the sink, and the faucet all are in place, and the plumbing and electrical work have been completed, the kitchen renovation has almost come to an end.

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.

Most often, the heavy quartz/granite countertop will make the floor and kitchen cabinets shift a tiny bit which makes a small adjustment of the drawers and doors necessary. We want it to be perfect, right?

Your new kitchen is now ready for you to “move in”.

Ikea Kitchen with wood doors and drawers