Architect Remodels House Right into a Fashionable IKEA Kitchen


Typically, it takes one to know one. This was the case for IKD buyer Johanna, from Richmond, VA, who as an architect knew what she needed from her fashionable IKEA kitchen design.

The issue? She’s not a cupboard designer.

“We did a few of the authentic design work forward of time, however we would have liked to do it accurately as a result of our current U-shaped kitchen was so small. If one individual was loading the dishwasher, then the opposite individual couldn’t use the sink space and it was irritating; particularly contemplating how a lot time we spent there.”

Before New Kitchen Remodel

To that, she needed more room, extra storage, and to maximise her eating room space, because it was largely unused earlier than. So with a price range of $15,000 together with design steerage from IKD, Johanna mixed IKEA’s SEKTION cabinetry framework with IKEA White AXSTAD matt-white doorways and Hanstone quartz counter tops.

The quartz counter tops are featured across the U-shaped work triangle (on the tiered island on one aspect and over the dishwasher on the opposite) in addition to on the adjoining aspect for the espresso station. And since she had earlier expertise putting in cabinetry, she was ready to economize by making use of IKD’s format in for the DIY undertaking.

The result’s {that a} beforehand undersized, inefficient kitchen is now an ergonomic IKEA kitchen that’s spacious and trendy.

Let’s see the way it got here collectively!

Why a Fashionable IKEA Kitchen?

As an architect herself, it says lots that Johanna opted for IKEA cabinetry.

“Value was an enormous issue” she says. “Additionally, it was the flexibility to customise the drawers and cabinets.” This was essential as a result of her current cupboards had no adjustable cabinets and she or he had misplaced quite a lot of cupboard space attributable to that inflexibility. “The massive pull-out drawers (by the oven, dishwasher and occasional station, respectively) assist us discover our stuff way more simply and the smooth shut hinges make these cupboards extra sturdy in the long term” she says.

Modern IKEA Kitchen

She concludes: “I appreciated that we had the choice to DIY. IKEA makes it so you possibly can construct all the cupboards and drawers pretty simply, assuming you may have sufficient house for all of the assembled elements. A few of my co-workers have had IKEA kitchens for years and the cupboards have maintained their high quality.”

IKEA Dream Group

Whereas Johanna had the origins of her kitchen design concept, she additionally wanted IKEA kitchen design specialists to make it come to life.

“One in every of my co-workers advisable IKD as a method to verify we had been choosing the fitting IKEA merchandise. IKD was ready to make sure our design was constructed with out having cupboards colliding into each other on the cornersand switching an uppercabinet out for some open shelving. Beforehand, we wouldn’t have been in a position to open the door with the exhaust fan in the way in which!” she explains.

IKEA Kitchen Teal Paint

She additionally credit IKD with offering the right quantity of house between the top of the cabinetry run earlier than it turned the nook and ensuring the fashion of IKEA cupboards matched the fashion and performance she needed.

“Lastly, IKD offered an inventory of things to order from IKEA, which meant we didn’t have so as to add tons of of things to our cart and will buy every little thing a lot faster. There is no such thing as a manner we’d’ve recognized to order all of the elements we really wanted,” she concludes.

Reinventing the Kitchen

The unique kitchen was so inefficient that it grew to become tough for Johanna, her accomplice and their 45-lb. canine to maneuver in comfortably.

“It was so crowded after we had been within the authentic U-shape of the kitchen. Anytime we had mates over there was not sufficient room to seize stuff out of drawers with out operating into somebody” she says.

To that finish, she needed a kitchen that was huge with out having to relocate the present door and home windows she was placing the IKEA cabinetry between.

Large Kitchen Counter

The U-shape of the kitchen — as soon as a supply of inefficiency — now capabilities easily with loads of storage choices with IKEA AXSTAD base cabinetry and MAXIMERA drawers. This base cabinetry runs from the oven to the dishwasher, with loads of choices for consuming and cooking utensils, further plates and linens, for instance. There may be additionally an extra financial institution of cabinetry subsequent to the espresso station (and above it) which serves as a pantry and extra storage as nicely.

White IKEA Cabinets

Phrases of Knowledge

As a DIY IKEA buyer, Johanna supplies some perception for future IKEA remodelers.

“In case you have persistence, you possibly can decide up a lot of the expertise wanted to rework your kitchen. Nothing is just too exhausting, so long as you are taking the time to assume by way of the place you need every little thing to go” she says. “It will make sure that the undertaking finally ends up the way in which you might be anticipating.”

Notably, Johanna and her accomplice additionally hung out strolling by way of how they deliberate to make use of their house — which we at IKD extremely advocate — to ensure it functioned as they needed.

Beautiful redone kitchen

She concludes: “After determining IKEA’s directions we had been in a position to get every little thing located the way in which we needed and get monetary savings. Plus, we had loads of time to put in every little thing contemplating we had been quarantining at dwelling by way of the pandemic!”

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