MEET US

Jay Hecker

Jay Hecker joined the Animas Kitchen and Bath team in December of 2018. Previously he was a design/build general contractor and cabinet maker and had conducted business with Animas Kitchen & Bath through the years. When Jay felt the need for a different career focus, he considered specializing in kitchen and bath design. Having design experience with AutoCAD and over 35 years in the building industry, it seemed like a natural fit.

With these years of experience he has a good sense for what works well in the two most important rooms in a house; the heart of the home, the kitchen, and the room for grooming and relaxation, the bathroom. Whether it is a young couple with measurements scratched on a sticky note or a contractor with a specific set of plans, serves them well and supplies them with an excellent design.

Knowing that his clients are engaged in one of the more expensive purchases they will make in their lives, He works hard to keep them informed and comfortable with their decisions. Jay enjoys cooking and closely considers the kitchen working space and how it can be made both attractive and efficient. 

He is a good communicator and knows that the job doesn’t end when the sale is made. Having been so long in the building industry, he knows that follow up service is very important for long term customer satisfaction. 

Jay was born and raised in New England, but now has deep roots here in Southwest Colorado. He is married and has two wonderful daughters who live here in Durango. His family is involved in the community and enjoy volunteering with various organizations. He is grateful to live in such a beautiful corner of the world, to get out and enjoying all it has to offer.

Lindsay from Animas Kitchens

Lindsay has had a lifelong love affair with design. From building dollhouses as a child to scale models of homes she designed as a teen at architecture summer camps, winning arts awards and scholarships in high school, and going to college for architecture and industrial design, she has ceaselessly kept her creativity flowing.

Entering the workforce, she grew her knowledge and experience working on high-end luxury homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley until 2014 when she decided to get out of the desert and into the mountains. She worked at Yaseen Design Studio for several years doing graphic and industrial design until she decided to get back to her passion in residential design. Working with a wide spectrum of residential elements, she found that she had a passion for cabinetry.

In 2021, she joined the Animas Kitchen & Bath team and feels she finally found her place. Cabinetry is the perfect balance of form and function on a smaller but important scale and is both challenging and rewarding. She loves working directly with homeowner to finetune a space to the needs and budget so that what they get exactly what they need. Her goal is to make people fall in love with using and being in their kitchen and bath and have fun during the process. Coming up with new and exciting alternatives to improve a space is a joy and being able to value engineer to any budget is her strength. She has introduced kitchen lighting and innovative hardware to the mix and continues to expand her knowledge in all areas of kitchen and bath design. Anyone can have the kitchen or bath of their dreams and it is exciting and fulfilling for Lindsay to help guide her customers to getting that dream.

Lindsay spends her time away from work sculpting, painting and enjoying the simple things in life with her husband, Ryan and their 2 dogs, Lola & Rufio. Whether it be dinner downtown, camping, hiking, working on a home project, or playing a board game with friends, they can be found laughing and enjoying life in Durango.

Tim Clemens, founder and managing member of Animas Kitchen and Bath LLC, has been married to Nadene since 1978 and they are parents to a son Daniel and daughter Dorothy. Nadene and Tim have four grandchildren. He has been in the cabinet business since 1981. Before moving back to Durango in 1996, he owned and operated the award winning Clemens Cabinet Company of San Marcos Texas from 1981 to 1996. That shop manufactured custom residential and commercial cabinetry as well as plastic laminate and solid surface countertops, specialized moldings, entry systems and furniture. After working for two local cabinet businesses in Durango, he founded Animas Kitchen & Bath LLC in 1999. 

While Animas Kitchens specializes in design, sales, and installation of manufactured cabinetry and countertops, Tim still has the pleasure of providing custom products through excellent product lines of customizable cabinets. Every year finds Tim involved in memorable projects that provide satisfaction for customers and Tim for years to come.

One of the reasons that many people are moving to the Durango area is to take advantage of the area’s many available outdoor activities, and that is true of Tim as well. Tim enjoys golf, bicycling, fishing, hiking, skiing, and camping throughout the year and is always grateful for the beauty and majesty of the nearby mountains.