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I spent a number of years installing cabinets for a high-end shop in my area, and during that time I dealt with site mixups that ranged from minor glitches to major (and expensive) headaches. Interestingly enough, just about all the problems I observed could have been prevented had the contractor carefully thought about the kitchen plan during the construction process. Here are the most common problems I saw and strategies builders can use to avoid them. You've Got to Have a Plan There are no exceptions to this rule. If your customer hasn't chosen cabinets, appliances, lighting, and all the other kitchen-related items before the construction starts, I can almost guarantee that you'll be "readjusting" some of your work. Have the