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Episode 7

Paul talks with Fahad and looses his cool. Paul explains how frustrating it can be for kitchen designers when architects, who generally know very little about kitchen design and cabinetry, insert themselves into the kitchen design process. Paul discusses possible layout changes and what things are impossible or poor design choices in Fahad’s kitchen.

Listen below:

Fahad’s proposed design


Paul’s bio from the magazine Kitchen and Bath Design News: 

Paul McAlary possesses a voice that resonates far beyond the boundaries of Philadelphia’s western suburbs and the city’s prestigious Main Line – the location of his well-established Delaware Valley design firm. McAlary, president and senior designer of Bala Cynwyd, PA-based Main Line Kitchen Design, is an internationally recognized kitchen design authority who has won more than a dozen local and national design awards, including being named a 2017 Viking Appliances Designer of Distinction.

Beyond his achievements as a designer, McAlary has also forged a burgeoning reputation as the creative force behind the “Main Line Kitchen Design Blog,” a unique online forum and social media resource that is read by more than 40,000 people each month and has been honored as one of the top kitchen design blogs in the world. Main Line Kitchen Design’s videos and blogs address a wide range of kitchen/bath-related topics aimed at sparking a constructive exchange of ideas among both consumers and design professionals.

McAlary, whose kitchens and comments often appear in trade magazines and on social media sites, is sometimes at odds with the kitchen design establishment, but he maintains a distinct sense of humor and is known as a fierce advocate for design standards, ethics and transparency in the kitchen design trade.


  1. paul mcalary, December 16, 2021 at 12:02 pm:

    Hi Fahad,
    Yes that’s the issue that the cabinet doors are too large. Normally you have small doors on top when ceilings are 108″ or 42″ high single doors and a 12″ stacked crown. Below is a link to what a kitchen would look like with the smaller doors on top and also a blog on the topic:

  2. Fahad, December 15, 2021 at 10:34 pm:

    Turns out the ceilings are 9 feet high!

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