Monday, June 3, 2013

How does your kitchen rate?

Are you thinking about re-doing your kitchen or dining space?  Honestly answer these questions below before you begin:

 1) Does the layout of your space work when you have more than 4 people?

2) Is there enough counter space where you need it most?

3) Is the space arranged so "people traffic" is directed away from the cooking activites?

4) Do your cabinets feature time-saving accessories such as roll-outs, divided drawers and built-in trash bins?

5) Is there enough cabinet shelf space?

6) Is there a place to sort recyclables?

7) Are your appliances energy efficient? Are they up-to-date for cooking, cleaning and food preservation?

8) Do your smoke detectors go off when you are cooking? Do you have proper ventilation?

9) Does your kitchen look like it came out of a 1970's sitcom? 

10) Is there room for comfortable, casual dining and conversation in the room?

If you answered "no" more often than you answered "yes" -- you may want to consider extending or re-designing your kitchen or dining space.  Curio Kitchens and Baths can help!

Curio Kitchens and Baths specialize in design and installation of kitchens, and our strict code of conduct ensures your project will be completed professionally and efficiently. Contact us and we'll make sure your project is a success!


Frank Nataloni CKD, CBD
Curio Kitchens and Baths
1045 Boston Road
Springfield, MA 01119

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make your Remodeling Project a Breeze

Are you ready to remodel your kitchen or bathroom?  Remember, it's a journey, not a race. Curio Kitchens & Baths would like to help make your remodeling project as easy as possible.  Here are some quick tips we recommend:

Plan your Project

Kitchen Remodel - Before
  • If you want to have fond memories of your old kitchen or bathroom, take pictures before, during and after the remodeling process. Not only will you have pictures to last a lifetime, but you'll be able to see the transformation as it takes place.
  • If you are having new cabinets installed, be sure to have a designated, safe place to store them before the installation process begins.
  • Don't forget about Fido! When construction begins, you'll want to keep your furry friend safe.  Make sure to have a convenient, comfortable spot for your pet, such as a kennel or a place in your house for your pet to stay during construction.

  Prep for your Project

Kitchen Remodel - After
  • Pack up all kitchen or bathroom belongings well in advance.  Don't forget to label boxes and mark fragile items.
  • Move all pictures, mirrors and furniture away from walls of adjacent rooms. Any vibrations from the construction could cause damage.
  • Dust is unavoidable during construction, so be sure to cover everything.
  • Use plastic sheeting and tape to seal off doorways into other rooms.
Want to learn more? Stop by our showroom at 1045 Boston Road in Springfield, or give us a call at (413) 783-0913.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Is it time to replace your built-in refrigerator?

A built in refrigerator is known for durability, reliability, and refrigeration services. But chances are you’ve probably had your refrigerator for more than 20 years.

Although these amazing and versatile appliances are built to last, it may be time to think about replacing your refrigerator with a newer, more energy efficient model. Curio Kitchens & Baths has a wide selection of built-in products, and our knowledgeable staff will assist you with the selection, purchase, customization and installation of your new refrigerator.

Some companies require you to work with two or three contractors throughout the installation process, which could inevitably lead to problems and stress. At Curio Kitchens & Baths, you’ll save time, money and energy by working with one dedicated professional throughout the entire purchase and installation process.

Curio Kitchens & Baths has been installing many models of refrigerators over the years, and we are industry experts. When you choose to work with us, we guarantee you won’t waste time waiting around or experience any installation trouble.

Whether it’s time to replace your built-in refrigerator, or you’re ready to start fresh and overhaul your entire kitchen, Curio Kitchens & Baths can help.  Give us a call at 413.783.0913 to get started today.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Great Debate: Porcelain or Ceramic Tile?

Are you looking to enhance the beauty of your kitchen with tile flooring?  Here are some quick tips to think about before you decide which one is right for you.

The basic differences...

Porcelain Tile   -  Refined and purified, dense; does not require sealing; made up of white clay

Ceramic Tile -  Less dense; may require sealing; made up of red, brown, white clay, sand material and water

When selecting the tile be particular and ask for the PEI factor and the MoH factor.  PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) refers to the tile's scratch resistance. The amount of resistance depends on where the tile will be used. For example, tile being used for a back splash should have a PEI factor of 1 or 2, whereas tile being used for commercial purposes should have a PEI factor of 4 or 5.

The MoH factor measures how hard or soft a mineral is. The MoH scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 10 (diamond) being the hardest. Because the majority of the dirt and sand that gets tracked through a home is ranked between 3 and 7, your tile should have a MoH factor of at least 7.

 When you need assistance choosing tile for your next home remodeling project, contact Curio Kitchens & Baths at (413) 783-0913 for our expert advice. We'll work with you to make sure your kitchen or bathroom project runs smoothly.


Monday, March 4, 2013

How to remodel a kitchen without going down the financial drain

What makes a kitchen renovation or bathroom re-design project successful? The best results are achieved when all of the products and services are furnished by one source.

Curio Kitchens and Baths will help you from start to finish, so you never have to feel as if you're alone in the process. Here's how we help:
  • Needs Analysis - Curio and/or Frank will come right to you to review your kitchen or bath project and ideas;
  • Creative Design Solutions - After we've reviewed your entire space, we'll collaborate to include your kitchen or bath ideas along with some new options for your project;
  • Consulting - We'll offer unbiased, expert counseling in all aspects of the project and offer suggestions based on our experience and knowledge;
  • Cost Options - We'll work with you to create an affordable budget, and offer flexible options;
  • Documentation - You'll get highly detailed drawings for your kitchen or bath project, along with detailed specifications and a contract for our services;
  • Technical Review and Engineering - We'll work with you to double check the details before the products reach your home. This includes Project management scheduling and supervision to ensure a seamless installation;
  • Installation - Rest assured your project will be handled by a qualified and reliable craftsman. Because we're locally owned and operated, any issues can be addressed directly with our management team in person.
If you choose to "do it yourself" or use multiple vendors for your kitchen and bath products, you may pay more for all of these services in the end. Partnering with Curio Kitchens and Baths ensures you have peace of mind the entire job will be done correctly, from start to finish.

Ready to begin your custom kitchen or bath project? Call Curio Kitchens and Baths today at 413-783-0913.