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The kitchen cabinet industry is extremely busy right now. Possibly busier than it ever has been. Couple the explosion in sales with the confusion and inconvenience created during a pandemic and you have potential problems and possibly lengthy delays. Main Line Kitchen Design has been doing a tremendous job keeping delays and problems to a minimum, but as Ed our Operations Manager frequently laments “it’s like playing Wack-a-Mole”.

Some of the challenges created in this wild west environment are:

New employees for cabinet factories, warehouses, and trucking learning on the job. This creates orders we need to triple check because cabinet brand customer service people are often new, stressed, and working from home while processing our orders. We almost never receive conformations that aren’t full of mistakes that we need to correct and often correct again. Inexperienced delivery people damage cabinetry. They place cabinets face down in their trucks or drop them without checking for damage. Often these inexperienced drivers arrive at the wrong job sites, or show up without warning, or arrive hours after their delivery window.

Cabinet lead times are increasing. Fortunately the less expensive cabinet brands that Main Line Kitchen Design carries have remained on schedule and still have ample stock of all the parts and pieces they need to fill cabinet orders. However many similar lines are running out of stock. For example, I have heard that J&K cabinetry, ForeverMark, and a few other lines in this price point are out of stock and are experiencing very long delays. Wolf cabinets, formerly a reliable inexpensive brand has new factories in the mid west that seem to have quality control issues. Main Line Kitchen Design has been lucky with the two less expensive brands we carry – CNC and Fabuwood. However damage and shipping problems have increased particularly with CNC.

Fabuwood Kitchen

The mid priced brands that we carry have increased lead times of a couple of extra weeks and the custom lines we carry are so busy that 3 months seems to be the fastest that we can get custom cabinetry.

Staying on top of all these external issues is especially challenging when Main Line Kitchen Design’s sales are up 120% from last year. I am particularly proud of the job we are doing. And the job we are doing maintaining good customer relations when some of our customers are understandably less patient after a year of social distancing.

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Brighton Kitchen Designed by Chris Rossetti

On the positive side of all this is that the kitchens we are designing and selling in the last 6 months are particularly creative and beautiful. Our designers are all very experienced and creative, but I believe that Zoom meetings have allowed us to spend the additional time needed with customers to hit the design home runs I see flying across my desk.

Looking forward to more normal times and to our Friday company lunches at Ryan Christopher’s in Narberth.

Stay safe,

Paul

Every week over 8,000 people read our kitchen design and cabinetry blog. Hundreds ask questions about cabinetry and design online and many people call in to our Podcast Fridays 2-4 pm EST with similar questions.

Who the people are that read our blogs, Facebook posts, and ask questions is as interesting as the questions they ask. For example on Facebook the majority of the people who read our posts are women. However, our Facebook quiz determining kitchen design IQ was read by predominately men 25 -45. See Link.

Main Line Kitchen Design’s viral kitchen renovation video has been viewed in 188 different countries around the world. So all but 7 of the existing Nations. Over the last 18 months people from nearly every country except Greenland have been on our site. Countries I had to look up like Kyrgyzstan have had many visitors. So why no visitors from Greenland?

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Famous Bala Cynwyd, PA Kitchen

The vast majority of people who arrive on our site get there for the first time by a Google search. They average spending about two minutes on our site, while people coming from Yahoo or Bing spend a minute longer and DuckDuckGo searchers average 4 minutes. We’re hoping DuckDuckGo takes off as a search engine 🙂

People asking questions on our site tend to focus on cabinet brand quality which is why our 2020 cabinet ranking post is so popular. See Post Here. However, our site stresses the importance of the kitchen design and working with a knowledgeable Kitchen Designer above getting too focused on particular cabinet brands. While our Blog questioners tend to overlook this, our Friday podcast callers do not. They routinely send in kitchen designs to have us critique.

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Always available to take questions.

All the people writing and calling us have two things in common. A desire to learn more about kitchen design and kitchen cabinetry, and a heart warming thankfulness for the information we make available. It’s one of the reasons our designers like taking Friday phone calls and why we started recording those calls for our podcast.

We look forward to answering your questions

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Paul, Julie, Ed, Chris, Lauren, John, Anna, Tom and Stacia.

Lauren explains the preparation all kitchen designers would appreciate prior to our measuring your kitchen.

Senior Designer Lauren Sciarra
by Senior Designer Lauren Sciarra

1.  First, put your masks on and remember your six-foot distance!  Main Line Kitchen Design does enforce a strict policy of wearing masks and social distancing during all in-person meetings including kitchen measures. 

2.  Tidy up your kitchen and remove major obstacles from your house. Designers get more accurate measurements if you clear as many objects and boxes from the walls. 

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3.  Plan your payment for our 1st Deposit. Main Line Kitchen Design accepts all major credit cards, cash, checks and electronic payments including debit and credit cards through our online payment portal. 

4. Prepare a list of questions!  WE LOVE QUESTIONS AND CLIENTS WHO ARE PREPARED!  Your kitchen designer will listen to concerns and answer your questions so that you are put at ease, however they will NOT follow exact instructions on how to design the kitchen to start.  Leave design to the experts at first. Your ideas can be implemented after you see what a professional would do with your space. As you make changes to the initial design you will better understand why you might want to keep some of the designers recommendations. Considering all your options is what gets you a kitchen you will truly love.

5. Give your kitchen designer a little space and quiet while they are measuring. This allows them to focus and reduces the possibility of errors when they are sketching your kitchen and taking precise measurements. 

6.  Free yourself up for your designer! Clients sometimes have contractors or other designers overlap each other.  It is NEVER a good idea, or polite, to have two different professionals booked at the same time.

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Photo not considering Covid restrictions.

7.  Be prepared to consider advice.  If you want the BEST kitchen design, you have to be open minded. Let your kitchen designer advise and educate you, they will help you make the decisions that will increase your most valuable investment, your home.  

8.  Do your homework.  Ideally designers want you to clarify what style and colors you want. Sharing a look you want to create, current problems you want us to solve, or desired appliances is helpful.  You should NOT purchase or decide on any appliances before the design we create together is complete.

9.  Think about a budget.  A kitchen renovation is a HUGE investment. The value of your home can often increase far beyond the money you spend when you chose a GOOD design and designer!  We can help create a budget once you make the big decisions and explain the likely costs for labor and materials.  It is a great idea to discuss your financing options with your bank, credit unions, financial advisors before you start the kitchen process, so that you have a sense of what’s feasible money wise. Kitchen projects can run from $20k to $70k and the most expensive projects we work on can easily exceed these numbers so financing your renovation is usually needed.

Plan a safe space for your pets! 

10.  Plan a safe space for your pets!  There are some instances where your kitchen designer may have to inspect the joists in the basement, the space in the garage, or even inspect the possibility of an addition or placement of a window or door outside. Your pets are important to us and we don’t want to have any escape or wander off while we are inspecting a space and gathering critical information. 

We look forward to making your kitchen a place you love and feel comfortable in. Measuring your home is the beginning of this exciting process.

Stay safe, it is only a little longer before we can all dine together and truly wish you . . .

BON APPETIT!

Main Line Kitchen Design

Renovating a kitchen is the most expensive home improvement that most homeowners will undertake. Studies show that the majority of Americans only renovate one kitchen in their lifetime. Understanding what the costs for a kitchen renovation are is a good starting point if you are considering this major expense.

Main Line Kitchen Design recommends never doing a kitchen renovation halfway. Spending the majority of what a brand new completely renovated kitchen would cost but keeping old cabinetry, an outdated floor plan, and other undesirable features is just throwing money away. If you aren’t remodeling the kitchen from scratch then spend as little as possible to spruce up your kitchen until a time when the project can be done right. The money you spend should then be recouped when you sell your home.

Below are our best guesses for three different scale kitchen renovations and how much the entire project should cost. This is for the Philadelphia suburbs and other areas need to adjust for their costs. Here is a cost adjuster for your area of the country.

Small kitchen renovation on a budget but with quality materials. $30,000

For small kitchens in condos or row homes without a lot of cabinetry and without major construction changes, the costs of the project might breakdown this way:

Cabinets $7,000. Countertops $2000. Appliances $3000. Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $3000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $15,0000.

Medium size kitchen major construction and some upgrades. $55,000

Cabinets $15,000 Countertops $4,000, Appliances $5000, Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $6,000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $25,0000.

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Large kitchen major renovation, custom cabinets, pro appliances. $125,000

Cabinets $40,000 Countertops $8,000, Appliances $25,000, Other materials such as flooring, fixtures, backsplash, hardware and mics $12,000. All labor including, plumbing. electric, carpentry, drywall, tilework, and painting $40,0000.

The numbers above can quickly increase with spurges on materials. For example, one customer of ours spent $75,000 just on their appliances. However the cost of more major construction modifications such as moving doorways, windows, and load bearing walls has less of an impact on a project’s total cost then material upgrades.

Getting an accurate estimate for your kitchen renovation can be as easy as simply calling Main Line Kitchen Design. If a home has been for sale in the last ten years there are often photos on real estate websites. Simply looking at these photos and asking a few questions can make ball parking and entire kitchen renovation easy for an experienced kitchen designer.

Call today and we would be happy to ball park your kitchen renovation and explain our design process in detail.

Looking forward to a time when we can once again design kitchens face to face and collaborate with our colleagues in our offices and over lunch at Ryan Christopher’s in Narberth.

Stay safe and of course . . .

Bon Appetit!

By Paul McAlary

I often see blogs and magazine articles predicting bold kitchen design trends. In reality-

-white shaker style cabinetry has remained the most purchased style cabinet for the past 10 years

-the most frequently chosen countertops are engineered quartz, granite or quartzite in light colors resembling marble

-the most popular flooring choices are darker wood and porcelain tile that look like wood, and luxury vinyl in similar colors

We do see exceptions but they are generally in rural areas that lag behind suburban design trends, and cities where contemporary and ultra-modern cabinetry is often used in high rises and condos.

While predicting bold kitchen style changes is a frequent topic in magazines and DIY programs, the “authorities” making these predictions generally have minimal experience and are less knowledgeable than anyone a home owner should consider working with on a kitchen remodel. It’s also nearly a sure bet that their predictions are completely wrong year after year.

Here are my more realistic predictions for where kitchen design is headed in the coming years:


Color & Style
There will be more variation in color and style going forward but only subtly. Countertops may get darker and darker island colors will continue to become more popular, but recessed panel door styles will rule for another 10 years and white and off-white colors will still dominate.


Finding a qualified designer
The pandemic has changed how people research and shop for kitchens.
Browsing the web, and watching HGTV, unfortunately, is more popular and
will remain so (see We Rate Kitchen Remodeling TV shows for their realism
and advice
). Too often, the little information consumers gather empowers
them to feel that they know far more than they do. This will create a widening gap between the better designs done by more talented professional kitchen designers and the work done by non-professionals.

Over the next ten years, this gap will become so extreme that home owners
will begin paying a steep price unless they use designers who ONLY
design kitchens, full-time. Well-designed homes do and will continue to
sell for far more than real estate formulas predict. This reality will be one of
the factors that drives better design being recognized going forward.


New construction
New Home Builders will also be forced to finally begin valuing good design.
This trend is already occurring. For example, several of our customers purchasing newly constructed homes from Toll Brothers and other builders, have immediately after closing, ripped out their poorly designed kitchens to install better ones. What a waste, and how much more would those homes have sold for were they better designed.


Bad taste
Unfortunately, I don’t see this trend abating as quickly as it needs to. Too
many homeowners insist on compromising good design to squeeze features
in that don’t work in a room. My wife giggles every time I try to convince
customers that smaller chairs don’t make an island work – people are still the same size!


The most important predictor for every home owner to consider is finding an experienced kitchen designer to work with. Once you select a good designer you can easily forecast that you will have a kitchen that you love and one that adds substantial value to your home.

Our list of the top six myths about kitchen remodeling not only debunks the top kitchen renovation misconceptions but it also identifies the sources of the misinformation.

  1. Removing a load bearing wall is very expensive. This misconception comes from HGTV and other poorly researched home remodeling shows. In reality removing a load bearing wall that might cost 2 or 3 thousand dollars is very little compared to cabinet and appliance upgrades. And removing a wall with a lot of ductwork and plumbing could be far more expensive than removing a load bearing wall.

2. You can reuse your granite countertop and save money when you remodel your kitchen. Insurance companies propagate this myth because they don’t understand the countertop industry. No contractor would be qualified removing a granite or quartz top and reinstalling it, and no countertop company will remove and replace your existing top for any less than a new top in the same color would cost. This is due to the likelihood of the top breaking during removal and because it is more work removing AND replacing than simply buying a new top.

3. The more expensive the cabinets, countertops, and appliances the more durable they are. People that sell these products have a vested interest in consumers believing this. In reality the cost of these materials has very little affect once you get to a certain, easy to afford, level of quality. Custom cabinets, higher priced countertops, and professional appliances, can be beautiful but they don’t last particularly longer and can be damaged just as easily.

4. Architects are good kitchen designers. Architects themselves propagate this myth. While someone with a degree in architecture could work as a full time kitchen designer and bring an added level of expertise to their customers, in reality most architects don’t design kitchens exclusively or work for cabinet dealers. The lack of experience makes them terrible designers. The saying “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing” describes the issue best.

5. The first step in starting a kitchen renovation is getting estimates from contractors. Contractors, HGTV, and false assumptions made by consumers feed this misconception. The best place to start working on most kitchen renovations is with the kitchen cabinet dealer and an experienced designer working there. The designer can give you ball park estimates on construction to help you budget. Once you complete the kitchen design, which is usually quite different from what a customer initially plans, several contractors can bid on the detailed and fleshed in project. Contractors bidding “apples to apples” will get you more accurate and lower estimates. Not to mention that the contractor will not be able to inflate material costs.

6. You know exactly what you want. A simple lack of knowledge is responsible for this misconception, and MANY people contemplating a kitchen renovation firmly believe it. In fact the more certain that a consumer is the more likely they are to be spending their remodeling budget poorly and on a bad design. Doug Mottershead says it best and in a funny way in our video. Click on photo below:

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Doug explains why you don’t know what you don’t know.

As Paul says in the video “We are here if you need us”

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Homeowners are often confused as to what experience and education qualifies someone as a professional kitchen designer. The most basic qualification is simple.

You aren’t a professional kitchen designer unless you are working full time designing other people’s kitchens and selling them cabinetry.

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John Cisneros Kitchen

Real kitchen designers know that you can’t even begin to be qualified at our job unless you design kitchens and sell cabinetry as your profession. Professional kitchen designers will measure and begin working on designs with several new customers each week. Their many appointments with these customers devoted to refining designs in the cabinet brands the dealer sells makes them experts selling those lines and knowing what designs are possible in any particular space. Over a year, the average full-time designer will have worked on over 100 different kitchens.

Lauren Sciarra Kitchen

When a non-professional kitchen designer tells me that they have expertise designing kitchens, they usually are equating designing a few different homes with the vast experience acquired by a full-time kitchen designer over years in our field. This would be like someone who does their own taxes each year claiming that they were an accountant.

Chris Rossetti Kitchen

Architects, Contractors, Real Estate Agents, Engineers, and Interior Designers who aren’t working as kitchen designers also often feel empowered to design kitchens. Their work, as nearly all professional kitchen designers will tell you, is often so poor it’s painful for us to see. In fact, homeowners with no experience can, and sometimes do, create far better designs. This is because people with no experience might be humble enough to research what they don’t know and will learn the fundamentals of kitchen design before attempting it. While related professionals who are equally in the dark about kitchen design, will feel entitled to break every design rule they didn’t bother to learn about. As the saying goes “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

Paul McAlary Kitchen

Many of the best kitchen designers, in fact, do have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, construction, or interior design but those educational and life experiences were what drew them into the field. Once these same designers began working as kitchen designers full-time they quickly realized how much they still had to learn. Personally, I have found that designers often you need to make a mistake to understand how not to make it the next time. There is no substitute to the trial by fire that beginning kitchen designers go through on the way to becoming experts in our profession.

Simply working as a kitchen designer doesn’t make you great at it. But you can’t be competent at it without doing it professionally. The designers at Main Line Kitchen Design have different educational and employment backgrounds but we all have many years of kitchen design experience in common. We also need to be detail oriented, cautious, and good teachers in order to educate our customers.

Ed Sossich Kitchen

All the best kitchen designers work on commission so in order to succeed we must design beautiful and functional kitchens mistake free, while making the process enjoyable for our customers. This is why most of our designers are funny and why I miss the in-person company meetings and lunches that we have forgone due to Covid.

Sometimes our customers express things better than we can. That’s how we
all feel about this 5 star review from Houzz.com

Ed’s design skills and industry know-how are rivaled only by his endearing personality. From the moment we had our discovery call, Ed struck the perfect balance of professionalism and humor, setting the tone for a casual yet constructive dialogue that allowed him to educate us on the design/build process (which we were desperately in need of and thankful for) and create a forum for us to ask the many, many seemingly stupid questions – typical of first-time homebuyers/renovators – without feeling like morons.

We look forward to designing you a great kitchen and if you laugh with us along the way don’t be surprised.

The kitchens shown above were created by the designers listed. Photos and short Bio’s of our designers can be found on our website’s ABOUT page along with their contact information and LinkedIn profiles.

Stay safe and of course . . .

Bon Appetit!

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

A sure sign of a kitchen DIYer are words most often heard on HGTV and HOUZZ.COM like shabby chic, shiplap, and IKEA. Professional kitchen designers cringe when we hear these words. Just Googling kitchen photos with these profane words brings up page after page of kitchens that will devalue a home.

Shabby Chic is a term used to put a good spin on renovating a kitchen with some new elements but keeping other outdated design features. These kitchen creations are a complete waste of money and only forestall the time when a more sensible person will rip it all out and create something tasteful from scratch. Below are two examples of “Shabby Chic”

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HGTV personality Joanna Gaines popularized using shiplap exterior siding in kitchens. Beadboard, tongue and groove planking, or wainscoting is often used by professional kitchen designers. I’m pretty sure Joanna just didn’t know any better when she started using an exterior product inside but soon all these products became “shiplap” to the public. Googling “shiplap” brings up some frightening DIY kitchens like the example below.

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Houzz.com enthusiasts and DIYers love IKEA. Professional kitchen designers know that IKEA is a terribly made cabinet line and not even a good value. I find just hearing the brand name irritating.

Many far better constructed cabinet lines exist that come already assembled and cost no more than an IKEA kitchen. It is only because novice designers don’t know any better that they value IKEA. Respected psychologists actually named the delusion of overvaluing things you design and build yourself The IKEA Effect. And, the IKEA designs that DIYers like Christina below create are always flawed and odd looking.

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I’m Christina – a DIYer and decorator living on the Alberta prairies in a home we built ourselves. My goal is to inspire you to create a cozy home and life you love!

Some of the oddities above include solid cabinet doors over lower glass doors. This makes cabinetry appear unbalanced. Wall cabinets over windows, traditional door styles without crown moldings, and cabinetry sitting on a countertop very close to a sink break fundamental design rules. Mixing styles that don’t go together can be done to be eclectic but I suspect that here, it is unintentional. Finally, an expensive potfill over a cheap range with a back control panel on it, just makes me nuts.

Kitchen Cupboards is an old term used for kitchen cabinetry that is often used by people “not in the know”. Doing a Google search for the term brings up DIY experiments like the kitchen below. Should a professional ever use this term WATCH OUT!

The Hippocratic Oath a physician takes says to first “do no harm”. All professions should follow this rule and for kitchen designers this means not endorsing designs that will destroy the value of a client’s home. Were a customer to request any of the kitchens above, as ethical designers, we would pass on that project.

I wish that all kitchen design professionals would put the value of their customers home above simply selling cabinetry.

Homeowners looking for a design firm and cabinet dealer that puts their best interests above simply selling cabinetry will find the right partner with Main Line Kitchen Design.

Stay safe and Bon Appetit!

Paul

A designer who is both an interior designer and a kitchen designer, is a rare find for homeowners who are renovating their kitchen. This is because each type of ‘designer’ brings different skillsets to the project.   

Senior Designer Lauren Sciarra
Blog and kitchens by Senior Designer Lauren Sciarra

The first step in understanding this value is to understand the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator. Interior designers complete a four year degree in Interior Design. The curriculum includes:

  • Space planning & Spatial Concepts  
  • Building codes & Structural Integrity of Buildings  
  • Handicap accessibility (ADA codes)   
  • Sustainability & Environmentally Friendly Designs  
  • Electrical/Lighting  
  • Fabric Education – Residential & Commercial Design   
  • Ergonomics & Universal Design  
  • Spatial Concepts, Ethics, Psychology  
  • Furniture Design & History   
  • Color Theory & Design Trends  
  • Proposals, Presentations, Budgets & Timelines


Alternatively, interior decorators can obtain certification with as little as forty hours of training.  Both designers and decorators can be very helpful to homeowners. However, when it comes to what is generally, everyone’s largest asset – their home, homeowners understandably seek experts with the right credentials!   

I am an Interior Designer with more than 15 years of experience focusing on kitchens and bathrooms. I offer full-service interior design services through my company, www.greenprintsdesign.com.   

I am also a kitchen designer here at Main Line Kitchen Design. Training to become a kitchen designer is also not something you can just do overnight. Understanding the cabinet nomenclature, learning about individual cabinet lines, staying up to date with cabinetry trends and products, designing with kitchen codes and clearances are just the beginning of the knowledge required to assist clients with making the best use of the space they have and the dollars they have to invest in it.  



So, what is the difference when you work with a kitchen designer who is also an interior designer?  
Main Line Kitchen Design’s Houzz page showing 94 kitchens from all our designers demonstrates a range of tremendous talent from our senior designers – all of whom, like me, have devoted years and years to becoming leaders in our field. We also each bring our own personal input to our customers’ projects.   

As both an interior designer and kitchen designer, I see the entire project in detail, in color, with the furniture, the lighting, the cabinet hardware and with every finishing touch while I am creating a floor plan. My approach includes asking questions like a detective who wants to know how you spend every day utilizing your kitchen, and uncovering the style and motivation of your entire house.  I strive to find ways to solve spatial dilemmas and design obstacles.   



Good kitchen designers, like the Main Line Kitchen Design team, will ask you the important questions that are needed to create a good kitchen design.  The questions I pose to customers vary because of my background and training.  I can’t put a name or description on my unique interior design-kitchen design process but my completed projects always include features and attractive details that specifically reflect each individual client. My in-depth and occasionally more personal questions result in discovering more about each of my client’s use of space, and how they work in their kitchens.    

In addition to standard industry questions, here are a few samples of questions I ask, and after gaining some insight, my possible responses.   
   

Q:  What is your preference of the bar stool style and size?   

A:  If you want larger stools, perhaps we can add a larger overhang and we will have to add hidden or decorative supports to allow for weight of the countertop beyond the standard 12” overhang.  I will allow for more clearance in the walkaway as well.  
 

Q.  Are you considering adding new accent lighting to the kitchen?    

A:  If you want to install a pendant light or a wall fixture above the kitchen window, we can design the space without a valance above to allow for the decorative light fixtures.   
 

Q:  Have you considered what tile you want to use for your backsplash design or what style or look you want to achieve?    

A:  If we leave more wall space next to the range hood, we can highlight the glass mosaic tile you want to feature as the focal point.   



For some kitchen designers, the backsplash color may be irrelevant. Alternatively, working with a kitchen designer who is also an interior designer provides additional considerations such as leaving extra inches of space next to a chimney style range hood. This can allow a tile pattern to create a more dramatic look which clients appreciate.    

For the important investments in life, you want to hire professionals who you trust will do a superior job.  When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, working with someone qualified and experienced in combining both interior design and kitchen design proves invaluable to many – two designers combined into one package!  

If this approach appeals to you, I am looking forward to working with you.  

And, of course . . . Bon appetite! 
  

Lauren Marie Sciarra  

Senior Kitchen Designer, Main Line Kitchen Design   

Interior Designer & Owner, Greenprints Design Studio

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These three custom kitchens made lemonade from the challenge of the lemons produced during Covid-19. All three are designed in Brighton Custom Cabinetry with beaded inset door styles.

Brighton Beaded Inset Kitchen designed by Chris Rossetti

This Brighton beaded inset kitchen designed by Chris Rossetti is striking. Getting to the finish line on this kitchen took a little longer due to shipping damage created by the stress that the pandemic put on common carriers, UPS, and FedX.

Brighton Beaded Inset Kitchen by Paul

This Brighton beaded inset kitchen, designed in a customized Cascade door style, was almost completed this past spring when Covid interrupted its final touchups and adjustments. The photography was also put off several months, in favor of a safer time.

Brighton kitchen halted for 5 weeks by shutdown

This Brighton kitchen was stopped right after demolition due to the Pennsylvania shutdown. The homeowner, a medical professional, was caught between a stressful hospital environment and a kitchen halted mid renovation. The pandemic also made getting replacement parts and pieces from the factory difficult because Brighton customer service staff were forced to work from home and factory workers were out sick or had child care issues.

The homeowners from the three kitchens above deserve medals for their patience amidst trying times. Always cheerful and understanding, they were a pleasure to work with while a few other customers who experienced less inconvenience were impatient and irritable.

The contractors we regularly work with have been amazing during the last 9 months. They have endured delays from all their suppliers and rose above their own personal Covid challenges everyday. They created Covid safe work environments for their staff and subcontractors, even when some customers ignored CDC guidelines. Through it all, they were always positive.

Main Line Kitchen Design looks forward to a time when life returns to normal. When meeting with multiple sets of customers in our offices is possible and we can discuss design changes face to face. We miss the comradery between our fellow designers. And while Zoom has been a tremendous time saver that we will continue to use in the future, we miss our company lunches at Ryan Christopher’s in Narberth.

Stay safe and of course . . .

Bon Appetit!

Paul


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