Behind Closed Doors

See JGKB’s latest kitchen, for a loft in a mixed use building in downtown Durham, NC, with a wide open floorplan. The innovative pantry wall, almost 18’ feet long, contains extensive countertop work space with LED lighting, storage, a prep sink, trash and recycling pullouts, and a second dishwasher. Clever Hafele hardware allows the full-height doors to recess into the cabinetry to offer full access to the workspace. Horizontal grain, Paldao veneer is grain matched along the entire wall of green-stained cabinets for a cohesive look. When the workspace is no longer needed, it disappears discreetly behind closed doors.

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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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