Joe Runkle Construction

Joe Runkle Construction

Huntington Beach, CA

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About Joe Runkle Construction

hired 4 times on Thumbtack

I specialize in the remodeling of kitchen cabinets using Ikea Akurum cabinets.

I have over 8 years of hands-on experience and over 600 kitchens built.

I service the Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs area.


Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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  • 5/5 stars August 11, 2013

    We were so glad we chose Joe to build our cabinets. We sent him our ikea kitchen layout and he sent back our quote immediately. I think he had the best price and fortunately, he was available right away. He showed up, on time and got right to work. He reviewed our plans, measured to make sure it would all work, and suggested a few cabinet changes. He put on his music (using earbuds so he didn't disturb anyone) and got right to work. He finished at 5 and made sure to cleanup too.

    Our cabinets turned out great. I would highly recommend Joe to build the ikea cabinets.

  • 5/5 stars June 3, 2013

    We hired Joe to demo our existing kitchen and install new IKEA cabinets/counters, and he did a really great job and was a pleasure to work with. I'd definitely recommend him to anybody installing an IKEA kitchen. We get compliments on our kitchen all the time.

  • 5/5 stars May 28, 2013

    Joe was awesome! Got our kitchen done in three days and does GREAT work. Never complained, was always very helpful, and even did some extras for us. Fantastic to work with and was a breathe of fresh air in a sea of contractor chaos! Our IKEA kitchen looks awesome and Joe was always willing to help to make it the kitchen we always wanted. Thanks Joe!

  • 5/5 stars March 30, 2013

    After having designed the IKEA kitchen layout, I started to look for an installer. The initial internet search came up with a few names. Joe Runkle was one of them. I contacted him and we met to discuss my kitchen. I never had to even consider another installer. He was early for this meeting and from there on everything about Joe was just good news.
    He was courteous and very professional. He listened and also had very good ideas about the design. Once he started the work, he was totally focused and very organized. It was a pleasure to see him work. Joe also has a great feeling for doing a quality job. Everything just had to be right, even the cleanup at the end.
    Besides being very reliable, he ended the job in 75% of the estimated time and the cost was kept at the quote given (lower than IKEA’s install price).
    I would use him anytime again. If you want a quality job at a great price I really recommend Joe Runkle.

  • 5/5 stars March 25, 2013

    We found Joe by searching online for "Ikea kitchen installers" after meeting with Ikea's preferred installer and being given an estimate almost twice as much as what Ikea advertises (and being told the first available installation time was four weeks out).

    He is extremely friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. All of his reviews on Yelp and Thumbtack were phenomenal. His estimate was less than Ikea and he was available in a week. Still, I was nervous because I'd never hired a contractor before. Surely it couldn't be this easy!

    He reviewed our plans and cabinet list and recommended some changes to address issues that neither Ikea (nor their preferred installer) caught. We had a farmhouse sink with a 9" apron front but Ikea (even though we showed them the specs) put 24" doors in our order, which wouldn't fit. Joe told us they make shorter doors, which aren't even listed on Ikea's website. He really knows everything about these cabinets! He approached everything with expertise, patience, and creativity. When we realized we ordered the wrong wall oven cabinet, he sent us to Ikea to pick up some extra drawers and filler panels and made a custom cabinet. He was meticulous and didn't call the job over until the results met his high expectations. Because of our changes and additions, I expected the bill to be several hundred higher than the estimate, but he charged us less than a reasonable increase.

    I would hire Joe again in a heartbeat. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone who needs someone to build and install an Ikea kitchen (he does designs, too, if you need him to).

    We are considering remodeling our bathrooms using Ikea kitchen cabinets (yes, I meant to say that) and will without question call on Joe.

    You will not be disappointed!

  • 5/5 stars January 16, 2013

    It was great to work with Joe. He performed his job fast, judiciously and with outstanding craftmanship. He was able to contribute key knowledge and adapt on the fly as we developed and changed some details along the construction process. Our remodel would not have gone as smooth as it did if it wasn't for Joe's help!

  • 4/5 stars January 4, 2013

    Joe is humble, polite, and unassuming. He did a great job installing my 15 IKEA cabinets. I'd recommend him to anyone. Get my contact info from him, and I'll be glad to be a personal reference. I knew I was in good hands when I saw how well he carefully and accurately measured things before he began to do the installation -- a sign of a good tradesman. I really liked how he made no big fuss when I told him I needed to make some minor design changes mid-project. Of course at some point, I needed to make another trip to IKEA to buy more parts that were needed. He told me EXACTLY what to get, which not only made my job easier, but it showed me that he knows IKEA cabinet products very well, and has had a lot of experience installing them. All that being said, I'm super happy with my new cabinets and with the great job he did! At first I was kinda worried about going with a stranger and not through the IKEA installers (Signature Services). But in the end, I'm SUPER glad I did. Joe's price was A FRACTION of what IKEA was trying to gouge me with!

    So I'm giving him 4 out of 5 stars. Why only 4 ? Because I was kind of weary when I looked and every single reviewer gave him 5 stars. Not a single one less. A little suspect. So just to make his reviews a little more "believable" and less perfect, I'm giving him 4.

  • 5/5 stars December 12, 2012

    Joe did a great job putting in an Adel kitchen that had some challenges, especially with a difficult countertop. He was a pleasure to work with, incredibly polite, skilled and pleasant. Hire him, you won't be sorry!

  • 5/5 stars December 2, 2012

    I found Joe Runkle on line while searching for an Ikea kitchen cabinet installer. He had some very good reviews and his prices were the best I found so I decided to give him a try and so glad that I did. Joe was great. He helped me with the design of the cabinets and did a great job with the install. I felt very comfortable letting him work in the house while I was away at work. Joe is a pro and I highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars December 1, 2012

    Joe did an excellent job on the remodel of my kitchen. He was very knowledgeable and helpful with the design and the whole process.

  • 5/5 stars November 25, 2012

    Very professional and great person to work with. Wonderful experience.

  • 5/5 stars October 13, 2012

    Best Ikea Kitchen Installer Ever!!! Super professional, amazing work...and you can't beat the price! Would recommend him 1000x over. If you need an Ikea kitchen installed, hire Joe. You will NOT be disappointed. Just do it. Best decision we ever made. Love love love our kitchen! Thank you so much, Joe!!! :)

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    Joe did a great job on our kitchen remodel. He was professional, personable, did excellent work and his prices were reasonable. He had a lot of knowledge about the Ikea product he was installing and was able to improvise and work creatively with the materials when the situation called for it and ours certainly did in more than one place. He saved me a lot of money because he took an inventory of the materials that I ordered and set aside some things that were redundant and told me to return them. He is punctual, organized and cleans up after his work. I would definitely recommend his services.

  • 5/5 stars September 3, 2012

    Thank you so much Joe! Our kitchen looks amazing!! It was nice to work with someone that is efficient, reliable, patient and exceeded our expectations. Our custom details were no problem for Joe. His attention to detail made our Ikea cabinets look like other expensive European brands. In fact, we loved our kitchen so much we asked him to install our bathroom cabinets and custom cabinet doors. We will definitely recommend Joe to our friends and family. Thank you Joe for building our dream kitchen!

  • 5/5 stars August 20, 2012

    We had Joe come fix our cabinets prior to installation of a new countertop. The guy who originally installed our kitchen did a crappy job. Like when you clean your glasses and then realize just how dirty they were, our "new" kitchen is showroom now! Joe did an awesome job of resetting and leveling everything, properly fixed some aesthetic and design "issues" we had, and did it all with the best attitude. He was great to work with, from start to finish, and we were 100% comfortable with him working solo in our place - he's a straight-up good guy. I'm just pissed that we didn't use him when we originally put in the kitchen!

  • 5/5 stars July 14, 2012

    Joe helped us design and install our Ikea kitchen cabinets. He is very knowledgable about Ikea's products and was able to customize several cabinets for our space. If you are going with Ikea, Joe is your guy. He will do a great job and is super reliable

  • 5/5 stars June 4, 2012

    Joe did an incredible job assembling and installing our complete Ikea Kitchen. It was a fairly big job, requiring about 30 hours of work, and we could not have been any happier with his service, worth ethic and pricing. We'd hire him again with no hesitation, and are happy to recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars March 28, 2012

    Joe was great! He showed up on time and had the entire job done within 45 minutes. Not only that but he only charged me half of what he quoted me because he finished so quickly.

    I would definitely recommend him and use him again!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure you see some examples of their work, especially if it's an IKEA kitchen. This is an european style not american and installs alot different.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Theres a million small pieces to assemble and get installer correctly, being able to tell whats in all the boxes is a good thing too.

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