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Old 01-24-2017, 09:10 PM   #16
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You ought to rethink IKEA. They may look nice and are cheap but they are all particle board boxes. They are also knocked down and you spend a fair amount of time on assembly. Find real plywood boxes and drawers and assembled cabinets.

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I have to agree somewhat.

IKEA has their place but I don't know if I would use them for my own house - especially if I was planning on staying. I've gone back and forth on this so I'm not totally against them.

They do look sharp. Especially if you are in to contemporary kitchens. They have lots of gadgets which can be compelling.

My next door neighbor did his three flat in IKEA and the units look really nice.

I did my first IKEA kitchen last year.

I don't even know if the particle board bothered me so much as the fastening systems. I said to one of my guys when we were building and hanging the cabinets "what we have here is a really well engineered system that probably works great, untill it doesn't." I'm sure every cam and every peg are all designed to handle x amount of pounds. One peg or cam fails and good luck.

I'm not even sure they are that much cheaper than an assembled cabinet.

Assembling wasn't too god awful bad once we got the hang of it. It helped that the guy I did the kitchen for was super organized and labeled every box and stacked them in a basement staging area. He also did any running for changes - I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than go to IKEA.

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Old 01-27-2017, 09:34 AM   #17
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Don't concentrate on making it "look good". Your kitchen is not a store!

Rather spend a lot of effort making your kitchen functional. For example people mostly work at the sink, refrigerator, and range. Make those all into a triangle where you basically can stand in one spot and rotate to get from one to the other. Makes for a very efficient kitchen!
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:50 PM   #18
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So, I got my first quote from Cliqstudio and I am a bit shocked with some of the prices. As an example, base waste basket at $755, seems like out of line. I understand that there is hardware, but still I find it excessive. Can anyone here give me some price guide so I can make an intelligent comparison? Thank you.
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Unique and unusual components always cost more than standard sink bases, standard wall cabinets, etc.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:06 PM   #20
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you can make any cabinet a pull out (though corner cabs don't work well for that). just put in the racks for that. just installed a few myself.
but they do now...
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Thanks all. I am looking into getting all the hardware directly, rather than through the cabinet place. I am getting a quote without the hardware for pull outs so I can compare.

On a separate note, has anyone purchase counter top / granite from online vendors? The one we are looking into is called AMF. Anyone here has experience with them?
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Thanks all. I am looking into getting all the hardware directly, rather than through the cabinet place. I am getting a quote without the hardware for pull outs so I can compare.

On a separate note, has anyone purchase counter top / granite from online vendors? The one we are looking into is called AMF. Anyone here has experience with them?
I don't see how an online granite company would work. How much is shipping? Who installs? Or are they just farming it out locally?

What part of the country are you in?
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but they do now...

Wow! Did you build that?
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I am in WI and they are located in IL. We found them online, but they do serve our area. However, since we never heard about this company I figure I would ask if anyone know of them. The installation is done by them. We may call to get a quote and have a feel for it. Thank you for your reply.
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Wow! Did you build that?
In the house we just sold..... Miss all the work we did there too..
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I am in WI and they are located in IL. We found them online, but they do serve our area. However, since we never heard about this company I figure I would ask if anyone know of them. The installation is done by them. We may call to get a quote and have a feel for it. Thank you for your reply.
The reason I asked is they sound familiar. I'm in Chicago.

I think the market is much more competitive here so you are smart to take advantage if you are near by.

There is an outfit called Factory Plaza Granite near Ohare airport I use. I think they are in Bensenville or near by (I forget off hand). I've had them come out to Michigan twice and down state Illinois near Peoria for 2 jobs. They have a mileage fee over, I think, 50 miles. Even with the mileage fee they were less expensive than locals. I think my brother in law's contractor buddy is using them now.

We did my sister in law's kitchen near Peoria. When their friend saw they price, we ended up doing theirs too. These were upgrades to existing kitchens so I wasn't much involved besides getting estimates. They had prices from local shops that were much higher

Typically the way it works with these suppliers is you email them an approximate measurement/drawing. They give you an estimate. If you like the price, they send a guy out to do exact measurements (after your cabinets are in). Then you visit showroom/warehouse to pick a slab. Don't make yourself crazy detailing your drawing (like my brother in law did). Just get it within the inch with locations of sink and stove. Tell them if the stove is a slide-in (with Granite behind) or if there is a cook top that requires a cut out.

I prefer to keep it simple and use the supplier's sinks. If you want your own sink they can fabricate based on model number. If you are installing a farm house sink it should be set in place when they come to measure
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Thank you so much Erico. I think my husband was looking more into that last night, so we will get in touch with them to get prices and lead time, and the such. I will also check on the other place you mentioned.
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Hi everyone,

I want to add couple of pictures but I do not know how. Can anyone here help me?

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Hi everyone,

I want to add couple of pictures but I do not know how. Can anyone here help me?

Thanks.
When you quote a post, scroll down you'll see "Manage Attachments."
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Ok, let's see if I got this right. Here are photos of the walls that will e removed for the kitchen renovation.

As you can see, there is a door way into the living room and the space above the sink is a "window" into the living room.

The second picture shows the back side of the cabinet wall. Now, the posts in the basement run along the other wall, nothing on the wall that we want gone. I spoke to an architect today, but she has not inspected the wall or house. She said it is unlike that this is a load bearing wall. I plan on having an engineer take a look at it, just to make sure. Thoughts?
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