Do you build your own cabinets?
That depends. We are cabinetmakers. If you can afford it, we build hand fit vanities, kitchens, libraries, millwork and
raised paneling systems. There is no better luxury than a home where everything is built-in.
However, to make our designs more affordable, we have also partnered with an automated fabricator in Lancaster,
PA who builds our cabinets to our specifications for 20% to 30% less than we can do it.
Some days we feel like John Henry racing the steam driver.
the quality and cost of automated cabinets will be so cheap that we will be designers and installers only. In 1900 60% if
the population in America was involved in food production and we lived on the edge of starvation. Today 3% of our population
grows our food and we suffer from obesity. Americans produces 25% of world output. We will do it with fewer and fewer people
Why do I need a designer?
If you were going to go away on Safari in Africa
would you hire a guide? We speak the language, we know the terrain and we know the natives. Building a kitchen is a complicated,
expensive and intrusive process. We are here to guide you and protect you from lions, tigers and bears.
is the most important part of kitchen design?
With any kind of kitchen it is essential that the cooking
area be fashioned as a workshop for the preparation of food, even if it is a magazine kitchen. This down-to-earth working
character of a good kitchen comes in large part from the arrangement of the stove, water, food storage and counter space.
Preparing dinner for a family is a fairly complex operation; several things must go on at once and this calls for the simultaneous
use of counter space for different projects. If there isn’t enough counter space then the ingredients and utensils for
one thing must be moved, washed, or put away before the next thing can be prepared; or else things become so jumbled that
extra time and effort must be taken to find what’s needed at the proper moment. On the other hand if the counter is
too long and spread out, the various points along its length are too far apart and cooking is again uncomfortable because
your movements as you cook are inefficient and slow.
Will you work with my Contractor?
We’d love to. Over the last 25 years we have been fortunate enough to work on projects with world class General Contractors,
Architects and Homeowners. We have witnessed people spend millions of dollars on residential and commercial construction and
along the way we have learned a lot of cost saving tricks that can make a project feel richer and more alive yet cost only
a fraction of what it might.
How much do you charge?
Our design fee is usually
$1500 to $3500 depending on the size of the project. We like to work on small and micro kitchens so we price our designs according
to the amount of work involved. That fee is credited towards the cost of the project management if you have us execute the
What if I don’t like what you design?
Communication is key. We ask you
a series of questions. We have you look through magazines for pictures. The process we use, designed by the NKBA, guarantees
we will design what you ask for. You can always change your mind. We do accept change orders.
build my project?
We do. We are a one stop shop. The designer is also the project manager and cabinet
installer. Working with one company from start to finish means you don’t have to worry about accountability. You get
one brain and one person to hold accountable. We will never be the biggest guys on the block, just one of the best.
When will we start?
As soon as we are ready to finish. Being without a kitchen or bath should be on
the CIA’s torture list. You want a terrorist to talk? Take away his kitchen and bath, leave him alone in his house with
his kids, his wife and his mother-in-law and in two hours he will be singing like a bird. What we try to do is compress time
during construction. We do this by planning, solving, ordering and having everything ready to go before we demo the existing
structure. Then we can assemble multiple phases at the same time. By the way, we toyed with the idea of having our motto read,
“If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy.”
When will we finish?
As soon as we reach specifications. Please refer to “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy.”
How much will it cost?
We build kitchens in the middle to high end. The biggest expenses
with the most variation are the cabinetry, the appliances and the countertops. As with most things in life you get what you
Where do you work?
For complete kitchens and baths we work from Manhattan
to the Hamptons. Off Island we supply design, cabinetry and installation.
What if there is a problem?
There are problems on every job. It is the nature of the beast. We ask that you don’t judge us by the
problems that come up, judge us by how we handle them.
What kind of kitchen do you have?
I don’t want to talk about it...but my wife does. You’ve heard the one about the shoemaker’s kids?
I have a small galley kitchen with an eating area. My house is designed like a sailboat, a lot of built-ins; a lot going
on in a small space. My kitchen will be white Long Island Cottage Style cabinetry, soapstone counters and high-end energy
efficient appliances from Germany. (They have to meet higher energy standards and they don’t out source production.)
And about that shoemaker...my Mom was an Emergency Room nurse. Want to trade?
Who are your influences?
Royal Barry Wills, Sarah Susanka, author of the “Not So Big House,” Alexander/Ishikawa/Silverstein authors
of “A Pattern Language” and all of the architects, craftsmen and designers I have had the opportunity to work
with over the last 25 years.