Posted May 19, 2012 by pmcalary
With Kitchen Cabinets, There’s No Reason To Sacrifice Affordability for Quality
Houzz.com has a wonderful collection of photos of every type and style of kitchen. And, thousands of new photos are being added to this massive collection, daily. Pinterest.com is a personal online bulletin board where anyone can post the the photos of the kitchen designs, floor plans and cabinetry selections they would like to save. We are finding more and more Main Line Kitchen Design customers taking advantage of one or both of these sites to assembled entire kitchen albums sometimes complete with even the type of trash can pull out they prefer. And they never leave home to do it.
As our company tag line says: “The World of Kitchen Design is Changing …”. But in this information age it is changing so quickly that it surprises even me.
Just a few years ago, I worked for a company that had 28 employees with only 10 of them kitchen designers. Those 10 designers had to sell enough cabinetry to pay themselves and the 18 other company employees. We needed to generate enough revenue to pay for a 5,000 square foot showroom and it’s continued update, maintenance, property taxes etc. Not to mention the management of the company 10,000 square foot warehouse, trucks, and their upkeep.
How can that business model compete against a company like Main Line Kitchen Design? We have 5 designers in two states with no showroom, office staff, maintenance staff, or any of the tremendous overhead associated with that showroom/warehouse business model. The answer is– in most of the areas that matter to customers, the showroom/warehouse business model can’t compete with our more cost and time effective operation.
Traditional showrooms can never devote the time Main Line Kitchen Design designers can spend with our customers and the contractors we work with. And we come to them, saving customers and contractors valuable travel time.
Furthermore, traditional showrooms understandably need to charge more for the same cabinetry, and need to pay their designers less. Most traditional showrooms obtain additional income by receiving commission or charging customers directly for appliance, flooring, tile, counter-top, and lighting fixtures selected elsewhere. In addition to increasing costs this can delay customers from getting prices for the products they are considering until the showroom has received pricing for the selections and marked them up.
Main Line Kitchen Design refers our customers directly to suppliers so that they will receive immediate, discounted, markup free pricing along with any information they need directly from the salespeople and experts for each product. Again, the Main Line Kitchen Design model is about expertise and effectiveness. Why would we insert ourselves in a transaction that we know less about. We’re the kitchen design and cabinetry experts – we know who is more knowledgeable about other areas and we want our customers to have access to them and not pay a markup for the service.
The Best isn’t Always the Most Expensive…….
It’s Just The Best!