La Grange Home Makeover: Modern Kitchen Remodel and Exterior Updates

Before and after exterior renovation by Normandy Design Manager Troy PavelkaThis LaGrange family loved to entertain. However, they were in need of a more suitable space to gather their family and friends. Therefore, they called upon Normandy Design Manger Troy Pavelka to come up with some kitchen ideas and curb appeal concepts that would charm their visitors.

Prior to renovating, the home was closed off and disconnected from the back yard and pool area. First things first, an open-concept layout was in order along with a stronger connection to the outdoors.

“In order to achieve an open floor plan, a load bearing wall and fireplace needed to be removed from the center of the home,” said Troy. “After careful consideration, it was determined that replacing the wall with a structural beam would be the best option because it allowed for a seamless ceiling detail.”

Modern, open concept kitchen with large island“Additionally, the dining room and entry were pushed out toward the front yard,” added Troy.

As it turns out, utilizing this plan paid off in a big way. It not only created an open and functional space that was conducive for entertaining, but established a more appropriate entry into the home. However, connecting the space to the outdoors still needed to be addressed.

Backyard pergola and in-ground swimming pool“In order to provide a smooth transition to the beautifully landscaped backyard and pool area, we included a decorative pergola and triple patio door into the design,” said Troy. “This allowed guests to easily shift between the two spaces.”

While an open-concept layout and outdoor connection were important, the kitchen also required a modern aesthetic and custom enhancements that fit the family’s busy lifestyle and love of entertaining.

Overall, the space includes espresso-stained cherry cabinetry and a custom glass tileConcealed message center backsplash. Additionally, the kitchen boasts integrated LED cabinet and cove lighting as well as two different countertops – granite with a suede finish and quartzite. There is also an island, which serves as the “hub” of the home –providing cool beverages and space to enjoy snacks or eat a quick meal. A concealed message center also keeps the family schedules organized.

The front of the home was also updated. The curb appeal was improved by a decorative roof element between the second story and the garage. The color scheme of the home also changed and a new siding style and garage door were added. To really bring the new aesthetic home, the remodel also included shutters, window boxes and two stone columns.

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Stainless steel range and custom glass backsplash

Prep sink in island Pull out spice rack Appliance garage

Modern kitchen with island, stained cherry cabinetry and glass backsplash
















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