Q: What is your favorite home improvement TV show?
A: I love “Flip or Flop” on HGTV. It’s a great show about transforming damaged, distressed and auctioned properties into gorgeous homes. It reminds me of what I do, transforming outdated kitchens into beautiful, efficient ones.
Q: What is your personal preference for a countertop; granite or quartz?
A: I think a quartz countertop is the most durable option for a kitchen and there are really attractive styles to choose from. The color palettes are varied and easy to work with. The slabs are engineered in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94%) combined with polyester resins , like in Corian, to bind it and pigments to give it color. By combining all the pros of Corian and Granite and eliminating the cons of both materials, it creates a product that captures the essence of both worlds.
Q: The last time that you designed a kitchen where the homeowners wanted a bold painted cabinet color?
A: With bold colors being on trend with today’s contemporary kitchens we’re using a lot more color then we have in the past. I recently designed a kitchen using lime green which gave it a vibrant yet cool feel.
Q: Please give us one thing that a homeowner should ask when researching cabinets, but never do?
A: I find our customers are doing their homework online these days and asking a lot of educated questions. I think they are also asking questions that are important to them. One question we don’t get asked often is about warranties. I think homeowners should ask about cabinet manufacturer’s warranties. Investing in new cabinets is a major purchase and I feel finding out what each manufacturer offers for the life of your cabinets is very important.
Q: In your experience, are cabinet sales with a glaze increasing or decreasing?
A: I find that cabinet sales with a glaze are decreasing.
BONUS QUESTION: What was the last book you read?
A: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, it’s based on an earlier movie of the same name. It focuses on the Law of Attraction, and claims that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased wealth, health and happiness. I find that only good things come from staying in a positive state of mind.
Martha Maldonado has been with Wholesale Kitchen Cabinet Distributors for 10 years and is one of their most popular designers. With her straight forward, positive approach and detailed expertise of kitchen design, we understand her clients feel well taken care of and valued and get much more than they were looking for when they walked through the door.
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