Category Archives: Cabinet Trends
The Kitchen Remodeling Budget – Depend on an Exert Kitchen DesignerHome Owners investigating kitchen cabinetry pricing at showrooms and big box stores will find many places marketing strategies to be deceptive. For Example: Kitchen displays may show cabinetry pricing by the linear foot. Kitchen cabinets aren’t ever actually priced anywhere using linear feet. Customers using this pricing method and applying it to their own kitchen will be shocked to find that there actual kitchen cabinetry order could be double or triple the price they expected. A kitchen remodel also includes the cost of appliances, countertops, lighting, flooring and other materials PLUS labor. A professional kitchen designer knows how to accurately plan your project so that there are no surprises and unexpected costs. Of course, misleading your own customers at the very start of the process is a bad way to begin it. Main Line Kitchen Design offers the most competitive pricing on quality kitchen cabinetry. We are often less expensive and at the very least least offer better quality cabinetry for the same price as available at home centers and traditional showrooms. We will always only provide real costs that will help customers plan their budgets. Most importantly we are expert designers and the best use of your space is the most valuable component to your new kitchen.
French Country Style Kitchens, and to some extent traditional style kitchen designs, employ architectural accent pieces such as legs, corbels, capitals, and onlays. These accent pieces can be surprisingly expensive. A large Island leg usually costs at least $500 in any cabinet line you might select. Corbels and capitals range from $200 and up. Typically crown molding costs more than $100 per 8 foot piece of molding and, in some more ornate designs, designers stack 3 moldings on top of each other to reach the ceiling. The price for all of these accents and moldings can often exceed the cost of a customer’s actual kitchen cabinetry! Here comes the good news. Crown molding, legs, corbels, capitals and onlays cost 90% less when ordered unfinished from internet suppliers such as Osborne Wood Products. And if a customer’s cabinetry is in a solid paint color without a glaze, then quality paint stores like Sherwin Williams can match the cabinetry finish exactly. Only the the brush strokes can give away the matching, and a good painter with a sprayer will eliminate even that possibility. The durability of the paint on the unfinished pieces isn’t usually an issue since they are not moving parts and often times vulnerable legs and the backs of Islands end up getting touched up soon after installation anyway. The crown moldings are too high up to get nicked or scratched and actually look better and usually go longer before needing touch up if painted last. If a customer selects a stained finish, the furniture stain and finishing process can’t be matched perfectly. However if we stain unfinished accent pieces two shades darker and with a different sheen, they will then appear to be intentional highlights and will add to the overall attractiveness of the design. The fact that they cost a fraction of the price is just an added bonus. So if a French Country Kitchen is your style of choice, don’t be stingy adding, columns, onlays, legs, capitals and the other accent pieces that define this style.
Inset and Beaded Inset Kitchen Cabinet Announcement
Main Line Kitchen Design now offers inset cabinet doors for the same price as full overlay doors through our Jim Bishop Cabinet line. Above is one of the six inset doors styles available from Bishop Cabinets. All wood species including Cherry, Rustic Cherry, Oak, Rustic Oak, Maple, Rustic Maple, Hickory, and Knotty Alder are available in all the beautiful Jim Bishop stains, glazes, and paints. The inset doors are priced the same as many of the full overlay doors and beaded inset doors are just a 7% upgrade. If you are looking for a painted finish you can select any Sherwin Williams or Benjamen Moore color for a nominal extra charge.
Below is a 2010 NKBA award winning kitchen. It mixes kitchen styles and mediums eclectically, but does it truly work? You be the Judge: Yes even a kitchen trend skeptic would agree that there are some beautiful elements to this 2010 award winning kitchen. I love the antique glazed and distressed refrigerator and freezer doors, especially with the arched open twisted wire doors above. The floor plan doesn’t break any important NKBA design rule which is a refreshing change and actually unusual in award winning kitchens. The sink and the range both have enough countertop each and enough distance between them to meet the requirements of a two cook kitchen. And if I was spending over 150k on my kitchen I’d want it to accommodate at least two people cooking. But do you like the combination of the different countertop materials and especially the mixed metals? The brass bar footrest, the stainless steel hinges and handles on the refrigerator doors, and stainless steel range. The polished copper hanging lights and the bronze hood. The ceiling may be tin not to mention the trim on the recessed lights and the air vent on the ceiling. Possibly 8 different metal finishes not counting the faucet. Too much???????? For my taste the farmhouse beaded doors on the base cabinets on the sides of the range, and the wall cabinets with the Z bracing, are far too rustic to compliment the elegant distressing of the rest of the kitchen. The only appealing thing about these cabinets is that they match the style and color of the living room ceiling. Overall I think that this is a beautiful kitchen but despite the eclectic elements and not because of them. I don’t need everything completely coordinated and matching but flaunting style differences is not my taste. I am reminded of a quip from a Kitchen Designer I know: “If you are Leonardo Di Vinci and know all the rules of engineering you should be allowed to break them, but you my friend, are no DI Vinci.” Paul McAlary
Below is an artist’s rendering of a kitchen designed in the Steam Punk style: And now a Jim Bishop kitchen approaching the genre: Main Line Kitchen Design North Carolina has all the tools to go Steam Punk. We are always willing and able to make any customer’s style a reality. Whether the kitchen you desire is Steam Punk, Country, Traditional, French Country, Shaker, Ultra Modern, or Eclectic let us help you make your dreams come true.
Main Line Kitchen Design in Pennsylvania ( http://www.mainlinekitchendesign.com/) was sad to see Carol Brusnahan move back to Greensboro North Carolina. We are happy though that she is spearheading our entry into the North Carolina kitchen design and kitchen cabinetry market. Besides her fellow designers, Carol is leaving a little bit of herself behind in the distinctive kitchens she created in Pennsylvania. North Carolina is Lucky to have Carol back and I know how comforted she is to be in a community where she feels at home. Main Line Kitchen Design North Carolina is working with Carol’s former warehouse and shipping company Triangle Warehouse and Distribution Services. Thankfully our Jim Bishop, 6 SQUARE, Durasupreme, and Bremtown cabinet lines all deliver to North Carolina and so we can effectively service Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding communities. Just as in Pennsylvania, all of our customers will receive our personalized design help inside their own homes, and receive our many thanks and a Julia Child cookbook upon the completion of their kitchens. Looking forward to many years in North Carolina, and as Julia said Bon Appetit! Paul McAlary Main Line Kitchen Design