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Preparing for a bathroom remodel can be a deceptively challenging experience.  With so many decisions to make and possibilities to consider, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  Learning about the different possibilities for your master bathroom remodel or multiple bathroom remodeling project can help you feel more confident in your decisions.  Visual inspiration can also help narrow down what’s right for you, visit our bathroom remodel photo gallery to see photos of real customer bathroom renovations that we’ve completed in Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs.

If you’re looking for even more information than these articles can provide, we periodically offer educational bathroom remodeling seminars that can be a great place to get your questions answered while you learn about the different trends and innovative product offerings.  These seminars are held at our showroom, which is open to the public 6 days per week and includes bathroom fixtures and displays to help you visualize the master bathroom design solution that’s right for you.

Vanity Table Tricks to Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted on July 30, 2018

Think about your morning beauty routine… Are makeup and hair products cluttering your bathroom countertops? Are you leaning over the sink to apply your mascara? Do you wish you had better lighting?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we know just what you need… a vanity table. And, according to Normandy Designer… 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

Master Bath Considerations: Adding a His and Hers Shower

Posted on March 1, 2018

Are you considering including a ‘his and hers’ shower in your master bathroom renovation? Before you start picking out matching showerheads, consider these five points from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. Is your bathroom large enough to accommodate this type of shower? “The first, most important consideration for a his and her shower is whether… more

Six Bathroom Remodel Trends to Fall in Love with in 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018

The Designers at Normandy Remodeling have put together six bathroom remodel trends for the New Year. According to them, you’ll be head over heels for the materials, colors and patterns and notice that luxury continues to be desired. So, without further ado, here is what you can expect to fall in love with over and over again in 2018 and for… more

How to Up Your Bathroom Storage Game

Posted on December 6, 2017

Bathrooms are famous for collecting clutter. But to be fair, it’s not really your fault and it’s not because you’re a messy person. Most bathroom storage consists of a large open space under the sink, which doesn’t work very well for storing small, and often oddly shaped items like perfume bottles, hair dryers and medicines…. more

Building Character Back into a Hinsdale Tudor

Posted on November 8, 2017

The homeowners of this Hinsdale Tudor wanted a kitchen that reflected the character and traditional style displayed in the rest of their home. As it stood, their current space was dark and drab with a disproportionate amount of stainless steel. The master bathroom also left a lot to be desired – it was small and… more

Selecting Showerheads and Sprays

Posted on October 18, 2017

During a bathroom remodel, a new showerhead is typically in order. However, it is important not to make a decision at random. Instead, you need to consider all of your options and determine what will be effective for your shower space and your needs. Based on common questions, here are some insights from Normandy Designer… more

What Decorative Lighting Does for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted on October 4, 2017

While not the primary source of lighting, decorative lighting is just as important – whether that be in a small powder room or large master bath. To better understand this type of lighting and why it is needed; here are some insights from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “Lighting should be looked at in… more

Customizing Your Shower Niche

Posted on September 22, 2017

Shower niches come in all shapes, sizes and styles. It’s really up to you how to utilize this space, which typically holds body washes and shampoos. These niches can be hidden or become the main focal point. Either way, here are some creative ideas from Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider. First things first, it is important… more

Bathroom Remodel: How to Make Your Bathtub the Focal Point

Posted on August 25, 2017

A strong focal point adds interest and draws the eye of the viewer. When it comes to your bathroom, one way to capture attention is with a free-standing bathtub. In order to properly execute this design idea, here are some bathtub focal point pointers from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “Free-standing bathtubs are extremely… 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

Enhancing Shower Niches with Decorative Tile

Posted on April 6, 2017

A shower niche may be small, but it can play a mighty role in your bathroom. In fact, this fundamental alcove has the potential for so much more than just storing shampoo. It can also provide your shower with a beautiful focal point. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe on why and… more

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas: Shower Shaving Niche

Posted on March 25, 2017

Many women can relate to the act of balancing in the shower while trying to shave their legs. Because showers come in all shapes and sizes, there might not be enough space to add a bench to eliminate that problem when planning your bathroom remodel. However, there are still some creative solutions to help meet your… more

Seven Bathroom Remodeling Trends Taking Over 2017

Posted on January 17, 2017

What will a 2017 master bathroom look like? According to Normandy Designers, there will be many common themes incorporated into this year’s bathroom remodels, including man-made products that mimic natural materials, plenty of texture and decorative details. That being said, if you are completing a bathroom renovation and want some design ideas, here are some… more

A Truly Tailored Kitchen and Master Bath Remodel

Posted on January 12, 2017

A kitchen remodel should be the right fit for you, your family and your home. From the style to the appliances, lighting and floor plan, there is no such thing as a cookie -cutter solution. In the case of this Oakbrook home, when it was time to remodel the kitchen and master bathroom, Normandy Designer… more

A Look at a Normandy Designer’s Personal Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted on December 13, 2016

There comes a time when even a certified kitchen and bathroom designer needs to renovate. In this instance, it was time for Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD to remodel her master bathroom. Here’s a peek at the personal design decisions she made for her space and photos of the beautiful outcome. “While we have completed… more

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas: Toilet Seat Technology

Posted on December 5, 2016

Don’t flush away the opportunity to upgrade your toilet seat during your bathroom remodel. From lighting to air fresheners, there are plenty of ways to personalize and enhance your experience. “There have been so many break-through bathroom technologies with showers and bathtubs to make experiences more comfortable,” said Normandy Designer Laura Barber. “It only makes… more

Top Five Master Bathroom Must-Haves

Posted on October 21, 2016

Are you in the beginning stages of your bathroom remodel? From your Pinterest board to your Houzz Idea Book, we are sure you have saved some beautiful and inspirational designs to help influence the look and feel of your space. However, we recommend checking to see if these five master bathroom must-haves from Normandy Designer… more

Why You Should Consider Porcelain in your Remodel

Posted on September 7, 2016

Manufactured materials are hitting their stride when it comes to home remodeling. In fact, engineered stone, which mimics the look of natural stone, is often selected because of its durability and consistency. While there are many products out there, porcelain is one beautiful, man-made option that can be used just about anywhere. Common places to… more

Bathroom Remodeling Idea: Integrated Bathtub and Shower Bench

Posted on July 26, 2016

Master bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, which can affect the layout and design of the space. If a stand-alone shower and bathtub are important items in your bathroom remodel, but you are short on square footage, then an integrated bathtub and shower bench might be right for you. “With this bathtub-meets shower solution,… more

Normandy Powder Rooms Get a New Look

Posted on July 19, 2016

If you’ve stopped by our showroom lately, you might have noticed that we’ve freshened up our powder rooms. The first powder room has a soft yet glamorous aesthetic. It features an elegant, stone mosaic accent wall that is paired with shiny chrome sconces and plumbing fixtures. If you so happen to use this restroom, there is… more

Master Bathroom Overhaul Results in Storage and Style

Posted on March 10, 2016

When it came to remodeling their master bathroom, this family’s motto was out with the old and in with more storage and style. Prior to renovating, the space was generic and lacking in character – especially when it came to the vanity, lighting and shower. The bathroom also contained a large bathtub, which was never put… more

Seven Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2016

Posted on February 5, 2016

Similar to the fashion industry, design trends tend to change year-over-year. This is especially true as color combinations shift, technology improves and innovative new products hit the market. Because there is so much to consider, we’ve consulted our award-winning design team on where kitchen and bathroom designs are heading in 2016. If looking to remodel… more

The Difference Between Frameless Showers, Framed Showers, and Semi-Frameless Showers

Posted on December 3, 2015

There are many choices to make when remodeling your master bathroom, one of which is the type of shower you want to install. Before jumping in with both feet, it is important to research your options, including frameless, framed and semi-frameless shower enclosures. “While both frameless and semi-frameless showers are beautiful and popular options for… more

Do I Need a Bathtub in my Master Bathroom?

Posted on October 6, 2015

Oversized bathtub or spa-inspired shower? It’s a question that many people ponder when preparing to remodel their master bathroom. Before you take the plunge, here are a few things to consider. “It may seem obvious, but when making this decision, the first thing to think about is whether you prefer a shower or bath,” said… more

Making the Case for a Handheld Shower

Posted on September 3, 2015

A great showering experience is high on everyone’s priority list when remodeling the master bathroom. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then, that people who do their homework frequently opt to include a handheld shower in their new space. Flexible and versatile fixtures, handheld showers are often installed near a shower seat or bench… more

Less Is More for Wall Hung Toilets

Posted on June 26, 2015

When you think about what you want in a stylish and beautiful bathroom, you probably don’t give much thought to the toilet.  With a few exceptions, the toilets we typically encounter do not necessarily enhance the design of the room, but rather are a necessary component of the bathroom that offers little in the way… more

2015 Bathroom Remodeling Trend Watch

Posted on January 22, 2015

Master Bathrooms continue to be near the top of many homeowners’ remodeling lists, but most people embarking on a remodel are choosing to go beyond simply replacing worn-out fixtures for a newer version of the same. Bathrooms are becoming increasingly unique and personal spaces that are tailored not only to the user’s personal sense of… more

DIY Rain Shower

Posted on September 10, 2014

The Normandy Remodeling Superintendents are known for having a great sense of humor, and often find opportunities to have fun with our customers during their home remodel. While out of town during construction, these homeowners, who are working with Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan, were looking forward to the installation of the new rain shower fixture as part… more

Master Suite Retreat

Posted on May 28, 2014

“The Master Suite is often used as an escape, your own personal sanctuary, and there are combinations of design elements that can be used to make this space even more relaxing and serene,” says Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD. “The elements that are most widely used to make a big impact include color, lighting and… more

A Masterpiece in the Master Bath

Posted on May 15, 2014

Today’s hectic schedules and busy lifestyles have left little time for enjoying  a warm, relaxing bath.  But that doesn’t mean that people have given up on their own personal water therapy, instead they’ve turned their attention to the shower, which has become the new center piece of the bathroom.  “Showers may be a quick alternative… more

Expand Bathroom Storage Possibilities With Open Shelving

Posted on May 13, 2014

One of today’s increasingly popular trends, open cabinetry, is gradually moving from the kitchen and into the bathroom.  “Although the concept of open cabinetry is more popular in kitchens, they are becoming an added feature in today’s bathrooms as well.” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee.  “Open bathroom cabinetry is just a small detail that contributes… more

Bathroom Niche Shelving Moves Beyond the Shower

Posted on May 8, 2014

When deciding whether or not to add a wall niche to the bathroom, it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the shelving. Unlike typical wall shelving, niche shelving is recessed into the wall. This provides homeowners the opportunity to add accent colors, decorative elements and lighting, which further highlight the space. “If… more

Top Ten 2014 Bathroom Trends

Posted on January 20, 2014

In 2014 bathroom remodels are starting to really tailor to the homeowners’ lifestyles with the theme of an “at-home luxury” bathroom becoming a must-have.  People want a space that they feel comfortable in, between the fixtures they’re choosing to the color schemes.  Below are the top 10 bathroom trends identified by our team of award-winning… more

Powder Room Sink Ideas

Posted on December 30, 2013

For a small powder room… “If it’s a small powder room, oftentimes a small vanity will work best because it will provide an adequate amount of storage,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  “However, if storage isn’t a concern, a pedestal sink is ideal for making the space seem more spacious; you can always use a… more

Luxurious Master Suite Renovation

Posted on December 9, 2013

“The goal of this bathroom was to create an elegant and functional master suite, with a hint of vintage glam,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant.  “To achieve that we used rich tones throughout the space, complemented by touches of glitz.  For instance, the arched French doors to the bathroom are inset with antique glass mirrors… more

Best Soothing Bathroom Colors

Posted on November 26, 2013

The ultimate goal of this bathroom was to be a soothing, calming retreat for the homeowners.  When you’re going for that spa-like aesthetic, a big part of the design is going to be the colors you choose.  “Not only are grays and blues popular colors for bathrooms right now, but people also find them to… more

The Freestanding Tub Just Got Better

Posted on November 13, 2013

For all those that love their time in the soaking tub, you’re going to appreciate volcanic limestone quite a bit.  Volcanic limestone tubs have been appealing to homeowners because of their ability to sustain heat and the fact that it doesn’t have a surface coating, making it impervious to chipping or peeling.  “Victoria and Albert has really… more

Top 4 Reasons To Have Heated Flooring In The Bathroom

Posted on November 7, 2013

Heated floors might not be necessary in all parts of the country, but being based out of the Midwest we tend to get a good deal of requests for them.  “Heated flooring is typically incorporated into a master bathroom, especially those over a garage because of the multiple exterior walls,” says Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD…. more

The Timeless Bathroom Storage Solution

Posted on October 23, 2013

We talk quite a bit about how to create storage for your bathroom. Whether you have a big bathroom, small bathroom or somewhere in the middle, creating adequate storage is always a concern.  “One of the best solutions is going to be your medicine cabinet,” says Normandy Designer Terry Kenney.  “Recessed medicine cabinets are especially… more

Shower Bench Ideas and Benefits

Posted on September 25, 2013

Incorporating a shower bench is a design element that many homeowners are opting to include for a variety of reasons.  Including a bench is an added convenience to bathing in general, whether that be for sitting and relaxing or to aide women in shaving.  It’s also something to think about if you’re planning on aging… more

Jack and Jill Bathroom Layout

Posted on September 11, 2013

A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom that has two doorways, typically accessible from two bedrooms.  “It’s an economical solution to providing a semi private bathroom to two rooms,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant.  “It’s a great way to give kids and guests extra privacy.  Oftentimes in these bathrooms you’ll find his and her… more

Chromatherapy

Posted on August 28, 2013

Chromatherapy is when you use of colored lights in your bath, which is believed to have a different effect on the bather.  Kohler gives the example that “warm colors tend to stimulate and encourage a sense of alertness, whereas cool colors seem to deliver a calming effect.”  They also recommend turning off the rest of the… more

Doorless Shower Designs

Posted on August 19, 2013

Doorless showers are great for making a space seem bigger and more open in general, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re set on having one.  The first is that the shower either has to have a curb, like the one in the picture to the left, or be pitched… more

Bathroom Spa Ideas: The Steam Shower

Posted on July 31, 2013

While steam showers are known to herald benefits such as clearing the sinuses and removing toxins from the body, there are some things homeowners need to know before making the investment in their bathroom. Steam showers are great for furthering the at-home spa experience and can be very relaxing, even therapeutic.  Important elements in regard… more

Pebble Flooring For Shower

Posted on July 24, 2013

For those homeowners looking to add a unique touch to their bathroom design, pebble flooring in the shower may be what you’re looking for.  It gives the shower a more earthy, natural aesthetic that works well with transitional and modern designs. “The flooring is available in 12 x 12 mesh mounted pebbles, so it’s versatile… more

Using Pops Of Color In Bathrooms To Make A Statement

Posted on June 25, 2013

Adding pops of color is a favorite, retro trend in bathrooms and kitchens alike right now, and this contemporary bathroom remodel is a fantastic example. “The homeowners really wanted a vibrant space to reflect their personalities in this master bathroom,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  “We went with turquoise tile mosaic accents throughout the space to… more

Spa-like Bathroom Ideas

Posted on June 24, 2013

The first step to attaining your spa-like bathroom is to determine what feels “spa-like” to you, including colors and layouts.  For these homeowners, carrera marble was a must for their new bathroom because of the simple, soothing colors.  “They knew they wanted it not only for bathroom floor tile, but also on the walls,” says… more

Your Bubble Bath Just Got Better

Posted on June 5, 2013

For all those who relish their time soaking in the tub, you’re going to love one of Kohler‘s latest products.  Select tubs now come with the Bask heated surface, which heats the surface behind your back and neck as you’re soaking; this eliminates that initial cold chill you experience until your skin warms the tub and creates… more

Powder Room Design Tips

Posted on May 30, 2013

Just because the powder room might be one of the smallest rooms in your home, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t have all the charm of the rest of the home.  “If you want to take a risk with really fun or whimsical designs or detailed tile work, the powder room is the place to do it,”… more

Incorporating A Curbless Shower In Modern Bathrooms

Posted on May 22, 2013

Modern bathrooms are all about clean, sleek lines.  One of the trends falling into that category are curbless showers, because they can be designed to make the floor look continuous throughout the bathroom.  “This type of shower falls perfectly into the “modern” category,” says Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan.  “One of the newer appeals to this… more

Modern Toilet Ideas

Posted on May 15, 2013

Geberit offers a “tankless” toilet, where the tank is actually behind the wall as shown in the picture to the left.  “The advantage of this type of toilet is that it takes up less space in your bathroom because there’s no tank protruding into the room.  It’s also easier to clean because you don’t have to work around… more

Spa-Like Bathroom Ideas For Traditional Home

Posted on May 15, 2013

When remodeling any room, it’s usually recommended to stay aligned with the home’s original architectural style for the best results.  “The problem that people run into with that theory, is when they want to incorporate newer products and materials into a project it can be difficult to keep the project looking like it belongs in… more

Vessel Sinks For Every Style

Posted on April 10, 2013

Vessel sinks so often fall into the modern category when it comes to style, but they’re really compatible with traditional and transitional styles, too.  “The more angular vessel sink that usually comes to mind fits the modern style, but if you go with a vessel sink that has a textured floral pattern with a nice… more

Latest Bathroom Color Trends

Posted on March 7, 2013

There are so many different color schemes and palettes out there for homeowners to choose from, and frankly, it can be overwhelming.  Normandy Designer Karen Chanan was kind enough to take some time and share the top bathroom color trends she’s seeing right now. 1. “Blues are so popular in bathrooms.  No matter the shade,… more

New Spin on Bathroom Banjo Countertops

Posted on March 6, 2013

A banjo countertop is when the countertop from your bathroom vanity carries over across the tank of the toilet. Traditionally, it was used primarily for more countertop space; however, often times today it’s completed with a cabinetry tower on top of it to create additional storage. They can be an especially useful storage solution in a smaller… more

What You Need to Know About Water Tiles

Posted on January 23, 2013

Water tiles are body sprays for your shower that lie almost flush with the wall in your shower, which makes them very appealing when you think of traditional of body sprays that are more obtrusive. “They are a great way to integrate a spa-like atmosphere into your bathroom, while being low profile enough to serve as accents… more

Small Bathroom Storage Ideas

Posted on January 22, 2013

Maximizing storage in a small bathroom is key, but doing it in style can be another issue altogether.  Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, was kind enough to share some tips that she uses to create more storage in a small bathroom. “Medicine cabinets are an obvious storage solution, but I’ll take it a step further and recommend… more

Bathrooms Without Tubs a Growing Trend

Posted on November 1, 2012

To take out the bathtub or not take out the bathtub – that is the question many homeowners are struggling with.  It seems the days of soaking in the bath have run their course, and people would rather have a bigger, more luxurious shower with body sprays, rainfall shower heads and the like.  So what is… more

Master Suite Makeover

Posted on April 4, 2011

These homeowners had a master bathroom adjoining their master bedroom, but something wasn’t quite as it should be…it wasn’t quite ready to be called a “master suite”. A “master suite” evokes ideas of tranquility and personal sanctuary where you can recharge your batteries and soothe your mind. But what if your current master bedroom/master bathroom… more

Bathroom Remodeling Color Trends

Posted on March 28, 2011

Jennifer Runner, AKBD and Designer for Normandy Builders discusses the most common color trends she’s finding in today’s bathroom remodeling projects.    

A True His & Hers Bathroom

Posted on November 4, 2010

This recent master bathroom renovation by Normandy Builders’ Ann Stockard took the his & hers concept that can frequently be found in today’s Master Bathrooms, and extended it further into the shower design. These homeowners were able to greatly expand the size of their shower by shifting the layout of the space.  The rarely used bathtub… more

A Four Star Bathroom

Posted on September 1, 2010

The homeowners were looking for a bathroom update that would enhance their peace of mind and create a “hotel-like” environment. Normandy Builders & Architects Designer Jennifer Runner worked closely with them to address the items on their wish list and developed a bathroom that enhances their sense of well being every morning as they begin their day. The… more