Bob & Mel

A word from Bob Elkins, President and Senior Designer of Southwest Kitchen and Bath about Simplifying the Process:

“Building on my background in design, commercial art and advertising, I opened my own design studio in 1999 hoping to Simplify the Process for clients at a time when the details are the most crucial. I have worked with custom cabinet makers, tract home builders and high end cabinetry companies. Through the many elements of designing in these areas, where I gained valuable experience, I also longed for a more personal connection with the homeowner and end user.

I recognized there was a niche market that fell in the middle of tract home and ultra deluxe design. In making the choices of the cabinetry lines we wanted to offer, I kept in mind how important good solid construction is to the design. I also wanted to be able to customize each project but keep it very affordable, offer lifetime warranties and lots of choices in stains and wood species. Our showroom is full of beautiful examples of our designs and samples for you to take to your home to see how they feel there.

We promise to help every client maximize their budget, even if it is modest. We will also assist builders in achieving a higher level of finish details for their spec homes that will help them sell it faster without compromising their profit.

We have grown our company to include three additional designers, a project manager, and a skilled team of installers. We have become one of the most talked about design teams in Tucson. And I am proud to say we have indeed simplified the process!

With over 40 years combined experienced in design, members of the Southwest Kitchen and Bath team treat everyone like family. We work diligently to implement a design that fits the clients’ needs and we pride ourselves on going above and beyond your expectations to finish on time and within budget.

Our experienced designers are able to share a great wealth of exciting, creative and practical design solutions for your home, tailoring a plan to fit your lifestyle. Of course, the design is only as good as its execution, so we take great care in the management of your project with our experienced team bringing the vision to life. Here are some of the ways we shine as a partner to you:

  • We start with an in home consultation or review of your architectural plans.
  • We provide computerized drawings of your design so you can walk through the finished space even before we start!
  • We conduct a thorough field measure of the jobsite with our install team to review all aspects of the layout.
  • We will partner with your designer or builder (if you have one), or we can handle all those details.
  • Our beautiful showroom allows you to view hundreds of doorstyles and finishes.
  • A Project Manager is assigned to each job, which ensures you “a one on one” experience and good communications through the duration of the project and will keep the lines of communication open not only with you but all of the vendors involved in your project.

Our customers rave about our design abilities, the quality of our cabinetry, our attention to detail and personalized service. Call us for your in home consultation or visit our newly expanded showroom. We look forward to partnering with you on your project!

If our interiors reflect our current state of mind, then it appears we use simplicity as shelter from a frenzied world.

Let us help you simplify the process!

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Our Designers:
Laura Wallace

I have been creatively enhancing homes with Southwest Kitchen and Bath since 2004. I enjoy problem solving and blending the clients needs with my own ideas. I look forward to working with both previous and new clients, making their ideas a reality. It is extremely gratifying to see the finished result coupled with the customer’s reaction upon seeing the space come to life!

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Maria Jean

My passion is bringing the most innovative design ideas to the table. From color and texture to function I have immersed myself in interior design for 15 years. Because of this, I feel I can relate with my clients. I look forward to building a relationship at the start of each new design process and learning about your vision. I find it most rewarding to step back and view the difference we created in your home. There is no vision we can not achieve together!

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Matt Yaney

Since I can remember I have felt inspired to improve the space around me. Going to school for design was a given being that space planning is my muse. I will work alongside you to make your space not only beautiful but functional as well. Furthermore, I will listen to your wants, needs, and take the time to envision your dream home as my own. From eclectic to modern there is no project too big or too small to ensure you the love the heart of your home.

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Mel Elkins

Senior Designer, Owner
With 20 years of experience I have worn many different hats. In more recent years I have proudly managed a team of talented designers, installers, and a project management team, ensuring the highest quality of work. When working on a design project my favorite part is collaborating with the client. Over the years I have seen many dreams come to life. I feel that I am best at listening to the customers needs while melding their ideas with my own. Thus, creating the most functional yet breath taking space in your home.

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Our Project Management Team

After the designers lock in your new and improved project design, we expect you will want to know the next step. That’s where we come in! As the project management team we will guide you through each stage of the process. We start by creating a personalized calendar specific to your project to keep all trades on schedule. Knowing your project can be overwhelming at times we empathize with that and will do what we can to make the process as painless as possible from start to finish.