Alan W. Zielinski, CKD, Owner, President

Alan, an award-winning Certified Kitchen Designer, has been helping clients in Park Ridge, Glenview and Chicago create the kitchen of their dreams for over 30 years.  An extremely talented and creative designer, Alan was recently chosen to design an outdoor kitchen environment for a summer-long event at the New York Botanical Garden titled, “The Edible Garden.  Celebrity chefs including Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali performed in Alan’s kitchen.

Alan is also very active within the National Kitchen and Bath Association, having served as a Board Member and President in 2012.  In addition to his kitchen expertise, Alan is also a commercial pilot and flies hot air balloons in his “spare time!”

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Margaret Sherman, Design Counsultant

Margaret serves as a designer and financial expert at Better Kitchens.

After a successful career in Computer Programming and Data Processing, Margaret’s passion for design emboldened her to pursue a career as a kitchen design specialist.   She has completed Interior Design courses at Harper College and Advanced Kitchen Design courses conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and Wood-Mode.  Her extensive experience with the Wood-Mode product line makes her a valuable addition to our design staff, with a specialty in the design of “Old World” and period kitchens.

An enthusiastic cook, Margaret incorporates efficiency as well as beauty into her designs in order to make the kitchen a truly effective living space.