Kitchen & Bath Designer
Date Started: June 2017
Years in Kitchen Business: 13
Awards & Certifications: AIC/AGC, 20/20 training, NKBA training
My Background: My experience started in building cabinetry in my father’s shop. I loved seeing how the cabinetry we made transformed customers’ spaces. After graduating college, I became a project manager for a kitchen and bath showroom in the Boston Design Center. Later, I received my training as a kitchen designer and worked several years as a kitchen and bath designer on the South Shore. Most recently, I gained experience in the stone industry, working as a salesperson and project manager. I was thrilled to join the NKB team as a kitchen designer in June 2017.
Advice for homeowners when purchasing a kitchen: The kitchen is one room that you’ll go into every day. This is a room that you should be ecstatic about when it’s complete, so take the time to think about what you want. It helps to put together an idea book of details, colors and schemes that you like. The last step is to find a designer you connect with, who will help guide you through a very detailed project!
What I love about designing kitchens: Every kitchen space is a little different and each customer is different. Designing a kitchen, with this in mind, is like putting together a new puzzle every time. Seeing the customer’s face when it all comes together as planned is the best part!
My proudest professional accomplishment: I once worked on a very difficult curved kitchen. The customer wanted the curvature of the cabinetry to match the walls behind it. I made a template of the walls and when the cabinetry arrived it was stunning!
Fondest memory of a previous customer: I was working with a wonderful couple, helping them renovate the kitchen she had grown up in. When it was finally complete, and everything came out just as she wanted, she sought me out after and invited me over for dinner with her and her husband so I could enjoy her new space.
What I like to do for fun: Tinkering with my car, the house, or working on some project.
Favorite hobby: When I have the time, you can find me on a basketball court somewhere, shooting hoops.
What My Customers Are Saying:
“Hi Torrey, the counters are beautiful. The installers were very professional. Thank you for your help in making our kitchen so nice.” – Judy
“When it comes to customer service which is the key to a successful business you clearly are outstanding.You knew we were on a limited budget and you took the time and energy to design the perfect kitchen. I thank you for your sincere professionalism.” – Rosie R.
“Just wanted to express my thanks to Torrey. Just left the showroom a little while ago and very pleased. His service and communication are first class.”
“I love [my kitchen]! It’s made all the difference already, the kitchen feels huge and not cramped anymore! I told the installer that it looks like a designer kitchen. Everyone I’ve shown the pics to is pretty blown away at the before and after look. I still can’t believe how different the house looks from just one room. It’s pretty amazing. Thanks again Torrey, it all came out awesome!” – Sara