Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Saving on Gloss Door Cabinets

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I've written about the alternative to IKEA cabinets we recently discovered. We have had some very happy clients buy from this source.

Today I got to see a bid done for one client with a fairly large kitchen and a completed IKEA plan (not done by us). The bid for this alternative was $3000 lower than IKEA Ringhult (the gloss door style). I am shocked. Had to write about it. It was $11,000 versus $8,000.

We are DESIGNERS of IKEA kitchens and experts when it comes to IKEA components. So it is odd to suggest looking at another line. But if you are planning a modern kitchen with the gloss door cabinets, I think there is an alternative that can get you what you want, better quality for less money. You will need a DESIGN to get a BID. I can give you an ESTIMATE based on LINEAL feet of cabinets you need if you only have measurements. Or you can look at IKEA RINGHULT in their catalog and realize that this other line has PLYWOOD boxes, come PRE-ASSEMBLED and there are 20-30 color choices. It sounds unreal, even to me. But I think it's real.

This is not to say that you don't need a professional design done (what we do) only that I am pleased to provide data that might help you save some money. It also seems that they provide excellent service, on the phone. If you have tried to get this from IKEA you will understand how amazing this seems to me.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

FRAMELESS and FRAMED Cabinets. Which do you prefer?

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IKEA sells FRAMELESS or BOX Cabinets.  There is another type of cabinet, a FRAMED cabeint, that is a different construction. IKEA’s frameless cabinet BOXES are four MDF sides (medium density fiberboard) with a thin fiber backing. If you want plywood boxes, you have to look elsewhere. These days it’s almost impossible to find solid wood cabinets.

But let me clarify the difference between frameless and framed. You can save some real money and achieve the look you want more easily if you understand the difference. 

With FRAMED cabinets, a border or frame (of about 2 inches) hides the edge of the cabinet box. The face frame adds strength. The door of framed cabinets is attached to the frame's side or under the frame. Framed cabinets usually have a box made of plywood, particleboard or medium density fiberboard (MDF). 

Here's a kitchen of FRAMED white cabinets:

With FRAMELESS construction (such as IKEA cabinets) (also known as euro), there's no face frame and the cabinet doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet box. The cabinet door covers the entire cavity and box. Because they don't require a frame, frameless cabinets make maximum use of space. Cabinets and drawers are usually slightly larger than those of framed cabients. Most frameless cabinet boxes are built from plywood, structural particleboard or MDF and edged with a laminate or wood veneer.

Here's a kitchen of FRAMELESS white cabinets:

If you're seeking a traditional look for your kitchen, go with framed cabinets and wood or wood-look doors and drawer fronts. Framed cabinets have a classic appearance unlike the frameless, more modern styles. 

Frameless cabinets are sometimes more economical, although this also depends on the chosen style and material. However, you’ll find that super modern, high gloss fronts add to the cost as do plywood boxes versus MDF, in either style. 

I’d suggest comparing prices of framed and frameless cabinets for your new kitchen.

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Photos of gloss door, super modern look kitchens

If you are planning a modern type kitchen like these, write me and I'll tell you where these cabinets, which are NOT IKEA cabinets, came from. They are made in the U.S., have PLYWOOD boxes, and prices are lower than RINGHULT, the IKEA cabinets with high gloss doorss. And they are delivered to you  anywhere in the US or Canada PRE-BUILT. No assembly, as with IKEA cabinets. 

They have 20+ colors and wood look thermofoil. 

Use my form to REQUEST CABINET INFO. If you want pricing you have to send a DESIGN so I can get you a bid because the manufacturer doesn't do design.

You can also schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation with me to discuss you project. I can give you some tips that can save you thousands and stress on an IKEA kitchen or IKEA-type kitchen.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

There IS a Sale!

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As far as we can tell, there is just not going to be the typical IKEA fall sale on kitchens. Many people wait for IKEA kitchen sales so it's rather disappointing.

However, I can tell you that a design client of ours requested a bid (done from her design work) from the alternative cabinet source I wrote about last. They sent her a sample cabinet and color chips. There was a live, very knowledgeable person on the phone that helped her through the purchase process. Her timing was good and she got a 15% discount, comparable to an IKEA sale discount (this is effective through Nov 30, 2015 only and I don't know when they will offer it again).

Anyway, there's the sale discount. These cabinets, from all I can see, are better quality, nicer and about the same price. Her bid included shipping and she ended up spending $245 more than her IKEA pricing. So, about the same.

One important note is that this line only has gloss doors, or wood look thermofoil (nice). The gloss looks similar to similar to IKEA RINGHULT.  They have TWENTY colors (yes, you can have an orange kitchen now!) but the cost is lower as far as I can tell.

If you want the lower end IKEA doors, these may not be a competitive product. But instead of 30% more for custom doors, consider these.

This is a manufacturer, no retail. I send you photos and can get you a bid however, just email me your design or sign up for our design service (as it is at IKEA, you have to have a finished design in order to buy cabinets). If you like what you see you can talk with the manufacturer's rep yourself.

Use this form so I can easily send you photos but if you want PRICING for your DESIGN, send the design. There's no pricing without a design.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Alternatives to IKEA Cabinets...!

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For years, as designers of IKEA kitchens, we've kept an eye out for alternatives. We were thrilled with the "custom" doors that you can now buy from half a dozen or more companies to make your IKEA kitchen unique.

We recently found a source that seems to be a better option for some of our projects. The cabinets are a bit lower in cost (even with shipping included!) yet have PLYWOOD boxes, the SAME quality hardware, come pre-built (!) and have many more door styles/colors. They are also MADE IN the U.S. IKEA cabinets are  a great value but it's possible, if you are in the U.S., that this could be a better option.

Since our purpose is not to advertise anything, use this form to request more data on this. You can also request a complimentary consultation so I can understand your project and provide the best tips.

Remember, you'll need a DESIGN to proceed with IKEA's or any other line of cabinets.

Expert kitchen design is a foundation for an elegant and easy to install new kitchen.

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PS. one of our design clients just bought from this alternative source. She is THRILLED. I think we are looking at a whole new game for homeowners who want a sleek modern look. Same or similar cost, higher quality, more features/colors.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Finding a Contractor for an IKEA-type Kitchen

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Many people ask me (I own an IKEA kitchen design company), "how do I find a contractor." Still others don't realize they will need to find one. It can seem as though IKEA is going to handle your remodel.

In fact, most IKEA stores in the US have companies contracted to IKEA to provide kitchen installation service. They will remove the old cabinets, install the new ones along with appliances, IKEA sinks, IKEA laminate or wood counter tops.

The prices these company charge are controlled to some degree by IKEA. They might even do electrical work or plumbing (beyond appliance or sink installation) but these services are generally not related to IKEA and often they are subcontracted by the IKEA-affiliated contractor.

Some of these companies (different stores and areas have different ones) are ok (by review) some are not well liked. Consider that IKEA feeds them customers and they are beholden to IKEA more than you. Still, they want you to be happy so you don't complain and they often have a lot of experience with IKEA stuff.

On the other hand, most cities have dozens or hundreds of remodeling contractors who can install IKEA or similar kitchens. Finding one suited to your job and your preferences is the key. What does it take? Communication.

I've advised many to create  list of 10 possible contractors and call them all. See who calls back promptly. Who is polite and professional. Which ones give you bids or estimates quickly? Do they need to come to your house? If you need electrical work or plumbing work or want wall changes and such, YES, they do. But any company with IKEA kitchen experience can look at your design and provide an estimate at least. 16 cabinets plus a dishwasher, sink and stove.

Keep in mind that most IKEA stores sell solid surface countertop as well as laminate/butcherblock. These are not IKEA products and are installation is included in the price. Typically a local supplier will contact you and arrange for installation. So this is a service you might not need from a contractor.

Should you hire the IKEA-affiliate or find an independent contractor? That you need to decide. A good contractor is key to your project.

One final tip. Have a design before you look for a contractor. You'll get a lower estimate if you say THIS is what I want, rather than, UM, I am not sure.

If your design is professionally done all the better. If the contractor runs into errors in your self-drafted design, it'll cost you in labor hours. Another reason, among many, we are happy to offer professional design.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Why You Should Insist on Professional Design

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IKEA has great, affordable cabinets and if you've been looking at them in the store or online for awhile you know that a finished IKEA kitchen can look fabulous and be a fantastic value, as home remodeling goes.

I've been working on IKEA kitchen projects for more than a decade. Hundreds of installations, thousands of designs. I can tell you without bias that investing a small part of your budget in expert design is UTTERLY worthwhile.

We have design clients who feel that JUST the ease and confidence of ORDERING at the end of the design process was worth the price of the service.

But our larger goal is to ensure each client sorts out the many factors that go into designing a really wonderful kitchen layout so that our designers can create a kitchen just right for their preferences and kitchen space. It's a process. It takes experience, skill, good software.

The IKEA Home Planner free online software is ok for planning. It does not allow you to use IKEA components in many ways and, worse, it allows you to make errors that won't be apparent until the installation. Then you can find yourself needing to let a contractor make design decisions for you. Ugh.

Anyway, I am completely biased. But I can tell you that you'll save money, stress, and time, and you'll get a much nicer result, by basing your kitchen remodel on expert design and drawings. Your contractor will know exactly what to do, where everything goes, and you won't have to worry that your dishwasher door won't open all the way, or that the new space around the island, which seemed ok on paper, is really too tight.

I'm happy to discuss your kitchen project with you, a free 30-minute phone consultation. Whether or not you are interested in our design services. Perhaps I can save your some money or stress or time, and I'm always happy to do so.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Great Kitchen Story

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We designed an IKEA kitchen for a client last year and he just sent me a link to an article he was interviewed for. It has great photos of his wonderful new kitchen, a lot of tips, and it mentions my IKEA kitchen design company, happily. I thought my blog readers would really enjoy it and learn from it:

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

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Many people have asked me to help define a timeframe for their IKEA kitchen project. It's not that hard to give a ballpark estimate.

A kitchen remodeling project or a new construction installation are two different things. With a remodel, there's the question of the condition of the walls, floors, plumbing. Once the old cabinets are removed, which takes a takes a day with a strong crew of two and a dumpster outside, you have to inspect the walls and plumbing to see if they need any repair. Sheetrock work can add a few days if it's major.

There is also the question of electrical work. Every kitchen remodel is going to have some electrical, even if it's just adding or moving an outlet. But some projects can require adding a new electrical panel to the house, which can add $2000 or more and a week or more if there is a lot of wiring needed. Don't worry about this, just have am honest contractor look at the electrical situation in your house and figure out what is needed, if anything.

Our design service takes a minimum of three weeks. We have found that it is CRAZY to try to design a kitchen remodel in one day. You might try working on it on your own, but ultimately, having professional plans for a major project like a kitchen remodel is wise and cost-saving. Plan errors are costly and it's not so easy to design an elegant and optimal layout of IKEA components. The free online software is very limiting and those limits will show up in your finished kitchen, which we feel is very sad.

Adding a month for design, you'll then order your cabinets and you might be purchasing other items from stores other than IKEA. You have to get the delivery timeline from each store. IKEA is usually VERY quick, a major selling point of their cabinets. You can sometimes take them home on the spot. but more likely their inexpensive delivery service works well. Typically you'll get your order in a week, on average. There could be a backordered part or two, but almost never anything that will hold up the project.

Once you have your delivery of a pallet or two of heavy, flat-packed IKEA boxes, you can start installation IF you have prepped the kitchen. If not, the prep, which means removing old cabinets, perhaps some sheetrock (wall board), making wall repairs, any electrical, plumbing or flooring repairs or demo. Assembling the boxes of your new cabinets is easy and could be done in one day. Hanging takes 1-2 days. Putting in doors, handles, and trim (toe kick or crown molding) takes another day or two. So, really, if your kitchen is prepped, you can have a new kitchen in one week.

That's not to say it can take lots longer. Try to get a timeline in a contract from your installer. List every bit of work you are contracting for and even add a penalty for lateness day by day.

So, how long does it take, really? I'd say estimate two weeks, expect a month.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

About IKEA Appliances

One of the most common questions I am asked is:

"Do I have to use IKEA appliances if I am using IKEA cabinets?"

The answer is simple: No. You can use ANY appliances you would like, but you will want to make sure that any that will be built into a cabinet will fit in the IKEA cabinet lineup.

Wall ovens, either the type that go into tall oven cabinets, single or double, almost always fit into the 30 inch IKEA wall cabinets. Microwaves that hang above a stove are almost all designed to fit under a 30 inch over-the-range cabinet. But larger-than-typical appliances might not fit simply although if the design is done correctly, professionally, you'll be fine in almost every case.

Make sure you know the specs, meaning the size but also the hook up requirements of any appliances you buy. The designer will need the measurements but if, as with hoods, venting is wanted to the outside, you'll need to know a bit more about the hood you choose.

The key for design is to choose what you want in your new kitchen but MAKE SURE to let the kitchen designer know the specs of all these items.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

An Interesting Kitchen Product

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Anyone who has read my blog knows that I don't recommend products. But sometimes a design client will use a product in their new kitchen, that we design with, that is so cool that I feel like telling others.

But I haven't. Until now. A client sent me this link to a high-tech kitchen growing machine! I mean, it grows sprouts and baby greens right in the kitchen, easily, so you can eat utterly fresh organic greens without stepping outside!

I know this isn't for everyone. It's not cheap. But it is so clever and interesting I felt it deserved a post. Here is a link to the website the client gave me:

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

When to Start Design Work

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If you've been working on your own kitchen design and feel you can do this yourself, this post probably won't apply. You might be in control of all factors and satisfied with your plan.

However, if you have entirely new construction, if you are taking down walls, if you have an HOA approval or permit processes to get through, or if you haven't yet closed on a home purchase, you might wonder when to start design work and how long it might take.

There is no rule of thumb and no single answer.Each situation and each homeowner is different. Nonetheless, having high quality design work can reduce stress and provide your project with a firm foundation.

Many people ask me how can they proceed if they don't yet have accurate measurements. It's quite true that accurate and detailed measurements of the kitchen to be designed are needed for a final design. But you don't have to wait, in most cases. If you need design work to get things underway, to provide data for your builder, for an HOA, or just to start to map out a new footprint, and placements, before any frenzy of a remodel begins, you can do so with measurements that are complete but not 100% accurate.

Say you are purchasing a home and have not yet closed. You have measurements of the existing spaces but you plan to remove a wall for the kitchen remodel. You want to get the kitchen work completed FAST, once you take possession. (there can be many reasons for this).

The key is to measure or have your contractor measure the space, AS IT WILL BE, as close as possible. THEN let the designer know that the measurements are estimates and are likely to change a bit once the wall changes are completed. IF THE DESIGNER KNOWS, YOU'LL BR OK.

Then, assuming you will go through a DRAFT phase and then a REVISION phase, (that's how our IKEA kitchen design service works), request a DRAFT and provide the final measurements and request the final revisions when you CAN.

This way you have the draft to work with early on. This can save you from stressful imaginings and enable you to communicate with contractor, materials suppliers, and others, about how your new kitchen will look.

You will then have to provide ACCURATE measurements, in other words, corrections, before the design work goes final, during the revision phase.

In my experience, as long as the design knows there will be minor changes to the measurements, you'll be fine. Should you have MAJOR changes, you might need an extra revision, but that is usually a minimal expense, and well worth it.

Again, each project is different.  We offer a free, 30-minute phone consultation to help homeowners planning an IKEA kitchen to sort out issues like these, and many others. We are happy to help.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Tips on Preparing and Installing IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

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Although some people wait for a sale, it's often better to schedule a kitchen remodel for a time when it's more convenient. Unlike many other suppliers of kitchen cabinets, IKEA delivers very quickly once you order, within a week or two usually. Check with your local store for their timeframe.

Because of this amazing fast delivery, you will want to have your project ready to go, in most cases. If you have a dry garage in which to store the huge pile of  heavy, flat-packed boxes you will receive, you can do so. But for many, this isn't an option. You need to be ready to install your cabinets when they arrive.

What does this take? Just planning. You'll want to find and hire (contract with) a local kitchen contractor who is familiar with iKEA cabinets to prepare the kitchen. This can involve a week or two or more of work. Demo (removing the old stuff), wall repair, electrical upgrades or changes, wall changes, flooring, and other aspects can take a week or  few months. Unless you aren't living in the house, you want to plan well to minimize the time you are without a kitchen. Expect three weeks with the best planning. It can be more, so you might want to note the timeframe in your contract with the contractor and that there is a small penalty for each day he runs over the finish date.

Flooring can be installed after the cabinets, which can save money on flooring materials and labor. The  IKEA toekick of the cabinet goes in last to hide the line where the flooring ends.

Electrical work should be done before the cabinets go up, of course. Possibly any wall repair can be done alongside electrical. Again, it's a matter of planning with your contractor and other labor.

More later...

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Friday, May 22, 2015


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Our clients from around the U.S. Typically provide a good survey of what's happening with IKEA and kitchens. The word is that becaus of low inventory of some doors and some appliance, there will be no summer 2015 IKEA kitchen sale. 
We we know this will be a bummer for many but experience tells me that most will proceed with their projects and look for cost savings in other aspects of their projects.
keep in mind that IKEA still has a fabulous product at a great price. Look for appliance sales elsewhere, and realize that in non-sale periods you might be able to find less costly LABOR, sine IKEA installed are less busy.
as I have written elsewhere, you can proceed with planning and design without a sale deadline. Yes, your materials will cost a bit more, but often in the scope of a full remodel, the savings just isn't worth the time pressure. Sometimes just buying what you really want, on sale or not, is the best way to proceed, and the best way to create a truly wonderful kitchen.
i love bargains As much as anyone, but a kitchen remodel, like other major purchases, is worth doing beautifully, and spending a bit more for the long haul. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Get the New IKEA SEKTION and IKEA Kitchen Catalogs

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The new line has some truly wonderful features we are starting to love. But as we get used to them, and put them to use, there's more work to planning an elegant layout than there was with AKURUM. There are just more choices. Make sure you have the new catalogs when you start your planning process.

Here are links to them if you are far from a store (where you can get paper copies, recommended):

SEKTION Cabinets Catalog

IKEA Kitchen Appliances Catalog

IKEA Countertop, Sinks and Faucets Catalog

The kitchen design process is a communication process. Our method is to collect data (as complete and precise as possible) and have the designer prepare a draft kitchen layout, a proposal of an optimal arrangement, given the client's space resources and preferences.

That draft is the starting point. The designer uses design principles and experience to determine what will work,  and what will look best. But we need the client's feedback on this draft.

So then we revise, and we return the design to the client so he/she can see what the requested changes look like. Now we're getting close. It's time to consider details.

This is where the new line stretches the design process a bit. There are so many choices as to drawers, especially. But also glass door options, accent doors, open cabinets. Drawers within drawers.

These things are so personal–how a client might use a given drawer or set of drawers, that the designer needs to know what the client wants. It becomes necessary for any design process for the client to have and study the options–the new IKEA kitchen cabinet catalog.

I highly recommend, if you are or will be planning an IKEA kitchen, to get yourself a copy of the catalog. In fact, there are several for kitchen, one for appliances, one for countertops/sinks/faucets, and, the key, the one for cabinets. That cabinet catalog has detailed charts in the back showing ALL the cabinet options.

It is very hard to get the details as you want them if you don't have a catalog. The IKEA website has a lot of data but you can't search for a cabinet by code, and that is how the design work shows each cabinet, with the IKEA code.

Our designers really want to create a wonderful, elegant and optimal kitchen for our clients. To do this is a team process, designer and client. The client needs to know what IKEA has to offer in the SEKTION line so as to work best with the designer.


It's a bit more complex to design an IKEA kitchen than it seems, perhaps more so now with the fabulous new SEKTION line. The Home Planner just isn't the right tool for many projects and for most homeowners. If you would like some help, or even if you just have questions, I offer my readers a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Let's talk!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

US IKEA Kitchen Sale Dates

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The Spring 2015 IKEA kitchen sale has started in the US. Here's the IKEA ad:

Save big on a brand new kitchen!

Friday, February 27 - Sunday, April 26, 2015

Now is the time to get a kitchen that’s brand new and all you!

Save 20% When you spend $4500 or more.*
Save 10% When you spend $3500 or more.*

It's a bit more complex to design an IKEA kitchen than it seems, perhaps more so now with the fabulous new SEKTION line. The Home Planner just isn't the right tool for many projects and for most homeowners. f you would like some help, or even if you just have questions, I offer my readers a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Let's talk!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

IKEA Ktchen Spring Sale 2015

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We're all wondering about the spring sale, designers, clients and me. We've heard from half a dozen clients in various cities around the U.S. that IKEA staff mentioned NEXT WEEK as the sale start date. We wouldn't be surprised.

We know there will be a spring sale, it comes with the tulips here in the Pacific NW.

So, along with rain, the IKEA sale might be a tad early.

Have you had a chance to look at the new line? The new catalog?

It's a bit more complex to design an IKEA kitchen than it seems, perhaps more so now. If you would like some help, or even just have questions, I offer my readers a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Let's talk!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Your Old Kitchen

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The other day my beloved older dog had an accident (several) on the carpet. I used every (natural) cleaner I could think of but the area, although under a large table, was nearly ruined. I decided to hire pro carpet cleaners.

The morning of the scheduled cleaning, I found myself straightening up and then cleaning various other spots on the carpet by hand throughout the house. I told myself this could help but that wasn't the real reason.

Yes, you guessed it. I didn't want the carpet guys to judge me for the spots on my carpet. I knew they would understand the recent dog spots. But the others?

I mention this silly incident because a lot of people send me photos of their current kitchens, so I can understand the project and offer guidance. Photos are also needed from our kitchen design clients. These help us understand and confirm measurements and other details.

Upon sending photos, people often say something like, "my gruesome old kitchen" or otherwise seem to be apologizing for their existing kitchens.

I just want to say, in this public forum, that I judge not. I actually admire anyone who confronts a situation and handles it and that's what these homeowners are doing.

My own kitchen is far from perfect. My cleaning habits tend to be a bit irregular. I am happy to see photos because they quickly help me understand a project and they are an easy way to communicate.

I just wanted to let people know that you can send me any photos of your kitchen and I am happy to have them, don't judge them at all. Finally, if people had perfect kitchens I'd have nothing to write about and no clients for my IKEA kitchen design business.

If you want to schedule a free consultation and send me photos, please do. I would be happy to talk with you.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

First Thoughts on SEKTION

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After a decade working with the AKURUM system, and a relatively small number of European METOD projects relative to the thousands of AKURUM designs and, earlier, installations, I've worked on, I thought I'd be sour on a new system. It's just me, suspicious of arbitrary changes, of commercial upgrades that are more for profit than for people.

But after a hands-on look at my local IKEA, I have to admit I am impressed. True, I miss some of my favorite Akurum door styles, but there are nice new ones to replace them and custom doors are available from lots of places. 

But this small "con" is made up for 10 times over by the new sizes, new options, drawers-within-drawers, and, oddly, the new kitchen catalog which really shows you what's what, complex though that may be. 

The door style issue is just that I loved a few of the older door styles and the newer, less "wood-y" and more veneer-y look doesn't suit my own sense of style. But that's just me. 

I am flabbergasted by the drawers-within-drawers options, as you can now really make a kitchen perfectly suited to how you use it, how you cook, how you store things. Keep in mind that SEKTION is built on a European model where the cabinets are moved when you move. So beware of creating a finicky storage system that might not suit a future home buyer. 

It remains true that a homeowner needs help to design a good SEKTION layout, more than ever. The new choices mean different issues and I found the staff at my local IKEA still learning the new system themselves and too busy, as they often are, to thoroughly answer my questions. 

Keep in mind that a lot of people waited for the new line so IKEA and IKEA resources are particularly busy right now. 

My company is designing SEKTION kitchens and although we too have to incorporate the many new features, as our clients figure out which they prefer, the results are really wonderful. 


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Monday, January 19, 2015

The New Sektion Line

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The introduction of the new SEKTION line is just around the corner (Feb. 2, 2015). The new SEKTION kitchen cabinet line has all the great features you expect from award-winning IKEA kitchen cabinets. Pricing is even comparable.

But the new line has more modular and glass door options with which we can customize your new kitchen. SEKTION offers more drawer sizes and types, more storage space within cabinets, and integrated handles and lighting options.

The IKEA appliance line is also new and SEKTION offers more ways to integrate a dishwasher into your cabinet design, including hiding it entirely. 

All the details of the new line for North American customers, exact styles, options and pricing, will be available in your local store and online on February 2, but not before. We've been designing kitchens with the new system for our European clients (released last year and called METOD in Europe). It's not VERY different but we'll all have to get used to it. 

To be at the front of the line for a new SEKTION kitchen, you'll want a completed design ASAP. It's going to be BUSY at IKEA!

You are welcome to schedule a FREE consultation, get your questions answered, get ideas, and feel confident. I'm happy to help you.