During the course of any house or apartment construction lifecycle there are certain milestones. One of the biggest and by far the most extensive and expensive is that of kitchen design and construction (or lack-there-of). This simple room takes up easily 40% of the workload and can make or break the look and feel of any home.
Sadly most designers in Israel over the last 3 years have chosen the “look” of minimalist, Spartan or even “The Hospital” look when it comes to “designing” the kitchen. Gone are the worm colors, true textured solid hardwoods and furnishings that truly make a kitchen a place where you can spend evenings or indeed you life. Wallpapers have become a form of disease, which must be which must be eradicated and wood paneling comes in either pine-strips or pine-strips, your choice If you have a designer/architect you can not even choose the color.
Remember the solid wood furniture and sometimes flooring that made grandma’s kitchen an inviting, warm interesting room where real food was created, lovingly prepared and savored? Look at the creations being displayed in today’s advertisements, many looking like overwrought hamster cages of steel and Formica leaving everything to the imagination, I have personally see kitchens resembling industrial waste disposal units and CAT scanners recently published in the national news papers.
And now for the best (or worst): Advertisements, which are masquerading as journalistic reporting recently seen in national newspapers! Writers giving tips and leading the vulnerable uninitiated down the road to the construction consultants and service centers which belong to the “UNION”, not in Israel friends. The only unions in Israel are governmental conglomerates as the Histradrut. All others are phony’s created to entice westerners with “official titles” hiding the fact that Israel wouldn’t know a union it if bit them on the ax! Even Taf-Teken speaks of “minimum quality” but doesn’t address all parts or issues connected to quality and reliability.
Don’t be fooled, be in touch with 3 architects, engineers or other types of real consultants in the construction field whose experience is spotting phonies. Large fancy showrooms hide the fact that most if not all of the merchandize is way over priced and may not even work together correctly. Even the construction supervisor’s of yore are vulnerable and must be watched to see that he performs as his contract stipulates.
You deserve the best, buy it then assure it with Quality Assurance Services.
David W Stiebel
Quality Assurance Inspector
David W Stiebel is a qualified Civil Inspector with over 18 years experience in building and evaluating homes in Israel. See his web site at: www.qa-israel.com for more information.