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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 36 Save Money on a Kitchen.

Paul talks with Michael about ways to save money on a kitchen. Episode 36

Paul talks with Michael who is over budget on the kitchen addition he is working on. Paul talks about different ways to save money on cabinetry. He and Michael discus the design and possible changes. French Doors come up again and why they are often poorly thought out by architects. Grabel, Medallion, Starmark, and Fieldstone cabinetry is discussed.

Michael's original design by the architect. Podcast 36 Saving money on a kitchen.

Michael’s Original plan from the architect ABOVE. Paul’s Version BELOW.

Kitchen redesigned by Paul. Episode 36 Saving Monet on a kitchen.

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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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2 Replies to “Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 36 Save Money on a Kitchen.”

  1. Joanne Gutierrez

    Hi Paul,

    We are buying Signature Cabinets for our kitchen renovation. I noticed you gave these cabinets a high rating. My question is that their draw box is made of lenga wood instead of maple. I’m not familiar with that species of wood. Is it ok for the draw box or should we upgrade to maple?


    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi Joanne,
      Any hardwood would be fine. I haven’t seen Lenga wood, but it referred to as “Patagonian Cherry” from South America. Maple is such a boring wood that it might be a nice change. 🙂
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