If you missed my other posts about my Ikea kitchen, you can read them here:
In those posts I shared how we had to trim the budget on building our new house because the value of our old house had dropped significantly with the downturn of the economy, yet the cost to build remained static.
We achieved the biggest savings by purchasing Ikea cabinets during their 20% off semi-annual sale and by buying used appliances. The cabinet savings allowed us to splurge on the stone countertops. And, by buying used appliances we were able to afford a commercial style stove and refrigerator.
Buying used appliances via Craig’s List isn’t for everyone… you need friends to help you lift and move them and you need a trailer or truck to transport them. There is also some risk involved in buying from strangers. Our experience has been that wealthy homeowners will simply give away their old appliances to their kitchen remodelers who in turn sell them on Craig’s List. Often they are just a few years old. Doing some research on what you are buying is a must. It is pretty easy to find information on pricing and known problems with particular models on the web. We also had the appliances checked out by a appliance repair service after we bought them. We have purchased many things via Craig’s List and so far have not been disappointed. And we’ve met some really nice people along the way!
So here is the budget breakdown for our kitchen:
Ikea Ramsjo and Lidingo cabinets, dishwasher, farmhouse sink, butcherblock countertop, drawer organizers (20% off sale) $6,368
Used Viking 48″ range and vent hood from Craig’s List $3,500
Purchase/installation of propane conversion kit for range $325
Used Subzero 550 refrigerator from Craig’s List plus service $925
Quartzite countertops from Marble.com $3,567
Sharp microwave drawer from Lowes $885
Pottery Barn Larkin pendant lights (free with credit card points)
Concrete subway tile for backsplash Lowes $530
Undermount prep sink $100
Hardware from atgstores.com and vandykes.com $220
Counter stools (previously owned)
Rug (previously owned, see Pottery Barn outdoor rugs for similar)
Faucets (builder supplied)
I would definitely recommend an Ikea kitchen. The cabinets have a 25 year warranty. And returning extra parts and pieces is easy. Investing some sweat equity into assembling the cabinets can provide enough savings to splurge on other things like countertops, appliances and lighting.