Jennifer Gilmer

Speech Topics:
Best Investments in a Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Trends: Design for Ageless Kitchens
Kitchen Design for Gourmet Cooks
Design Tips for Small Kitchens
Advice for Design Firms: How and When to Listen to a Client
How to Design a Custom Kitchen—Tips for Contractors

Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, is nationally renowned for her work in kitchen design. Over the past 25 years, Gilmer has designed more than 1,000 custom kitchens. Her award-winning designs span the spectrum from classic and traditional to sleek and contemporary.

She has won more than 15 national design awards for her work including the 2009 “Pinnacle of Design Award” from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), which is awarded to the designer of the year’s best overall design. She also won first place in 2009 in two other categories.

Gilmer founded Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in 1997. She previously was co-owner of Kitchen & Bath Studios in Chevy Chase, Maryland and also worked for 8 years with designer Richard Tunis.

In 2009, she launched to serve a void in the marketplace—bridging the gap between high-end showrooms and the big box retailer. The online studio helps the homeowner, builder or architect achieve the best design by providing a full range of services, from floor plans and detailed elevations to 3D perspective images. With her online service, a homeowner from anywhere in the country can work with a certified kitchen designer to get a custom layout of the kitchen based on traffic flow, safety, how a homeowner works in the kitchen, how it connects to the rest of the house, etc. Then, use that plan to shop around for cabinets, countertops and appliances.

Her design and remodeling awards include: 2009 Southern Living Home Award—first place kitchen, 2009 “Pinnacle of Design” award from NKBA, First place for Small Kitchens (2009, NKBA), First place for Medium Kitchens (2009, NKBA), Remodeling Design Award (2009, Remodeling), First place Regional Winner (2008, Sub Zero/Wolf Design), First Place Classic Kitchen (2008, Washington Spaces), First Place Contemporary Kitchen (2008, Washington Spaces), First Place Medium Kitchens (2007, NKBA), Second Place Small Kitchens (2006, NKBA), and First Place Medium Kitchens (2003, NKBA).

Gilmer and her work have been featured in media that include Veranda, The Washington Post, HGTV, Women’s Day Kitchens & Baths, Southern Living, Remodeling, Home & Design, Washington Spaces, Philadelphia Inquirer and Kitchen Trends.

In the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Gilmer served as a mentor to LEAFHouse, which placed second in the world. The Solar Decathlon is an unparalleled biannual competition of 20 university student teams to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered net zero energy home. In 2007, the “LEAFHouse” team from the University of Maryland placed first among the 17 U.S. teams and in 2009 received a Washingtonian/AIA Award for Distinctive Architecture.

Travels from Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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