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The 14th Annual Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour is taking place on Sunday, April 28th.  Main Line Kitchen Design is delighted and honored to support this very worthy local cause.  This year, we will be featuring two kitchens and annual attendees will again meet my wife, Julie Meyer, at one of them. 

Both Julie and the kitchen she’ll be hosting, this year, have a special story.  It all began three years ago when Julie hosted this kitchen by Main Line Kitchen Design.


As she will again this year, Julie, enthusiastically and more expertly than I anticipated, answered hundreds of questions about the process of working with our team on a project like this one.  Participants in this year’s tour will see one that began in the kitchen above!

This year’s kitchen – the one that began on an Ardmore Library tour, is an exciting example of what’s possible with open collaboration between homeowners, contractors and kitchen designers.  In this case, the collaboration was so successful, that the kitchen has also been entered in local and national design competitions.  The local awards will be announced shortly before the tour.  Stop by to see if we have a trophy on display!



This kitchen is also an good example of how the kitchen renovation process often differs from what homeowner’s expect.  When Bob and Gail met Julie, they had been considering renovating their kitchen for years.  Bob even had a  10+ page document of all their needs, wants and ideas.  Julie emphasized that the first steps of Main Line Kitchen’s design process involve the designers measuring and presenting an independent initial design based on best use of the space at hand. 

Bob and Gail set up their measure and initial consultation within days of their Library Kitchen Tour.  When I came out to measure, Bob had a copy of his notes and design ideas including a home addition for me to consider as I prepared their initial designs.  This is where the first unexpected part of the process differed from what Bob and Gail expected . . .

I didn’t take the list.  Bob gently urged me to keep it to consider as I prepared their designs but I reiterated I would not look at it at this stage in the process.  The first design any Main Line Kitchen Design customer receives represents the best use of the space we are considering.  That way, every customer can better understand what they will give up to incorporate a particular feature or appliance. 


Original Kitchen

While I left the copy of the list with Bob and Gail, I did tell them that, in addition to doing our starting ‘best use of space design’, I’d also prepare a preliminary design including an addition which was one of the design ideas Bob had mentioned his notes contained.  I also told them the other design I’d have for them involved no addition and combining the kitchen and dining room, which would save them $40,000 on the project.   

Despite the sizable savings, Bob and Gail insisted I shouldn’t bother with a design that combined the kitchen and dining room.  And once again, suggested I take their notes so as to provide them with the kitchen remodel they intended to proceed with. 

I left without the list at which point Bob lamented ‘You’re nothing like Julie’.  Which, of course, is why you will meet Julie on the Library Tour.  But she’s the first one to tell you, you’re in better hands with me designing your kitchen. 

A week later, Bob and Gail had their first meeting in our offices.  I began the meeting by suggesting we take a minute to see the 3D renderings of the kitchen they didn’t want – combined with the dining room.  Bob and Gail reconfirmed they had no interest in this approach.  I countered with ‘Since it’s $40,000 less and I spent an hour working on it, let’s just look at it for a minute.’

Reluctantly, they allowed me to put it on the screen for them.  Are you ready for the next unexpected part of the process that differed from what Bob and Gail expected . . .

They liked the design option with the combined kitchen and dining room. “It’s beautiful!  Is the cost really $40,000 less than an addition?” they reacted.  When I assured them it would save at least that much, Bob responded – to the design that he had told me would be a waste of time to work on, “Then we should get this design.”

My response was “Let’s look at the design with the addition and compare.”  Bob and Gail thought they were set but agreed to see their original request to humor me. 

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Kitchen Addition in Progress

The second design went on the large screen for their consideration.  “This design with the addition is much better!” Bob exclaimed.  He continued, “It’s not the addition I had planned – you moved the whole back of the house back.  Can we really do that for just $40,000 more?”

Bob and Gail’s remodel began with this second design.  Main Line Kitchen Design blog readers have learned that designers who provide customers with what they say they want are actually short changing them by not doing a bit of extra work to demonstrate what is possible. 

Bob and Gail had at least 6 more two hour meetings with me during which we evaluated how we could accommodate each of the needs, wants and design ideas Bob and Gail had developed over the years.  During the weeks in which we finalized their design, they shopped for their countertop, flooring, backsplash, lighting, appliances and even the dishware and glassware the planned to use in their dream kitchen. 


Months later – yes, months, all of their hard work and “willingness” to consider different viewpoints on the project resulted in . . .  Well, you be the judge.  We think it’s a fantastic kitchen and are looking forward to having you visit it on April 28. 

Finished Kitchen with addition

In closing, thanks to the Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour for including our kitchens each year.  Thanks to Julie for preparing tour participants for aspects of the design process like our designers considering customers’ ideas after preparing initial designs.  Thanks to our builder, Mark Veiera, whose craftsmanship and meticulous supervision provided workmanship that further enhanced Bob and Gail’s visions. 

And, most of all, thanks to Bob and Gail who were both an absolute pleasure to work with and whose ideas and hard work made their kitchen as beautiful as it.  Hoping you can make the tour and, as this kitchen almost demands . . .

Bon Appetit!

Customers often ask us whether they can donate or sell their old but in good condition cabinets, appliances, and fixtures. The answer is a most definite YES!

 

For clients that would like to recycle and not waste materials that others might want, donating these lightly used materials to Habitat for Humanity is a great idea.

Link to donate to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat advises that they accept 8 types of construction materials. Even cabinet hardware that is in good condition they can resell to help finance their organization. Keep in mid though that all materials must be in very good condition. Ask your kitchen designer if he or she thinks your materials meet Habitat’s donation criteria.

 

Here are the three most popular donations with notes from Habitat:

1. Sinks, toilets and bathtubs
Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of the landfill. If you’re donating a bathtub or sink, make sure that they are not stained and do not have chips in the porcelain. If you are remodeling an older bathroom, your vintage fixtures will be surprisingly popular at the local architectural salvage store.

2. Cabinets
Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want those kitchen cabinets you remove, and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order: Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work, and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.

3. Working appliances
You also can donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers* and washing machines. They need to be clean and in good working order. Many organizations will help these appliances find a new home, including Habitat for Humanity, home salvage shops, and secondhand stores like The Salvation Army and Goodwill.

 

Even if your cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and fixtures don’t meet the standard needed to donate them to Habitat, The Salvation Army or other charities this most certainly DOES NOT mean that they couldn’t be sold on Craigs List. Link Here In fact people will buy almost any of these items if they are simply in working order and the price is right.

So if you would like to be charitable and see your materials reused, simply set the price low for these materials.

Or if you would like to add to your kitchen renovation budget set the price a little higher.

 

Hoping your new kitchen is everything you dreamed and MORE!

And of course . . .

Bon Appetit!

Main Line Kitchen Design

At Main Line Kitchen Design ninety percent of our customers come to us believing that they know the kitchen design that they would like. Customers are confident that they just need to shop around for cabinet lines, styles, and colors. Surprisingly the vast majority of our customers end up getting very different designs than what they asked us for initially. Why? The answer might surprise you!

 

It’s because we don’t do the designs our customers ask for in the initial design we present to them.

When customers tie the hands of the professionals helping them with pre-selected layouts, appliances, and colors they will never see the best designs for their kitchen and will probably pay more than they needed to for their renovation. If the kitchen design professional measures and works on redesigning a kitchen space independent of the clients initial wishes customers often select those designs or ones close to them.  Additionally because customers don’t realize that subtle color and style changes can reduce cabinetry costs significantly designers can save money making small compromises in color or style to free up other money.

The common consumer strategy of asking 3 different kitchen designers at three different cabinet dealers to price out a layout not done by an expert in three separate cabinet lines usually results in  making poor choices beyond just the kitchen design.

I advise customers to treat selecting a cabinet dealership and their kitchen designer like they would selecting an auto mechanic. You want to hear the mechanics advice and you want to shop for the garage that gets the best reviews and that customers recommend for reasonable pricing and good service. You don’t want to tell the mechanic what to do without his or her input and I always let the mechanic recommend the parts and manufacturer they think best serves my needs. This way I take advantage of the expertise of the professional who has spent a lifetime learning their trade.

At Main Line Kitchen Design all our designers are instructed to do their first designs to achieve the best kitchen possible within a customers budget. Even if they have to ignore requests made by the customer.  There is always time to make the changes that our customer wants. We know from experience that compromise and collaboration is what creates the designs people love most. And that just giving customers what they ask for is the easy and less professional path.

 

 

Hoping your kitchen designer is brave enough to show you beyond what you ask for.

 

and as always . . .

 

Bon Appetite!

 

Paul

 

 

Kosher kitchens are an interesting meeting between very specific traditions and what can be accomplished with technology to make adhering to those traditions more convenient and the resulting kitchens still efficient and easy to work in.

Generallythe kitchen design process is  about making tradeoffs between the pros and cons of each of the design elements. As all Main Line Kitchen Design customers learn, creating the best kitchen designs requires both customers and their designers to be flexible about wish lists such as giving up some positive aspects or desires to gain better designs or to save money for other splurges.

 

Kosher kitchens add additional requirements to designing a kitchen that limit what tradeoffs are possible. This generally makes designing a kosher kitchen more of a challenge, particularly for less experienced designers. Over the past few years, new material and fixture choices, and high tech appliances with Sabbath mode settings and other conveniences have made designing a great kosher kitchens easier for kitchen designers familiar with the newest products and materials.

 

The web site Star-K is a wonderful resource for designers and homeowners planning a kosher kitchen. Star-K explains the strictest interpretations of kosher rules and guidelines, and helps in evaluating the newest Sabbath mode appliances. Keep in mind when using Star-K that, even the most orthodox Rabbis sometimes have different opinions on what materials can be considered kosher. Accordingly, we recommend checking with your Rabbi if you are considering using Quartz or Corian countertops, dishwasher drawers, or other surfaces, fixtures, or appliances that can fall into a grey area on the kosher scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following appliance innovations further demonstrate this fascinating meeting between technology and tradition:

 

Refrigerator/Freezer Doors placed in Sabbath Mode that:

  1. will not cause circulation fans to go on/off. (kosher)
  2. will not activate any tones or digital readouts. (kosher)
  3. will not affect defrost cycle.  (kosher)
  4. will not turn on interior appliance lights. (kosher)
  5. pause automatic ice makers. (kosher).

 

Sabbath Mode Ovens 

While very popular are in the kosher grey area. Many Sabbath Mode Ovens will do a vast array of  anything you preprogram them for but most of these amazing conveniences do not meet the strict criteria of Star-K and other orthodox rabbinical groups. As a result, simpler and less automated ranges are the most appropriate when considering the strictest halachic concerns.

 

Being a kitchen designer means designing great kitchens for all your customers. Our job is not to determine the style of our customers’ kitchen. It is to help them implement their style whether it is simple Modern or ornate French Country. With kosher kitchens, our job also is to understand the level of compliance our customers and their Rabbis are comfortable with and to design within those boundaries.

 

Hoping your kitchen designer places your style and preferences above their own in helping you create a great kitchen together.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 

. . . and of course . .

Bon Appetite!

 

Paul, Julie, Ed, John, Stacia, and Tom

Main Line Kitchen Design

 

 


Meticulous Details Lead to Tremendous Results

 

At Main Line Kitchen Design, we’ve seen our share of kitchens but we’ve never seen one like we recently saw in Iceland! Main Line Kitchen Design president Paul McAlary and his wife Julie Meyer traveled to the incredible country of Iceland where they experienced waterfalls, a glacier, a lava cave, hot springs and the capital city Reykjavik dining phenomenon known as Nostra, which mean meticulous details in Icelandic.

 

Ordering is simple – 4, 6 or 8 courses and with or without recommended wine pairings. Then, the performance, begins.

 

Appropriately enough, we were started off with an ‘amuse bouche’ accompanied by a 2017 Tunglskin Hauksson Weine.

The pedestal plate contained a handcrafted cheese enclosed in a edible vegetable wrap. The larger plate was a seaweed wafer. The very complimentary wine is grown and vinted by an Icelandic office worker who recently relocated to Switzerland to pursue his dream of growing grapes and making wine (www.haukssonwine.com).

Our second course was “tiled” salmon over a skyr (Icelandic yogurt) mousse and topped with trout roe. It was paired with a Chilean pinot noir. Both the mousse and roe perfectly complimented the paper thin salmon and left us eagerly anticipating the next courses.

Course no. 3 was potatoes ‘vichyssoise’ sauteed with leeks and Karl Johan mushrooms. The paired wine took us halfway around the world for an outstanding New Zealand Chardonnay. When asked how we enjoyed this course, Julie responded ‘It’s everything I don’t like and it was wonderful!’

Course no. 4 was a barbecued carrot with pistachios, horseradish and skyr. Each item on the plate – including the incredibly flavorful parsley – had their own bold unique flavor that combined for a completely unexpected wonderful combination. We later learned the secret of the standout parsley – stay tuned. We remained in New Zealand for this wine pairing – this time, a New Zealand cab that perfectly complimented the tangs in the barbecue sauce and horseradish.

The evening’s fifth course was plaice (fish) salsify (root vegetable), caviar and sauce nage. As with each course that preceded it, each ingredient combined for a perfect blend of flavor and texture. We made it to France for the wine pairing which presented a unique blend of its own. It was
a Domaine Villemajou Corbieres-Boutenac containing Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedra.

 

In addition to being perfectly prepared, the courses were also masterfully timed so as to allow for ample enjoyment of each followed by enough of a break to look forward to the next one which, on this evening, was tuna.

Once again, perfectly prepared and paired with tremendously imaginative ingredients. At this point, the staff invited us for a post-meal kitchen tour. We were so honored that I forgot to photograph the wine and can’t share what was paired with this course.

 

As it was being served, we were informed that our 7th course was a “pre-dessert”.

On this evening, whey sorbet with candied barley constituted a ‘pre-dessert’. Just as unique and incredible as everything else. We couldn’t believe there could be more but, of course, there was.

Desert was served with the description of strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries. It was more formally listed on the menu as fresh strawberries, grilled strawberry sabayonne and raw strawberry sorbet. The beverage was a sloe gin the restaurant makes on premises.

 

And, apparently, where’s there’s pre-dessert – there’s post-dessert-

And then! We were whisked off to the kitchen – or should I say kitchens!

 

From the dining room, we could see

Our behind the scenes guide was Fridrik Pordarson and our first stop was the secret to the incredibly flavorful herbs.


Nostra grows their own herbs?! Grows and dries –

Priorities are obviously different in restaurant kitchens. Cabinets are minimal and accessibility is key.

Nostra obviously had all the right recipes. And if you’re ever in Reykeyjevik, we can’t recommend it enough.

Main Line Kitchen Design’s President emerges from glacier

 

Until then, we wish all our customers and friends the happiest of holidays with family, friends and good food.

 

. . . and of course . . .

 

Bon Appetite!

Main Line Kitchen Design recently participated in two key fundraisers for Chester County Futures.

 

Chester County Futures serves low-income Chester County students (Coatesville Area, Kennett Consolidated, Oxford Area and Phoenixville Area School Districts) motivated to earn a high school diploma and post-secondary degree in order to break out of the familial cycle of poverty and become meaningful contributors to the communities in which they live.  All of their students are considered low-income by national standards.  

 

Main Line Kitchen Design’s Ed Sossich misses Fall Golf Scramble Championship by 1 stroke!

 

Stop by our Havertown/Upper Darby location to meet Main Line Kitchen Design’s new Operations Manager and Ace Golfer, Ed Sossich. Most days, Ed will be designing kitchens and keeping the Main Line Kitchen Design “trains running on schedule”. One day, last month was a bit different as he represented us at Chester County Futures 2018 Fall Golf Scramble at Broad Run Golfer’s Club in West Chester, PA.

 

 

The tournament began with Main Line Kitchen Design sponsoring both the 14th hole and the watering hole (golfers beverage of choice). At the end of the day as scorecards were turned in, Ed and his foursome turned out to be the team to beat for the 80 tournament participants! Their -12 under par held up until one of the final teams reported and they took 2nd place, just 1 stroke off the championship. 

 

Our Ace Golfer Ed missed out a second time on the 164 yard par 3 closest to the pin challenge. Ed’s shot landing 4’ 5” from the pin missed ‘closest to the pin’ by ½ an inch – AHH so close!  We’ll get ‘em next year!

 

Shortly after the golf outing, Main Line Kitchen Design president Paul McAlary and Julie Meyer were honored to attend Chester County Futures Annual Wine Tasting and Dinner.  Held in Malvern’s striking High Point, the event included multiple courses paired with expertly selected wines and spirits followed by a panel of Futures Students explaining the role of the program in their lives.  The students represented numerous area universities including Penn State and Temple. They all had ambitious majors and both their accomplishments and aspirations are an absolute inspiration.

 

Before the event concluded, Paul and Julie learned that they had placed the winning bids on two silent auction items including an autographed photo of Carson Wentz throwing his first Eagles touchdown.  We are honored to have contributed to such a rewarding cause and have this collectible on view at our Havertown office.

Carson Wentz throwing his first Eagles Touchdown Pass

 

At Main Line Kitchen Design, we are all about creating great kitchen designs and helping our customers spend their budgets wisely.  We are also about making our customers’ communities the best they can be and enjoy working with the many community organizations we are affiliated with.   

 

With Thanksgiving approaching, we are thankful for our valued customers, our dedicated design team and that we can give to those in need. 

 

Wishing everyone a heartfelt Thanksgiving …

…and of course…

Bon appetite!

 

Paul, Julie, Ed, John, Stacia, and Tom

Main Line Kitchen Design

 

Main Line Kitchen Design will now assist people outside our service area free of charge on most Fridays between 2 pm and 4 pm Eastern Standard Time. We can answer general kitchen design or cabinetry questions and assist in finding competent kitchen designers for a particular location too far away for us design and sell cabinetry.
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Here is an example of an email we received and the advice we gave a homeowner who sent us his kitchen design to examine.
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Hi,
I’ve been enjoying your blog alot.
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I stopped in to a shop near me today and gave them a design from Cliq Studios that my installer measured out.  The plan attached below is something he sent us for Decora with some tweaks to the Cliq design.
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I think there are a couple things that could be done to this design, for example going to 30” for the sink from 33” and giving those 3” to the 9” base cabinet to create another 12” cabinet.
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Anyway, I would be very interested in your thoughts regarding any big flaws and potential areas of improvement.
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Thanks so much,
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John

Kitchen designed in Fabuwood Galaxy by Main Line Kitchen Design.

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Hi John,
Thanks for appreciating our blog. Couple of comments on your design:
First- Not showing all the walls around a kitchen (yes even when there are no cabinets on them) screams incompetence in a kitchen designer. This is because there is no way to understand how the traffic flows in the room and what the clearance distances are. And the computer can not catch any measurement errors made by the person who measured. At our company a designer would be given a severe warning for such incompetence. 
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Second- The ceiling appears to be at most 4 inches higher than the tops of the wall cabinets which are 33 inches high. So the height of the room is around 91 inches. Again only a kitchen designer who is inexperienced would use 33 inch high wall cabinets and crown molding in this situation unless the entire ceiling was being leveled using a laser level.
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When crown molding is reaching the ceiling, no ceiling is usually level enough to hang cabinets without a two piece crown molding with enough play to disguise how out of level a ceiling is. Cabinetry must be installed level and the molding the way you have it will accent exactly how off of level your ceiling is.
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Using 30″ high wall cabinets with a two piece crown molding not only will look better in your kitchen but cost you thousands of dollars less. Here is a link to a Houzz.com post of a customer whose designer didn’t account for her ceiling being out of level.
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Her ceiling had many inches of play which you do not and she still had a problem. Good designers do not put 10 lbs of sausage in an 8 lb wrapper.
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Your design is also poor although how to make a better design is impossible to know since only two walls are shown. Here is a link describing a kitchen with issues similar to your design:
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Good kitchen designers do not price out kitchens or attempt to help customers without first measuring their home. Please try to find a local designer that is both competent and responsible. Buying cabinetry online assures that the people helping you don’t know what they are doing and that there is no kitchen designer in your area able to help you should any problems arise. Here is a link to cabinet dealers and designers we recommend around the United States.
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Hopefully one of these places is close to you. If not, we help people outside our service area locate competent designers near them  free of charge on Fridays between 2 pm and 4 pm EST. Just call our main phone number.
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Be a “Smart” and not a “Knowbetta”. We describe both types of customers in the funny blog below and also make this humorous point in our Youtube video:
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Cheers,
Paul
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Please use the free time Main Line Kitchen Design gives you to assist you in getting the local professional kitchen design help everyone needs.  Our help is not meant to replace the in depth  detailed kitchen design help that many people using Houzz.com or The Garden Web often try to avoid.
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Hopping you get the kitchen design help you need . . .
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And of course …
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Bon Appetite!
Paul, Julie, Ed, John, Stacia, and Tom
Main Line Kitchen Design

Financing A Large Kitchen Project Is A Big Commitment

Kitchen renovations are one of the most expensive home remodeling projects. And, regardless of economic conditions and interest rates, financing a large home renovation can be challenging.

Kitchen Financing

A  recent development helping homeowners to pay for large renovations is online banking institutions offering nearly instant financing at competitive rates.

 

One option, to maximize your borrowing power, is to use a locally based company called RenoFi. RenoFi created the first home equity loan built specifically for renovations! Unlike standard home equity loans, the RenoFi loan uses the expected value of your home post-renovation to allow you to borrow the most money at the best possible rates. Their loan does not require you to refinance your first mortgage, thus offering significant savings if you have an existing low mortgage rate locked in. RenoFi partners with local and established credit unions to offer the typical 5,10,15,20 year lending terms. You can apply for a RenoFi loan here.

 

A very quick way to apply for a loan online would be to use the SuperMoney portal link here and at the bottom of each page of the Main Line Kitchen Design website. SuperMoney assists people in getting bids from financial institutions for loans. Much like KAYAK does for hotels, SuperMoney does not loan you money directly, it simply submits your loan information to qualified responsible financial institutions and assembles a list of loan offers for you to consider. The SuperMoney website discusses additional financial information that could be useful. And SuperMoney gets very good reviews on consumer websites and with the Better Business Bureau.

 

Another lending route is Lightstream.  We met a Lightstream representative at the January 2016 National Kitchen and Bath Industry Show KBIS in Las Vegas. Below is a video about Lightstream from KBIS 2016. Lightstream gets good reviews from the consumers that qualify for their loans.

YouTube Video on Lightstream Lending

YouTube Video on Lightstream Lending

 

Homeowners should beware of predatory lenders offering free financing for 12 to 18 months and then charging retroactively over 20% interest rates on the balance. Many kitchen companies and home centers promote this deal to their customers through lenders like General Electric. There are much better alternatives to this type of loan and Main Line Kitchen Design would never participate in one of these type lending agreements.

 

Hoping you find reasonable financing for the project of your dreams……and of course…

 

Bon Appetit!

Paul, Julie, John, Stacia, Tom, and Ed

Main Line Kitchen Design

Every type of wood has different characteristics. Recently we received the edited inquiry below on our blog.

2017 Swarthmore PA Kitchen

 

Hi,

I am looking for cherry wood cabinets in a light stain. I do not like it when a door has very different shades of color. I read all your posts and agree that getting a veneer panel will give me a more consistent color. However, looking at photos of Kraftmaid and other brands they still have very different shades between the panel and the individual parts of the frame on the doors. What cabinet line would you recommend?

 

Here is an edited version of our response:

 

All wood pieces on a cabinet door will have color variations between each piece of wood. Cherry wood in particular. While not as severe as hickory or walnut, cherry has more color variations than many woods. Another property of cherry wood is cherry pits (small holes on the surface of the wood). These characteristics are natural and while some more expensive custom cabinet lines will have slightly less variation in their cherry cabinetry than say the Kraftmaid line you mentioned, you must expect any cherry kitchen to have these properties.

 

Customers that can’t accept the properties of the wood they select for their kitchen can be a nightmare for kitchen designers. Maple has mineral steaks, oak and birch are consistent but people like the grain and colors of other woods more. You can not have your cake and eat it too as the saying goes.

 

I think that you should not be looking for a cherry kitchen but for a wood that can look like cherry or at least be stained to a cherry-like color but that will be more consistent. Some people select maple cabinetry and a stain that has a red cherry-like tone. In the Kraftmaid line you mentioned the chestnut finish looks cherry-like on maple. Or Alder is a wood that can be more consistent than cherry, and look like cherry, but you would need a more expensive manufacturer to avoid the knots that can also be found in alder.

 

All good kitchen designers explain the properties of the wood and finish a customer selects to that customer. It is incredibly frustrating coming to a customer’s home to go over their concerns about their cabinets to find dozens of pieces of blue tape on cabinetry marking variations in the grain, wood tones differences, pits, or properties of the stain and glaze that were selected and that customers should have been expected. These blue tape customers will usually tell us that they “feel” that they should have gotten more consistent cabinetry for the money they spent.

 

When I have explained or even warned a customer repeatedly about their selections before they order their kitchen and they then have these unrealistic “feelings”, I tell them that I “feel” like I should be 6 feet tall but am actually 5’9″ and shrinking with age. While very few enjoy the joke, they get the point and we compromise from there. Replacing 3 or 4 doors that are fine but have characteristics a customer doesn’t like for an entire kitchen is fine and par for the course for kitchen designers. Customers that want more than that will find some cabinet dealers more flexible than others.

2017 Warrington PA Kitchen

 

Below is a list of the most common types of wood kitchen cabinetry is made from, and the properties of each type wood. And here is a link to wood descriptions from Osborne wood products.

Cherry – Larger grain. Medium to high variation in wood color. The lighter the stain the greater the variation. Cherry pits.

Oak – Large grain. Less popular today for kitchen cabinetry. Medium color consistency.

Quartersawn Oak– More popular than regular Oak. Very tight grain and very consistant in color

Maple – Light graining. Consistent color. Mineral streaks (grey blemishes)

Birch – Consistent tight light grain.

Hickory – High color variation between pieces. Expect “stripes” on your cabinets. Also large grain and some small knots are possible.

Walnut – Available in custom cabinetry. The most extreme variations in color.

Bamboo – VERY consistant VERY tight grain.

Mahogany – Usually actually Liptus wood today. Tight consistent grain.

 

Main Line Kitchen Design wants all our customers to love their completed kitchen. But please make sure you understand the properties of the wood you are selecting and keep the blue tape within reason.

Bon Appetit!

Paul and Julie

Main Line Kitchen Design’s second office and selection center will officially open Tuesday October 23rd. Unlike the Bala Cynwyd offices which are appointment only, the City Line Office will greet customers stopping in to make appointments and have a few questions answered prior to beginning our design process. Office Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday and posted after the October 23rd Opening.

Main Line Kitchen Design says “come on in!”

 

Our Bala Cynwyd offices will remain our primary design center with two offices and 3 design stations. The City Line Office located on the corner of City Ave and Barclay Rd across from the Havertown Post office has two offices but one design station. All Main Line Kitchen Design orders and projects will be expedited and scheduled out of the City Line Office primarily manned by our designer Ed Sossich. Our designer Tom Shannon, who like Ed also lives in Havertown, will find the new location convenient.

Recently completed kitchen in Malvern Pa

 

Customers using Route 1 and West Chester Pike, Route 3, will save travel time for meetings at our new location. Our Bala Cynwyd location remains easily accessible from The Schuylkill Expressway, Lancaster and Montgomery Avenues, and is only one block off of City Avenue.

Our new office will also share space with General Contractor AD Panaccio. Al Panaccio and his staff have been a pleasure to partner with on our many kitchens together. They were a great help setting up the new office and I know they enjoyed  watching kitchen designers try their hands at construction.

 

Customers who choose to hire Main Line Kitchen Design as their project management team and General Contractors will be under the AD Panaccio umbrella even though the project will be bid by and managed by Main Line Kitchen Design. This partnership will help keep our fees low and will give us an added ability to keep jobs running on schedule.

 

 

Official Main Line Kitchen Design Update

 

Our Web Pages, Social Media Pages, and our listings on  Houzz, Angie’s List, Porch, Home Adviser, Yelp and all other internet platforms will be automatically updated on Tuesday October 23rd.

 

As our company tag line says . . .

The world of kitchen design is changing .  .  .

 

Paul, Julie, John, Ed, Stacia, and Tom

Main Line Kitchen Design

 

 

 

 


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