Appliances and Kitchen Planning

    January 4, 2010

    I wrote the following article in 2007 for the website of the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association).

    Its content is important to designers who are fairly new to the process of cabinetry planning, Viking rangetop with island stye hoodbut it is also helpful information for the home owner who wants to embark on a kitchen renovation.

    No matter if you work as a designer for a bigger cabinetry supplier or design custom cabinetry, technical knowledge is essential for a successful, long lasting career in the cabinetry field.

    Nowadays I work about 99% of the time with custom cabinet makers, which allows me the full flexibility of a customized design, and- contrary to popular notion- custom cabinetry is not necessarily much more expensive than working with a large supplier.

    On a personal level I also prefer to support the small businesses in my community, I appreciate the individual level of craftmanship and attention to detail executed by the cabinet makers, and I enjoy nurturing the relationship between client and cabinetmaker. Not only do we bring clients to previous jobsites, so that they can get a feel for the work of a particular cabinet maker, they are also always invited to go and see the cabinet makers workshop to experience the skill, effort, machinery and knowledge that is required to create the pieces which are going to be an integral part of the client’s life.

    I plan on writing more about different appliance brands, my experiences with them, and customer feedback over time, so make sure to check back in!
    I will also introduce the cabinetmakers and their shops to you in the near future…


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