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Posted October 27, 2018 by pmcalary

Main Line Kitchen Design will now assist people outside our service area free of charge on most Fridays between 2 pm and 4 pm Eastern Standard Time. We can answer general kitchen design or cabinetry questions and assist in finding competent kitchen designers for a particular location too far away for us design and sell cabinetry.
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Here is an example of an email we received and the advice we gave a homeowner who sent us his kitchen design to examine.
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Hi,
I’ve been enjoying your blog alot.
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I stopped in to a shop near me today and gave them a design from Cliq Studios that my installer measured out.  The plan attached below is something he sent us for Decora with some tweaks to the Cliq design.
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I think there are a couple things that could be done to this design, for example going to 30” for the sink from 33” and giving those 3” to the 9” base cabinet to create another 12” cabinet.
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Anyway, I would be very interested in your thoughts regarding any big flaws and potential areas of improvement.
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Thanks so much,
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John

Kitchen designed in Fabuwood Galaxy by Main Line Kitchen Design.

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Hi John,
Thanks for appreciating our blog. Couple of comments on your design:
First- Not showing all the walls around a kitchen (yes even when there are no cabinets on them) screams incompetence in a kitchen designer. This is because there is no way to understand how the traffic flows in the room and what the clearance distances are. And the computer can not catch any measurement errors made by the person who measured. At our company a designer would be given a severe warning for such incompetence. 
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Second- The ceiling appears to be at most 4 inches higher than the tops of the wall cabinets which are 33 inches high. So the height of the room is around 91 inches. Again only a kitchen designer who is inexperienced would use 33 inch high wall cabinets and crown molding in this situation unless the entire ceiling was being leveled using a laser level.
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When crown molding is reaching the ceiling, no ceiling is usually level enough to hang cabinets without a two piece crown molding with enough play to disguise how out of level a ceiling is. Cabinetry must be installed level and the molding the way you have it will accent exactly how off of level your ceiling is.
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Using 30″ high wall cabinets with a two piece crown molding not only will look better in your kitchen but cost you thousands of dollars less. Here is a link to a Houzz.com post of a customer whose designer didn’t account for her ceiling being out of level.
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Her ceiling had many inches of play which you do not and she still had a problem. Good designers do not put 10 lbs of sausage in an 8 lb wrapper.
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Your design is also poor although how to make a better design is impossible to know since only two walls are shown. Here is a link describing a kitchen with issues similar to your design:
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Good kitchen designers do not price out kitchens or attempt to help customers without first measuring their home. Please try to find a local designer that is both competent and responsible. Buying cabinetry online assures that the people helping you don’t know what they are doing and that there is no kitchen designer in your area able to help you should any problems arise. Here is a link to cabinet dealers and designers we recommend around the United States.
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Hopefully one of these places is close to you. If not, we help people outside our service area locate competent designers near them  free of charge on Fridays between 2 pm and 4 pm EST. Just call our main phone number.
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Be a “Smart” and not a “Knowbetta”. We describe both types of customers in the funny blog below and also make this humorous point in our Youtube video:
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Cheers,
Paul
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Please use the free time Main Line Kitchen Design gives you to assist you in getting the local professional kitchen design help everyone needs.  Our help is not meant to replace the in depth  detailed kitchen design help that many people using Houzz.com or The Garden Web often try to avoid.
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Hopping you get the kitchen design help you need . . .
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And of course …
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Bon Appetite!
Paul, Julie, Ed, John, Stacia, and Tom
Main Line Kitchen Design

2 Comments

  1. Anna, October 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm:

    Thank you for this post and for your offer of help outside the area. We live in NYC and used one of the companies from your list of recommended designers to start our kitchen project. Surprisingly, they contradicted some of the important points you make on your blog. Examples: Frameless cabinets are no worse than most framed cabinets. Only custom framed cabinets are better than frameless. Frameless cabinets give you 30% more storage. Fabuwood cabinetry is of poor quality with a lot of complaints from customers after installation within the first few years. We received this information from an experienced designer there. We wanted to go with Fabuwood for our project. This dealer/designer carries Fabuwood but does not recommend it. Instead, they recommend brands that are poorly rated on your blog. Not sure what to do….This is the only place on your list that will service NYC. Any other recommendations? I find that every kitchen designer will give you different sometimes conflicting information.

  2. pmcalary, October 28, 2018 at 12:43 am:

    Hi Anna,
    Unfortunately many kitchen designers don’t know what they are talking about. This designer sounds more interested in making money than in learning about the products he or she sells. We chose the company from the projects that they displayed on Houzz, from their good reviews, and from the cabinet lines they carried. We should obviously delete them as at least this designer does not agree with much of what we believe and know to be true. Could you email me the name of the company so that I do not delete the wrong company. We can also take a look and see if we can find another dealer close to you that meets the same criteria and with some luck is better informed about the products that they sell. My email address is Paul@MainLineKitchenDesign.com. I’ll email you back another place to try assuming I find a good candidate.

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