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Design Definitions: Plain Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Rift Sawn

Posted on March 23, 2017

Quarter Sawn, rift sawn and plain sawn are technical terms to describe how the tree trunk is cut. These three options are common when selecting cabinetry and flooring for your home remodel. Here is a breakdown of each method and their results, including how wood grains appear on surfaces. Plain Sawn – Also known as… more

Kitchen Ceiling Considerations

Posted on March 22, 2017

Ornate and lavish ceilings have always been a popular enhancement in churches, museums, theaters and libraries. However, now-a-days, beautiful ceilings are not only limited to large institutions. In fact, unique ceiling details are becoming extremely popular in kitchen remodels. If this design element interests you, here are some considerations from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD…. more

Preserving a Vintage Feel in a Newly Remodeled Space

Posted on March 21, 2017

While an older home offers plenty of character, oftentimes the layout is no longer practical for today’s modern family. The good news is that when the time comes to remodel, there are plenty of options that will allow homeowners to maintain the charm and integrity of the home, while adding useful updates that will improve… more

Kitchen Designs That Do Double Duty on Dishes

Posted on March 17, 2017

There are plenty of features that can be doubled up in a kitchen. For example, many spaces have both a main sink and a prep sink. In some cases, kitchens can even have two islands to help manage food preparation and entertaining. Another scenario where two is better than one is when it comes to… more

Kitchen Remodel Decisions: Overlay vs Inset Cabinetry

Posted on March 13, 2017

When it comes to choosing kitchen cabinets, there are many decisions to make. Aside from determining the color, door style and hardware, you’ll also need to pick between overlay or inset cabinetry. In order to better understand how these styles are different, here are some observations from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “With a… more

Evanston Split-Level Transformation

Posted on February 21, 2017

Split-level style homes are extremely common in the Midwest. That doesn’t mean that this style is a favorite, in fact many homeowners feel that a typical split-level can lack curb appeal. This leads many to remodel their exterior, opting for a different architectural style. In the case of this Evanston home addition, this split-level became… more

Naperville Home Remodel Gets Personal and Functional

Posted on February 17, 2017

Your home should reflect your personal style and fulfill the needs and activities of your family. If it doesn’t, it may be time for a remodel. This was the case for a Naperville family, who wanted to update their first floor and master suite to suit their tastes as well as add a home office… more

Garage Gains New Design and Storage

Posted on February 3, 2017

Back when this La Grange Park family remodeled their kitchen, they worked with Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. So when it was time to renovate their garage, they knew that she was the right designer for the job. As it stood, their two-car garage was undersized and lacked any sort of suitable storage space. Ann’s creative… more

Second Annual Spirit of Normandy Award

Posted on January 31, 2017

Instituted in 2016, “Spirit of Normandy” is a yearly award that recognizes one employee who regularly demonstrates our company values and ethics, including quality customer service and honesty.  The winner is determined by Normandy employees through anonymous voting. However, this year’s tally resulted in a slight twist… a tie! Our 2017 recipients are Al Lovas,… more

Normandy Dominates Remodeling Excellence Awards

Posted on January 27, 2017

Wins in Kitchen, Addition & Interior Remodeling Categories The National Association of the Remodeling Industry recently held their 7th annual Remodeling Excellence Awards, where Normandy Remodeling was honored with seven awards within the kitchen remodel, home addition and interior remodeling categories. The Remodeling Excellence Awards are bestowed to Chicagoland designers who have demonstrated interior and… more