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Posted January 4, 2018 by pmcalary

Main Line Kitchen Design had a very active 2017. Some of our Milestones included:

 

  1. Moving to new offices with additional display space and three design stations.
  2. Winning a Viking Appliance Designer of Distinction Award for 2017. Congratulations to Erica Islas for winning 2017 Designer of the Year for her fabulous kitchen located in historic Los Angeles Link here
  3. Adding two more experienced Kitchen Designers and selling well over 100 kitchens for the second year in a row. Welcome John and Stacia!

    John Cisneros

    Stacia Fischer

  4. Enjoying a wonderful company holiday party with all of 5 designers and our significant others at The Manayunk Brewing Company
  5. Two kitchens featured in the Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour
  6. Having our blog selected as the 5th best blog on kitchen design in the world by Feedspot
  7. Averaging 20,000 visitors a month on our web site.

Ardmore Library Kitchen Tour Kitchen #2

 

Looking towards 2018 some of the events we anticipate are:

 

  1. Finishing our Recommendations of Kitchen Dealers and Designers around the US. Because we get calls daily from all over the US we are hoping to steer people outside of our service area to dealers where they can get competent kitchen design help. This will help customers outside our service area, and help us by reducing the time we spend answering kitchen questions from people that can’t find good design help near them.
  2. Opening a third office in Havertown across from the post office on City Avenue and over AD Panaccio. We work with General Contractor Al Panaccio on a regular basis and look forward to maintaining an additional office upstairs from his.
  3. Doing our 2018 updated Kitchen Cabinet Rankings. We will expand our rankings to include the top 100 most popular cabinet lines.
  4. Continuing to enter our kitchens in design competitions and to showcase them on kitchen tours in our area.
  5. Exceeding 3,000 likes on Facebook, 1000 visitors a day on our web site, and 100,000 views of our 211 second kitchen video on Youtube.
  6. Hiring an expeditor to help our designers process our orders and to assure we maintain the same level of customer service as we grow.
  7. Trying new marketing strategies like the Geo Fencing of industry events such as The Philadelphia Home Show.

 

Next week Julie and I are looking forward to the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando Florida.

Thanks to all our customers – you made 2017 very special!

… and of course … as Julia Child said so distinctly …

Bon Appetit!

Paul

12 Comments

  1. Paul McAlary, February 5, 2018 at 11:10 am:

    As of February 5th 2018 Main Line Kitchen Design has already knocked off several goals from our list:
    1) We completed our list of recommended dealers across the US.
    4) We have at least one kitchen in the Ardmore Library tour and entered a design competition.
    5) We reached 3000 likes on facebook and 1000 visits in a day on our web site.
    7) And we completed our first combined advertising campaign using a combination of magazine ads and geofencing.

  2. Hanalee, March 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm:

    Do you know when your 2018 review of cabinets will be released? I am really looking forward to seeing it!

  3. pmcalary, March 7, 2018 at 4:12 pm:

    Thanks. We are hoping to finish it by the end of March and release it then or in early April. As an aside, while working on it we are finding that cabinet companies seem to be getting less transparent and not more. Because of this we are considering adding a rating for transparency to our review since so many cabinet companies refuse to be up front on how their cabinets are made.

  4. Hanalee, March 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm:

    Unfortunately we will probably have to make a decision prior to your newest rating. I am hoping that you still will have positive ratings for Fabuwood and Wellborn.
    Fabuwood seems to offer more as standard on their cabinets than Wellborn..

  5. pmcalary, March 8, 2018 at 7:19 am:

    We don’t have to finish the reviews to tell you what’s up with both those lines.

    Fabuwood keeps the same high review for an inexpensive cabinet line. We sell a lot of Fabuwood and have very few issues with the cabinets. For the very inexpensive brands there is no question they are the best. Because of this though they have become the largest and fastest expanding cabinet company in the United States. Hopefully they can handle the expansion without many delays or back orders. They have had some.

    Wolf the other rapidly expanding low cost line has had pretty severe back order issues due to selling themselves out of stock but I hear that they have now caught up. Ask the dealer if the cabinet style choice you make in Fabuwood has any delays. The new door styles have been the problem in the past since is is difficult to judge demand for a new release. Galaxy Horizon for example is still 6 weeks for delivery.

    Wellborn must be upgraded to the Premier series All Plywood Construction to be the great cabinet it can be. Wellborn upgraded will be far more expensive than Fabuwood. The line offers high end custom options at a reasonable price. Nicer looking finishes, many door style options, many types woods to choose from and inset cabinetry in their Estate Collection are reasons to buy this line. People getting a shaker door style in a painted white finish would spend their money more wisely on Fabuwood since they wouldn’t be taking advantage of any of the reasons Wellborn is more expensive.

    Wellborn Forrest Elite series appears well made but we haven’t finished our research on this line.

  6. Hanalee, March 8, 2018 at 10:46 am:

    Thank you, Paul for your detailed response.
    Wish we lived near you or that you were in Tampa. I think your customers are so lucky to have such a knowledgeable person who is so willing to share his advice.
    I feel so lucky that I found your blog! You are an amazing resource!!

  7. Hanna, March 28, 2018 at 11:19 am:

    Hi Paul,
    Thank you for the great informations you are providing always.We just bought a house and we are looking to replace the older Brookhaven Kitchen cabinets which are still in good condition.
    We are looking for good white cabinets since we don’t intend to purchase cabinets that are of lower quality than our existing Brookhaven cabinets.
    Our kitchen is L shaped and is about is about 10’x16′ with a (100″ )island.

    The quotation from the nearest well known Brookhaven dealer came in ridiculously high at $47k since it was loaded with upgrades.
    After reading through your blog and cabinet ratings we decided to try Brighton and we got an estimation from a small dealer of about 20k-25k with average upgrades.
    The Brighton is affordable for us so can you please tell us if the Brighton quality is comparable to Brookhaven ? If not, we would appreciate it if you can suggest cabinets that are of similar quality to Brookhaven but can be purchased with our 20-25k budget. Thank you in advance

  8. pmcalary, March 28, 2018 at 11:32 am:

    Hi Hanna,
    Brighton is actually a better cabinet line than Brookhaven. Normally it might be only a tiny bit less than Brookhaven so I am wondering if you got pricing in Woodmode Custom instead of the Woodmode Brookhaven line. Even with that something seems off. Either the Brookhaven Dealer is as you say RIDICULOUSLY high and marking cabinetry up well over 100% or you were comparing very different type door styles, finishes, and cabinet construction besides simple upgrades.
    Either way I’d get Brighton and if you wanted inset or beaded inset cabinetry Brighton does these expensive styles for only a tiny bit more than Full Overlay Styles. This is why we like the line so much.

  9. Mario, March 30, 2018 at 10:26 pm:

    Thanks for all the info you provide. I am deciding between the Timberlake line and the Echelon line. Can you tell me your thoughts about these two makes? Thanks.

  10. pmcalary, March 31, 2018 at 8:25 am:

    Hi Mario,
    Here’s our overall review of 75 cabinet lines.

    https://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/general/kitchen-cabinet-ratings-2017-reviews-top-selling-cabinet-lines/

    Echelon Pinnacle is close in construction quality to upgraded Timberlake but Timberlake, sold as American Woodmark and Shenendoah at home centers, is a better line by a small margin. The other Echelon lines are not great.

  11. Mario, April 1, 2018 at 1:41 am:

    Thanks, Paul. I was not aware of the Echelon Pinnacle. I was given a catalogue, and the Echelon Summit appears to be their top. I will have to look a little closer on their website. Is Pinnacle their top-of-the-line?

    Also, I don’t see Echelon on your list. I wish I knew more about them. I know they used to be Armstrong, but that’s about it. Are they made in the U.S.? Thanks.

  12. Hanna, April 3, 2018 at 11:02 am:

    Great news about the Brighton Cabinets!! We are so lucky to find your Blog and chat with you !!!
    The 47K BH estimation is for Brookhaven Winfield cabinets and not woodmode.
    Both BH and Brighton designs contain same level of raised panel cabinets but the Brighton did not have a built in oven cabinet and the cabinets height is only 36″ vs 42″ for the BH. Still the BH estimation is VERY HIGH as you stated.
    We are looking for an excellent quality hardwood floor to install in our kitchen and we will appreciate it if you can suggest a good brand for us as well!!
    THANK YOU !!

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