Ikea & BathFitter

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Posted by: from Waterloo
7/26/2018 at 9:21:00 PM

What are the honest opinions out there about an Ikea kitchen as well as a BathFitter bathtub/surround?

I've heard Ikea kitchens are actually really good and save money.

I haven't heard anything about BathFitter. Did have them in for a quote and was shocked at how high it was.

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Date/Time7/27/2018 at 8:16:16 AM


If you purchase Ikea's higher end kitchen cabinets I think you will be happy with them. I use them on about 20% of my contracts in bathrooms kitchens and bar area's.

Be prepared to spend substantial time on the assembly process.

Regarding bathfitter.

I always go for a full gut and replacement of showers, tubs etc. I redesign and completely upgrade the entire bathroom. From the tile on the floor to the lighting, put light, often new fans,new vanity and sink or sinks as well as faucet or faucets. All trims, wall tiles. I upgrade plumbing in the wall for the bath, shower, and sink or sinks if it needs it.

Enjoy the new kitchen and bathroom.


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Chris in Waterloo
Date/Time7/27/2018 at 9:41:37 AM

Thanks. I appreciate the feedback!

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Date/Time7/27/2018 at 3:04:57 PM

I have installed a few Ikea kitchens in the past 25 years ,they do have there place like rental units ,basements etc. But take a look at the value of your house and you want to spend at least 5-6 % of what your home is worth on your kitchen to keep the value of your home ,a good kitchen will retain it's value ,but stay away from thermofoil products because they have a short life span ,good luck .

Coverdale Kitchens & Design

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Chris in Waterloo
Date/Time7/27/2018 at 3:29:55 PM

Thanks! My condo is worth just under $200K so I'm close with my wishful budget of around $10K. If I have to go a bit higher for the right look and quality I will.

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Date/Time7/28/2018 at 8:59:11 AM

Hi Chris

I've seen the Ikea kitchens installed in homes and they are fine. If you have seen their kitchens displayed in the stores and like what you see. then definitely consider purchasing. Ikea does offer installation service which is recommended. I would shop around though to compare pricing.

Bathfitters products/surrounds work well in refreshing the tub area. the benefit to using them is the work is usually done in 1-2 days, as compared to a full bathroom reno, which is usually weeks and tends to be dustier.

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Chris in Waterloo
Date/Time7/28/2018 at 9:12:19 AM

Thanks. I will be getting a few wuites on both jobs to make a good decision.

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Date/Time7/29/2018 at 11:01:40 PM


The IKEA kitchens are fine if you get the higher ends cabinets. I have used them on many of my renovations.if you plan to install them yourself, be prepared for long assembly time.

Re bath fitter. When I do a client's bathroom. We do it right. And remove all the tile the tub the shower

And any cement board that is not in good condition.we rebuild all with brand new material.

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