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What You Need to Know Before Building an Addition

Posted on July 13, 2018

So, you think you want to build an addition? It’s time to start doing your homework. How close is your home to your property line? What are your municipality requirements? Do you know what FAR stands for? Keep reading to learn how to move things forward. We’ve got a step-by-step guide from Normandy Designer John… more

What To Do When You Need More Bedrooms

Posted on July 12, 2018

Depending upon who you ask, opinions on sharing bedrooms may vary. While some feel that everyone should have their own room, others have no problem bunking up. However, for the most part, families with both boys at girls will eventually separate them into their own space. So, what does this mean for those short on bedrooms?… more

The Problem with White Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on July 9, 2018

White kitchens have been a popular choice for years. They’ve been called versatile, classic, timeless… But, some are skeptical. Will they be hard to maintain? Will I regret my decision? Before you commit, it’s important to get all of the facts. To help, we talked to Normandy Designer Brooke Voris about the disadvantages of white… more

What You Need to Know About Backyard Additions

Posted on June 11, 2018

It’s summer. The sun is shining, there’s a beautiful breeze. This time of year in Chicago can be pretty great. But sadly, we all know it’s short-lived. Maybe you dream about cutting into your backyard space with an addition, but you aren’t sure if it’s a recipe for regret. We asked Normandy Designer Maury Jones… more

How Pinterest and Houzz Can Help Plan Your Remodel

Posted on June 7, 2018

Are you on Pinterest? How about Houzz? Even if you aren’t socially savvy, these tools can be extremely helpful when planning a home renovation project. Here are tips from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how to make the most of these platforms. Pinterest and Houzz have very similar concepts. Once signing up, you can create… more

Professional Design Tip: Mixing Stained and Painted Cabinets in the Kitchen

Posted on May 30, 2018

Ask Normandy Designer Lisa McManus and she’ll tell you there are plenty of scenarios where it makes sense to mix stained and painted cabinetry in your kitchen. You can opt for a painted perimeter and a stained island or vice versa. Either way, it can do a lot of good for your kitchen and your… more

Getting the Look of Marble without the Maintenance

Posted on May 19, 2018

Marble is beautiful. But, let’s face it… It can be a hassle. So much so, that it’s not really recommended in a high traffic kitchen. Why? You need to be sure you keep up with the periodic maintenance of applying a stone sealant.  It’s porous so if you do not regularly apply a sealant and… more

Kenilworth Eclectic Master Suite

Posted on May 11, 2018

The saying goes; three strikes and you’re out. Well, this was the case for a master suite in Kenilworth. Strike 1 – The layout wasn’t working.  The homeowners had to trek through a sitting room and bathroom in order to get to the bedroom. Strike 2 – The aesthetic was tired. Strike 3 – Storage… more

Don’t Let This Common Addition Mistake Happen To You

Posted on May 8, 2018

It’s easy to get excited about adding on to your house. What are you going to do with all this new space? Bedrooms, living space, an office… the possibilities are endless! But, among all that, what about your existing space? It’s easy to forget. Just ask Normandy Designer Bill Peterson. “One of the most common… more

Kitchen Remodel or Vacation? Which One of You is Right?

Posted on April 27, 2018

You want a new kitchen… he wants a grand vacation in Hawaii. Now what? It can feel like the longest and most frustrating debate you’ve ever had with your spouse. She has been wanting a new kitchen for almost a decade, and he thinks the one you have now is perfectly fine.  But more importantly… more