Award-Winning Glam Bathroom Addition Fit for Two

bathroom vanity sinkWith two soon-to-be teenage daughters, these Clarendon Hills homeowners were experiencing a daily struggle for bathroom time to prepare for the day.  They knew that as the girls grew, this problem would grow with them, and decided to take steps to solve this problem before it got any worse.

They began working with Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant on an addition to their home that would give the girls a bathroom of their own, and would be spacious enough for both of them to get ready at the same time, while accommodating their individual storage needs as well.

Their Cape Cod style home had an existing first floor addition with a flat roof, the perfect place to add their second story bathroom.  Stephanie made sure that the bathroom addition enhanced the beauty and style of the home by creating complementary roof lines and siding details that makes it look as though it’s always been a part of the home. “I added some large windows to bring in natural light,” noted Stephanie, “as well as an oval window that adds to the exterior look of the house while also bringing in yet another source of natural light.”adding a bathroomtwo story house







The interior of the new bathroom has plenty of space for the girls to start out the day, and ample storage for all the supplies that they could want or need.  “The silver tones in the mirror frame and beautiful honed marble countertop add a little bit of ‘glam’ for the girls,” says Stephanie. “On a more practical note, the storage has dedicated areas for each of the sisters, and integrated outlets within the cabinetry help keep clutter to a minimum.”  The vaulted ceiling in the bathroom takes advantage of the new roof line and makes the bathroom seem more open and spacious.

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Stephanie recently received a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland for this glamorous bathroom addition. If you are considering a room addition, schedule a time to talk with Stephanie to discuss the possibilities for your home.

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Naperville Kitchen Remodel Featured in National Magazine

Have you picked up a Spring copy of Kitchen & Bath Ideas Magazine?  Flip over to page 90 to see photos and read all about an award-winning Naperville kitchen remodel by Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  We think the article turned out beautifully, and have some details of our own to share about this kitchen too.  Below is just a sneak peek of the article “Perfect Fit”.  For the rest of the story, the magazine is on sale through June 8, 2015 wherever magazines are sold.  Digital editions available at as are several tablet forms as well.

Modern Chicago Condo Bathroom Remodel Wins Excellence Award

mosaic tilesAllocating space appropriately is a critical component of every good design, but making sure that every inch is used wisely becomes a dominant criterion when renovating in a high rise Chicago condo.

Before the renovation, this bathroom had a large soaking tub that was almost never used and the bathroom lacked adequate storage.  The bathroom was also feeling out of date and did not match the homeowner’s style and décor throughout the rest of the residence.  They decided it was time to make a change to their master bathroom, and enlisted the assistance of Normandy’s Stephanie Bryant.

Stephanie and the homeowners talked over wants, needs, and pain points as they began developing a plan of attack for the new space.  The homeowners opted to remove their bathtub, a common request Normandy Designers are noticing in recent years, which gave them the opportunity to allocate their space in a way that better suited their needs.

bathroom shower tileMaking significant plumbing changes in a condo can be a challenge due to the nature of living and working in a high-rise, and this building was no different.  Stephanie worked closely with the plumbers and building management to make sure that the removal of the bathtub and other elements did not cause any issues for other residents of the building, while ensuring that the homeowners’ vision would be fulfilled.

The newly remodeled master bathroom has a crisp, modern feel while still maintaining a warm and inviting tone.  “The vanity is a dark stained rift cut oak and the storage cabinets have a white, high gloss finish,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD.  “Floor and shower tiles mimic the look of marble, but are actually porcelain, which makes them a lower maintenance option for long term beauty and enjoyment.” The vertical mosaic tiles create a glittering feature wall as you first enter the room, and enhance the overall spa aesthetic of the space. An oversized shower with multiple body sprays complete the spa-like experience, and start off each day with a healthy dose of pampering.

This Chicago master bathroom remodel was so well executed; it recently won a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland.  If you are considering a master bathroom remodel and would like to talk with Stephanie about creating a unique solution for your home, you can request a free consultation or stop by our Hinsdale design showroom to find inspiration for your upcoming bathroom remodel.

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Hinsdale Home Show is this Saturday!

Join us Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Second Annual Hinsdale Home Show, presented by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. Normandy Designers will be on hand to discuss your potential home addition, kitchen remodel or home renovation project.

Plus, at 1PM award-winning Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD; will be presenting an educational kitchen remodeling seminar entitled “Secrets of the Ideal Kitchen.”  We hope to see you there!

The Community House
415 W Eighth St, Hinsdale
Saturday April 11, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Stained and Painted Cabinets: Now in Color!

Combining stained and painted cabinetry in the same kitchen has been popular for over five years, but one of the more interesting developments in this trend is the addition of color to the cabinets.  Up until recently, most of the painted finishes in these combo kitchens had been white, but color is gaining ground as people are looking to infuse their personality into their kitchen remodel.  We recently spoke with Normandy Designer Leslie Lee to get a list of things to consider, and things to avoid, when adding color to your kitchen cabinets:

1. Location, location, location: Determining which cabinets should be in the base color and which should be a contrasting color is largely about location.  “Islands are great places to inject color, since they are already stand-alone components of the kitchen,” says Leslie.  Painting select cabinets a complementary color can also give them the look of a furniture piece, rather than simply looking like cabinetry that’s just in another color.  A popular choice would be to make the refrigerator take on the look of an armoire.

2. Harmony is key: The colors you select need to be harmonious and work together to create a coherent look.  If you’re not sure which colors pair well, you can reference special fan decks by Benjamin Moore that feature colors that are all but guaranteed to look great together.

3. Size matters:  Multiple colors work best in medium to large kitchens and are best avoided in smaller kitchens.  “For example, in a medium size kitchen you might be able to do two different cabinet colors as long as all the countertops are the same,” commented Leslie.  “In a large kitchen you may be able to do up to 3 different cabinet colors and multiple different countertop selections and still create a harmonious look.”

4. Details make the difference: This is particularly true in traditional style kitchens. “A great way to further distinguish the painted cabinetry from the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen is by selecting a slightly different door style,” says Leslie.

5. Choose a base tone that suits you:  Most kitchens that have colored accent cabinets start with a wood stain or white paint for the rest of the cabinets that helps give the room an overall direction.

6. The sky is the limit for choosing colors:  Many cabinet manufacturers offer custom color options that let you find the shade that’s just right for you.  In fact, Normandy Designer Leslie Lee will typically bring out the Benjamin Moore fan deck to find the color that she’s looking to achieve.

7. Color can be timeless, with some restraint:  “Nobody wants to renovate their kitchen only to find that it feels outdated just a few years later,” notes Leslie. “By choosing more muted colors that are grounded in the overall aesthetic of the kitchen, you’ll minimize some of the potential for dating your kitchen.”  Remember all that Harvest Gold from the 70’s?  You definitely want to avoid that level of regret for your kitchen cabinets.

8. It pays to sample first: “I highly recommend getting a sample door that you’ve selected, with the color you’ve chosen, so that you know exactly what you’re getting,” says Leslie.  “Colors can change over time and changes in lighting can influence how you perceive a particular color.”

The decision to add color to your painted cabinets is one that more and more people are considering when undertaking a kitchen remodel.  If you’re wondering whether this may be right for your kitchen, you can request a meeting with Leslie, or register for one of our upcoming educational seminars.

Green With Envy for this Small Kitchen

Space is always at a premium in small kitchens, so it’s critical that the layout makes the most of every valuable square inch.  This Oak Park kitchen hadn’t been updated since the 1950′s and was in desperate need of a remodel. The homeowners loved their little bungalow that was built in 1939, but the 200 square foot kitchen was lacking storage and had a layout that was not meeting their needs. They began working with Normandy Designer Karen Chanan to create a truly functional kitchen with a design that was a perfect fit for the style of their home.

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“The bold decision they made to choose green for their kitchen cabinets has really paid off in terms of giving this kitchen a unique character,” says Karen.  ”This green kitchen is really grounded in tradition with the Shaker style cabinet doors and heartwood pine floors.  The subway tile ties in the green without overwhelming the space, and the combination of materials and textures makes the green cabinetry seem less daring; the look fits in very well with their Craftsman style home.”  New, larger windows enhanced the view of the backyard garden and brought an ample amount of natural light to the kitchen, making it feel open and bright, which is exactly what these Oak Park homeowners had hoped to achieve.

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The true challenge was to make this small kitchen seem spacious and greatly improve its function for the family.  “We were able to completely transform the space  and create a practical solution for their, rather small, kitchen table.” These homeowners were able to incorporate an improved peninsula in the kitchen, which gave them the additional seating, storage and countertop space. Karen was also able to include cubby storage at the back entry to hold everyday items such as shoes, coats and cleaning supplies.

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This small kitchen packs a lot of punch, and recently received a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland.  If your kitchen is need of a creative solution, schedule a complementary in-home consultation with Karen to discuss the potential of your kitchen!

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Normandy Remodeling in West Suburban Living Magazine

This month’s issue of West Suburban Living includes an article on additions called “Rooms for Expansion” with contributions from Normandy Design Manager Troy Pavelka. Troy shares some great advice in this article, a worthwhile read for anyone considering adding-on.

When you turn to page 70 to read the article, you’ll find a photo of a gorgeous living room with a contemporary fireplace that was part of an addition and whole home remodel completed by Normandy Designer Gary Cerek.

Read the entire article, or schedule a time to talk with one of our two featured designers in this article, Gary Cerek and Troy Pavelka.  You can also look through more photos of home additions that Normandy has completed in Chicago and the suburbs to further your inspiration.

Luxe Gray Update for an Outdated Pink Bathroom

While generous in size, this master bathroom suffered from a poor use of space that offered very little in the way of storage.  The pink sinks, tub, and accents did not match the homeowners’ sense of style, and they were searching for a more functional and attractive solution for their bathroom. “The existing bathroom was very outdated and consisted of 2 pedestal sinks and an oversized soaking tub,” says Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner AKBD. “The only storage that existed in the master bath was the store bought cabinetry, which lacked visual appeal.”

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The first step in creating their new bathroom was to begin prioritizing function and allocating space, guided by the ideas and solutions developed with Designer Jennifer Runner.  “We installed a free standing soaking tub, in place of the oversized bath tub, that created a focal point for the master bath and left space to maximize storage potential,” added Jennifer. “The recessed wall shelves helped balance the large room and provided a space for storage and display items.” A double vanity was also incorporated into the design to provide the homeowners with the ample cabinetry storage and countertop space they previously lacked.  A small ledge behind the faucets was a thoughtful detail that provides a place for everyday use items.

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The shower got a major upgrade in the layout reconfiguration as Jennifer was able to dedicate space for a luxurious shower. “The previous shower was undersized, cramped and offered little benefit to the space,” says Jennifer. “We decided to include a large shower, with a built in shower bench seat, that introduced clean lines, soft tones and an open feel to this spa like bathroom.”

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The luxury bathroom design was accomplished with the combination of soft textures, modern lines, dark stained cabinets, engineered stone countertops, porcelain tile and bathroom chandelier lighting. Along with these elements, layered lighting enhanced the spa-like aesthetic even further, and created a truly relaxing retreat.

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This master bathroom now meets all the homeowners’ needs, and with a luxurious style throughout. The renovation was so successful, it recently won a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland. If your master bathroom is in need of a major upgrade, request a free in home consultation with Jennifer to get started on your own spa-inspired retreat!

1950′s Ranch Becomes “Forever Home”

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After recently purchasing their single story La Grange home, these empty-nesters worked closely with Normandy Designer Leslie Lee to accomplish their remodeling goals. This 1950’s ranch style home was designed to reflect the ever-changing tastes and lifestyles of these homeowners and their ability to age comfortably in their forever home.

The existing rooms were reconfigured and remodeled to incorporate the consistent luxurious-feeling they wished to be seen throughout their single story home. “We were able to work within the existing footprint to create a truly unique space for these homeowners,” says Leslie. “Along with the existing rooms, we incorporated a home bar, eat in kitchen area, a kitchen desk and large storage closets as well.” With varying daily schedules, having an individual work space was important to each of the homeowners.

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The appeal of the home was matched on the exterior as well, in order to successfully match the initial first impression to the outstanding design elements on the interior. Leslie was able to boost curb appeal by incorporating architectural details and overhangs that added visual interest, texture and dimension to the facade. New energy efficient windows and doors were added to the home as well. Along with interior updates, these new energy efficient windows, help control the temperature complications that this home once faced. Fixing circulation and adding heated flooring helped regulate temperatures within the home even further.

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Low maintenance and simplified design elements were essential to completing this home renovation project.  “One of the most important features that we added was the walk in shower with a zero threshold entry,” added Leslie. “In order to accomplish this, we re-framed the entire bathroom layout and added a trough shower drain.” In addition to the zero threshold shower, a wall hung toilet and floating vanity were added in order to keep the floor space clear. The redesigned kitchen was successfully created by embracing the idea of a partial wall, which separated the kitchen from the living room and gave them an ‘open concept’ feel, while generating enough space to allow for a large kitchen island that functioned as storage, prep space and kitchen eating area.

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You can read about another of Leslie’s whole home remodels for an empty-nest couple, take the first step toward your own forever home, by signing up for a complementary in-home consultation!

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Ranch Style House Features Modern Aesthetics

Before starting their home remodeling project, the goal for these homeowners was to gain a master suite that offered them privacy, a spa-like atmosphere in the master bath and modernizing the total look of their home with features that enhanced the overall functionality and aesthetics of their California Style Ranch.

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By providing a master suite addition that was buffered from the house by walk-in closets, they were able to regain their privacy and enjoy their new spa-like retreat. “Through careful design, we were able to seamlessly integrate the newly added space into the existing floor plan,” says Normandy Design Manager Troy Pavelka. “This allowed the homeowners to expand their master bedroom, and convert an existing bedroom into a large walk-in closet.” The master bathroom was the most notable aesthetic improvement of the Master Suite. With new custom glass decorative tile, double shower heads, built-in shower bench seating, integrated skylight lighting and rich dark cabinetry, the modern colors and materials embodied the relaxing escape the homeowners were searching for. The exterior of this newly added space was also able to impeccably blend with the existing materials through the process of brick matching, which involved using a combination of new and salvageable resources.

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“The modern aesthetic, also seen in the master bathroom, was carried throughout the entire home,” added Troy. “The reconfigured space allowed these homeowners to construct an open layout that connected the newly relocated and expanded kitchen, to the existing living and dining areas.” The modern kitchen is now home to a large kitchen island, perfect for entertaining, a walk-in pantry with plenty of storage, integrated modern appliances, and dark stained cabinetry with sleek hardware and LED tape lighting that bring energy efficient accents to these common areas in the home.

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The cozy living room space is now full of natural light due to the newly added trayed ceiling, which incorporates a large skylight, as well as large operable casement style windows on either side of the fireplace to allow even more natural light and ventilation. “The modern textural tile used at the fireplace reinforced the modern aesthetic created throughout the house,” says Troy. “Keeping the fireplace simple with only this material, strengthened the design in an innovative way.”

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The once sun room, now family room, that is adjacent to the living room, gave the homeowners a conditioned casual space to hang out as a family.  With the oversized pocket doors, the space can be combined with the living room for large parties or sectioned off for separate adult entertaining – offering the ultimate in flexibility.

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Troy was recently recognized for a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland for these open layout design solutions and added functional space he incorporated into this La Grange Park home.  If you’d like to meet with Troy to discuss the possibilities for your home, schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation with him today!