About Jill Jarrett, CMKBD, CAPS

 

Jill Jarrett, CMKBD, CAPS, graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1987.  She worked as an industrial engineer for Merck and Co. as well as for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  Some design related work experience includes office planning and design using CAD.  After totally remodeling her first home, she designed her next home from scratch.  While closely managing these projects, she gained hands on experience in new construction and renovation.  These experiences, freelance designing for family and friends, along with her engineering background provided Jill with a firm foundation for her future as a designer.  In 2004, she made her passion official by taking classes with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  She completed the year-long Kithchen Designer E-course, an internet based course with extensive hands-on projects.  This program teaches design and mechanical skills to consultants who provide custom kitchen design and installation to homeowners and builders.  Expertise is gained in all facets of construction including plumbing, electrical, structural, heating/cooling, building materials, as well as design principles and guidelines.  She then prepared for the intensive Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer exam by studying several manuals on kitchen design, bathroom design, installation, and business management.  Jill happily gained her AKBD certification in September of 2006.  In Spring of 2009, after much preparation, Jill earned her CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) and CBD (Certified Bath Designer) from the NKBA.  Certified designers must undergo a rigorous process to qualify for certification by demonstrating a set number of years experience in the industry, passing an extremely comprehensive exam, adhering to a strict Code of Professional Conduct, and continuing their education.  Jill worked for a local kitchen dealer from 2004-2006 where she learned about every aspect of the kitchen and bath business from designing to selling to ordering to running installations.  She gained much experience interfacing with clients, subcontractors, and vendors.  This enabled her to establish the contacts integral to launching her own business, Jarrett Design LLC in 2006.