It has been said time and again that the kitchen is one of the most, if not the most important part of the house. Over the years, the kitchen has become more than just a place where members of a household eat. It has increasingly become a kind of a refuge, where you can sit and relax while enjoying a good coffee with family and friends. Many home owners actually renovate their kitchen to make them even more spacious and accommodating.
Kitchen renovation adds value
If done properly, a kitchen renovation could also add significant incremental value to the whole property. However, the kitchen also happens to be notoriously complex to renovate. Renovating a kitchen is not simply a matter of removing and installing cabinets. There may be structural elements involved like moving walls that may require the services of a builder. There’s also the flooring to take into consideration before any other aspect of the new kitchen is installed. Further making the kitchen renovation a bit more complex are additional plumbing and electrical requirements.
And what about the kitchen cabinets? How many discussions have you had with friends and family about whether to IKEA kitchen “it” or to go for custom made kitchen cabinets. If you’re thinking about installing an IKEA kitchen yourself, here are some pros and cons that you might want to consider.
Pros and cons of an IKEA kitchen
Let’s talk about the positive aspects of an IKEA kitchen first. As you all know, anything IKEA can be easily purchased and installed within days. If the kitchen you’re renovating is part of an investment property that urgently needs a makeover in that area as you have tenants moving in shortly then indeed an IKEA kitchen could be the fastest route in having a new kitchen within days. Compare that to having a professional cabinet maker build a custom made kitchen, a task that could take anywhere between 3-6 weeks to make and install. If you have a very small kitchen, getting a basic cabinet or two from IKEA may be more than enough.
An IKEA kitchen is also great for home owners who love doing things around the house the DIY way. That can certainly save you some dollars, but truth be told, it may very well be worth it to get it professionally installed as it could make all the difference in achieving a quality finish and not to mention much faster than completing the task yourself.
An IKEA kitchen, however, could prove to be a bit complicated if your kitchen area has some odd corners and uneven walls that you have to deal with. If you have a more complex kitchen design in mind, IKEA kitchens may also fall short of expectations.
Many home owners prefer a custom kitchen
In most cases, IKEA kitchens are not what home owners building a new home would prefer to install. Neither is it the kitchen of choice for home owners who are doing a kitchen renovation in a home they intend to live in and enjoy for a very long time. They often prefer a custom built kitchen simply because the quality, life and incremental value it can add to a home is far higher than that of an IKEA kitchen.
Now here’s something positively surprising which some users of our Tradebusters service have kindly shared based on their own kitchen renovation experience. An IKEA kitchen, or anything IKEA for that matter, is often the go-to option for home owners who don’t have much in the way of a budget. However, there are times when the cost of a fully custom built kitchen can in fact be in the same range as an IKEA kitchen. So don’t be surprised to find that getting a custom made kitchen could actually cost you less than an IKEA kitchen especially when you consider the cost of your time as well as removal, disposal of the old kitchen and installation of the new kitchen.
That said, the kind of kitchen you want to install for your property is all just a matter of personal preference and situation.
Whether you’re going for an IKEA kitchen or custom made kitchen, know that we at Tradebusters can help. We have in our exclusive network several kitchen cabinet making specialists as well as experienced kitchen installers who have proven themselves with other users of our service to be simply great! Not too mention any kitchen renovation may also need the services of an electrician, plumber and perhaps a tiler or builder. Give our team a call, and let our free tradesmen concierge service save you time and hassle by arranging qualified tradesmen to meet and quote for you.