FAQ

How much should I budget for an IKAN kitchen?

On average, IKAN kitchens cost between $8,000 and $14,000—this includes your IKEA® cabinets and IKAN’s labour to design, order, ship, and install your cabinets. Of course, each IKAN kitchen varies in price depending on your door style, design aspects, layout and desired customizations.

You should also budget for things like countertops and tiling, and possibly demolition, drywall, painting, flooring, new appliances, lighting, and plumbing—depending on the scope of your project. For these pieces we work alongside reputable local contractors whom we are happy to recommend to you.

What does your Kitchen Measurements Service entail?

You want to design your kitchen on your own, but you would like IKAN to record all the necessary measurements of your space.

Description:  An experienced, professional employee from IKAN will visit you in your home to assess the conditions and provide accurate measurements. All required dimensions will be provided in a electronic or paper plan within 24 hours.

IKAN will collect or verify the measurements of your room including: 

• Room dimension (height, length, width)

• Dimension and position of windows and doors 

• Position of external walls

• Width of all windows (including the sill) and their height above the floor

• Position of sloping ceilings

• Position of electric, water and gas connections and other fixtures e.g. Pipes, radiators

• Confirm that all room corners are square 

• Confirm that all included walls are plumb

Note:  Walls and ceilings must be finished; and plumbing, gas, and electrical connections must be present at the time of the appointment.

Price: $125 

What does your Showroom Based Consultation Service entail?

IKAN designers offer many years of kitchen design experience. With this expertise, your IKAN designer will guide you through the planning process and create a functional, beautiful and exceptional design. 

We will provide you:

• One-on-one, up to 2 hour scheduled consultation with one of our IKAN designers.

• Space planning and the design of 1 room. 3D, wall specs and elevation drawings will be provided in electronic and paper copy.

• Design explanation based on client feedback.

• IKAN designer expertise in cabinetry cabinetry planning. Please bring along your decided upon samples (i.e.: backsplash, flooring or tile choices). A finalized kitchen plan  including all available service options. 

$325 for 2 hours

What does your Full Service entail?

You want a beautiful functional kitchen without the hassle of designing and installing it yourself.  IKAN’s professional designers and highly qualified installers will take care of the job from concept through to completion. 

IKAN will collect or verify the measurements of your room including: 

• Room dimension (height, length, width)

• Dimension and position of windows and doors 

• Position of external walls

• Width of all windows (including the sill) and their height above the floor

• Position of sloping ceilings

• Position of electric, water and gas connections and other fixtures e.g. Pipes, radiators

• Confirm that all room corners are square 

• Confirm that all included walls are plumb

We will provide you with a Professional IKAN Designer:

• One-on-one consultation with one of our professional IKAN designers.

• Space planning and the design of 1 room. 3D, wall specs and elevation drawings will be provided once the contract is signed in electronic and paper copy.

• Design explanation based on client feedback.

• IKAN designer expertise in cabinetry cabinetry planning. Please bring along your decided upon samples (i.e.: backsplash, flooring or tile choices). A finalized kitchen plan  including all available service options. 

Also included is our highly qualified installation service

Does IKAN supply and install countertops, flooring, tile, lighting, etc.?

Due to the amount of clients we service with IKEA® cabinets, IKAN is not currently able to supply materials other than IKEA® products. This being said, we have worked with several suppliers on Vancouver Island and are happy to help you connect with them and assist you in the process.

What is the installation time frame?

From the time you book your installation, it will take us about three to four weeks to order, pick up, do an inventory of parts and preassemble your kitchen at our warehouse. On average, we need about two to four days to install the kitchen in your home, with some projects being quicker and some being longer (usually due to custom carpentry work).

If you have already ordered and received your kitchen and are only requiring IKAN to assemble and install it, we can book you for our next available install date. Once we’re on the job site, our typical install time is between 2-4 days, but is dependent on the size and complexity of the kitchen.

If you are utilizing one of our packages you can count on approximately 4-5 weeks for the measuring, designing ordering and delivery of the product and then allow for install time ranging from an average of 2-4 days.

What is the quality of IKEA®kitchens?

We started IKAN because we believe in the quality of IKEA®’s kitchens. Our honest experience with installing more than 500 IKEA® kitchens is that the quality is far superior to any pre-fabricated kitchens on the market…and we aren’t the only ones – the internet is fullof IKEA® kitchen fans, including builders, carpenters, designers, etc.

IKEA® offers a free 25-year warranty on almost all parts of their kitchens. This incredible warranty covers cabinet frames, door and drawer fronts, UTRUSTA hinges, MAXIMERA fully-extending drawers, shelves of tempered glass and melamine, wire baskets, and more.

IKEA® uses top-quality Austrian engineered BLUM hardware for all of their moving parts (drawers and door hinges), which offers excellent stability and weight ratings, has smooth running action, extends drawers fully and has an unmatched “quiet soft close” feature.

IKEA® has a great description of their products on their website, on a page called Kitchen Products Overview. Here is some of the most pertinent information—straight from the source:

Cabinets, drawers, and shelves: Kitchen cabinets are the box frames that form the structure of your entire kitchen. With such a critical function, it pays to invest in quality materials that will hold up under years of daily use. IKEA® cabinets are made of sturdy 3/4″ medium-density fibreboard (substantially thicker than most) with two melamine foil finishes to choose from for a hard-wearing, moisture-proof, and scratch-resistant finish.

Doors: You add your choice of doors, drawers, and interior fixtures to the cabinet box. Doors and drawers are by far the most important element in the overall appearance of your kitchen. IKEA® has an array of door options to suit your style and budget:

• Solid wood: Extremely durable and pleasing to the eye, it suits various design styles and budgets. Wood can be more susceptible to scratches and dents than some other surfaces, but the effect of aging on this material can have a charm of its own. Wood is a good choice for cabinet doors exposed to rough treatment from younger family members. Fingerprints don´t show so much on a grained wood surface either.
• Wood veneer: Often underestimated as merely a more economical solution to solid wood, veneers have come a long way since the 1970s. Simply stated, veneer is a thin layer of wood stuck to a core of medium density fibreboard (MDF), or plywood. Wood veneer cabinets provide the warm, natural look of wood surfaces, often for a less expensive price tag. Don’t let the lower price mislead you; this material is stable and less susceptible to warping than solid wood.
• Lacquer: Lacquered doors have a base of fibreboard and are then coated with a colourfast lacquer and a painted finish. They provide an excellent option economically while offering great flexibility when it comes to colour and style. Lacquer doors are practical and easy to maintain.
• High-gloss foil: Foil allows you to achieve a bold, high gloss finish that transforms your kitchen into a style statement. It’s a beautiful, durable surface which reflects light into the room. However, it may not be ideal for kitchens where small, sticky fingers will be in contact with cabinet doors. On the other hand, foiled doors are easy to clean and maintain and can really brighten up a kitchen.
• Melamine: Melamine is single-colour print or pattern print on paper film that is applied under pressure to a board, normally a particleboard. This treatment makes the melamine surface hardwearing, heat-resistant, water-repellent, and easy to care for.
• Glass: You can use a few glass doors to add variety to a row of solid cabinets, creating a lighter, more open feeling in your kitchen. All IKEA® kitchen cabinet styles include a glass-fronted version to combine with solid doors. And since all of our glass doors are tempered, you won’t have to worry about shattering.

Can I see an IKEA® cabinet door before making my decision?

Absolutely. IKAN designers are equipped with IKEA’s® complete selection of door styles so you can see the product in your home.

What is the impact of IKEA® kitchens on the environment?

IKEA’s® entire product is recyclable, and their website states a whopping 40% of most homes’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen. By installing efficient faucets, appliances and bins for composting, recycling, and waste, you can improve your daily footprint.

Other ways IKEA® minimizes environmental impact:

• Their kitchens are flat packed, which drastically cuts down on shipping costs and emissions.Thanks to their flat packed system we are able to ship four to five kitchens at a time from Vancouver cutting down costs and emissions.
• Unlike the industry standard MDF, IKEA® uses low to zero VOC MDF, which means the off gassing is either very minimal to zero.
• IKEA® forces all of its suppliers to source wood from forests certified as responsibly managed. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is so far the only forest certification standard supported by IKEA®.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at 778-351-4526 or admin@ikaninstallations.com.

Can you recommend other tradespeople for aspects of the projects?

Absolutely! With over a decade of industry experience, we have built many strong working relationships and can provide trusted recommended contractors and sub-trades for all your renovation needs.

 

How would an interior designer help when planning my kitchen reno?

IKAN’s Interior Designers can assist you in your kitchen renovation in any number of areas, including room design and space planning, materials and finishes selection (countertops, flooring, tile, cabinet hardware, etc.), lighting design and specifications, colour consultations, custom millwork design, floor plans and elevations, custom window treatments and furniture… and much more. Contact us to today to arrange a quote.

 

Could I use IKAN's Interior Designer to help me in other areas of my home?

Absolutely. Our interior design service doesn’t stop at kitchens. Our trained design professionals can assist with all other areas in your home, including bathrooms, laundry rooms, entry/foyer, living room, media room, bedroom, office and exteriors. Contact us to today to arrange a quote.

Is IKAN a general contractor?

We highly recommend hiring a team of professionals who specialize in their trades. Beware of companies that offer it all under one umbrella or separate divisions of the same company. While it may seem the easiest route at first, it is a big risk because you’re putting all your eggs into one basket. We see fantastic results when homeowners work with a diversified team of professionals that are dedicated to customer services and are team players. This approach has ensured so many pleased IKAN clients they feel confident in recommending us to family and friends. It’s why IKAN has been able to grow to where we are today–built on almost entirely word of mouth recommendations.