Brent Richards

Owner, AIA Architect

Brent graduated Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky School of Architecture and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Before taking the reins at AKB, Brent was a Principal and Board Member of Ross Tarrant Architects, which specializes in award winning, large scale educational facilities. Brent is an active member of the Remodeler’s Council, the NKBA and the AIA East KY Chapter. He is passionate about baseball and enjoys a good round of golf. Most importantly, he is the proud father of a son who graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a daughter who graduated from the University of Kentucky and a son at Penn State University.

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A passion for art, a love for design… Gwen spent ten years in contemporary art and art-based museums on the West Coast before furthering her design education at the University of California, San Diego and the Design Institute of San Diego.  She has been successfully designing baths and kitchens for over twelve years in San Diego, Cincinnati and now in Lexington.  Gwen’s ability to ascertain what is important to her clients is critical before she puts pen to paper.  As one of her recent client’s stated, her “wonderful eye created a design for us that was just magic.”  A published author and Emmy award winning writer and researcher, Gwen and her husband enjoy tasting the local cuisine and listening to good, live music.

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Linda Bratton


Linda has been an interior designer for over 25 years and brings a broad spectrum of project experience to AKB. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design and has enjoyed a very successful career in Kentucky, Florida, and Arizona. Narrowing her focus on kitchen and bath design gives her opportunity to put her immense talent to new use. Having owned her own design company, clients are impressed in Linda’s professionalism and ability to meet expectations. Linda and her husband Robert have two children, a daughter who graduated from the College of Charleston and a son who graduated from Auburn University.

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Melanie Flynn has the ability to transform a room before she’s even hit the design board! Meeting clients in their space and hearing what they want to accomplish is the first step to her process… and they love her for her suggestions and candor.  Melanie’s portfolio of projects illustrate a full range of client goals. Aging in place, young families, couples who entertain, wine aficionados, coffee connoisseurs- custom designs for each client. Melanie was born and raised in Lexington -educated at University of Kentucky. She and her husband have twins (son and daughter in law live in Raleigh, NC and a daughter in Lexington). If you enjoy a good home renovation show, Melanie and her talented husband could star in their own version! They’ve successfully remodeled many local properties together.

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Kara Hammond, Accounting

Dawn Banning, Design Assistant