Post # 1
Hi Everyone..we recently bought a major fixer upper. The architect that we met with wanted to get measurements that would require 2 people and $$$.
We were considering using the Home Depot or Lowe’s measurement services and trying out the kitchen design services. (I believe that HD is 100 bucks for measurements and a free consultation).
Anyone used either of them before? Any tips? Were their measurements trustworthy?
Post # 3
I haven’t used either, but friends of mine used IKEA and they loved it. Not sure if there’s one near you, but you can also do your own kitchen design and have it installed. Seems to be lots cheaper!
Post # 4
Honestly, I would just have the architect do it. They are going to need to familiarize themselves with the existing conditions anyway, so even if they don’t measure it, you’ll still be paying for them to come out. While documenting existing conditions they will be on the lookout for many others things such as structural, mechanical, etc. They will also be taking photographs. Being intimately familiar with the conditions will help them avoid expensive redesign later.
Also, there is a liability on your part if the measurements you provide the architect with have inaccuarcies. The architect is entitled to rely on your measurments, and what happens if they are wrong? If your custom cabinets get delivered and are too wide to fit, YOU will be solely responsible for paying for modifications.
Post # 5
My in laws used HD kitchen design services to help them with their layout and everything. They ordered through HD but installed the cabinets themselves. They loved their design consultant.
Post # 6
Do you have a Menards in your area? You can take the measurements of your room into them and they’ll custom design a set-up (for free). We renovate homes on the side and have used them in our last three kitchens and are about to order two more kitchens from them this summer! We haven’t used HD or Lowes because we felt the quality wasn’t any better for a huge price difference. Have fun– kitchen remodels are a blast!!
Post # 7
One of my good friends re-did her kitchen with IKEA. I’ve always thought their stuff looked cheap in the store, but I would never have guessed her kitchen was IKEA if she hadn’t told me herself. She said that for an extra $50 they will even send a design person to help you figure out the best way to lay everything out and then they calculate up all the parts you’ll need to get it right and if they forget anything after the initial plan they pay for it themselves. So, if you’re anywhere near an IKEA I’d highly recommend looking in to their plan.
Post # 8
Whoa! I’ve never even thought of IKEA! That’s interesting. There are two but both are about 45min-1hr away. I don’t know if they would be willing to come here. I will check into that.
No Menard’s that I’m aware of :[
*Update about Home Depot – the actual deal is that you pay for a $99 deposit and you can have a home consultation and measurements taken. They do not share the measurements with you so you can’t take them with you to shop around. I’m not sure I will go this route because we have an old home with strange dimensions. We will need to go custom and I’m not sure I would go the big box route for this 100%.
Any tips on finding an architect? Contractor?
Post # 9
When we redid our kitchen both lowes and home depot were more expensive then the smaller places. It’s worth it to join Angies list in your area to get customer reviews. Seriously can save you money down the line. Keep in mind those stores don’t need your business and so the bids are not competitive. They also throw in other fees that the smaller companies don’t charge for ie cabinet readout 2,200 to take out the original ones. No one else charged for that. Def check out the smaller companies.
Post # 10
I am all about Ikea. A girl in the office next to me is having her kitchen redone, and I’m getting updated pictures. It looks awesome.
I priced out our kitchen a while ago at HD and Lowes, and then Ikea. The $$ savings was significant. So now I just get to sit and wait until we do it (hopefully way before we put the house on the market)
ETA: You might be able to find an independent contractor who can put in the ikea stuff for you, more locally.