Set Your Design Apart with Site-Built Features

I’m not an architect, GC, or kitchen designer. I’m much more comfortable in the role of cabinet installer.

Problems and Opportunities in Design

Problem #1 — Getting your design copied

Problem #2 — Bidding Wars

Create “Impossible to Duplicate” designs by using site-built features. These structures are made from inexpensive factory-built pieces and rely largely on the skill of your installer to make them “work out” in the field. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with what’s feasible for site built features and make sure you have an installer on your call list who is up to the task.

Hi, I’m Nathan Harrison, a cabinet installer in Chattanooga, TN.

If you’re like me, you’re looking for every possible tip to keep you ahead of the competition. Here’s an idea that I’d like to humbly offer to Architects, General Contractors, and Kitchen Designers. See what you think.

In the past, most kitchens were rectangular, so most of the angles in a typical kitchen were 90 degrees. Although houses moved away from boxy layouts over the past 20 years, cabinetry has undergone the transition to the domination of the stock/factory-built model of production. This has had the effect of keeping kitchens rather boxy and square. Exceptions are the (now commonplace) 45-degree angled cabinets and the occasional custom-made rounded piece.

I’ve had the privilege, over the past three years, of installing for a designer who — although he was accomplished in design from another field — was new to kitchens.

He made a lot of mistakes in the early going. But he also did some original things that, from my limited perspective, seem like really smart moves.

The main thing is that he created “ambitious” designs and then turned me loose to make them work out in the field.

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