Emily’s Corner

Brien completed a site survey of your kitchen last week. What’s next?

He’ll summarize his notes and survey results, and then create a sketch of your kitchen’s layout and desired enhancements. This takes a few days. Then, Brien will discuss your project with Emily Austin, our in-house design coordinator. Emily will use Brien’s report and drawing to create your proposal for a Courtyard kitchen.  

This typically takes a few weeks.

Emily will create Courtyard’s proposal for your custom dream kitchen and work with you to ensure you are completely satisfied. She will be your primary contact for the entire process and project.

Emily is an outstanding communicator, no surprise because she is a former school teacher. She has a real passion for kitchen design that is contagious. She’ll be as excited about helping you design your custom dream kitchen as you are.

Brien says that Emily knows our process better than anyone, that’s why she coordinates all facets of each project.   

Your Showroom Consultation may take a few hours or require additional meetings to review changes, discuss alternatives, and finalize plans. It all starts with Emily reviewing the proposal with you. She will make corrections per your direction and then summarize them in writing after your meeting.

It’s not unusual to revise the project design and plans more than once after a second meeting with Emily.  This is a key phase of our process, that’s why we take the extra time to make sure you are absolutely happy.

When you’re happy with the proposed plan, we’ll schedule Brien’s second onsite visit to check measurements and finalize labor costs.

We’ll go to contract after you’ve finished the final selection process. Then we’ll schedule the project, starting with ordering the cabinets. Our schedule will include an estimated timetable for the start and completion of each part of your job.

The run-up from Brien’s site survey and meeting with you until we order cabinets and schedule the job can take a few months, however each job is unique.

So, what’s in Emily’s Corner? Expertise, insight, professionalism, friendliness, and a skill-set honed from helping hundreds of families acquire their custom dream kitchens.

This Is Not a Kitchen!

Courtyard Kitchen pics_0002This was a partially built, aging pole barn on our property complete with a dirt floor before Brien and Kevin went to work.

Now, it has a downstairs studio apartment with full bath, living room, walk-in closet, and full kitchen. Upstairs includes Guest Quarters with a full bath and kitchenette. We call it Country living at its best.

What can Courtyard Kitchens craft for you?

Courtyard Kitchen pics_0001Whether you dream of a new kitchen, bathroom, Family or Great Room, study, entertainment center, studio, or just about anything else for your home, Courtyard Kitchens will deliver on time and within your budget.

What’s your dream for your home?

You CAN Have a Custom Dream Kitchen

What’s in a dream kitchen?

Brien Naylor founded Courtyard Kitchens after working as an installer for several supply stores and remodeling companies. He witnessed customers often waiting months before their kitchens were complete despite being promised timely delivery and installation.

Often, measurements taken by a project manager were incorrect, forcing Brien to create a work-around or return the material to the warehouse for replacement. This was an unnecessary delay. Plus, the price of many kitchens was considerably more than it would have been if Brien had done everything.

Courtyard Kitchens is now in its eighth year of delivering dream custom kitchens the old fashioned way, each according to its needs and on-time. Brien meets initially with each prospective customer for a detailed site visit.

It isn’t just taking measurements and asking a few questions, but listening to your input, the most important step in the process of building your dream kitchen. It really starts with you.

Do you want a larger work area? Are there walls you would like removed?  Which kind of cabinets do you like? Which type of counter tops do you want? What about a back splash?

There are a variety of ways to fill space tastefully. Brien will explore alternatives with you to help you crystallize your plan. And, he’ll explain the differences in products and brands, including the benefits of each.

Brien will generate a rough drawing of the desired layout of your new kitchen reflecting your preferences and input. He’ll give that information to Emily, our in-house designer, and then she will create a preliminary design with cost estimate for your new kitchen.

A Courtyard Kitchens site check and meeting with Brien is the most important step to making your dream kitchen come true.

Call us or fill out the Request form on our Contact page to get started.

Visit The Showroom

Visiting the showroom is the first step in the overall Design Process. During your visit, our staff will:
1. Provide-you with the opportunity to see what is new in design and function.
2. Show you cabinet styles, finishes, colors, hardware and countertops.
3. Discuss different layout options.

We will then complete a “Preliminary Design Summary” which will be reviewed by your Design Consultant prior to your first meeting.

“Preliminary Design Consultations are by appointment only so we can give you our undivided attention.

The Design Process


We will truly custom design your new kitchen. Our design process involves four steps:
1) Your showroom visit and preliminary design consultation
2) An In-home visit by one of our installation technicians
3) Completion of our “Things To Think About” Survey
4) Design consultations with our designers

Over the years, we have found this process to be the most efficient way to provide you with all of the information you need, and for us to get the best understanding of your wants, needs and desires for your new kitchen.


Darmafall-After-3Courtyard Kitchens was created to give people a hassle free venue for their kitchen and bath remodeling needs.

We are a full service Showroom and Design Center offering a large variety of styles sure to fit any decor or taste.

From floor to ceiling, we can create a kitchen or bath uniquely suited to you, your taste and budget.

Come visit our showroom and explore the possibilities.