2010 Remodeling Excellence Award

Elmhurst Kitchen Remodel Wins NARI Award

4This Elmhurst IL homeowner was faced with an outdated kitchen that lacked functionality, current design appeal, and an integrated eating area.  She began working with Normandy Builders Designer Ann Stockard to create a warm and inviting kitchen that would fulfill their goals for the space.

The first challenge was to add an island with seating into a space that was currently a bit too tight.  By borrowing a few feet from an adjoining area and modifying the layout, the island was able to fit comfortably, and give them the integrated eating area that they were seeking.

The homeowner selected clean lined, simple cherry cabinets, and with the help of Designer Ann Stockard, added subtle touches in the tile and floors to add visual interest without becoming visually overwhelming.

Starting with a small mosaic size tile for the backsplash in an iridescent champagne color, this backsplash was extended all the way to the 9 ½ ft ceilings above the sink to create a dramatic impact.  Then Ann added a honed Caesarstone countertop, which has a more natural and rustic texture that contrasts nicely with the mosaic tiles.  For the floors Ann suggested a rectangular tile and set them in a herringbone pattern to add another layer of subtle visual interest.


Lighting was another element that increased the warmth of the space.  By adjusting the location of a window, and adding recessed lights and pendants, the kitchen glows with the warmth of light, day or night.

Building from the warm undertones of the cherry cabinetry with champagne colored tile, enhanced lighting, and an open and welcoming floor plan, this homeowner created her perfect kitchen.

It is not only loved by the homeowner who enjoys it everyday, this kitchen was even honored with a Remodeling Excellence Award from NARI Greater Chicagoland.