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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 34 Custom Cabinets

Paul talks with Emily who has her kitchen designed in expensive custom cabinets but may not need custom cabinetry or the cabinet sizes specified. Episode 34.

Paul goes over Emily’s kitchen plans in great detail. He notices all the unusual custom cabinet sizes but thinks that these unusual sizes and dimensions are unattractive and impractical. Paul finds many dimensions that don’t work for Emily’s design. For example the microwave will not fit in the appliance garage, and the oven is so high off the floor that shorter people will burn their arms reaching inside. If you are working with a designer that doesn’t use kitchen design software this is a warning sign that your designer is too old or inexperienced, and doesn’t know the cabinet market. This can cost a customer a fortune and yet give them a poor design.

Episode 34 Custom Cabinets

Kitchen designed with custom cabinets floor plan
Floor plan for Emily’s custom cabinets
Kitchen designed with custom cabinets elevation
Kitchen designed with custom cabinets elevation
Kitchen designed with custom cabinets elevation

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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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