Celebrating 30 Years of Design-Build Remodeling

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Celebrating 30 Years of Design-Build Remodeling

Big dreams can come true. Ask any of the 2,340 Drury Design clients about their before and after design-build remodeling story. Or, ask Gail Drury, CMKBD about hers. Starting out as a home-based studio with one employee in 1987, Drury Design is now one of America’s leading design-build remodeling firms.

What better time to celebrate than during NKBA [National Kitchen and Bath Association] Kitchen and Bath Month in October? Drury Design is a twenty-five year plus NKBA member.

2016 Midwest Chapter NKBA 1st Place Professional Design Award – Large Kitchen

In thirty years, Gail’s dream of merging entrepreneurship with motherhood blossomed from her home-based start-up into a leading luxury design-build remodeling studio. Drury Design now includes seven designers, a support team, multiple specialized installation crews, and a portfolio of over 2,500 projects.

Design-Build Remodeling By the Numbers 

37 Team members, including seven senior designers and seven talented installation crews

59 Communities including Chicago area and the greater Midwest

71 NKBA award-winning designs

555 Years of total team experience

2,500+ Client projects

74,100 Cabinets installed

Gail Drury’s first ever NKBA Award Winning Studio Design – 1998

Drury Design Anniversaries

40 years in the industry for Gail Drury, CMKBD

30 years for Drury Design as a company

25 years for Dolores, Drury Design’s first employee

15 years for the Drury Design current Showroom

Drury Design’s first showroom on Pennsylvania Ave Glen Ellyn

Gail Drury began her career as a designer and trainer for St. Charles Kitchens in 1977. Ten years later, she opened her home-based kitchen design studio in Glen Ellyn. In 1994, she opened her first kitchen design showroom in downtown Glen Ellyn. In 2002 Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio opened in the former Cottington’s furniture store, a downtown Glen Ellyn landmark built in 1946. Today, Gail Drury’s studio is an inviting creative center where clients begin to plan their new designs.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for current 512 N. Main showroom

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath Studio’s success is built on Gail’s belief in a Client-Focused Design™ process. Each client/designer relationship is supported by a team, giving the designer the freedom to focus on the client’s individual custom home design-build remodeling projects.

Drury Design’s current location, 512 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL

Award-Winning Design-Build Remodeling Vendor Partnerships

Drury Design won the 2008-2009 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest’s local award. The Glen Ellyn kitchen design project also won third place in the NKBA national design awards large kitchen category. In congratulating the studio on the win Dan Heyn, President Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom said, “It is always a pleasure working with Drury Design. Not only do they create outstanding kitchen designs, but their attention to detail is not compromised – the same philosophy of Sub-Zero and Wolf.”

2008-2009 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest’s local award winning kitchen

Grabill Cabinetry Company dealer since 1996, Drury Design has been honored to receive twelve consecutive Dealer Sales Awards. In 2012, Drury Design unveiled a Grabill display to celebrate its 25th anniversary. “Drury Design’s entire staff is very design-intuitive. And, they’re unique in the way they relate to their customers. The Drury Design experience is what sets them apart and is one of their core values. Relationships mean everything to them,” David Carnahan, Vice President, Grabill Cabinetry Company commented on the silver anniversary.

25th-anniversary showroom display featuring Grabill cabinetry

America’s Ultimate Dream House Kitchen

One kitchen stands out as a winner in multiple ways. Featuring the Roman Liner and Blooming Leaf from the Bronzework Studio collection, a “Well-Dressed Traditional Kitchen” in Glen Ellyn is saved to over 300,000 Houzz idea books and is featured as the kitchen in the America’s Ultimate Dream House survey of Pinterest users. Ted Lowitz, Founder Bronzework Studio recalls, “In May 1997, Gail ordered a wonderful selection of our Talisman handmade ceramic tiles for a showroom display. Gail and her team at Drury Design are absolute masters of kitchen design. Their work is unsurpassed across the country. Gail has designed kitchens that have become truly iconic.”

Named Pinterest’s American Ultimate Dream House Kitchen

To announce a new partnership with Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry and introduce the Ruskin studio display, in 2016 Drury Design hosted an event with Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry and tastemaker Scott Stultz. “Drury Design is known for really listening to their clients. They interview them about their vision, ideas, and thoughts and then take all the information and put it into a cohesive design solution for the space,” observes Jason Artus, AKBD Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry.

Rutt HandCrafted studio display in Ruskin

When asked about the biggest changes in the past 40 years, Gail says, “The evolution of the kitchen has been dramatic, especially in terms of design styles, product options, and functionality. However, there has been one constant – the good fortune of working with great clients,” Gail Drury, CMKBD.

Now in its fifteenth year at its current location, the studio showcases over 20 displays, including a NKBA showroom award winner. Custom cabinetry vendors include Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry and Grabill. Appliances from industry leaders like Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Dacor, Miele, and Thermador are featured throughout. Countertops and flooring selections complement the mood of each room, while galleries display cabinetry, surfaces, tile, and hardware.

2015 NKBA National 1st Place & Best in Show – Large Kitchen Category

Jim Drury, Gail’s husband, and business partner outlined the Drury Design client relationship approach, “Our designers educate each client by presenting multiple design possibilities, then assisting with custom cabinetry options and materials choices based on their goals. At first, the level of detail and planning that we put into designing a custom kitchen or bath surprises many clients. When we deliver the kitchen or bath of their dreams, it all falls into place for them.”

Interested in seeing more of our studio? Feel free to visit us at 512 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL or take a minute to walk through our virtual tour below.