OUR HISTORY

Creating memorable kitchens for over 65 years

Kd. is a family, both literally and figuratively. For more than 60 years, we have been passionately dedicated to helping our clients create kitchens that truly become the heart of the home—equal parts beautiful and functional, and always reflective of the people who inhabit them.

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Charlie Hartman mid-install, 1972. He was an installer with Kd. for over 35 years before retiring in 2000; some of his kitchens are still being used today. 
A marriage of hard work and creativity

The Kd. story began in 1953, when P.G. and Esther Hartman opened a commercial cabinetry distributorship with a GI Bill and a $250 loan from Esther’s father. As the fledgling Denver kitchen industry evolved, the Kitchen Distributors name became synonymous with quality and attention to detail. A true creative visionary, P.G. became the voice of the fledgling Colorado kitchen design industry, and is largely responsible for its success today. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Mountain States Chapter of the American Institute of Kitchen Design (now known as the NKBA) and was often the first in the state to offer innovative products—including luxury brands and avant-garde designs that represented a new era of kitchen design.

Esther Hartman
Esther Hartman posing for a photo shoot, 1969.
A tradition of bringing family and friends together

The Legacy of Kd. lives on. When P.G. passed away unexpectedly in 1974, his family made the decision to pool their respective talents and carry his proud legacy into the future. When Esther retired in 2008, the business passed into the capable hands of her son, Tom Hartman. Today, with two successful showrooms and more than 65 years of award-winning design under their collective belt, Kitchen Distributors’ heritage is stronger than ever before. But if you ask Tom or anyone else in the Kd. family what makes them the proudest, they won’t mention prestigious awards or glowing editorial. Now, as it always has been, it’s about friends and family…gathered together in the one room that nourishes mind, body and soul.

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New Kitchen: 2017 Remodel

OUR VALUES

We provide exceptional and unique product solutions.

Kitchen Distributors offers our customers both cutting-edge new designs as well as time-tested favorites proven by our years of experience.

We are designers and dreamers.

As Denver’s leading kitchen experts, we’re always looking for new ways to express our creativity. We’re quality-obsessed and style-agnostic, never boxed in a single brand or genre.

We design relationships.

Kitchens may be our physical product, but as a family business, our relationships are our true legacy. We are proud of our loyal customers and devoted to the communities we serve.

We create stunning spaces.

Our finished kitchens are true works of art that reflect both the passion, expertise and talent of our designers and craftsmen—and the precise wishes of our clients.

We design for our clients—not for our egos.

Our goal is to realize our clients dreams, and design a space that is the best possible representation of that dream. 

OUR TEAM

Skilled designers and engineers, our team has been hand selected to ensure the highest level of expertise within the kitchen and bath design industry. Our award winning design team have over a half century of combined kitchen and bath design experience, and are at the forefront of their field. 

President
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President
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About Tom Hartman:

The kitchen business is in Tom Hartman’s blood; he’s never done anything else. Born and raised in Denver, Tom was indoctrinated through his father, P.G. Hartman—a kitchen industry visionary known for process and perfectionism. He had his own drawing board by age eight, and spent much of his childhood immersed in the nuts and bolts of the business. Then, when P.G. died suddenly in 1974 of a heart attack, Tom (still in high school) joined his mother and sister to take over the family enterprise. Tom went on to study business at the University of Colorado, Denver, and become a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) in 1987.

An admitted "detail fanatic," Tom is known throughout the industry for his "evil eye"—his ability to walk into a space and tell instantly if something is out of balance. Drawing on the deep expertise of his mentorship with P.G. and his own experience, he has been instrumental in nurturing Denver-area designers and continues to forward the industry as a whole. In 2002, he brought bulthaup, a European luxury brand respected internationally for quality and precision, to Denver. Since that transition, he has come to embrace the minimalist beauty of the Bauhaus design philosophy.

Tom officially took the reins of Kitchen Distributors in 2008, upon his mother’s retirement. The consummate innovator, he remains passionate about every aspect of the business, from compassionate employee relations to meticulous project installation—and dedicated to continuing the legacy of Kd.’s proud 60-year heritage.

Project Designer
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Project Designer
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About Elisabeth Aiello:

Elisabeth has been creating beautiful kitchens in Colorado for more than 20 years. After obtaining a Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design in 1993, she took an internship at a small kitchen design firm in Denver. She quickly learned that she had an absolute passion for high-end kitchen design, and began to search for the perfect outlet for her abilities.

She found Kitchen Distributors in 1996, and has been fulfilling her dreams – and her client’s – ever since. Elisabeth is committed to creating spaces that reflect her client’s personalities and compliment their style, and to making the process as joyful as possible. As a senior designer at Kd, Elisabeth’s work is continually featured in local and national publications – including Colorado Homes & lifestyles, Great American Kitchens, and Luxe Magazine – and has been honored in local home shows and contests. Her projects span a wide range of styles, from classic to contemporary.

Project Designer
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Project Designer
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About Brett E. La Hay:

Growing up in the Midwest and moving to Colorado in 2005, Brett E. LaHay earned a Bachelors of Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado. After working at both interior design and kitchen design firms, she discovered a passion for the kitchen and bath specialty. In 2007, she was hired as a project and design coordinator for Kitchen Distributors’ bulthaup showroom, where she developed a well-rounded approach to design through kitchen and bathroom planning, project coordination, development of client presentations with 3D renderings and learning the full spectrum of kitchen design.

After almost 5 years at the bulthaup showroom, Brett was promoted to Project Designer for Kitchen Distributors. Her purpose is to create a harmonious relationship between the client’s individual style and a truly functional and organized kitchen living space. She has a love for timeless design and is thrilled to be pursuing that passion at one of Colorado’s leading industry innovators.

In her time as a Project Designer at Kd, her work has been featured in numerous magazines, including the cover of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Kitchen issue, and she was recently nominated as one of Colorado’s 5 under 40, an award recognizing design professionals under the age of 40 that are excelling in their chosen field.

Showroom Director & Designer at bulthaup
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Showroom Director & Designer at bulthaup
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About William M. Landeros:

An outgoing and insightful problem-solver, William believes in balancing logic and creativity to find innovative solutions to challenges of all kinds. William holds a degree in languages from Metro State College, and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Baking and Pastry from the New England Culinary Institute. In the 1980’s, he launched Feastable Catering in Texas, and opened a nouveau cuisine restaurant, The Secret Garden, in Camden, Maine.

Today, as Designer and showroom Director at bulthaup Denver, William “lives” the classic Bauhuas design motto: unity between art and technology. He is inspired by the timeless architecture of Walter Gropius, Georg Muche and Frank Lloyd Wright. His award-winning work has been featured in numerous local, national, and international publications, including Modern in Denver, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Luxe, and Trends Magazines. He has received awards from Sub-Zero/Wolf, Viking, The American Society for Interior Designers, The National Kitchen & Bath Association, and the Colorado Home Builders Association.

Project Designer at bulthaup
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Project Designer at bulthaup
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About Jed Mackenzie:

As a senior designer at bulthaup Denver, Jed MacKenzie is following a lifelong passion for art and design. He finds inspiration daily, and draws upon his European travels for design cues. Jed studied at Fort Lewis College, where he majored in business administration and minored in art. His work has been featured in numerous local, national, and international publications, including Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Luxe, Modern In Denver, and Trends magazines.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe said, “Less is more.” Robert Venturi said, “Less is a bore.” Jed’s design philosophy is that form follows function, but that it isn’t defined by it. He sees challenging spaces as opportunities to encourage creativity, and likes to create focal points to draw the eye in, while maintaining balance and proportion. Jed imagines his client in the space, and visualizes the experiences that will happen there – His goal is to realize a client’s vision and exceed their expectations with innovative solutions that inspire them.

Project Coordinator/Designer at bulthaup
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Project Coordinator/Designer at bulthaup
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About Elizabeth Krabill:

An east coast native, Elizabeth spent the summers of her youth in a small art community on the coast of Massachusetts. This early exposure to creativity spawned a lifelong passion for and the pursuit of beauty in clean lines and artistic symmetry. Upon graduation from high school in northern Virginia, she continued her quest to develop her own creative spirit by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Studio with a minor in Photography at George Mason University.

Elizabeth is inspired in part by Frank Lloyd Wright’s belief that form and function work together as one and guided by the belief that simplicity always works. Perhaps contradictory on the surface, she understands that quality design possesses a minimal element.

A 14-year veteran of the Washington, D.C. interior design industry, Elizabeth has been published in House Beautiful, LUXE Interiors & Design, and the Washington Post. Her work was also featured in the annual Washington, D.C. Design House that benefited the Children’s National Medical Center.

Director of Marketing
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Director of Marketing
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About Morgan MacKay:

  • Morgan grew up in New England, split between suburban Boston during the school year, and the coast of Connecticut during the summer. He moved west for college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. When asked why he wanted to work with kitchens, he said, “The kitchen has always been my favorite part of the house. Growing up with two brothers, the kitchen was the center of our household. It is the heart of your home, and I have always been drawn to that.”
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  •  As Director of Marketing, Morgan is responsible for the implementation and management of the company’s strategic marketing plan and stewardship of the company’s brand within the competitive kitchen design industry. His new perspective will help to keep Kitchen Distributors on the cutting edge, and help continue the Hartman family legacy of excellence in service and kitchen design.
Project Engineer
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Project Engineer
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About Michele Bowden:

Originally from La Crosse Wisconsin, Michele attended Western Wisconsin Technical College, earning a Degree in Interior Design. Soon after, she continued her education at American InterContinental University of Los Angeles, CA, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Her career in the luxury kitchen design industry began when Neil Cooper of Cooper Pacific Kitchens offered her a position at his firm. With over twenty years in the industry, she still loves “how every space brings new challenges to a kitchen design, no job is ever the same. To see the look on our client’s faces when they see their brand new kitchen is what keeps me doing what I do, and working with the extremely talented designers that service this area of Colorado keeps me inspired. “

A master of AutoCAD two/three-dimensional drafting as well as space planning and project management, Michele’s talents shine through her work. Her obsession with detail and tireless work ethic shows in every print. She creates the first representation of the Kd. vision for our clients, and is instrumental in helping them see this before any work has been done. The passion she has for her work comes from creating this vision for our customers and is one of the reasons Kd. goes above and beyond to realize our client’s dreams.

BULTHAUP SHOWROOM

our showroom partner

Kitchen Distributors is honored to be an authorized bulthaup partner in the U.S., and the owner/operator of the company’s Denver Showroom. Founded more than 50 years ago in Germany, this internationally respected brand is inextricably linked with the development of the modern kitchen. Both rooted in tradition and devoted to innovation, bulthaup kitchens are not influenced by trends, but are instead designed to change our perceptions of what a truly timeless kitchen should be. European design + Colorado spirit: it’s a match truly made in heaven.

our partners

BULTHAUP SHOWROOM

our showroom partner

Kitchen Distributors is honored to be an authorized bulthaup partner in the U.S., and the owner/operator of the company’s Denver Showroom. Founded more than 50 years ago in Germany, this internationally respected brand is inextricably linked with the development of the modern kitchen. Both rooted in tradition and devoted to innovation, bulthaup kitchens are not influenced by trends, but are instead designed to change our perceptions of what a truly timeless kitchen should be. European design + Colorado spirit: it’s a match truly made in heaven.

our partners

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