Ikea Home Planner

<http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/rooms_ideas/splashplanners.html>
I've been playing a bit with this and it is pretty useful and very easy to use. Ikea, of course, is flogging its own products, but the planner can be used like an electronic 'back of the envelope'.
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After a Upstairs units bathroom pipe burst and flooded my kitchen (and the asshole had no homeowners insurance, don't ask me how the mortgage company allowed that one) 6 years ago, I wanted some kitchen cabinets quickly and disposable, ikea!.... After weeks of contractors searching. I said screw it and decided that with modifications the Ikea worked out giving me more of a design that I wanted then virtualy anyone else. I went with a more modern using Aluminum flashing as a veneer and wire brushing them, then I went with Ikeas glass doors perfect match. using 3/8ths angle aluminum as supports for the glass shelves and with lights inside, looks cool too.
Since I saved 25 thousand, I went with highend stainless appliances a wallmounted 36 in tv and undercabinet stereo, and the prefect countertop Silestone....and a down on a Honda Ridgeline
What I just recently completed was getting the original drawers replaced with the high gloss red ones and basically got a brand new kitchen for under 600 bucks for the drawers. But I'm currently replacing the curly maple (tung oiled) trim above and below the cabinets, and used the Schluter System. Using some stainless and polished Aluminum and glass tiles inserted. very sharp looking especially with a few leds behind it (Ikea's) ones that change color. The Shluter System is designed for flooring and tile, but shit it's uses are really unlimited.
So when I tell people I got Ikea cabinets they all go "don't they fall apart!... They are made from particle board but they've survived and if another flood ever happens, I won't cry!

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IKEA also sells and promotes Staron (Samsung) solid surface products, 100% acrylic and Hanstone Quartz. So, as a result, a lot of the people around the two big IKEAs near me (Burlington and 2 Toronto locations) get onto the net and shop for quotes on Staron. You plug in South Western Ontario and Staron, and you find me. IKEA publishes their pricing strategy and I use the numbers the same as theirs for IKEA customers. Therefore, I have put a fair amount of tops onto IKEA kitchen cabinets. As we all know, installation is what it's all about. So, properly installed, IKEA is every bit as solid as Merilat and Kitchen Craft. At least some of the IKEA has style.
I happen to think IKEA fills a niche and they do it well. My kids have always slept on IKEA mtresss. <G>
No, it is not Stickley.
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I found the IKEA software very useful when I was planning the cabinet layout for our kitchen. I used their program to visualize the layout and then built all the cabinets myself. After all the time it took to build the cabinets I might just choose to BUY the cabinets from IKEA next time.
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