DAN THOMPSON

Owner/Designer

For 35 years, I’ve designed and overseen the completion of over 5,500 kitchen and bath projects. I’ve mastered what it takes to guide clients through the remodeling process. I focus on listening carefully to clients, working side-by-side to design your perfect kitchen. “Form follows function” is my guiding principle, but I always make sure your kitchen or bath looks stunning.

With this experience, I’ve built the best processes needed to get the job done right. I’ve developed strong relationships with our cabinet makers which makes all the difference when getting things done quickly.  DDK has also used the same talented installation crew for 40 years—they’re that good! Long established partnerships like this help ensure that our projects are completed on time and on budget.

My strength is seeing design possibilities when others do not. Let's talk about your home and see how we can make something great together"

My work has received recognition in a variety of ways:

Contests:

  • 1st Place winner GE Monogram Best Showroom Display Kitchen
  • 3-time winner of Cabico Kitchen of the Month
  • 2-time winner of Dutch Made Project of the Week

Television:

  • HGTV- interviewed and discussed kitchen design solutions
  • Glenview GVTV- interviewed and discussed kitchen design trends

Newspaper & Magazines:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun Times
  •  Pioneer Press
  • Glenview Journal
  • Kitchen and Bath Business
  • Kitchen and Bath Design News
  • Evanston Magazine
  • Room magazine

Client Reviews:

 

“Fantastic experience. When contacted Dan drew the perfect kitchen design. The next steps were easy and efficiently handled. The installation started when materials were available so there was no lost time waiting for cabinets, flooring, backsplash, etc. The crew doing the installation were very professional and respectful of the building and my condo. The kitchen was completed in four weeks. 

I wish they did more than kitchens, I would have them do every room.”

 – Ronni G. (Morton Grove)

 

 

“We were impressed with Dan Thompson the first time we met him. His knowledge, experience, and creativity were far superior to the other professionals we considered. He adapted the original plans to better suit our ‘age-in-place’ design goals for the kitchen, master bath, and laundry/mudroom. 

The results are better than we had ever imagined. The entire DDK staff were highly professional, knowledgeable and accessible. They met every deadline as promised and followed up to make sure the work was to our satisfaction. Highly, highly recommend!”

– Lynn M. (Lake Bluff)

 

 

 “It was truly a pleasure working with Dan and Jean Thompson from DDK. Dan’s expertise and knowledge in kitchen design were evident from start to finish during our project. The design of our kitchen is so well thought out and the end- product was not only beautiful but also very functional for our family.

Jean warmly welcomed any questions about design and helped us to finalize design choices that make the kitchen space stunning and unique. 

The contractors, ED Enterprises, recommended by DDK were also extremely professional and worked to the highest standards. We could not be happier with the quality of work and level of professionalism of everyone at DDK. The attention to detail and follow-up to any questions or concerns were met with immediate responses. They strive for perfection and it is evident in their work. 

We highly recommend DDK Kitchen Design Group. They truly helped us create the kitchen of our dreams and for that, we are sincerely grateful.”

 – Bill and Kim W. (Deerfield)

 

“Dan and Jean (who own DDK) were excellent on our total gut kitchen rehab job. They both have excellent taste and gave us practical inside information on which designs and products work best in a given situation. They also brought in a top-notch construction company (ED Industries), which helped keep the dust and the stress down. We kept on budget and on schedule, and the whole process was about as painless as possible. We would absolutely recommend them – the final product is beautiful.”

– Steven and Victoria S. (Glencoe)

 

“From the moment we stepped into DDK in Glenview, Jean and Dan Thompson made us feel like we were family. Every step of the process from design through build was well thought out and they made it as painless as possible. 

The result of our redesign is that they were somehow able to take what we had dreamt about and turn it into reality. Our kitchen design was quite complex as this included the removal of a vertical support beam and replacement of a 26- foot steel beam placed in the ceiling in its place. In addition, we added a pantry, butler’s pantry, office off the kitchen and of course the main kitchen. Everyone who sees it is blown away with the look (including us). But as DDK said, equally important is how well the kitchen works and they were definitely right! 

We use it every day for multiple meals and we are so thankful for the knowledge and experience DDK had in the design. Literally every element has a purpose and it flows perfectly. 

Another important point was after the design and ordering, DDK also recommended ED Enterprises for the labor. It’s one thing to plan, but the buildout can be so painful. Thankfully, the combination of project management by DDK and ED Enterprises made this as easy to live through as possible.   

Ultimately, we can’t say enough about the experience working with DDK. Remodeling a kitchen is a daunting task, especially if you have three kids (9, 13 and 15) as we do. DDK made it as painless as possible. Living through the building was a breeze, even for our dog! Honestly, our most difficult decisions were picking cabinet colors and drawer pulls. If you’re on the fence for a full- service designer, then look no further. Just call Dan and/or Jean at DDK, you won’t regret it.”

– Rob and Dina G. (Glenview)