The Curio Way

full home kitchen design process

Full Service Kitchen Design/Build

“The Curio Way” is more than just a process. It is our four decades of experience translated into a proprietary consultation system, that maximizes efficiency on every project.


Step 1: Call to schedule your no-cost consultation, either on Zoom or in our showroom.


Step 2: Book a measuring appointment, in your home. (60 to 90 min)

We cannot begin designing your project without this basic, foundational information. We’ll ask questions via our “Design Survey” that allows you to help materialize your ideas and tell us what you want. All of these intangible details have a significant impact on how your kitchen will turn out, in the end.

Questions like:

  • When was your home built?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • How many people are living in the home? Etc.

Step 3: Return to the showroom (or Zoom) and we review preliminary conceptual plan(s). (60 to 90 min)

The complexity and quantity of plans depends on your requests vs. what you currently have. Are we knocking down walls? Rearranging layout of plumbing or electrical? Etc.


Step 4: Take all of the favored concepts and merge them into a plan for final review and approval. (60 to 90 min)

We can likely provide a project cost analysis, during this meeting. We’ll provide “Good, Better, Best” budget ranges. Quality, style, and type of product will dictate each scenario. At this point, you decide on a budget range that can accomplish your desired outcome.

Step 5: Now, we dial in the specifics of the design and installation, to help us iron out the details and arrive at a final plan and cost.

Questions like:

  • Are you keeping appliances or purchasing brand new?
  • Are we installing tile, wood, or vinyl flooring?
  • Are we installing cherry, oak, or maple cabinets?
  • What type of finish are we using on exterior cabinets? Interior?
  • What cabinet door style are we using? (Smooth, shaker, elaborate, etc.)
  • What countertop material will you select? Thickness? Edge design?
  • What backsplash material will you select?
  • What is your soffit style of choice?
  • Are we installing eight recessed lights or one fixture, such as a chandelier? Etc.

Step 6: The contract is now formed with the homeowner, with all established details and a fixed price.

We will include the option of additional amendments, allowing for extras or add-ons.

Step 7: Pre-Installation Conference. (60 to 90 min)

This is where we will plan the project start date, let you know how much “stuff” you need to clear out, and provide the installer an itemized checklist for products. This is one of the things that differentiates us. We don’t wait until the end of the job to create this punchlist. We start when we’re 60% – 70% complete, to help us estimate your project completion date.

Design process

The intangible aspects of kitchen and bathroom remodeling associated with interviewing, designing, estimating, consulting, ordering, scheduling, installing, etc. have a lot more impact on the quality, appearance, and performance of the fully assembled kitchen or bath than any single brand of product specified.

If it’s not a Curio
It’s just a Kitchen

Our focus on spatial planning and design will ensure that you get the most out of your living space. Schedule an appointment