Kitchen Remodeling with IKEA
I saw this article about a designer who is leaning heavily on all things IKEA for her clients and it’s an interesting trend in this economy. If designers learn to use the IKEA product line effectively for remodeling projects, it can be a great way to extend your remodeling dollars and go green while you’re at it.
Shankle, who owns the design studio Eco-modernism, has been using IKEA products in her work and in her home for more than a year.
So what’s the big deal about IKEA?
“It’s really affordable,” Shankle says. “It enables people to spend more of their remodeling budget on the greener finish materials, such as bamboo countertops, recycled glass tile, some concrete countertops and energy-efficient appliances.”
Anne Watson of Durham and Susan Edelstein of Cary are remodeling their kitchens with Shankle’s help. And they’re both using IKEA.
Edelstein has been an IKEA customer for 20 years because its products are well-priced and well-designed. “This is my third kitchen redo,” she says. “I’ve had custom, semicustom and now IKEA. And I like these as well if not better â€¦ at a much, much better price point.”
She says she paid less than $5,000 for the cabinetry for her kitchen and master bath, plus a dishwasher and microwave.
Shankle, the designer, likes that the cabinets have clean lines, and she says they’re easy to assemble. Even when more than 100 boxes are delivered? She admits it can be overwhelming. She also says the instructions leave a little to be desired. But she has gotten pretty good at putting the pieces together, and she thinks the price makes the effort worth it.
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