Residential Kitchen & Interior Designer

BrightBuilt Home BrightBuilt Home Employer:
Portland, ME, USLocation:
Thu, Feb 11 '21Posted on:

Seeking: Residential Kitchen & Interior Designer

Growing business looking to gain a new team member to help us spread the good word and build community(ies) in our mission to change the world.

Who we are: 

BrightBuilt Home is an architectural design firm that collaboratively delivers attainable net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Our primary mission is to solve the complex & exciting puzzle of great affordable homes for all.  With this vision in sight, the firm was originally launched in 2013 by the nationally recognized Portland, Maine-based architecture firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects. In the years since, we have grown into a well-regarded mission-based firm that continues to see the sky (with all of its abundant sunshine) as the limit.

Who we’re hoping to find:

Specifically, we’re looking for an affable individual with proven experience with designing kitchens and specifying cabinetry, developing material and color palettes for a cohesive interior design language, and who can achieve all of this within the parameters of a defined budget. Strong communication, writing and editing skills are vital. 

Generally speaking, we seek somebody who has passion, drive, bright ideas, engaging energy, an interest in people, and a noble lineage….  (just kidding about that last one). 

We maintain an open, collaborative team approach and a collegial studio atmosphere in a fast-paced environment. We believe deeply in working to reverse climate change, and strive to practice what we preach.

If you’re interested in joining a team of energetic thinkers, designers, innovators, and doers who want to change the world, and you have some thoughts on what you could bring to the table, we’d love to sit down with you. 


Ideal candidate will have:

- Anywhere from 2-5+ years professional experience, in kitchen design and/or interior design realms

- Excellent design ability

- Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills

- Experience with detailing, rendering, and spec’ing a complete kitchen cabinetry order is critical

- Proven track record of self-starting with ability to work independently and effectively in a collaborative team environment on multiple projects at one time

- Excitement for interfacing with a large number of clients and residential projects simultaneously

- Mac and graphics applications skills, and excitement for technology (*Familiarity with Adobe Suite software a huge plus)

- Familiarity with Archicad and Sketchup Design Software a plus

- Familiarity with Merillat and Kraftmaid cabinetry lines a plus

- Knowledge of the various environmental certification programs and tenets of eco-friendly products for interiors

- A belief in the greater good; motivated and willing to contribute to the community

- Solid macramé and/or needle-felting skills

- Positive attitude

- Sense of humor

Compensation, Timing and (Excellent!) Benefits

·       30 – 40 hour/week position

·       $22-27/hour, depending on experience.

·       Start Date: March 2021, if possible

Benefits: This offer includes 2 weeks of vacation and 5 days of personal / sick time. Our benefits package also includes 100% medical coverage on Health Insurance and 100% coverage on Disability Insurance.  Additionally, BrightBuilt Home offers a 3% salary match SIMPLE IRA retirement benefit. Salary and all benefits will be prorated based on the number of days worked per week.

We offer paid holidays for New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We also will offer 3 additional floating holidays. A commuting stipend of $60 / mo. will be provided, and may be either spent towards a parking space, bus pass or kept by you if an alternate form of transportation is used*. Bonuses will be distributed in accordance with personal productivity and success of the office. Annually, every employee has the opportunity to spend up to $500 and two days pursuing professional development, which might include attending a conference, taking a class, or participating in another approved activity. 

To view some of our work and our philosophy, please view

Please send cover letter, resume and portfolio via email to Please limit file sizes to 5 MB or less. 

BrightBuilt Home

102 Exchange Street

Portland, ME 04101*


*The team typically will work in the main office in downtown Portland, ME, but currently, with Covid-19, nearly all staff is working remotely.

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