our new IKEA kitchen – preparations

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In spring we planed our kitchen at IKEA. Do you remember?
(I could barely remember all the details we planed… so my first advice for planing your kitchen would be: don’t plan it tooooo long in advance!) But kitchen planing is really so much fun and reminds you of better times to come: living in your dreamhouse, cooking in your dreamkitchen…
Anyway, we planed it in advance and due to our my early-pregnancy downtime during summer we are a little delayed regarding our timetable (ha! as if it ever was on time! It’s a renovation!!!) but we ordered the kitchen 4 weeks ago (we had to wait a few weeks for the countertop to be ready) and within 2 excursions to IKEA we collected all the boxes and stuff we needed to put it together.

And that’s how we started:
First I organized the list of items we got. IKEA seperated the items into little batches for every cabinet and the planed insides. I taped everything on the window to keep an overview.

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During the boys’ attic nightshifts Tinka (and Sophie) gave me a hand assembling the kitchen cabinets and all the drawers. It took us the entire week (after work hours) to assemble everything but we made it.
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I washi-taped the numbers of the cabinets onto the back of each one so we don’t loose track about which inside belongs into the right cabinet.
Saturday morning we drove over to my uncle and cousins shop to pick up our electical household appliances.
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After that we started with the assembly of the kitchen cabinets which I’ll share in a seperate post next week.
Stay tuned.

 

kitchen planning

Our next item on the massive to-do-list brought us one step closer to a new home:
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We choose IKEA for some obvious reasons: value for money ratio!
Of course I wouldn’t mind to call a kitchen like this or this my own… But to be honest you need to keep our feet on the ground during such a major renovation. So we chose the one-and-only-option for us: IKEA.
Their kitchens are versatile, beautiful, modern, functional and have an awesome quality-for-money-ratio! A few month ago IKEA reinvented their kitchen system in Europe and called it: METOD.
I was afraid that they might also change all the designs of the doors. But they just improved it and I was even happier to see that our favorite finish was still available (just with a different name … I can live with that!)

So we went to IKEA and of course we took the “scenic route” through the whole store (I have to take advantage of having Martin at IKEA with me … that happens only once in a blue moon!)
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We finally made it through different “apartments” over to the kitchen department.
You need to get a number and within a few minutes a staff will help you.
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I fell in love with the 3d design called: Herrestad. Unfortunately these are just available in limited range of width so we cannot use them in our kitchen.
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The best way is to plan your IKEA kitchen is: be prepared! Do your homework!

Start with planing your kitchen roughly at home.
Model the room with the software, measure every window, door and wall and check your supplies (where is electricity or water,..). If you got that, choose the right cabinets and wall units and you can built your dream kitchen with all details. Don’t worry if you have any problems or difficulties. I had some too, but I did my best – saved my sketch online and at the store our advisor Petra smooth away all of my little errors and ajusted everything right down to the last detail! – she is a trooper!  (Petra for president – or at least IKEA CEO! Planning a kitchen with great staff makes so much more fun!) She also showed us the details in the sample kitchens.
My poorly designed kitchen looked like a real one within half an hour! Just magic!
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We got the perfect plan and a shopping list and as soon as our floor is ready we are going to order it! We chose this kitchen (you see me sitting and smiling in the sample kitchen beneath) It’s a simple, modern kitchen and we hope it to be visually-unobtrusive because it’s going to be one part of the big living room.
And of course we left with a few things we bought there… you can’t leave IKEA empty handed, right!?
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Can’t wait to have the first “Quesadillas and Taco night” in the treehouse kitchen!

 

at the trade fair (again)

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Ray and I went to the “wohnen and interieur”trade show  in Vienna (living and interior; not to be confused with the Bauen&Energie fair we went to a few weeks ago). We thought we’d be ready for some interior inspiration, Ray was on the search of ideas for his bathroom, kitchen & living room reno he’s planning (I guess our treehouse-renovation-project is somehow contagious, a lot of our helpers considering a renovation or a change of their housing situation in general… at least we can help them in return for their loyalty with some blood, sweat and tears).
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love those honeycomb tiles!
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wooden tiles!? awesome idea. but I wonder how functional they are in real life!?
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Oh, I wished they would sell those plexi-dishwashers for real!
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My favorite exhibition hall was the one with national and international interior designers. We saw ridiculously big showers like the one above… (I guess you can take a shower there with your 10 best friends at a time!)  and I got lost between fair stands of Scandinavian Design classics.
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I fell in love with the Arne Jacobsen ABC cups at the scandinavian design house stand.wohneninterior13
Spotted a Hans J. Wegener wishbone chair ♥
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Had to take a picture of this wall made of reclaimed wood. A similar wall will be one of our next projects in the upcoming weeks month! Looking forward to that and hope it will turn out just as good as this one!

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We stayed for a few hours at the fair and at the end we scored a o’clock beer at an exhibition booth. We drank it strolling around towards the exit, discussing what we saw and what was interessting and suitable for our homes.
Walking through the kitchen-section we were wondering how those super-ueber-modern kitchens will look if “real persons” use them!? Although I like the style (displayed in a furniture shop) the treehouse kitchen will be a little less futuristic I guess know.
Thank you Ray for the company!