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Intellectual Property and the Challenge Designing Kitchens.

The drawings and designs produced by kitchen designers are considered the intellectual property of the design firm. Watching the funny video below will help you understand the kitchen designer’s perspective.

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The work required to do the preliminary designs for a customer’s kitchen usually requires at least 8 hours of the designer’s time. This includes measuring the customers home, creating the designs in 20-20 CAD and then, during Covid-19, Zooming with the customer for one long or two shorter appointments. During these appointments designers make design changes and give detailed estimates on the cost of cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and other materials as well as a budget for construction costs. Customers may also want to visit our offices to review cabinet lines, door styles, and finishes.

All the work that the designers do to get to this point is included in Main Line Kitchen Design’s initial $150 deposit.

However, paying the $150 does not entitle customers to our plans and perspectives. Those are our intellectual property. Nor does $150 pay for the designer’s time, the companies overhead, or the designer’s expertise. We offer our expertise as a good faith gesture to potential clients.

As the funny video above points out some professions lend themselves to being taken advantage of while others do not. This is why after the initial first few appointments we require customers to put 10% down towards their cabinetry before we get into the great detail on their project and release all the plans, drawings, and notes.

We look forward to helping our clients with the creative and detailed planning that goes into a complex kitchen renovation. If we respect each other, and the work we do together, the end result is always one that makes everyone involved feel proud.

Stay safe . . . and of course . . .

. . . Bon Appetit!


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