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Kitchen Remodel: Before and After

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Here are pictures of the kitchen remodel we did on our home. We were hoping to complete our project on a budget, yet wanted to make it look great and be highly functional.

Before Pictures
After Pictures
Itemized Breakdown of Costs
Warranty
Appliances
The Process
Conclusion
Important Notes When Buying at Ikea

Before

From Garage

From Garage

Main Area

Main Area

Counter

Counter

Garage Door in Kitchen

Garage Door in Kitchen

End Corner

End Corner

Before: Lines

Before: Lines

After

Bar Top into Kitchen

Bar Top into Kitchen

Garbage can just outside

Garbage can just outside

Apron sink and appliance garage.

Apron sink and appliance garage.

Butter dish with self-standing knife.

Butter dish with self-standing knife.

The garage door was here, but we moved it into the dining room.

The garage door was here, but we moved it into the dining room.

Built-in Oven and Microwave

Built-in Oven and Microwave

Seamless A-Grade Granite Countertop

Seamless A-Grade Granite Countertop

Apron Sink

Apron Sink

Induction Cooktop — This is a new style of cooking that boasts 30% quicker cooking speeds and the control of a gas stove. The burners do not heat up directly, making them safer around children.

Induction Cooktop — This is a new style of cooking that boasts 30% quicker cooking speeds and the control of a gas stove. The burners do not heat up directly, making them safer around children.

Silverware

Silverware

Lazy Susan Below

Lazy Susan Below

Cooking Sheets

Cooking Sheets

Lazy Susan #2

Lazy Susan #2

Cereal and Flours

Cereal and Flours

Dishes

Dishes

Pull Out

Pull Out

Pull Out

Pull Out

Pull Out

Pull Out

Glass Cabinet

Glass Cabinet

Paper Towel Storage Above Refrigerator

Paper Towel Storage Above Refrigerator

Utensil Organizer

Utensil Organizer

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Appliance Garage Closed

Appliance Garage Closed

Oxo Utensil Spinner

Oxo Utensil Spinner

Phone and Ethernet Plugs

Phone and Ethernet Plugs

Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards

Spice Drawer

Spice Drawer

Extra Large 3 Foot Drawer

Extra Large 3 Foot Drawer

Storage Under Ovens

Storage Under Ovens

Itemized Costs:

1) Measuring Service: $49.00

2) Cabinet Installation: $1,966.55

3) Ikea Purchase Materials, Appliances, Countertop, and Misc. (No Refrigerator): $12,544.99

  • Breakdown of Parts in this receipt
  • Dishwasher: $564.63
  • Microwave: $564.63
  • Oven: $782.13
  • Cooktop: $867.13
  • Cabinets and Misc: $5,201.67
  • Countertop: $4,564.80
  • Total: 12,544.99

4) Disposal: $178.04

5) Plumbing: $250.00

6) Corbels for Countertop: $61.19

7) Upgrade for Seamless Countertops: $750.80

8) Refrigerator: $1,266.69

Subtotals:

  • $7,467.22: Cabinets, install, delivery, and misc.
  • $4,223.25: Appliances.
  • $5,376.79: Countertop.

Final Total: $17,067.22

Note: If we needed to pare down this expense, we might have done it this way:

  • Corian or other solid surface countertop: $2,000
  • Cabinets, install, misc: $6,700 (removing lazy susans)
  • Appliances: $2,350 (Dishwasher: $500, microwave: $200, oven: $400, cooktop: $400, refrigerator: $750, disposal: $100)
  • Install: $1,966.55

Total if Pared Down: $13,016.55

Warranty:

  • Ikea gives a 25-year warranty on their cabinets, which I thought was unbelievable. 

Appliances:

  • The Ikea appliances appear with names like Framtid and Nutid, but they seem to be made by Whirlpool. 

The Process:

If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, I highly recommend checking out Ikea. Make a day of it; drive to Ikea Burbank and get a feel for what they offer. They have about 10 kitchen models to look at.

  1. Go to Ikea Burbank and preview their models
  2. Measure your kitchen space
  3. Plan some ideas for your kitchen using the kitchen design software on Ikea.com (or pay Ikea $250 for their design service).
  4. Bring your kitchen design in to Ikea or pull it up on one of their computers. The staff is extremely friendly and willing to help with advice and suggestions.
  5. Order the Ikea measuring service, a $49 warranty that your kitchen will fit.
  6. Place the order with Ikea for the cabinetry, install, and countertop (after the measuring service confirms the dimensions).
  7. Select your granite slab.
  8. Schedule install.
  9. Schedule the countertop install for a few days after the Ikea install is scheduled to be complete.
  10. Make sure to install corbels (supports) if your countertop overhangs by more than 10 inches. You could also pay the countertop installers an additional fee to have them install the supports.

Conclusion:

Overall, we are extremely satisfied with our purchase. While the cabinetry isn’t custom, it looks and feel great and customized. Features like pull-out drawers, lazy Susans, and the slow/soft close hinges that most of the doors and drawers have truly make this feel like a much more expensive kitchen.

Important Notes When Buying at Ikea:

  • Ikea has 20%-off sales on kitchen cabinets 3-4 times per year. This is a great way to save money on a large purchase.
  • Purchase all of your accessories, and more, for your kitchen when you place the order for your actual kitchen. You only receive 20% off everything if you spend $4,500 or more.
  • The delivery fee to Ventura is $99. Lump purchases for as much as you can think of into the delivery. The fee is $99 if you order 1 cabinet or 30.
  • Scan or copy the originals of all of your receipts, but make sure to keep the originals; you will need the originals for warranty claims.

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