Main Line Kitchen Design
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Main Line Kitchen Design moves to measuring, designing, estimating, and shipping samples – all remotely.

Main Line Kitchen Design is changing to accommodate as much of our design process as is possible during times of social distancing. Among the things we can now effectively do remotely are:

1 Measuring customers kitchens and checking load bearing and non load bearing walls for plumbing and duct-work. Either our designers can come to your home to measure or surprisingly, measuring can easily be accomplished using Face-time or Zoom with our customers. You will be our eyes and hands as we direct you though the process we know so well, having done it for decades.

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  • By measuring each part of the room in pieces around all the walls and openings in our customer’s home, we have a foolproof way to confirm all the measurements taken. Once all the measurements have been transferred to our computers, walls will not meet and connect if any one section was miss measured. The most a design could ever be off is usually less than an inch. Good kitchen designers know we need to leave at least an inch or more of play in any design for contractors to level cabinetry and make cabinets align.

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Brighton Beaded Inset Custom Kitchen

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2. Going over 3D designs and making changes while screen sharing via Zoom. We were surprised at how easy using Zoom is, and appointments have actually been shorter and more effective using it. Making design changes in our offices where there are more distractions can make appointments slightly less focused.

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Bishop Shaker Full Overlay Kitchen

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3. Picking a cabinet line, door style, and finish remotely can be challenging but, even here, we have been surprised. Because many customers find viewing the 8 cabinet lines we carry and the infinite number of door style and finish combinations overwhelming, not having all the samples to view tends to keep people from straying into choices that they would never select.

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  • First, we discuss in detail with customers the price point and advantages of each cabinet line to determine the line they will probably want. Then, we go over door styles and finishes available in that line. If customers are satisfied with the photos of the door style and some of the finishes that come in that cabinet brand, we can have samples shipped directly to them from the factory.

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  • Cabinet construction is easy to view on line and for customers feeling the need to feel, touch and see a complete cabinet in the line they want, we can accomplish everything except this last step and then meet with clients in our offices once they have narrowed down the cabinet brands, door styles, and finishes they are considering.

  • Office meetings are to review samples and make selections. All design appointments must be conducted through Zoom. Office meetings will require social distancing, masks and gloves supplied by Main Line Kitchen Design and face shields for designers.

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Fabuwood Fusion Blanc Kitchen

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Hoping our customers stay safe and well during these difficult times. And for new customers wanting to work on their kitchen renovation or new home plans, we are here to help. Simply call and we will explain the entire design process and our deposit system.

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Looking forward to hearing from you . . . and of course . . .

Bon Appetite!

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Paul McAlary

President Main Line Kitchen Design

8 Comments

  1. Alex, April 30, 2020 at 3:18 pm:

    Thank you, Paul!
    I emailed the plan and renderings to Chris and I will call him tomorrow between 2 and 4pm.
    We live in Farmingdale, NY (Long Island).

  2. pmcalary, April 30, 2020 at 9:12 am:

    Hi Alex,
    Chris will be taking calls the next two Fridays so you can call us Friday between 2-4pm EST and he can look at your design. Just call the main number calls are being transferred directly to Chris or he is extension 8. His email is Chris@MainLineKitchenDesign.com

  3. Alex, April 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm:

    Hi Paul, thanks for all the useful info you share so generously and the great advice you provide! Would you kindly take a look at our new kitchen layout and advise if you see any problems? All appliances are in their previous location except the dishwasher, which used to be on the right side of the sink.
    We have a deep refrigerator, allowing only an 18″ wide dishwasher (my wife wants a 24″ dishwasher, so I have to move on the left side of the sink).
    I wonder if there is a better way to make use of our space, because it gets tight around the sink area…but I worry of the financial impact. I also got a quote for our new kitchen using Waypoint cabinetry that seems high to me.
    Could you please advise if my impression is wrong (or right)?
    Many thanks for your extraordinary help!

  4. pmcalary, April 16, 2020 at 8:02 am:

    Hi Jane,
    In my opinion Shiloh does many thing right and just one thing terribly wrong. They use an insufficient hanging rail on the back of their cabinet. This makes their cabinetry likely to fail when put under stress. Especially when wall cabinets are loaded with dishes over a period of time. Shiloh cabinets could be modified by a contractor on site to make the cabinets meet the criteria we think is needed to get a high rating but we don’t judge a line on what’s possible but on what they offer. If you are considering Shiloh ask your contractor to modify the hanging rail on every cabinet to make it more durable. You could have him call us or you could call us on a Friday between 2 and 4pm EST and make sure you get me (Paul) and I could give you some ideas on how to do this. Possibly even send you schematics if needed. Starmark upgraded needs no modifications to get good reviews from us.

  5. Jane, April 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm:

    We are in the process of designing a kitchen in Eastern NC, and are looking at the Shiloh inset cabinets. I noticed that they are rated poorly with a C. We have the Starmark Custom cabinets in our primary home and have been happy with them. You marked the Starmark inset cabinets very high.
    Is there a significant price and quality difference between the two. The NC home is a 2nd home and don’t want to go completely overboard, especially because we are replacing the kitchen due to hurricane damage.

  6. pmcalary, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 am:

    Hi Pattie,
    Have you tried the kitchen designer we recommend in Commack Long Island? While I do not know Meredith Weiss personally beyond speaking on the phone a few times she designs very nice kitchens and sells some of the same lines we do which I find encouraging. I know she is very busy but probably not now during a pandemic. I’m not sure if she would design remotely. Here is her info:
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    Merri Interiors Commack NY http://merriinteriors.com/ 917-660-7658
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    If customers overcame our objections, we would design remotely and even sell cabinetry on Long Island but we would require a $1000 deposit to start which would be applied towards cabinetry upon it’s sale. However, I truly believe that designing a kitchen is still done best locally. And any customer that is out of our service area can get FREE help from us by calling on a Friday between 2pm and 4pm. By the way I grew up in Wading River Long Island and attended Port Jefferson High school back in the 1970’s when most of us had long hair and bell bottoms.
    Peace out 🙂 Paul

  7. Pattie, April 10, 2020 at 5:24 pm:

    Hi Paul, under the current Covid-19 circumstances, would these “remote” services be available outside your normal range? I have been following your blogs for some time and don’t feel the level of competence you exude in any of the local designers I have spoken with. I live on Long Island, NY.
    I would love to move forward on renovating my small kitchen which WOULD require changing the location of appliances, but NOT changing the footprint of the space itself.
    Please let me know. I am leaning toward the Brighton line in a full-overlay door.
    Thank you for all of the kitchen wisdom that you so generously share on your site.

  8. Pat Morse, April 10, 2020 at 2:11 pm:

    Paul, I spoke to you earlier this week and asked for help designing a kitchen lay out though I am out side of your service area. You asked me to send plans (it is new construction) and to contact you on Friday in your blog.

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