About Us

About UsPlatinum Kitchens & Design, Inc. is an Atlanta company specializing in kitchen renovations. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Michael & Leslie Karp, each of whom possess sixteen years of experience in the Atlanta kitchen industry. Mike & Leslie have the keen design skills and expertise to take your kitchen or bath from lackluster to extraordinary. Personal attention, budget awareness & exemplary customer service are the fundamentals of their business practices.

“The kitchen IS the new family room”, a phrase often heard from Michael, “It’s the room where everyone congregates regardless of occasion…it could be as simple as pizza night or a lavish holiday party and there’s the whole group hanging around in your kitchen.” – He’s right!

“It seems that so many people prefer to stay in these days and want to transform their homes into an inviting retreat to share with family and friends. That’s where we excel.”, says Leslie, “We want our homeowners to be truly proud of the new space they helped create. It’s both paramount to our professional success and rewarding to us personally to hear our clients say they enjoyed the entire process and are thrilled with the final results.”

Mike - sales / layout design / owner

Sometimes things don't exactly go the way we think they will.  When Mike was younger the only thing he was interested in was music.  Since he played multiple instruments and did pretty well in the Atlanta music scene it seemed that things were working out pretty well.  Well, life has a way of throwing a few curves.  Long story short, he fell into the world of kitchen design simply because he needed a job in 1998.

Even though he resisted going into sales / design he soon learned that he enjoyed helping people with their homes as it also tapped into his need for creativity.  His success in sales / design led to the need to create his own company in 2006 just before the recession (nice timing).  He was frustrated by working for others when he thought things could be done better.  It was time to do it and not just talk about it.  Even though it was a tough environment, Platinum Kitchens & Design, Inc. remained healthy and even grew through a combination of calculated risks and the desire to do right by people.

Atlanta is where Mike was born and the city he calls home.  Even though he spent twelve years away he has spent the majority of his life here.  He and his wife, Leslie, and their twins live in John's Creek with their three dogs.

Leslie - cfo / owner

Even at an early age, Leslie had a keen interest in art and architecture, often drawing at her architect father's drafting table or thumbing through her mother's art history book from college. Those past times naturally lead her to the Furnishings & Interiors program at the University of Georgia and then on to study abroad in London, England.  Starting soon after graduation as a counter girl at the local paint store, Leslie has worked continuously in the Atlanta area residential building industry since 1998.

As CFO of Platinum Kitchens for the last six years, she's actively involved in the financial matters of the business - a position she did not expect to love as much as she does. In fact, if ever forced to select a new profession, she states that becoming a certified financial planner would be top of her list.

Since the early 1990's, Leslie has called Atlanta her home city. Prior to that she grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but calls her birthplace, Cincinnati, Ohio, her true hometown. She loves being an adopted Southern girl and enjoys gardening, cooking, a good book, and spending time with her family and three crazy dogs.

Fun Fact: If Leslie could live anywhere in the world, she would choose a big, old, North Georgia farm house with plenty of acreage for a vast menagerie of rescued animals.

Michelle - sales / layout design

Michelle is known as the Jack of all trades here at PKD as she has been with us for three years now. She studied interior design at Florida State University and has 15 years of experience in the remodeling industry. Michelle likes all styles and genres of design but has a soft spot for a classic mixture of old and new.

Originally, Michelle is from Florida. She and her husband, Randy, have a beautiful daughter.

Fun Fact: Michelle enjoys spending her free time at the mountains or the lake.

Julie - sales / layout design

Julie has been with PKD since March of 2011. She studied Interior Design at Georgia Southern University and also has 10 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. Julie likes to work closely with her clients to form a relationship to help her get a better understanding of how to create their dream kitchen.

Julie grew up on the beautiful island of St. Simons - She considers herself a beach bum at heart. Julie and her husband, Robert, have two lovely children, Caroline and Parker.

Fun Fact: In her free time Julie enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing on the beach!

Stacey - sales / layout design

A Michigan native, Stacey received a Bachelors of Interior Design with a Certificate in Kitchen & Bath Design from Baker College. She moved to Atlanta in 2012 and has 8 years of direct experience in Kitchen & Bath Design.

Stacey loves all forms of design, but takes a special interest in historic architecture and design.
 
Stacey enjoys traveling, the outdoors, gardening, and reading.
 
Fun Fact: Stacey recently adopted a miniature long-haired dachshund puppy, named Hazel.

 

Elizabeth - field operations manager

Elizabeth is considered our saving grace. She can deal with the most stressful of situations and find solutions all while staying calm. Elizabeth studied at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA and obtained a degree in Environmental Horticulture. She has a background in operations/account management as well as five years of experience with homeowner's insurance and disaster relief housing.

Elizabeth's hometown is Asheville, NC, but she moved to the Metro Atlanta Area in 1993. Elizabeth and her husband, Damon, have two young daughters and two dogs.

Fun Fact: Elizabeth is an avid reader who loves politics, gardening, and cooking.

Adam - construction manager

Adam comes from an extensive construction background that combines new construction, renovation and restoration.  Over the last 18 years, Adam's career has progressed from finishing hardwood flooring to project management to his current role as Construction Manager for PKD.  

He attributes his success to his ability to build personal relationships with homeowners.  He plays a major role in bridging the gap between the PKD team and our clients.

Adam currently resides in Braselton with his wife, Mandi, their son and 4 dogs.

Fun fact: Adam is a huge Michigan Wolverines fan and an avid golfer.  Adam and his family enjoy visitng the beach and hanging out at the pool.  He also used to make a living as a mime on the streets of Paris.

Jane - sales asst / layout design

Jane rceived her degree in Interior Design from Gwinnett Technical College and brings over 10 years of professional experience as a Kitchen / Bath Designer.

Jane loves working with clients to create unique spaces.  Her emphasis is to create living spaces that are comfortable yet have a contemporary and elegant aesthetic combined with a genuine attention to detail, scale and light.

Jane is originally from Tampa, Fl. and moved to Atlanta in 1996.  Jane and her husband, Bill, have two children and a dog.

Fun fact: In her free time she enjoys being with her family and finds joy running outdoors.

Samantha - sales asst / layout design

Samantha earned her Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 2010.  After graduating, she moved to Boston to begin her professional career in kitchen design.  Just two short, cold years later, Sam accepted a job in Atlanta and made the trek down south.  Sam has been with PKD since 2013 .

Fun fact: Sam loves college football and tailgating.

Kevin - sales asst / layout design

Kevin has a degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He loves all aspects of design and always had an interest specifically in residential architecture. He previously worked as a kitchen designer in New York and briefly lived in Charlotte, NC before moving to Atlanta and joining PKD in early 2017. He enjoys working on new kitchen projects and overcoming design obstacles. 

Kevin lived in New York/New Jersey most of his life and can speak Korean fluently. 
 
Fun Fact: Kevin is a life-long New York Yankees fan, loves to play golf and exercise, go hiking/camping and watch movies in his down time. Like a true PKD member, he also hopes to adopt a dog one day.

Jennifer - designer / selections coordinator

Jennifer earned her degree in interior design from the University of Alabama.  She enjoys combining rustic / farmhouse design with traditional / modern elements.  One of her favorite moments is seeing her clients' faces and reactions when they start getting really excited about their kitchen. 

Jennifer was born and raised in Roswell, Ga.  She is married and has two fur-kids, Chipper (dog) and Zoey (cat).  She spends much of her time outside running, wake boarding or snow skiing.

Fun Fact: First on Jennifer's bucket list would be to ride an elephant.  Christmas trees are her favorite smell in the whole wide world - Elephants not so much.

Juli (JJ) - designer / selections coordinator

Juli has a Bachelor's degree of Interior Design from Georgia State University.  Known around PKD as JJ, Juli has experience dealing with all types of design but has a passion for a sleek and modern look blended with traditional components.

She is a Ga native of Mexican decent and speaks fluent Spanish.

Fun fact: Juli loves movies and has a vast collection that she enjoys sharing with her young daughter.

Abby - designer / selections coordinator

Abby has a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.  She has been in the kitchen and bath industry for over 15 years.  Her favorite saying about the industry states, "It is our job as designers to help our clients fall in love with their home all over again."

She is originally from Virginia Beach, Va., and moved to the Atlanta area in 1993.  She and her husband live in Woodstock with a house full of four legged kids (2 dogs, 2 cats).  There is often a fifth fur kid as they foster kittens for a local rescue organization.

Fun fact: She probably has more animal pictures on her phone than of people and can get a little distracted if you start talking about her "kids".

Lauren - administrative assistant

Lauren is the cheerful voice of Platinum Kitchens.  She is a genuine, positive force who can tackle any task placed before her.  Lauren attended Georgia Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts.

Lauren's background in hospitality and customer service has taught her the art of patience and the ability to work through any problem with grace and laughter.

Lauren lives in Alpharetta with her two teenage sons and their German Shepherd, Max.

Fun Fact:  Lauren's favorite movie is "A Christmas Story" and she enjoys the beach and gardening.

Mike M - warehouse manager

While Mike is new to the kitchen business his unique background and attention to detail make him a great addition to the team.
 
Mike was born in Ohio but moved to Georgia at a very young age and considers himself a Georgia native.
 
Fun fact:  He enjoys playing frisbee golf and is a sports junkie.

Nelson - service technician

Nelson is Platinum's "do it all guy".  He can trim, paint or repair just about anything and does it with the utmost care and attention.  He doesn't say much but would rather focus on the task at hand and do a quality job.

He was born in El Salvador in 1991.  Perhaps growing up with three younger sisters is the reason Nelson keeps quiet most of the time.  ...He doesn't get rattled easily.

Fun fact: Nelson plays on several soccer teams.  He enjoys playing every position but goalie (he likes to keep on the move).

Juan - project manager

Juan has been working with Mike and Leslie since 2000.  He has always been a great friend and tremendous asset to any designer.  He has a magic about him, a real "can do" attitude - Usually smiling and always making people happy through what could be a difficult experience of remodeling.  Even though he is the one tearing up kitchens and making a mess, most people miss him and his crew once their project is completed.

Originally from Peru, Juan has called Atlanta his home since 1999.  He has a lovely wife and daughter along with two Yorkies.  He is a dedicated family man.  

When he's not working (which is rare) Juan likes cycling, riding dirt bikes and travelling.

Luis K - project manager

Dave & Mike Joiner - project managers

Mike and Dave Joiner are a father / son construction team native to Ga.

Mike has a vast, 44 year knowledge of the construction industry.  He is accomplished in many areas of construction from project management, to framing and finish carpentry.
 
Dave started working with his father when he was 12 years old.  Over the past 28 years, Dave has learned the details of carpentry and residential construction from his father.
 
When Mike and Dave Joiner are not working, they enjoy spending time with family and are true outdoorsmen.

Alex - dog

Alex is the real driving force behind Platinum Kitchens - A true  leader.  He demands attention with his bull in a china shop demeanor and possesses the laser focus of a baby chimpanzee but with far less coordination.  Some may say he is a bit of a softy but you always know where you stand with him.  If you dare wear black in his presence he will most definitely leave you with a little bit of himself (a lint roller will work best to remove).

Alex's girlfriend, Bebe, lives next door to the Karp's.  They have an undying love for one another and play together regularly.

Fun fact:  Alex likes digging in the dirt, chasing squirrels and chewing any piece of clothing he can find.  If he could choose any other career he would either be a short order cook at Waffle House or a greeter at Walmart.  He dislikes baths and the vacuum cleaner.