Tuesday, October 13, 2015
THE GAME IS ON!
QB (Quick Backstory): My clients approached me with a simple question to a somewhat daunting task; can they renovate a kitchen and bathroom on a budget of $20,000. Because I tend to have a pretty positive attitude (and I've done this countless times), I said OF COURSE. And then the games began..
THE PLAYERS: My clients started this journey by asking me what I thought about Ikea kitchens. While I used Ikea for simple kitchens in California eight years ago, I haven't approached since. Actually, several years ago I challenged a client with a simple task before committing to an Ikea kitchen; purchase a kitchen side piece from Ikea, assemble and use for a few months. They called me a few hours later and said, among other things, F&^K IKEA! However, I approached my new clients with an open mind and headed down to Ikea myself. Here's what I found:
IKEA: The product actually isn't bad but process can be overwhelming for the untrained. While an Ikea associate will guide you through the choosing process, they will NOT do a paper design/floor plan for you. If you live in an area close enough to an Ikea (my clients are 43 miles away) you can spend $245 for an ikea associate to come out and measure AND design a kitchen, with the fee deducted from a purchase. PROBLEMS WITH IKEA SO FAR: While the prices are half of that of any other kitchen store, it is not possible to call an Ikea store directly so any questions must be answered in person. One month into the process my clients have paid $200 for Ikea to come out and measure, we have spent two hours in a store choosing cabinets and finishes and received a separate call and email from an installer with an incredibly high quote to install (Cabinet estimate was $4,000 and install quote was $2,800.00 which doesn't include a delivery fee of $285. RESULTS: STAY TUNED
HOME DEPOT AND LOWES are neck and neck with the services they offer. I've been fairly impressed with the design process of both. Book an appointment (I have ZERO luck getting a kitchen design associate to ever answer the phone at either place, so always have to make appointments in person). They will design a kitchen for you for free and hold it in their system for up to a year. Both charge approximately $100 to have an associate come to your home for measurements, always a good thing to do to be safe. RESULTS: For the same kitchen we designed at Ikea, Lowe's estimate was $14,000.00 for the least expensive cabinets, which I thought was outrageous, and Home Depot was a tad under $9,000.00.
ACE HARDWARE/WILLIAMS LUMBER: This was a similar process to both Home Depot and Lowes but prices came in slightly higher and the product seemed to be a much higher quality. SO,
CLIENTS ARE DECIDING TONIGHT WHICH COMPANY TO GO WITH....AND I WILL DOCUMENT THIS PUPPY UNTIL WE CROSS THE FINISH LINE!