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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 29 Island cooktops

Paul explains why island cooktops are undesirable and create venting and design problems. Episode 29

Paul talks with Debbie who among some of her design challenges has an island cooktop. They discuss why Island cooktops create ventilation and countertop problems. While critiquing Debbie’s design, Paul explains why 24″ cabinets are not the most functional size. He also explains why double ovens can add thousands of dollars to a kitchen. Even beyond the added cost of the appliances. How moldings are used to hide hood venting is discussed. Surprisingly, while discussing shelving, the danger’s carpenters face installing from wall cabinets is explained.

Debbie’s plan below with island cooktop.

Debbie's proposed kitchen with island cooktop

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Paul McAlary


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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