Raleigh, NC, February 14, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- On Wednesday February 18, Charlotte NC will see the opening of IKEA's 36th store in the US. At 356,000 square feet, it will employ more than 400 people and be the chain's only store between Atlanta and Woodbridge, Va.
The location has opened up a niche market for Eco-modernism, a kitchen and bath design company owned by designer Becky Shankle in Raleigh NC, about a 3 hour drive from Charlotte. Remodeling with IKEA cabinet & kitchen components is a viable option for many in a penny pinching economy, without sacrificing modern style.
A kitchen design averages 5 to 8 hours, including design review and compilation of a complete ready to order component list. Shankle also offers assembly, installation and construction management services as options for those not into the DIY bent. Designing with IKEA products has freed up client budgets to finish out with environmentally friendlier options like bamboo, recycled glass, and more energy efficient appliances.
About a year ago, Shankle added making monthly IKEA runs for clients to her list of services after business for higher end custom projects slowed. Ever aware that building green is a continuum, not a black & white issue, she acknowledges there are many ways to get to green, depending on the equation.
"Buying local, using low VOC sealers, using rapidly sustainable products with managed forest supply chains, and simply using less are all strategies to get to a more sustainable solution, " Shankle says. "Less is More has been a mantra for modern design for decades. It still applies now, especially with regard to material use."
IKEA charges $69 for delivery within 40 miles of the store. After that rates vary considerably. Eco-modernism's rates run from $30 to $100 for purchases up to $500, plus local delivery fees of $50 to $75 unless the customer picks up their order from her directly. During 2008, Shankle filled orders for people as far as Wilmington and Greensboro. Eco-modernism's 2009 inaugural run is February 20 to the Charlotte store, about 3 hours less overall than the trips made to Woodbridge location in 2008.