Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Here is my e-mail correspondence with the IKEA contractor regarding the cabinet height:


Thank you for taking the time to help me with my kitchen layout yesterday. We discussed my idea of having an open shelf at 54" and then a 39" cabinet 10-12 inches above that. I know you mentioned this wasn't "code" but I figure it would be like if I did open shelving in the whole kitchen. I am just doing it for the first part. Either way, I have attached the picture of the kitchen I am using as inspiration as an example, as well as a picture of my current kitchen. Do you think this is possible? Thanks

His reply:

It would be up to you as far as the height of the cabinets to be placed at, but if a licensed contractor did the install like I was saying there is a code height for the install, but if you all do it, it will be what you want it to be. In looking at the picture- the picture is a display picture for a few different reasons, but the most important thing that I see and please do not do it, the shelf above the stove not only is it a code problem but it does not let the range hood do the job that it was designed to do and that is for grease,heat, and steam, and the two lights that go with the unit is not funtional, due to the stove. but over all good luck with the kitchen install.

This guy is obsessed with "code".


Jamie said...

Wait, what? Did you post a drawing before? While his reply is heavy on mumbo jumbo, if you are planning on having a shelf between the stove and the range hood, then I have to agree with Ikeaguy. Why would you want such a thing? Anything you put there will get covered with grease and heated/cooled constantly, that is no place for a shelf.

Ben said...


I know. In my inspiration pictures ( You can see there is a shelf above the stove. I would NEVER do that!

Okay? We good now?

Jamie said...

Oh I get it - so the Ikea guy is just being super literal when you pointed to that as a general example of what you were talking about. We good.

Ben said...

Yup. He is a spazz. I can't wait to work with him. . .

Corey said...

Methinks the ikea guy is full of poop.

Ben said...


I agree. I just don't think he wants to deal with it.


Patrick said...

This guys grammar is not up to code.

Jamie said...

Worst sin on the internet: Make a grammatical error while criticizing another's grammar.

That would be "guy's" not "guys."


Patrick said...

2nd worst sin on the internet: not recognizing irony. should i have added a smiley face or something? high five jamie!

Jamie said...

So was your point to make a lame grammar police post acceptable by purposely making an error? Maybe I'm humor impaired today, but unless you make it obvious that the mistake was intentional, it just looks stupid. I just don't get it. But it probably wouldn't be the first time either so that doesn't mean anything.

Patrick said...

what are you thoughts on walmart?

Jamie said...


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