7 Award-Winning Designs

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath is proud to announce that our 4 designers won a total of 7 awards at the National Kitchen and Bath Association of Baltimore/Washington’s 2016 design contest. The annual contest is co-sponsored by Home & Design magazine, which will feature the award-winning projects in their July/August 2016 issue. JGKB’s winning entries were:

Large Kitchen: 2nd Place and Honorable Mention (separate awards), Paul Bentham

Medium Kitchen: 1st Place, Jennifer Gilmer and 2nd Place, Sarah Turner

Small Kitchen: 1st Place, Meghan Browne and 2nd Place, Sarah Turner

Large Bath: 1st Place, Paul Bentham

Designer Paul Bentham was honored for his designs for the third year in a row. Bentham posted the largest number of wins for the firm, with a total of 3, including an award for a large contemporary master bathroom in Bethesda.

Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, worked with Amy Gardner, FAIA, of Gardner Mohr Architects, to design a kitchen for a new home in Rehoboth that was selected as the 1st Place, Medium Kitchen. This kitchen blends the outdoors with the interior with large expanses of glass leading to a porch and deck. Jennifer stated “we were able to create a warm contemporary kitchen that fulfilled their sustainably-minded agenda with a modern farmhouse aesthetic.”

Sarah Turner, CKBD, won awards in both the Small Kitchen and Medium Kitchen categories. Her Medium Kitchen award was for a circa 1900 rowhouse in Georgetown, where she worked with Christian Zapatka, AIA , of Christian Zapatka Architects, to bring the space into the twenty-first century. In her small kitchen winner, Turner transformed a 100 square foot space with integrated appliances and larger cabinetry to give the homeowner more storage and a cohesive space to entertain

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A Word From Jennifer

Creating atmospheres that reflect the way you live


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As a designer of clients’ spaces, I’ve always believed the best projects are conceived through collaboration. Ever since I began designing decades ago, I’ve made it my mission to listen to what my client wants rather than imposing my vision. I founded JGKB with that design spirit in mind and our kitchen and bath designers operate with that mindset.

In a very practical sense, this means designers bring their expertise to the table while clients bring their ideas and living spaces they want transformed. During what I call the “discovery phase,” clients tell us what they want to see in their new or redesigned kitchen or bath. As we listen to these ideas unfurl, we ask questions and begin drawing a plan. It’s like creating a painting, first you sketch, tweak the design, then you carefully paint in the colors, creating a masterpiece that reflects the client’s lifestyle.

Our focus at Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath is placed on our clients and transforming their unique spaces, not replicating cookie-cutter designs. Each project is exciting to us because each project is different.

The Kitchen Bible

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Co-authored by Jennifer Gilmer, “The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space” is the perfect book to get anyone started on designing their dream kitchen. With more than 50 JGKB kitchens, the book is full of inspirational photos and sage advice. To order your autographed copy, click here.

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