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Our professional design staff is ready to help you design your dream kitchen from any of our four locations. Let us introduce you to each of our professionals by location:
Omaha Design Team:

      Alesha Hintz

Alesha graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with an emphasis in Kitchen and Bath Design; a program that is highly recognized and accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Alesha is certified to design using Aristokraft, Decora, Kemper, Kitchen Craft, Marquis, Mouser and Sorrento cabinetry. These lines of cabinetry cover the full spectrum from a standard line with versatile styles to a full custom line with endless options. Alesha's extensive knowledge of the construction industry enhances her ability to guide clients through the challenges of creating a beautiful new space.

      Bruce Carlson

Bruce has been professionally involved in the fireplace industry since 1977 (over 25 years experience). He is the former president/general manager of Hearthside Shop Inc., Omaha and a graduate of Bellevue University. Bruce brings an extensive knowledge of:

Gas and wood-burning fireplaces, stoves & inserts
Gas fireplace logs
Glass fireplace doors
Fireplace accessories
Gas barbecue grills


Karla joined the Consolidated Kitchen and Fireplaces family in 2005. She worked in the Builder Sales division of Consolidated before moving to the Retail showroom in 2007. Karla’s 11 years of combined management and design background provides for a creative and professional experience for her customers.



Alison joined Consolidated Kitchens and Fireplaces in December of 2007. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with an emphasis in Kitchen and Bathroom Design. For the past six years she has been a member of the (NKBA). With an excellent background in customer service and a passion for the Interior Design industry she is able to do the work necessary to meet your design needs.



Julie Smith has been in the Kitchen and Bath business since 2001. She received her education from the National Kitchen and Bath Association and has extensive knowledge of the remodeling and new construction business.



Brandon graduated from Johnson County Community College’s School of Interior Design, an accredited NKBA program school, with an emphasis in kitchen and bath space planning and design.

Brandon comes to Consolidated with 2 years of kitchen and bath design experience in the Denver metro. He also has 4 years experience as a store manager for a home furnishings and design store. Brandon’s knowledge of customer service, interior design and remodeling helps him to create a positive and exciting experience for his customers.


Lincoln Design Team:

      Melissa Fisher

Melissa Fisher joined Consolidated Kitchens in 2004. She has been in the kitchen design industry for five years. Melissa graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. With a good knowledge of the products Consolidated Kitchens provides, Melissa will make your building or remodeling experience a pleasant one.

      Amber Traphagan

Consolidated Kitchens is pleased to have Amber as part of their design team. Amber graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Amber joined Consolidated after working in Iowa as a kitchen and bath designer for 4 years. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and would be happy to help any client create a new space that they would be proud to share with their family and friends.

Des Moines Design Team:

      Connie Steffen

Connie graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Adult Education. Much of her career she worked for a major home appliance company in various roles in marketing, sales, and customer services. Her desire to learn more about the components of the kitchen beyond the appliances, such as cabinets, countertops, etc., led her to pursue more education in kitchen and bath design from the National Kitchen and Bath Association and set off on a new career path. She joined Kitchens and Fireplaces in early 2005.

"My training and customer service background is invaluable as I work with clients. I try to make the design and sales process as clear as possible for all involved. My goal is to fulfill the customer's needs and desires while staying within the budget they've set for the project. It is so satisfying to see a project completed--a new kitchen design can transform the feeling of the entire home!"

      Julie Lambert

Julie Lambert, Showroom Manager, has over 15 years experience in Kitchen and Bath Design. Her expertise working with both the homeowner and contractor ensures that your project, no matter what size or complexity, will be managed carefully and professionally. With her eye for design your finished result will exceed your dreams! A kitchen you will be thrilled to show off to family and friends! Winner of Homeshow’s “Best Kitchen” 2 years running, Julie received her formal training at Iowa State University College of Design.

      Marie Brown

Marie has been employed with Consolidated for four years. Her strength is her passion for providing excellent customer service. She has worked in many facets of the operations of the business in the Des Moines area. She has played an instrumental role in our service department and also has held a design position for new construction projects. Currently, Marie has become a member of the retail team in our showroom. Her commitment to excellent design and exceptional customer service make her a great asset to our customers.

      Dan Birmingham

Dan has been a sales professional in the fireplace industry for 5 years. Dan has the technical knowledge necessary to guide and educate the client on the hearth industry. Dan has extensive knowledge of gas and wood-burning fireplaces & inserts, gas fireplace logs, glass fireplace doors, fireplace accessories and gas barbecue grills. Dan's satisfied clients are a testimony to his dedication in providing exemplary customer service.
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