Bernie Kern of BBKern DESIGNS Named Designer of the Year

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.Washington, DC – During its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this past weekend, the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) awarded its prestigious Designer of the Year title to Colorado Springs building designer, Bernard A. Kern. Bernie, as he’s known locally, received this recognition for his work within the organization as well as the industry outreach his work has produced for the organization.

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.In 2012, Bernie assembled a group of building designers and formed the High-Performance Homes Team (HPHT) with a mission to provide resources and education on building energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally safe homes. The purpose led Bernie to a stage at the International Builder Show (IBS) in both 2017 and 2018 where he and the HPHT designed a Tiny House Lab for the show’s High-Performance Building Zone. “The building had to be a Tiny House with various wall and roof framing configurations considered to be high-performing and energy efficient,” Bernie said of the specifications given to him by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), owners of the IBS. Recently, the NAHB approached the team again to design a Radon Test Model.

During all this, Bernie also made himself available to share the story of the high-performance home design with college students during the AIBD’s 2018 Design & Build Day conferences at Weber State University and the University of Central Missouri. His efforts this past year have resulted in unprecedented national recognition for the Institute to thousands of professionals and hundreds of students.

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.As the principal owner of BBKern DESIGNS, Bernie Kern has developed code approved working drawings for new custom and model residential homes, multi-residential, additions, remodels, and light commercial projects for nearly 30 years. He assists clients in all stages of building design, including planning, design fees, budget, education, specifications, special services, and consultation.

The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. Its members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are committed to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. You can trust an AIBD member to bring a combination of talent and practical value to your project.


Photo Captions & Credits:

AIBD10-AMN_9421 – AIBD Executive Director, Steve Mickley (Right) presents Bernie Kern with the Designer of the Year Award. Photo by JPG Photo & Video
11-AMN_9426 – Caption: Bernie Kern delivers his acceptance speech at the AIBD Annual Meeting. Photo by JPG Photo & Video
12-AMN_9440 – Caption: Bernie Kern delivers his acceptance speech at the AIBD Annual Meeting. Photo by JPG Photo & Video


BBKern DESIGNS, LLC Awarded Best of Houzz 2018

BBKern DESIGNS, LLC of Colorado Springs

Best of Houzz Design - 2015-2018Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
Colorado Springs, Colorado, January 17, 2018

BBKernDESIGNS_CustomLogoDesign_Opt1_A of Colorado Springs has won “Best Of Houzz 2018” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 25-year professional residential design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

BBKern DESIGNS, LLC is honored to carry this award for the second year in a row.
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Bernie Kern owner of BBKern DESIGNS, LLC, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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BBKern DESIGNS, LLC. is a full-service Residential Design Specialist. We are dedicated in helping home owners and builders in creating residential designs that are buildable and suited to meet specified design parameters. Our expertise in residential design spans three decades with award winning designs in custom luxury homes, custom homes, production homes, remodeling, and renovation.

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Assisting with every phase…

I assist clients in all building design stages – planning, education, design, budget, specifications, special services, and consultation.  Serving my 7th consecutive year as President of the AIBD Central Colorado Chapter (American Institute of Building Design), and a professional member of AIBD. BBKern DESIGNS is also a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). BBKern DESIGNS is a Limited Liability Company.



As the principal owner of BBKern DESIGNS, I develop code-approved working drawings for new custom and model residential homes, multi-residential dwellings, additions, remodels, and light commercial projects. I have been a professional designer for nearly 30 years. I have always enjoyed designing homes and I look forward to learn new and challenging goals in the residential design field. I want to create homes that are energy efficient, smart construction, self sustainable, a home that homeowners will be proud to call their own.


25 Years of Residential Design Service

Bernie has owned and operated BBKern DESIGNS for nearly 25 years, designing custom homes and commercial buildings for local clients in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and for other clients around the country. Using a contract between the building designer and the client ensures satisfaction for each project. The contract describes the scope of the proposed work, the amount of the budget, specific services that you expect to receive, and an agreed upon payment schedule.


Colorado Residential Design Firm

BBKern DESIGNS is an Residential Design Firm, developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels. As a professional member of AIBD, Bernie Kern CPBD is a specialist in residential building design. As a home design proceeds, Bernie educates clients about the latest, state-of-the-art materials that can be used for new homes. As your building designer, he can be your closest adviser when planning and designing your new home, and can help you stay within a budget by exploring alternate solutions to your home design.