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Kitchen Remodel for a Mid-Century Modern Home

Posted on May 23, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, it is important to consider the current architecture of your home. Just ask Normandy Designer Lisa McManus, who completed this recent kitchen remodel on a mid-century modern home in Kildeer. “You always want your finish materials to keep in line with the space,” said Lisa. “In this home, the mid-century modern… more

Wood-Look Tile on Walls

Posted on May 19, 2017

Oftentimes, there are assumptions on how to use certain products within your home renovation. One such misconception is the use of tile that looks like wood, which is most commonly used only as flooring. However, this design element can also be used elsewhere, including walls and showers. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura… more

Getting Close to Open-Concept

Posted on May 12, 2017

Not everything can have a perfectly open floor plan, but doesn’t mean rooms can’t feel open and connected. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Maury Jones on how to work around structural issues to get as close to open-concept as possible. “With open-concept, there needs to be structural support for the space above,” said… more

Column Consultation: Incorporating Columns into Your Design

Posted on May 9, 2017

Columns can be an integral part of your home’s structure. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a beautiful design element too. Whether incorporated into your basement, living room or kitchen design, here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on creating a perfect pillar. “When working on a renovation, oftentimes there can… more

Small North Shore Kitchen Makes the Most of the Space

Posted on May 3, 2017

In homes of a modest size, kitchens can tend to be on the small side, but that doesn’t mean they need to feel cramped.  Thanks to some layout changes and creative design, this kitchen remodel by Normandy Remodeling Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD was able to overcome its small footprint to create an open floorplan that… more

Up-to-the-Minute Kitchen Ideas: Metal Range Hoods

Posted on April 27, 2017

A range hood is one way to make a statement in your kitchen remodel. When it comes to making your selection, there is no shortage of material to choose from, including wood and stucco. However, we are finding that many of the kitchens that are trending today have one thing in common – a hood… more

Rule of Thumb for Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on April 25, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, many spaces have high ceilings. While a beautiful feature, it is important to avoid selecting cabinetry that will weigh down the space. One idea that helps to provide a balanced look is a stacked cabinet. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura Barber on this particular design decision. “A… more

Why Select a Single Bowl Kitchen Sink?

Posted on April 21, 2017

The saying ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ doesn’t apply in a kitchen remodel. Why? Your kitchen sink is an essential part of your space and is not something to be overlooked. One difficult decision is whether to select a double or single bowl sink. Here are the merits of choosing a single bowl from Normandy… more

Incorporating Seating into a Kitchen Island

Posted on April 20, 2017

An island can not only add storage and prep space to your kitchen, but it can be provide additional seating too. However, before you go picking out your stools, it is important to think about how much seating is actually needed, what the ideal counter height is and where the seats will be located. Here… more

Kitchen Ideas: Options for an Island End Cap

Posted on April 13, 2017

Kitchen islands are an extremely popular request, most often desired for their prep space, seating and storage. However, while many concentrate on the island shape, material and color, there are other details to dress up its design. One such option is embellishing the ends. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how… more