About us

Modern Kitchens and Baths would love to assist you in creating the kitchen or bathroom of which you have been dreaming. We offer many budget levels to accommodate your goals, and our designers consistently create kitchens and bathrooms that are truly unique.

Vernon C. DuPree - June 1950
President & Owner, Modern Kitchens and Baths (Retired)
Vernon C. DuPreeVern was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Kirkwood High School. He went on to college, graduating from Washington University with a BSBA degree in business. He added to his education and self-improvement by graduating from Fort Benjamin Harrison Officers Finance School and serving two years as Finance Officer at the 5th Army Headquarters.

Vern's wife Judy is a registered nurse with the Rockwood School District. He considers his greatest accomplishments to be his children, grandchildren, and his business - Modern Kitchens and Baths where all our associates feel like family. We have two locations – one in St. Louis and the other in Manchester.

The success of the company is due to the wonderful support that St. Louis city and county give to this family-owned business. Our company is in its fourth generation of business and we are proud to have had customers for that long. Our business is one of the oldest kitchen and bath companies in the United States. Before there were home centers, Modern Kitchens and Baths was selling kitchen cabinetry to customers at low discounted prices. St. Louis, we thank you for your loyalty.

Dave DuPree - January 1976 
Owner at Modern Kitchens and Baths, South Store
DaveDupreeAs an owner of Modern Kitchens and Baths, David has more than 35 years in the kitchen and bath industry. His number one priority is customer satisfaction. With the family name on the line in every kitchen and bath, he naturally employs rigorous standards in every phase of your remodeling project.

David's product knowledge is unsurpassed because he literally grew up with designers and decorators. Customers appreciate his no-nonsense approach to product selection, design features, and cost-saving ideas.

Always patriotic and civic -minded, David participates in the Partners in Education program through the Rockwood School District, where his wife serves as an assistant principal. He also sponsors a soccer league and stars as a goalie on one of its teams. David's other interests include Harley-Davidson motorcycles, World Cup soccer, chocolate, and his daughter - affectionately known as "Peanut."

Steve Zellers - February 2015
Sales/Design at Modern Kitchens and Baths, South Store
SteveZellersSteve has worked for Modern Kitchens and Baths for 20 years. He started in the warehouse and worked his way into the sales department. Steve has lived in the city his whole life. He is wonderful asset to Modern Kitchens and Baths and will serve as an asset for you and your project, also.

Traci Lang - January 2017
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, South Store
traci langTraci has over 20 years of Kitchen and Bath design, production and management to go with her computer skills. She brings a great, fun, positive energy to each project she is working on. In Traci's spare time, she loves to ride motorcylcles with her husband on the back roads of the beautiful USA.

Mike DuPree - July 1981
Owner at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
MikeDuPreeMichael A. DuPree is the founding-owner of the Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Showroom. He is an Executive Kitchen and Bath Designer/Salesperson, plus Showroom Project Manager. The newly updated West Showroom is a must-see - with each beautiful vignette designed by Michael and his staff.

Michael has been lovingly and carefully trained under the watchful and diligent eye of two generations of Duprees. He has dedicated the greater part of his 40-plus years of adult life to the home improvement, general contracting, and kitchen and bath industry. His specialties in design, cabinetry components, and furnishings afford Michael a unique anthology of experience and technical knowledge. His vast store of knowledge, experience, and professional affiliations provides our customers with unsurpassed access to architects, skilled craftsmen, and specialty tradesmen. All this is yours with a handshake from Michael or one of his highly skilled staff. This extra advantage places your home improvement project in the very best of hands, regardless of your individual needs.

Functionality, aesthetic desires, and project budget restraints are all serious concerns as you begin to plan your home improvement. Michael has literally worked with thousands of homeowners, business owners, and special interest groups to bring their dreams and needs to life through the design process. The final phase - execution of the plan - is where you will find Michael’s expertise invaluable.

Michael has the pulse of the industry in his sight when it comes to providing top-of-the-line products for very cost effective prices. Being a lifetime businessman and family-oriented person, he understands how to stretch a dollar without sacrificing quality. He likes to joke that he provides diamonds at the price of coal. Stop by and let Michael make your own diamond-in-the-rough into a perfectly cut sparkling diamond. Now meet with the rest of the hand-picked staff Michael has assembled and takes such pride in:

Angie Machelett - September 2004
Mike's Right Arm at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
AngieMachelettAs store manager, it is Angie’s responsibility to assist our salesmen in preparation of estimates, contracts, and purchase orders to help assure professional sale presentations and timely completion of projects.

Taylor Bradbury - July 2016
Office Administrator at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
Taylor BradburyTaylor just recently moved to the St. Louis area from Chicago. She worked for Cabinets and Granite Direct, another kitchen and bath design company, before moving here. In 2015 she graduated from Lake Forest College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. There she played volleyball for four years as well. She never dreamt she would end up in this line of work, but she really enjoys it! In her free time, she likes staying active. She enjoys weightlifting and playing volleyball most. Here at Modern Kitchens and Baths she is one of our Office Administrators, and is happy to assist you!

Robert Barr - July 1989
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
RobertBarrModern Kitchens and Baths is very fortunate to have acquired one as talented and experienced as Bob Barr. He joined our company in 1988 with 13 years of design experience in high-end, custom kitchens. Bob's finesse and experience will make your kitchen and bath whatever you want it to be.

Tracy Fehr - April 2008
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
TracyFehrComing from one of our cabinet suppliers - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, which employed him for 8 1/2 years, Tracy was given the chance to get to know the staff at Modern Kitchens and Baths. This company has provided him with the opportunity to become part of the family and he is very proud to be a part of it.

His contribution to the team is an in-depth knowledge of the cabinet industry. Knowing that the kitchen has now become a place where people congregate, he looks at designing a kitchen that appears to be more like a piece of furniture, but at the same time provides full functionality for all your cooking needs. Please come by with all your ideas and he will do whatever he can to incorporate them - providing you with the kitchen of your dreams with the least amount of stress possible.

Emily Butler - October 2014
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
EmilyButlerBringing more than 20 years of experience in the kitchen and bath business, Emily has a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Interior Design from Maryville University (1994), and uses her background in space planning, color theory, and overall design to help her clients achieve their dream kitchen and bath.

David Reed - January 2017
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
david reedDesigner at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
David comes to Modern Kitchens and Baths with a combined 10 years of experience in high end residential kitchen and bath design and commercial hardwood flooring design/sales. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Interior Design program at Maryville University of St. Louis in 2011, and has since gone on to create award-winning spaces that have been featured in local design publications.
David’s extensive knowledge of a wide range of design software, combined with his natural artistic ability, outside-the-box creativity, and intuitive design sense allows him to create spaces that his clients fall in love with time after time. An artist at heart, his favorite aspects of design are fixing “broken” spaces and then creating an inspiring and cohesive palette of colors and materials that reflect each client’s personal tastes.

Robert Sutter - August 2017
Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store
Robert has designed thousands of kitchens, bars, offices, and bathrooms currently in use in the St. Louis metropolitan area. With twenty-seven years of design experience, he combines your definitive style with unmatched practicality, always at a superb value.

As a former geometry teacher, Robert incorporates several levels of symmetry into his designs for a functional arrangement with a classical look and a comfortable feel. You will appreciate his attention to each home owner’s individual needs and preferences.

Dave Zellers - August 1989
Warehouse Supervisor/Truck Driver
DaveZellersDave is a veteran of Modern Kitchens and Baths, with 27 years of flawless duty. He is very courteous and professional and will help you with all of your delivery needs, accompanied by a smile.

Nathan Franks - April 2015
Warehouse Coordinator
nathan franksA great helping hand to the warehouse supervisor, weather on the truck making your delivery or helping you load your order, he always does his best !

Contact us today for more information about our staff and our two locations. Our kitchen and bathroom showroom serves customers in St. Louis and Manchester, Missouri; as well as St. Louis, Jefferson, and Franklin counties.