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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 32 Is your contractor inflating prices?

Paul talks with Cheryl who has a home built on a slab. After asking some questions Paul believes Cheryl’s contractor inflating prices for moving plumbing. They discuss how to find contractors and possible design changes. Below are Cheryl’s kitchen drawings and a hand drawing by Paul on how a two-piece crown molding is installed. This is the type molding profile Paul recommends for Cheryl’s kitchen.


Cheryl's drawing. Is her contractor inflating prices to move the sink in the photo to the peninsula?
Washer Dryer and Refrigerator wall. Moving the plumbing lines should cost a couple of thousand dollars. Are Plumbing prices being inflated?
Overhead view of Cheryl's kitchen.

Stacked Molding Profile Below:

Crown-Molding drawing

Contractors inflating prices. Episode 32

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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.

Subscribe to Main Line Kitchen Design’s Blogs and podcasts here.

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