Having chosen ikea cabinetry for our remodel has been, how can I say it… a learning experience. It hasn’t been an easy, straight-forward process, and Monday morning, I was a serious doubter (for about 30 minutes). An hour later than expected, the truck carrying the contents of our kitchen, couldn’t make it up the incline half-way up our driveway. The driver made several attempts at a running start, with no luck. I thought they were close to giving up, and then the truck veered off the cleared drive, and into the deep snow. They were stuck. Half-way up. My heart sank. I thought we were going to have a delivery truck blocking the driveway until the spring thaw! Here’s a visual for you:
Here’s another view of the truck’s location:
And one more photo for ya:
I applaud the delivery guys for never giving up. I seriously thought they were just going to back up, and get the heck outta there, leaving me high and dry. Had they not made it up the ice, it would have been a huge undertaking to cart the boxes the rest of the way on foot. You could barely walk! So, it all turned out okay, and my kitchen install commenced as soon as the truck pulled away! Here’s what that looked like:
A little side note about the planned installation:
I was not satisfied with the Ikea installation company (out of Chicago) who bid the project over $5,000, and could not accommodate my requested dates. So, I searched online, and found a guy who advertised installing ikea kitchens, and called him up. He came the next day, and prepared a bid that night. He appeared confident and said he had done something like 25 ikea kitchens, even having worked a stint with Ikea, until he started his own business. And! He could start work my preferred week. Jay, our builder, just suggested I make sure he is insured, and he promptly provided that information. Sweet! His name is John J. and he and his partner have been doing a fantastic job!
Here’s how things were shaping up on the first day of the install:
Yesterday, John (architect) and Jay (builder), spent time addressing a few minor issues that came up during the install.
I know I have probably exhausted you with all these photos, but here’s just three more:
Thanks for taking a look at some of the highlights of the week. So much is happening, and we have unofficially set a move-in date of March 8. Yowza! It’s going to be busy!