Stimmel has been in the design business for 30 years, and the head of Stimmel Consulting Group in Blue Bell for the last nine.
The Philadelphia-based designer is a regular recipient ofKitchen and Bath Businessmagazine’s Kitchen of the Year award. His kitchens frequently appear on HGTV (he designed all 40 kitchen variations shown on the network’s interactive design website)
As early as 16, he was working as a draftsman for a custom kitchen designer through a program at Cheltenham High School. And even then, his boss told him, “You are meant to do this.”
Loyalty is a very big thing for Stimmel. He employs the same team for all his installations. And while he has designed — and won awards for — kitchens ranging from $40,000 to way over $100,000, the common denominator is his own loyalty to his vision. “It’s not about the budget,” he says. “It’s just about doing something great."
For Stimmel, it’s about versatility and his love of the job. “There’s no pigeonholing me,” he says. “And it’s my passion, completely; I could do this 24/7, 365 days a year. I’m married to it.” And clients can rest assured there will be no surprises this designer can’t handle. “My motto is, that as a designer, it’s not about dealing with perfection, it’s about dealing with the imperfections,” he says. “You gotta be able to roll with it, no matter what comes up.”
Originally published in Philadelphia Home & Garden, June 2006.
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