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Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 38 Please get a kitchen designer’s help!

Paul talks with Charles who has done all kinds of kitchen research. He has many ideas and plans yet hasn’t yet gotten any professional kitchen design help. Episode 38

Charles wants a very ornate complex expensive kitchen and wants to buy that kitchen quickly. Paul warns that the more complex the design the more professional help you need. And that the longer the process takes. When homeowners want inset and custom cabinetry only the best kitchen designers will be able to design even simple kitchens. Most importantly, in these expensive kitchens rushing is particularly dangerous, and cabinet dealers that encourage rushing are unprofessional. When you want a complex expensive kitchen please get a kitchen designer’s help.

Paul and Charles discuss the types of brands that can do inset cabinetry successfully and reasonably.

Decora, Starmark, Starmark, Medallion, and Brighton Cabinetry are discussed. They also talk about cabinetry sales and why they can be problematic.

The design above is rudimentary. A well planed design needs months working with a kitchen designer before it would be close to ordering.

Traditional design above. Close to other even more ornate French Country design styles Charles is considering. These styles take an especially long time to create and organize. On average a design like the one above would require 30 hours of design time before finalizing a cabinetry order. Only the most experienced kitchen designers can pull off this style well. The designs are also much more expensive. For example each leg on the corner of the island above might cost at least $600. This is why getting an experienced kitchen designer’s help is so important.

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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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