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Remodeling Research: How to Know When You Know Enough

Posted on November 6, 2018

There are so many ways to research your upcoming kitchen or bathroom remodel. Between magazines, Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram, there’s no shortage of information and inspiration. You have the latest trends, product recommendations and tips from designers are all at your fingertips. It’s normal to do some research, but too much can hurt you in… more

Why You Should Consider a First-Floor Bedroom and How to Make It Happen

Posted on November 1, 2018

There’s a movement towards first-floor living, and it all comes down to aging in place. The consensus is… I want to stay in my home as long as possible. It’s important to prepare BEFORE you age. Alleviating the challenges of moving later in life on your family and yourself can be as simple as planning… more

How to Add Curb Appeal: Enhance Your Home’s Exterior with Columns

Posted on October 26, 2018

There are plenty of ways to boost the curb appeal of your home. One design element often overlooked is exterior columns. There are plenty of materials and styles to choose from – however, it’s important to choose wisely and match the character of your home. To guide you towards the best fit, here are some… more

John Ballack’s Smoked Bourbon Brisket Recipe

Posted on October 18, 2018

Normandy Designer John Ballack has many passions. We all know that one of them is architecture, another is BBQ. Here is one of his favorite fall recipes for you to try. “I love using my smoker in the fall, it’s the perfect time for BBQ,” said John. “I highly recommend this brisket recipe. It will… more

Empty Nesters: Do You Really Need to Keep Your Child’s Bedroom?

Posted on September 20, 2018

The kids are long gone! Now, what on earth should you do with their bedrooms? Do you… A. Leave the room intact on the off chance that they come home for a visit? Or, B. Transform their old room into something that you’ll use? To help you come to a decision, here’s some perspective from… more

Coffee Bar Design Ideas You’ll Love a Latte

Posted on August 23, 2018

Coffee, Espresso, Latte or Mocha… No matter how you fuel up in the morning, we’re serving up some great coffee bar design ideas courtesy of Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD. Read below and make your morning Starbucks run a thing of the past… Here’s what you should consider adding to make the most of this… more

Oak Park Remodel for a Growing Family

Posted on August 17, 2018

It can be difficult to live in a small, outdated space. But add young children into the mix and it gets even more complicated. This was the case for a growing family in Oak Park. With two small children, they were in desperate need of a functional kitchen and updated first floor bathroom. To get… more

Remodeling Tips that Will Work Now and Later

Posted on August 15, 2018

We’re not getting any younger. That being said, it’s never too early to start thinking about aging in place.  You don’t need to wait until your ‘golden years’ to ready your home. There are some smart (and discrete) design solutions you can make now to set yourself up for the future. To help get you… more

Why You Need a Bond and Permit When Remodeling

Posted on August 15, 2018

Before you can start construction on your home addition or remodeling project, there’s some administration work that needs to be done. We’re talking about permits and bonds. And while they may seem like a nuisance or an added cost, they are for your safety and benefit. Here’s some more information from Normandy Designer Jeremy Paris… more

Home Remodeling Tips for the Type A Personality

Posted on August 6, 2018

We’re not going to sugar coat it… Living through a remodel can be messy and disruptive. But, knowing that you’ll have a beautiful new space makes the struggle well worth it. And while remodeling can be a character building experience for anyone, people who otherwise like to be in control may find themselves feeling more… more