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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 17 Splurging on materials

Why it’s best to splurge on design and not materials. Episode 17

Paul talks with Holly who has a 99″ high ceiling. Paul explains why splurging on materials like appliances and cabinets makes no sense without first creating the best layout and design in a kitchen. Based on this concept, Paul advises Holly to add a window over her sink before splurging on expensive appliances. Paul also recommends Holly getting a much less expensive and smaller appliance package in order to get better cabinetry and countertops.

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Paul’s bio from the magazine Kitchen and Bath Design News:

Paul McAlary possesses a voice that resonates far beyond the boundaries of Philadelphia’s western suburbs and the city’s prestigious Main Line – the location of his well-established Delaware Valley design firm. McAlary, president and senior designer of Bala Cynwyd, PA-based Main Line Kitchen Design, is an internationally recognized kitchen design authority who has won more than a dozen local and national design awards, including being named a 2017 Viking Appliances Designer of Distinction.

Beyond his achievements as a designer, McAlary has also forged a burgeoning reputation as the creative force behind the “Main Line Kitchen Design Blog,” a unique online forum and social media resource that is read by more than 40,000 people each month and has been honored as one of the top kitchen design blogs in the world. Main Line Kitchen Design’s videos and blogs address a wide range of kitchen/bath-related topics aimed at sparking a constructive exchange of ideas among both consumers and design professionals.

McAlary, whose kitchens and comments often appear in trade magazines and on social media sites, is sometimes at odds with the kitchen design establishment, but he maintains a distinct sense of humor and is known as a fierce advocate for design standards, ethics and transparency in the kitchen design trade.

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