A while back, I talked some smack about IKEA cabinets. The first time (about a year ago) I checked out the kitchens in IKEA they seemed pretty flimsy and . . . yucky. I just hated everything about them. I also have an extreme love - hate relationship with Ikea. Somethings are really diamonds in the rough and others are just crap.
After looking at all the models, I picked out a style I liked and headed to the design section to see if I could take a closer look. The place was mobbed and I barely got to grab a price sheet before someone toting a big yellow IKEA bag knocked me out of the way to get to a drawer pull display. It was a fight or flight situation and I choose flight.
Back at home, I re-measured the kitchen space and began planning out a design. I soon learned IKEA cabinets do not have all the sizes that say Kraftsmaid does and it gets a little more difficult to plan out a space. After a few days of playing with different styles, I headed down to the store.
This time, I was smarter. I did not go on a Saturday afternoon and instead choose a time during the week to head down there. This made a HUGE difference. About a minute after stepping into the kitchen design section, I was greeted by an IKEA kitchen contractor and set up on a computer to start my design. A few questions about the dimensions of my kitchen and I was clicking and placing cabinets into my design.
Then this happened:
I explained how the plan was to set an open shelf the standard cabinet height (54" above the ground) and then start the closed cabinets about that to go to the ceiling.
Contractor: You can't do that. The cabinets would be too high.
Me: Well, see the open shelf would be like the base of the wall cabinet - just no door.
Contractor: It's too high. It wouldn't meet code.
Me: Well... but, see, it's like the shelf would be like the wall cabinets. But, but. . .
Contractor: No licensed contractor would do that. It's not code.
Me: So, what? I would get a fine or something?
Contractor: Yes. It wouldn't pass inspection.
Me: AugjakjhGAKJYkjhkngknnf. Fine. You win.
to be continued. . .
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