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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It can be difficult to live in a small, outdated space.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

When to Pick a Peninsula Instead of an Island

Posted on August 6, 2018

Peninsula or island…? That is the question. These days, it seems like everyone wants an island. But, can a peninsula be a better choice? According to Normandy Designer Amanda Heyland, the answer is yes. Here is when a peninsula makes the most sense. The first step is to find out if a peninsula is a… more

The Suite Life: Five Must-Haves for the Ultimate Retreat

Posted on July 31, 2018

Master suites are a place to recharge and focus on self-care. They can be located on the first or second floor and the design can be anything from modern to traditional.  But, according to Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe, all of the really great ensuites have these five things in common…  Walk-In Closet and Storage– Clutter… more

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

Brooke’s Recipe

Posted on July 24, 2018

Not only does Normandy Designer Brooke Voris create beautiful kitchens… She can also cook! Looking for some inspiration on what to make for dinner? Here is one of her favorite summer recipes: Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime. This recipe is from Chef Tyler Florence, host of several Food Network shows. “This is the… more

The Buzz on Kitchen Island Electrical Outlets

Posted on July 20, 2018

When it comes to island design, most think of cabinetry, countertops, seating. These things are important, but there’s another little detail that is often overlooked.  It’s a must-have and it’s probably not what you think… It’s your island outlets. According to Normandy Designer Jennifer Cross, AKBD, here’s why you need them and where to put… more

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

A New Shape on Corbels in the Kitchen

Posted on March 9, 2018

Corbels have long been used to add interest and detail in a kitchen. But even though these decorative brackets have been around for ages, their style has evolved. Currently, flowery and overly-ornate corbels are out. Want to know what corbels are in? We’ll let Normandy Designer Laura Barber tell you… “In terms of design, many… 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

The Timeless Appeal of a White Kitchen

Posted on February 19, 2018

Are you wondering if white kitchens are just a passing trend? Well, we have news. They aren’t going anywhere. In fact, white kitchens have been in style for decades. Just ask Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, she’s seen it all. Here’s her reasoning on why white will continue to have a timeless appeal. “White has… more

Hottest Home Remodeling Trends of 2018

Posted on January 30, 2018

While the concept of remodeling isn’t new, there are always updated trends that surface each year.  According to the Normandy Remodeling Design Team, this year is all in the details — including architectural elements,   smarter storage solutions and new hardware and fixture finishes. If you are motivated to make a change, here’s where home remodeling… more

Normandy Designers Created Award-Winning Projects for their Clients

Posted on January 25, 2018

What do a kitchen, an entertainment center, a second story addition, and a powder room all have in common?  They are just a sampling of the projects that recently received Remodeling Excellence Awards from NARI Greater Chicagoland. In fact, there were 15 Normandy projects that claimed awards this year, representing renovations from 14 different homes… 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

A Kitchen Wish List Fulfilled

Posted on January 10, 2018

Feast your eyes on this adorable breakfast nook addition by Normandy Designer Vince Weber. It’s proof that even the smallest expansion projects can make a big difference. The extra square footage, coupled with a kitchen remodel, brought function and an eclectic new style to this Highland Park Home. “For this family, the kitchen was the… more

Kitchen Remodeling Trends to Look for in 2018

Posted on January 5, 2018

The number one request is a kitchen design that will withstand the test of time. So it’s no surprise that the theme projected for 2018 kitchen remodeling is timeless without being tired. Spaces will feature plenty of classic design decisions, but with an edge. Think new tile patterns, mixing up finishes and bolder choices for… more

Why You’ll Love Having a Second Fridge

Posted on January 2, 2018

It’s always a good idea to add a second refrigerator for drinks, just ask Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “A second under-counter refrigerator can benefit just about anybody,” said Leslie. “Even if you don’t entertain, it’s nice to take some pressure off your main fridge. You can take all of your drinks out, and open up… more

Be Party-Ready Anytime With Your Newly Remodeled Kitchen

Posted on December 20, 2017

Having friends or family over for a visit can be a blast, but trying to get everything ready while you dodge people hanging out in your kitchen, not so much. If the whole point of a gathering is to spend time together, then the problem isn’t your guests, it’s the kitchen. We checked in with… more

Our Top Five Renovation Projects of 2017

Posted on December 16, 2017

As we look back on 2017, it’s safe to say we had quite the year. The Normandy team was busy designing home additions, kitchens and master suites all across the Chicagoland area. And we loved every minute of it! Want to see a few of our favorite projects? Here you go: Hinsdale Master Suite Addition … 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

How to Entertain for the Holidays without a Dining Room

Posted on November 20, 2017

So many people are afraid of getting rid of their dining room – even if they only use it to entertain a couple of times a year. It’s easy to see why you might want to take over your dining room to make your kitchen bigger, but this time of year with all the holiday… more

Reasons to Kiss Your Dining Room Goodbye

Posted on November 20, 2017

You may think you need your dining room… but you don’t. That’s right; we repeat… you don’t need your dining room. Did this statement just make you anxious? Are you shaking your head in disagreement? Hear us out before you dismiss the notion that the dining room is dead. It’s Collecting Dust –How often do… 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

Arlington Heights Kitchen Expansion

Posted on November 1, 2017

Formal dining rooms are not for everyone. In the case of this Arlington Heights renovation, the homeowners opted to gain extra square footage in their kitchen by expanding into their dining room. However, removing the dining room didn’t mean that they had to give up extra seating when entertaining. Here’s now Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider… more

Fun with Cabinetry Feet

Posted on October 23, 2017

A beautiful kitchen is all in the details. One way to step up your design is with cabinetry feet. These feet come in different shapes, sizes and styles to help enhance your space. If you are interested in learning more, here are a few ideas from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan to get you started off… 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

A Well-Balanced Kitchen

Posted on September 20, 2017

Balance is an integral part of a kitchen design. In order to have balance within a space, proportion and scale need to be taken into account. Here’s some perspective from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how proportion and scale work together to impact your space. “Proportion refers to balance between design elements, while scale refers… more

Aging in Place: How to Prepare Your Home

Posted on September 11, 2017

For many, finances often come to mind when planning for the future. However, a safe living situation also needs to be taken into account. If it is preferable to grow old in your home, here are some ‘aging in place’ insights from Normandy Designer Maury Jones. “As we get older, our style of living changes…. more

What to Consider When Major Appliances Fail

Posted on August 28, 2017

“Appliances are an important part of your kitchen design, so before you go out and buy them, it is best to talk with a designer,” said Lisa. “The sizing and location really matter, so if you want to change either of these things, it is probably a good idea to consider remodeling.” “If you are… 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

Solar Eclipse Selections

Posted on August 21, 2017

Many will be watching the solar eclipse today, which will cover about 70 miles of the United States. In honor of this astronomical event, we’ve put together a list of product selections that will put you over the moon. Plus, you won’t even need to wear eye protection to take a look! Elements Eclipse, SoHo… more

Dream Bedroom Makeovers: Normandy Edition

Posted on August 14, 2017

Normandy recently partnered with non-profit Special Spaces to makeover the bedrooms of two Westchester brothers battling an autoimmune disease. The son of a previous client invited us to sponsor this initiative. The entire Normandy team jumped at the chance, excited to utilize their talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of these boys…. more

The Best Way to Organize a Mudroom

Posted on August 7, 2017

A well thought-out mudroom can do so much more than store coats and backpacks. Here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on how to take your mudroom design from good to great. “It’s important to consider all of your storage potential, including seasonal items, sporting equipment and tech,” said Leslie. “Additionally, cubbies do… more

Cabinet Lighting Trends: Tape Lighting

Posted on July 31, 2017

A lot has changed when it comes to cabinet lighting. It used to be that puck lighting was the answer. Now, tape lighting is taking over – illuminating more spaces than ever before. But how does it work and where do you incorporate it into your kitchen remodel? Here are some insights from Normandy Designer… more

Practical, Transitional Kitchen Renovation

Posted on July 25, 2017

These homeowners had a taste of their dream kitchen after remodeling while living on the East Coast. However, moving to Naperville meant that they were back at square one. The kitchen in their new home was cramped, dated and lacked counter space. Ready to remodel again, the homeowners brought in Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider. The… more

Kitchen Remodel Goes for Heavy Metal Glamour

Posted on July 19, 2017

From the marble backsplash to the crystal chandeliers, this Arlington Heights kitchen remodel has a straightforward sense of glamour. Shiny pops of metal also appear throughout the space. As a result, this transitional kitchen is classic and captivating, but with a slight edge. Obvious reflective metal elements include the cabinetry hardware, stainless steel appliances, polished… more

Balancing Natural Light and Storage in Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on July 17, 2017

When completing your kitchen remodel, the size of your space can impact your overall storage and natural light capabilities. Here are some helpful insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on what to consider when deciding between installing additional cabinetry or a window. “In general, putting cabinetry in place of windows will result in more storage… more

Mudroom Flooring Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on July 13, 2017

As expected, mudrooms have the propensity to get a little messy. This area, found near an entryway, is where dirty or wet footwear are removed and stored. Of course, this makes choosing the right flooring of utmost importance. Here is some guidance from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross on choosing flooring that will withstand all… more

What is Grain Matching?

Posted on July 10, 2017

If you have an eye for detail and prefer a natural way to add beauty and interest to your kitchen remodel, consider gain matching your cabinetry. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe on this unique design idea. “When we talk about grain, we are referring to the pattern of lines found on… more

Barn Door Basics

Posted on June 26, 2017

Think about the doors in your home. While they provide entrance or privacy to an enclosed space, many often forget that they can add to the overall aesthetic. One door that doesn’t disappoint is a barn door, which adds interest and drama. If this style door is in line with your tastes and preferences, here… more

A Fresh Take on Display Cabinets

Posted on June 21, 2017

Glass-door cabinets have always been a popular choice for showcasing fine china, canisters or other decorative items. However, it looks as though metal mesh inserts are also finding their place in the today’s kitchen remodels. This new and refreshing design idea offers plenty of options when it comes to materials, color and style. Here are… more

The Foundation of Your Renovation: Defining Your Style

Posted on June 20, 2017

When meeting with a Normandy Designer about your renovation, they will want to get a feel for your personal style. Why? It is important for the details in the design to reflect your tastes. But for many, it can be hard to articulate an actual style.  That being said, Normandy Designer Lisa McManus has some… more

Getting a Good Grip on Cabinet Pulls

Posted on June 14, 2017

In addition to picking out a cabinetry style for your kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to decide on hardware. In addition to assisting in the process of opening and closing your drawers, cabinet pulls can also add to your overall design. While there are a variety of pull styles, Normandy Designer Karen Chanan has two… more

Defining Down Draft Ventilation

Posted on June 9, 2017

While not as glamorous and choosing a backsplash, countertop or cabinetry, ventilation is an extremely important part of your kitchen remodel. Proper ventilation is critical because it helps remove smoke, steam and grease, keeping your kitchen clean and safe. Most of the time, ventilation is overhead, incorporated through a range hood. However, there is another… more

Custom Cabinetry Furniture Pieces

Posted on May 30, 2017

Kitchens and bathrooms in many homes are outfitted with standard or semi-custom cabinets.  They provide function, are attractive, and are relatively reasonably priced.  But when a standard size or shape doesn’t fit the need, it’s time to take a step up, into a fully custom cabinet. Custom cabinetry breaks free from the limitations of simple… more

Kitchen Remodel for a Mid-Century Modern Home

Posted on May 23, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, it is important to consider the current architecture of your home. Just ask Normandy Designer Lisa McManus, who completed this recent kitchen remodel on a mid-century modern home in Kildeer. “You always want your finish materials to keep in line with the space,” said Lisa. “In this home, the mid-century modern… 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

Getting Close to Open-Concept

Posted on May 12, 2017

Not everything can have a perfectly open floor plan, but doesn’t mean rooms can’t feel open and connected. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Maury Jones on how to work around structural issues to get as close to open-concept as possible. “With open-concept, there needs to be structural support for the space above,” said… more

Column Consultation: Incorporating Columns into Your Design

Posted on May 9, 2017

Columns can be an integral part of your home’s structure. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a beautiful design element too. Whether incorporated into your basement, living room or kitchen design, here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on creating a perfect pillar. “When working on a renovation, oftentimes there can… more

Small North Shore Kitchen Makes the Most of the Space

Posted on May 3, 2017

In homes of a modest size, kitchens can tend to be on the small side, but that doesn’t mean they need to feel cramped.  Thanks to some layout changes and creative design, this kitchen remodel by Normandy Remodeling Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD was able to overcome its small footprint to create an open floorplan that… more

Up-to-the-Minute Kitchen Ideas: Metal Range Hoods

Posted on April 27, 2017

A range hood is one way to make a statement in your kitchen remodel. When it comes to making your selection, there is no shortage of material to choose from, including wood and stucco. However, we are finding that many of the kitchens that are trending today have one thing in common – a hood… more

Rule of Thumb for Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on April 25, 2017

When completing a kitchen remodel, many spaces have high ceilings. While a beautiful feature, it is important to avoid selecting cabinetry that will weigh down the space. One idea that helps to provide a balanced look is a stacked cabinet. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura Barber on this particular design decision. “A… more

Why Select a Single Bowl Kitchen Sink?

Posted on April 21, 2017

The saying ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ doesn’t apply in a kitchen remodel. Why? Your kitchen sink is an essential part of your space and is not something to be overlooked. One difficult decision is whether to select a double or single bowl sink. Here are the merits of choosing a single bowl from Normandy… more

Incorporating Seating into a Kitchen Island

Posted on April 20, 2017

An island can not only add storage and prep space to your kitchen, but it can be provide additional seating too. However, before you go picking out your stools, it is important to think about how much seating is actually needed, what the ideal counter height is and where the seats will be located. Here… more

Kitchen Ideas: Options for an Island End Cap

Posted on April 13, 2017

Kitchen islands are an extremely popular request, most often desired for their prep space, seating and storage. However, while many concentrate on the island shape, material and color, there are other details to dress up its design. One such option is embellishing the ends. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how… more

Making Your Mudroom Work for You

Posted on April 11, 2017

When you have small, school-aged children, a mudroom can be extremely beneficial. It not only organizes backpacks, coats and shoes, but cabinetry or cubbies can help to minimize some of the clutter. However, before you carve out this dedicated space, it is important to evaluate its overall placement and purpose. “Typically, we will customize mudrooms… 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

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

Trending Backsplash Tile for 2017

Posted on January 24, 2017

Your backsplash should be well coordinated with the other design elements that are incorporated into your kitchen remodel. Because there are so many new trends and style options, here are tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, on how your backsplash can take front and center in your design, without clashing with your cabinetry and… more

“Modern Farm House” Renovation

Posted on January 18, 2017

With a passion for sports, entertaining and poker nights with the guys, this Addison couple wanted an open-concept design that would allow them to maximize the space. Additionally, they were seeking to make their living space more progressive, with an urban aesthetic, and reinvent the exterior to be updated, but still fit into the suburban… 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

Navigating a Home Remodel: What You Can Expect

Posted on January 11, 2017

As a design build firm, Normandy takes away the hassle of coordinating a remodel or home addition. Why? We combine interior design, architecture and construction under one roof. With us, you will work with a designer, who will be your point of contact for your project. While remodeling can seem overwhelming, your designer will help… more

A Reflection on Reflective Surfaces

Posted on January 5, 2017

What’s old is new again and mirrors are back in a big way. Whether incorporated into a kitchen or bathroom, many are selecting shiny, reflective surfaces to add some extra sparkle and style. “A reflective surface can elevate your space to a higher degree of sophistication and glam,” said Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan. “Additionally, it’s… more

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2017

Posted on January 3, 2017

From floor to ceiling, there are plenty of kitchen design ideas to consider in 2017. In fact, this year includes everything from traditional twists to bold color choices and mixed metal selections. If you are ready to kick-off your kitchen remodel, here are some noteworthy new trends compiled by the Normandy Design team. Decorative Ceilings… more

Top 5 Home Remodeling Trends for 2017

Posted on December 28, 2016

Remodeling is hotter than ever, with no signs of a slowdown in the future. While each family and home has a different set of needs, there are some consistent trends that have emerged for home renovations.  According to Normandy Designers, this year’s most popular home remodeling trends are all about adding on, getting organized and… more

Normandy Referral Rewards Program

Posted on December 19, 2016

For over 37 years, Normandy Remodeling has worked hard to provide customers with an exceptional home remodeling experience. Along the way, our customers have been an important part of our success, sharing positive reviews and referring us to their network of neighbors, family and friends. In order to thank customers who refer Normandy Remodeling to… 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

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted on December 8, 2016

Kids say and do the darndest things. In the case of one Normandy client, their small child dropped their wedding ring into the door jamb of their master bathroom. Many years later, when it came time to renovate, the homeowners put in the request to search for the “lost” ring during demolition. Our team made… 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

The Facts on Lead Based Paint

Posted on December 1, 2016

Before the 1970’s many household paints contained lead – the reason being that it helped to speed up drying times and kept away moisture. We now know that lead-based paints are toxic if inhaled or ingested; and in 1978, lead was banned as an ingredient in household paints. The concern surrounding lead-based paint is that… more

Including Water Dispensers in Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on November 29, 2016

During a kitchen remodel, instant hot and filtered water dispensers are a useful add-on to consider. Overall, they add a new level of convenience, with the ability to pour a tall glass of water or quickly make items such as instant coffee, hot tea and oatmeal. “The hot water dispenser is connected to a tank… more

Kitchen Remodel ‘Must-Haves’ for the Entertainer

Posted on November 22, 2016

Many of the kitchen remodels that we complete are for families who love to entertain. Whether you love hosting parties or holiday gatherings, here are some recommendations from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, on features that will have you and your guests feeling right at home. “A kitchen built for entertaining is all about function… more

Chicago Kitchen Reconfiguration

Posted on November 15, 2016

As it stood, the 1940’s Chicago home contained the original kitchen. While it sounds charming, in actuality, it was very outdated with very little storage and work space.  The space constantly looked cluttered because nothing could be put away. Tired of continuously rolling out their portable dishwasher and avoiding hosting holiday parties because of lack… more

Get on the Ground Floor of Design with Wood Tile

Posted on November 15, 2016

When it comes to selecting materials for your remodel, there are more choices than ever before. While natural products have always been in demand, there are now plenty of beautiful, man-made options that mimic the look of a natural product, but provide a slew of additional benefits. One example worth mentioning is tile that looks… more

Transitional Kitchen Remodel Proves to be a Popular Choice Amongst Homeowners

Posted on November 2, 2016

This Hinsdale kitchen remodel was unique in the fact that it was driven by personal tastes as well as the notion that the family would not stay in the home forever. Overall, they desired a kitchen that fit their family for the time being; however, it also had to appeal to the masses should they… more

Stained Cabinetry for your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on October 28, 2016

While white kitchens are a popular design trend, they certainly aren’t for everybody. No matter the reasons for your opposition of white cabinetry in your kitchen remodel, stained cabinetry is a beautiful alternative. Additionally, there are plenty of benefits and options when electing to go with a stained wood. Here’s a brief rundown from Normandy… more

Winning Spaces to Watch the World Series

Posted on October 27, 2016

The Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series! If you are one of the few who are able to make it to Wrigley Field, we hope that you enjoy the game. However, for many, the game will be viewed from the comforts of home. There are many benefits to watching at home, including… 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

Door-to-Door Design Ideas

Posted on October 19, 2016

Are you open to different door styles? Whether it is for your pantry, living space or basement, there are plenty of options that can reinforce the overall aesthetic of your home. In fact, your interior door can even become a beautiful focal point in the room. Here are some design ideas from Normandy Designer Ann… more

Wedding Bells for Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross!

Posted on October 13, 2016

Congratulations to our very own Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner on her recent marriage. She recently said “I do” in Chicago surrounded by family and friends. Best wishes to Jennifer as she begins this new journey. Additionally, with this new step comes one new update. Jennifer will be changing her name to Jennifer Cross, although her… more

A Traditional Kitchen Design for an On-The-Go Family

Posted on October 11, 2016

Kitchen remodels are not always completed for the avid chef or entertainer. In fact, many times, it’s for on-the-go, busy families looking for a functional space. In this case, an on-the-go family with two high school-aged children needed to streamline their disjointed kitchen. Overall, they were looking for traditional-inspired space that allowed for homework and… more

The Right Way to Incorporate an Island in your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on September 27, 2016

When completing a kitchen remodel, a common request is for an island. Although high in demand, there are a few key items to consider before incorporating one into your space. Here are some tips from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan as to whether an island will enhance or inhibit your kitchen. “Many homeowners have their heart… more

Naperville Kitchen Remodel Filled with Southern Charm

Posted on September 16, 2016

Originally from the south, this Naperville mother of three wanted to create a kitchen that represented their vision of southern charm and hospitality, as well as a great space to enjoy her family. Before the renovation, their kitchen was extremely tight. In fact, it barely fit two adults and three children, let alone the guests they… 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

2016 National Kitchen and Bath Association Summit

Posted on September 1, 2016

As a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and a past NKBA “30 under 30” recipient, Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD, was invited to a thought-leadership summit in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The goal of this summit was to gather great minds to discuss the future of the design industry. “It was an honor… more

Incorporating a Television in Your Kitchen

Posted on August 23, 2016

Whether it’s to catch the morning news or follow along with a cooking show, many home owners are channeling a new amenity into their kitchen remodel – the television. “Televisions have become such a popular request that we treat it as an additional appliance,” said Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “The good thing is that… more

Olympians in Remodeling

Posted on August 18, 2016

While remodeling isn’t an Olympic sport, Normandy Designers still require some of the same qualities as the athletes –such as dedication, determination and expertise. Additionally, our team competes against other designers from across the country, with their work reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges. Therefore, in honor of the 2016 Olympics, we have… more

Modern Kitchen Design with a Twist

Posted on August 12, 2016

This Arlington Heights couple wanted to design a contemporary kitchen that was better suited to their tastes and needs. Overall, they loved the look of the European designs they saw online, however, they didn’t want anything too cold. To help them achieve their modern, yet warm design, they sought out the services of Normandy Designer… more

Kitchen Design Ideas: Refrigerator Armoires

Posted on August 9, 2016

Refrigerator armoires are used to help disguise your refrigerator and freezer as a piece of furniture and can be customized with panels to match the aesthetic of your kitchen. However, there are a few fundamentals to consider before including one in your kitchen remodel. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee that should… more

Downers Grove Kitchen Remodel

Posted on August 3, 2016

Just about anything can be the inspiration behind a beautiful kitchen. In the case of this Downers Grove kitchen remodel, it was an important family heirloom – copper canisters.  These beautiful canisters led Normandy Designer Ann Stockard to come up with a traditional kitchen design that possesses a variety of metal finishes, unique display cabinets… more

La Grange Home Makeover: Modern Kitchen Remodel and Exterior Updates

Posted on August 2, 2016

This 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… 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

Common Kitchen Design Mistakes that Need Fixing

Posted on July 14, 2016

Prior to a renovation, kitchens are often in need of more than new cabinetry and countertops. Typically, the space also requires some forethought to the layout and overall functionality.   Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence Molloy, CKD has insights on some of the most common kitchen design issues that owners are struggling with today. “Whether it wasn’t… more

How to Reset Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on June 28, 2016

We are all guilty of putting too much waste in the garbage disposal once in a while, or accidentally turning it on without realizing there was a rogue spoon hiding under the splash guard. Thankfully, when these incidents arise, our disposals have a safety setting in place that will automatically turn off the motor. “When… more

Chutes and Ladders

Posted on June 15, 2016

Here at Normandy Remodeling, we do our best to make the renovation process as unobtrusive as possible. For instance, we once built an elaborate ladder up to the top of the home to shuttle materials and workers directly into the attic for an addition. Now, this time around, our crew built a chute to remove… more

Kitchen Floorplan Basics: What is the Work Triangle?

Posted on June 14, 2016

In order for your kitchen to be considered functional, it needs to have a proper layout. One floor plan fundamental is an effective work triangle, which is the relationship between your cooktop, refrigerator and sink. “Creating an effective work triangle is a wise rule to follow,” said Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “Arranging it properly will… more

Advantages of an Empty Nest: Converting an Unused Space into a Hobby Room

Posted on June 7, 2016

Whether your kids have flown the nest or you have access to an unoccupied room, there’s often the temptation to establish a dedicated space for a hobby such as painting, crafting or collecting. However, before you spring into action, we’ve assembled some tips from Normandy Designer Terry Tondelli for you to consider. “If you are… more

Selecting a Leathered Countertop Finish for Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on June 3, 2016

During a kitchen remodel, leathered countertops are one of the many options available to you when selecting a finish. True to its name, this a specialty finish that gives the countertops the appearance and texture of leather material. “Many prefer leathered countertops because they add dimension and texture into the design, said Normandy Designer Karen… more

Corner Cabinet Solutions

Posted on May 16, 2016

There are many smart storage solutions designed to help you utilize every square inch of your kitchen. A few of these include spice racks disguised as decorative columns, blind corner cabinets with pull out trays and the pivoting shelves of a Lazy Susan. Another unique and functional option that can help add function to an… more

Hinsdale Kitchen Goes from Bland to Grand

Posted on May 6, 2016

Before renovating, this Hinsdale kitchen lacked character. Overall, the space was very plain, which was not even close to reflecting the family that used it day in and day out. A large range in the main traffic area leading into the kitchen also stretched out the space, making the kitchen feel more like a long… more

The Many Details of a Victorian-Era Home

Posted on May 5, 2016

True to its name, the Victorian-era home emerged in the period between 1830 and 1910, during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was designed at a time when beauty trumped practicality. Therefore, this type of home is known for being large and ornate.   Typically, Victorian-era homes are asymmetrical in size with two or three stories… more

St. Charles Kitchen Renovated with Retirement in Mind

Posted on May 3, 2016

This traditional St. Charles home boasted over twenty years of cherished memories. However, the kitchen showed its age with outdated oak cabinets and bulky soffits that weighed down the ceiling. But with retirement right around the corner, the homeowners decided it was time to renovate the space and complete their warm and inviting home. While… more

Glamorous, New Traditional Kitchen Remodel

Posted on April 28, 2016

These Hinsdale homeowners loved to cook and entertain their family. Therefore, when their appliances and cabinetry started to fail, they knew it was time to call upon Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan to whip their kitchen back into shape. While a remodel was crucial, a new footprint in the space also needed to be addressed. “The original layout… more

Defining Boiler Heating Systems

Posted on April 28, 2016

Heat has always been a necessity and has evolved throughout the years. First there were camp fires, followed by fireplaces and stoves.  Eventually, the boiler was introduced.          Boilers date back to the late 1700’s. Originally, they used coal, were operated by hand and generated very little heat. However, thanks to technology,… more

A Guide to ‘Going Green’ at Home

Posted on April 22, 2016

Drinking out of a reusable water bottle and grocery shopping with a canvas tote are common ways to eliminate waste. However, there are also sustainable products and practices that can be incorporated into your addition, kitchen or bathroom renovation to ensure your home is beautiful, durable and eco-friendly. In honor of Earth Day, here are… more

What is a Bungalow?

Posted on April 21, 2016

The Bungalow originated in the Bengal region in South Asia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, however it quickly gained momentum across the globe due to the fact that it was easy to build and customize. Closer to home, it started popping up in the Chicagoland area between 1910 and 1940 during a period of significant economic… more

Classic Meets Playful for this Victorian Kitchen Remodel in Hinsdale

Posted on April 8, 2016

The homeowners of this 1920’s, Victorian foursquare style home shared a love of classic architecture and antique finds, collected over many years in their travels throughout Europe and the U.S.   So when it came time to remodel their kitchen, they knew that maintaining a unique and vintage style was important. But because this busy family… more

Whole Home Transformation: From Split Level to Arts and Crafts

Posted on April 6, 2016

The owners of this Palatine split-level preferred the look of an Arts and Crafts style home and were looking for an addition that would result in some traditional curb appeal. However, outward appearance was not the only priority. Additional garage space, a walk-in closet addition for the master suite, family room, mud room and screened-in… more

Chicago Condo Renovation with View of Lake Michigan

Posted on March 17, 2016

The family residing in this Chicago high-rise appreciated their spectacular view of Lake Michigan; however, the condo itself was in need of an update. They called upon Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider to make the inside of their home as stunning as their surrounding scenery. The first issue to be addressed was the kitchen, which was… more

Intro to Wainscoting: Chair Rails, Bead Boards and Applied Moulding

Posted on March 11, 2016

A little woodwork can go a long way in your home. In fact, artfully done wainscoting can add architectural interest and dimension to any room. “Wainscoting is a detail that makes a big difference,” said Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD. “The true beauty of this detailing is that it can suit a variety of tastes…. 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

Raising Your Kitchen Windows to the Next Level

Posted on March 4, 2016

Is your kitchen starved for natural light, but you lack a good spot for a kitchen window? Many kitchens either face the neighbor’s house or have a view that’s just not desirable, but rather than give up on adding natural light to the room, you may just need a creative approach. Depending on your ceiling… more

Renovating Your Home: Mastering Fireplace Mantels

Posted on March 4, 2016

A fireplace not only provides warmth and a cozy atmosphere, it also creates the opportunity for a focal point within the space.  As a rule of thumb when completing an addition or major remodel, it is important to select materials that are consistent with the rest of the home. This also rings true when it… more

What is a Polished Countertop Finish?

Posted on March 1, 2016

Choosing a countertop material and color can make for some tough decisions when you are going through a kitchen remodel.  After you find a material and shade that’s just right, you may breathe a sigh of relief, but it’s important to know that finish you choose for your countertop can have a dramatic impact on… more

How to Mix Metal Finishes in Your Kitchen

Posted on February 26, 2016

When it comes to metal finishes, there is no need to excessively match. In fact, current trends are demonstrating that mixing and matching finishes within your home is the new norm. This is especially true within the kitchen. “It is becoming more and more popular to mix metals,” said Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. “There are… more

Kitchen Layout and Design Go Hand in Hand

Posted on February 25, 2016

In most cases, a kitchen not only needs a fresh look, but a new and well-planned layout. This was the case in this outdated oak kitchen, which was lacking in both storage and style. The homeowners called upon Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD to transform their kitchen into an efficient and beautiful workspace. “The homeowners… more

Breaking Down Architectural Home Styles

Posted on February 22, 2016

You can expect to see a diverse sampling of architectural styles throughout the Chicagoland area. While it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of ornate Victorian homes and charming Colonials, it can be difficult to identify all of their defining characteristics. A better understanding of what makes a Tudor style different from a Spanish style home,… more

Chicago Kitchen Turns from One Century to the Next

Posted on February 11, 2016

Built in the early 1900’s, this turn of the century kitchen was small, lacking storage space, seating and cooking zones. While it had gone through a few cosmetic changes over the years, it was long overdue for a major overhaul and Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD was brought in to do the job. “The homeowners… more

Where to put the sink if your kitchen doesn’t have windows?

Posted on February 9, 2016

When a kitchen remodel is done right, numerous details that come together to make up a beautiful interior. A few of these particulars include lighting, cabinetry, layout and color palette. “There should always be multiple focal points in the kitchen,” said Normandy Designer Christopher Ebert. “This includes windows, range hoods, decorative cabinets, changes in cabinet… 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

First-Ever “Sprit of Normandy” Award goes to Tom Leatherwood

Posted on February 4, 2016

Since our beginnings in 1979, we have cultivated a company-culture that is rooted in honesty, quality and superior customer service. Normandy employees exhibit these values on a daily basis, but president Andy Wells wanted a way to recognize those truly exceptional individuals that help make the company what it is. The ‘Spirit of Normandy’ Award… more

Top Three Home Addition Regrets

Posted on January 29, 2016

Additions are a great option for homeowners who need some extra space, but want to stay in their current neighborhood. However, there are a few items to consider before moving forward. Here are three of the biggest home addition concerns that many homeowners encounter, and tips from Normandy Designer Vince Weber for how to avoid… more

What are Distressed Cabinets?

Posted on January 28, 2016

There are a variety of ways to tailor your kitchen cabinetry to your taste, and if you prefer a vintage inspired look, distressing can be a great selection for your home. Distressing is a process that gives cabinets an old and weathered appearance. There are many different distressing techniques that can be used to create… more

Normandy Design Team Earns Nine Remodeling Excellence Awards

Posted on January 27, 2016

We are proud to share that Normandy is the recipient of nine Remodeling Excellence Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland. These prestigious, annual awards are presented to Chicago-area remodelers who have produced high-quality interior and exterior renovations. These nine awards represent the work of Normandy Designers Laura Barber,… more

Add Dimension and Detail to Your Kitchen Cabinetry with a Specialty Glaze

Posted on January 14, 2016

There are many custom features and finishes that can enhance the style and depth of your kitchen cabinetry. One of these popular add-ons is glazing. This is an extra step in the finishing process that can add warmth or an antiqued aesthetic to your cabinetry by using a pigmented glaze. “Glazing works really well if… more

Incorporating Ledger Stone into Your Design

Posted on January 12, 2016

If you are looking to incorporate the natural beauty and texture of real stone into your home, look no further than ledger stone –a natural stone that renders a warm and rustic aesthetic. The stacking of ledger stone provides a three-dimensional look that adds a new textural and visual component to the space. Plus, because… more

Adding a Wet Bar into Your Home Renovation

Posted on January 8, 2016

If you love to cook and host dinner parties, it’s time to raise the bar when it comes to your home design. An integrated wet bar near your kitchen and dining area is one way help you become the ultimate entertainer. “The placement of a bar in-between your kitchen and dining room can effectively join… more

Kitchen Remodeling Trends to Look for in 2016

Posted on January 5, 2016

It’s a new year, and with that comes a new slew of trends. After consulting with our team of Normandy designers, here are a few common themes that you can expect to pop up in 2016 kitchen remodeling projects. Simplified styles are simply the best – This is the year we keep our kitchens clean… more

A Better Quality of Life during a Home Remodeling Project

Posted on December 17, 2015

Here at Normandy, we understand that initial feelings towards living through a home renovation can be described as overwhelming and intrusive. However, as experts in home remodeling, we are here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, we go to great lengths to make the remodeling process is as… 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

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

Posted on November 19, 2015

It looks like it’s time to trade in that rake for a shovel. Whether you like it or not, the Chicagoland weather forecast is calling for snow showers this weekend. Is your home winter-ready? Here are a few items to consider for a smooth seasonal transition… Lay the groundwork – Now is the last chance… more

Kitchen Design Trends: Selecting a Honed Countertop Finish

Posted on November 4, 2015

There are so many choices to consider when preparing for your kitchen remodel; it’s easy to overlook some of the seemingly minor details during planning.  Selecting a finish for your countertop is one such easily overlooked detail, yet various options for texture and finish can create a unique and striking work surface for your kitchen. … more

Fireplace Debate: Woodburning or Gas?

Posted on October 29, 2015

Gas burning fire places are an energy efficient option, outperforming their wood burning counterpart. This is primarily due to the fact that they radiate and circulate the heat they emit – unlike a wood burning fireplace, which loses its heat through the chimney. In addition to being efficient, gas burning fireplaces give you a new… more

Kitchen Remodel Insights: Independent Spaces for your Cooktop and Oven

Posted on October 21, 2015

When it comes to making the most of your kitchen remodel, it is all about tailoring the space to fit your needs. This includes the placement of your cooking surface and oven. In the past, a traditional range was an appliance that combined these two elements in the same space.  In reality, separating these into… more

Kitchen Designs get a New Spin on the Lazy Susan

Posted on October 20, 2015

The Lazy Susan has long been converting awkward corner cabinets into functional storage space. But in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of options available to maximize the storage potential of a wide variety of corner cabinets. Beyond the original pivoting shelves for your kitchen cabinets, you can now add trays… more

Induction Cooktops are on the Rise

Posted on October 8, 2015

There are many choices when it comes to a stovetop, with the most recognizable options being gas and electric.  However, another option that is growing in popularity is induction. “Induction cooktops have been available for decades and are actually very popular in Europe. However, they are just now gaining momentum here in The States,” said… 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

Kitchen Design, with Message Center and Landing Zone on the Side

Posted on September 29, 2015

For many families, the kitchen is not just about preparing and enjoying delicious meals. It also functions as a central hub for activities like completing homework, juggling calendars and sorting mail. However, more often than not, kitchens are missing an area to host important notes and papers– drastically increasing the odds of having to stick… more

The Key to Choosing an Exterior Door

Posted on September 24, 2015

Knock, knock. We have some big news for you. When completing a home addition or major remodel, the type of door you select is just as important as what lies behind it. “Exterior doors are an opportunity to reinforce the style of the home,” says Normandy Designer Gary Cerek. “You need to work with your… 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

Countertop Confusion: Quartz vs. Quartzite

Posted on August 20, 2015

Selecting a countertop for your kitchen or bathroom remodel can be a significant task, especially as you attempt to weigh the pros and cons of your various choices.  Two very similar sounding options, Quartz and Quartzite, have become quite popular; but many people are unaware of the significant differences between the two. Quartz is the… more

Purr-fect Spot for Cat Bowls

Posted on August 14, 2015

Pets are treasured members of the family, and as such have a special place in our homes.  So when planning for a new kitchen, this family made sure to incorporate the needs of their cat, just as they would for any other member of the family. “Each person has a designated place to eat or… more

Plate Storage Possibilities

Posted on August 12, 2015

Kitchen designs can vary greatly, but one thing they all have in common is a designated place to store your plates and dishes.  You’ll find dinnerware most frequently stored in a traditional wall cabinet, but don’t resign your dishes to this predictable location before considering some of these increasingly popular alternatives. “Open shelving is a… more

What is the Difference between Cooktops and Rangetops?

Posted on August 7, 2015

There are a wide variety of kitchen design solutions that would make a cooktop or rangetop the right solution for your kitchen, rather than a traditional stove. For example, if the kitchen has multiple work zones, or multiple ovens, it may be practical to separate the cooking surface from the oven below. While cooktops and… more

A Weekend Getaway Helps You Prep for Your Remodel

Posted on July 28, 2015

Does your idea of a fun Date Night include browsing through tile shops or looking at fixtures as you and your spouse discuss what “could be” in your new kitchen or bathroom?  Then you may be the perfect candidates for a quick weekend getaway to nearby Kohler, WI. Just a 2 hour drive north of… more

Top It Off With An Accent

Posted on July 27, 2015

Homeowners searching for a unique “wow” factor in their next home remodeling project would do well to try looking up. The 5th wall (your ceiling) is a frequently ignored surface in your home, one that can make a huge impact on the space if given a little special attention. Some folks are content to simply… more

Spice Up Your Kitchen Storage

Posted on July 24, 2015

Finding the right home for your spices within your overall kitchen design can be a detail that’s easily overlooked.  Fortunately, there are a wide variety of options for spice storage, and their relatively small size makes them prime candidates for capitalizing on otherwise lost or under-utilized space. Location is a key determining factor in choosing… more

Getting a Handle on Kitchen Faucets

Posted on July 7, 2015

Kitchen faucets come in various styles, colors and options. One option to consider when choosing a kitchen faucet is whether you prefer a single handle or double handle faucet. One may argue that there is no difference between the two and that a faucet is a faucet.  In actuality, there are significant differences between the… more

A New Generation of Appliance Garages

Posted on June 30, 2015

When you think of appliance garages, do images of roll-top louvered doors come to mind? Despite their practicality, appliance garages fell out of fashion for a long time, largely because they instantly dated a kitchen and did very little to enhance the design aesthetic of the space.  But fans of these handy spaces will be thrilled to… 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

Kitchen Island Benefits from Mixing Wood and Stone Countertops

Posted on June 9, 2015

Your countertops are one of the quiet workhorses of the kitchen, regularly standing up to acidic foods, temperature swings, and sharp objects. But some of the most beautiful countertop materials can also be fairly delicate and prone to damage.  Wood countertops or butcher block countertops are two such items that can be incorporated into kitchen… more

Hinsdale Home Show is this Saturday!

Posted on April 6, 2015

Join us Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Second Annual Hinsdale Home Show, presented by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. Normandy Designers will be on hand to discuss your potential home addition, kitchen remodel or home renovation project. Plus, at 1PM award-winning Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD; will be presenting an educational kitchen remodeling seminar… more

Stained and Painted Cabinets: Now in Color!

Posted on March 31, 2015

Combining stained and painted cabinets in the same kitchen has been popular for over five years, but one of the more interesting developments in this trend is the addition of color to the cabinets.  Up until recently, most of the painted finishes in these combo kitchens had been white, but color is gaining ground as… more

1950’s Ranch Becomes “Forever Home”

Posted on February 27, 2015

After recently purchasing their single story La Grange home, these empty-nesters worked closely with Normandy Designer Leslie Lee to accomplish their remodeling goals. This 1950’s ranch style home was designed to reflect the ever-changing tastes and lifestyles of these homeowners and their ability to age comfortably in their forever home. The existing rooms were reconfigured and remodeled… more

A Relaxing Hideaway For Night or Day

Posted on February 10, 2015

It seems like our daily lives are getting ever more hectic, which may be why there is such interest in creating calm and relaxing spaces where people can truly unwind and recharge. When the task of identifying a restful room arises, it’s no surprise that master bedrooms are one of the primary spaces that come… more

Color of the Year: ‘Going Green’ With Design

Posted on January 28, 2015

Because of its beautiful natural and neutral qualities, Benjamin Moore has named their Guilford Green HC-116 the color of the year! We always look forward to sharing the latest in design and we are excited to see that this years color, is a variation of one we know and love. This refined green color can… 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

Local NARI 2015 Award Winning Design Team

Posted on January 22, 2015

Each year the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland holds an awards competition to recognize local NARI members for their exceptional exterior and interior remodeling and construction projects. This year, Normandy Remodeling received 8 “Remodeling Excellence Awards” that were evaluated based on the improvements or addition the remodel brought to the… more

Pops of Color Can Be Slight, With Decorative Pendant Lights

Posted on January 15, 2015

Today, homeowners enjoy having multiple layers of lighting in order to have more flexibility within their space.  Whether it is in the kitchen or in a casual setting, different moods and tasks call for different light fixtures. “Pendant lights are a functional targeted task light that can further enhance the style of the space,” says… more

Top Kitchen Trends for 2015

Posted on January 9, 2015

The New Year has arrived, and with it comes the question predicting the top kitchen trends for 2015. With a host of classic favorites and new concepts for kitchen remodeling this year, our design team weighed in on what they expect to be popular for 2015.  Here are elements they feel will be among the… more

The Evolution of Kitchen Cabinetry Solutions

Posted on January 8, 2015

In today’s kitchens, homeowners are interested in incorporating features that add convenience and ease to their lifestyles.  With cabinetry selections, you are provided with a variety of solutions for making life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and creating a space where everyday items are readily available. “With cabinetry, homeowners have the flexibility to create… more

Cozy Living Room Ideas

Posted on December 22, 2014

“The cozy room is a reflection of your own personality defined by your personal touches,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD.   The first place to begin is to filter out the unwanted items and select pieces that express your personality. A mixture of textures, which is a combination of paint colors, wallpaper, furniture, accessories and… more

Guest Bedroom Design Tips From A Designer

Posted on December 22, 2014

Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD was recently prompted to finish the guest bedroom in her recently purchased home; after she and her husband decided to have her in-laws come into town for a weekend. With many homeowners preparing to host family and friends over the holidays, Leslie had these design tips to share how to… more

The Formation of a Home Elevator Installation

Posted on December 16, 2014

            These Northbrook residents, who have worked closely with Normandy Designer Vince Weber over the years for prior renovations, love their house and wanted to be sure they could stay in their home as long as possible as they aged.  “One of the challenges they were concerned about for the… more

A Designer’s Home Holiday Decor

Posted on December 12, 2014

With the holidays just around the corner, Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD is ready to celebrate- and decorate! Leslie was able to combine a few store bought items with her antique heirlooms, in order to create the perfect holiday setting. In order to put a creative twist on the stair rail garland, Leslie added white… more

Room Temperature Wine Storage Ideas

Posted on December 3, 2014

Large kitchens and open concepts are such a popular trend we see in today’s homes, and because homeowners have more space to work with in these new layouts, more cabinetry, kitchen islands, beverage centers and even home bars can now be incorporated. Depending on their preference and how they choose to customize their space, some… more

Turn Your Sample Door Into Home Décor‎

Posted on November 21, 2014

During the remodeling process, one of the steps homeowners need to go through is selections, where they choose the design elements for their project.  After completing their kitchen remodeling project with Normandy Designer Vince Weber, these homeowners decided to reinvent their cabinetry sample door, and create a unique piece for their newly remodeled kitchen. The… more

Normandy Contemporary Kitchen at Abt Electronics

Posted on November 20, 2014

With the picturesque view of the Chicago skyline, it’s easy to find where the inspiration came from for Normandy Designer Christopher Ebert, who developed the layout for this contemporary galley style kitchen.  The streamlined cabinetry draws attention upward and adds visual height to this small galley kitchen.  The city influence is enhanced even further with the… more

Normandy Luxury Traditional Kitchen Display at Abt Electronics

Posted on November 20, 2014

If the combination of color in this luxury traditional kitchen doesn’t draw you in, the gorgeous coffered ceiling will surely do the trick. As you first enter the traditional kitchen created by Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, you will notice the dual level island that takes center stage on the large scale porcelain floor tiles that mimic… more

Normandy Glam Bar Display at Abt Electronics

Posted on November 20, 2014

The glamorous entry bar, designed exquisitely by Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, is the first of the three new displays you encounter at Abt Electronics in Glenview.  The elegant features, such as the custom linear etching on the intense black engineered stone or the whimsical chandelier that hangs above, capture immediate attention. The curved metal brackets that support the… more

Normandy Kitchen Displays now at Abt Electronics!

Posted on November 20, 2014

Normandy is thrilled to announce that our new kitchen displays, designed by Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, at Abt Electronics in Glenview have officially opened! As you enter the displays through the Atrium and into the Design Inspiration Gallery, you will notice the glamorous bar area.  The elegant details, such as the sparkling chandelier and the… more

Finding Space For The TV Over The Fireplace

Posted on November 11, 2014

If you visit the family room in a typical American home, you’ll find focal point of the room tends to be the television.  It tends to be a primary location for entertainment viewing and often the furnishings are arranged to make the most of the TV viewing experience.  You may also find that many of… more

Embracing the Character of a Living Finish

Posted on November 7, 2014

When beginning your home remodeling project, selections can be the most crucial aspect. This is even more true when choosing materials that have “living” characteristics, that may change naturally over time. Understanding the characteristics of your material selections is important when you are deciding whether or not you’d like to preserve the original look of… more

End Furniture Frustrations with Built-In Shelves

Posted on October 7, 2014

How many times have we gone out in search for a piece of furniture to fit the specifications for the style and space of our home? Since we aren’t always fortunate enough to find the perfect piece of furniture to fit between the nooks and crannies in our home, custom built-in storage has become a popular… more

Stucco Range Hoods In the Kitchen

Posted on October 3, 2014

Proper ventilation is one of the most important elements in any kitchen, but just because your hood is a workhorse, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.  Range hoods come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and styles.  In addition to their aesthetic contributions, they help to conceal the blower, which removes the cooking… more

How To: Mask the Trash in the Kitchen

Posted on September 16, 2014

Just because we know it’s there, doesn’t mean the trash can needs to be a visible component of today’s kitchens.  Now, there are creative ways you can incorporate the trash can into the kitchen, without taking any visual interest away from the space. “The trash can seem like an unpleasant fixture of the kitchen, but… 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

Taking The Kitchen Island To The Next Level

Posted on September 4, 2014

The kitchen island is one of the most popular elements that people request in a new kitchen remodel.  Without a doubt, kitchen islands can provide additional work, storage, and dining space; but many people may not know that a few modifications to the typical kitchen island can make them serve even greater functions in the… more

Aspiring Design Apprentice

Posted on August 27, 2014

At Normandy Remodeling, we’re always eager to find young design talent, but a recent visit from an apprentice designer proved how early the passion for design can be ignited. Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD has frequently shared her expertise and experience with new designers to the team, and has proven to be a great teacher… more

Brick Match Basics

Posted on August 26, 2014

Adding on to your home can pose a myriad of otherwise forgotten challenges in creating a cohesive look between the old and new spaces.  Depending on how these challenges are handled, the result can either diminish the look of your new room addition or, if done properly, can make the new addition look like it’s… more

How To Pair Kitchen Cabinets and Hardware

Posted on August 22, 2014

Cabinet hardware can seem like such a small detail, but it can have a surprisingly big impact on the overall look of your kitchen.  Kitchen cabinetry hardware allows the homeowner to bring their personality to the space even more and can take the style of their kitchen to the next level.  “When it comes to… more

Tips For Where To Put Your TV

Posted on August 19, 2014

A newly remodeled room can seem like the ultimate blank slate when it comes time to decorate.  But considering the room’s intended use and developing a furniture plan early in the design process can be immensely beneficial to how you enjoy this new room addition or renovated space. There are certain elements and focal points… more

Mixing Stained and Painted Kitchen Cabinetry is a Winning Recipe

Posted on August 8, 2014

Mixing stained and painted finishes in the kitchen is a remodeling trend that’s been popular for several years, and shows no signs of fading any time soon.  “Introducing multiple finishes in the kitchen allows you to create contrast, enhance the visual interest of the space, and break up the potentially monochromatic look of the kitchen,”… more

A Kitchen Ledge With A Stylish Countertop Edge

Posted on August 6, 2014

When selecting kitchen countertop treatments, it is important to remember that each style of kitchen has its own unique components, which help them stand apart from other styles.  “The kitchen countertop edge can add the smallest of detail, but still create such a strong impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen,” says… more

Screen Porch Ideas- Making Your Exterior More Superior

Posted on July 30, 2014

Adding a screen porch to your house can provide some welcome additional living space, and give a boost to the curb appeal of the home as well.  A screen porch addition has many of the same requirements as any other home addition, as well as a few additional considerations due to the exposure to the… more

The Best Time of Year to Remodel

Posted on July 16, 2014

One of the most common questions we hear when people are planning their kitchen remodel is “When is the best time to remodel my kitchen?”  While kitchen renovations happen year round, many people have found that planning for the construction to take place during the summer months can make living through the renovation more enjoyable… more

Porcelanosa Tile Now at The Normandy Showroom

Posted on July 1, 2014

We are excited to announce that the Normandy Hinsdale Showroom now features the unique look of Porcelanosa tiles.  These European tiles are particularly intriguing for fans of Contemporary design, and can create a striking design statement in any room. The Normandy Design Team is excited to add Porcelanosa to their design arsenal to further expand… more

Designer Adds Her Personal “Touch” to First Floor Powder Room

Posted on June 27, 2014

Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD and her husband were first attracted to their home because of the surroundings.  Large trees border the creek and pond in the backyard of the home, giving a sense of distance and serenity.  “The neighborhood was perfect for families and really had the small-town feel we were looking for,” says… more

Online Reviews are Key to Finding the Best Remodeler

Posted on June 24, 2014

Choosing the right company to help you remodel your home involves a leap of faith.  Unlike many other purchases you make, you can’t buy from 3 different companies, compare the items, and return the ones you don’t like.  So how do you decide which company will be best for you? One of the most valuable… more

No Need to Fret— How to Remodel with Your Pet

Posted on June 20, 2014

When beginning your remodeling project, it is important to consider every family member before starting your construction.  As important members of the family, pets need to be on board with the operation, too.  Accommodating pets is a team-effort that needs to be addressed by both the homeowners and the tradesmen to make sure the project… more

French Door or Pocket Door: Which would suit your interior?

Posted on June 17, 2014

While everyone is familiar with the standard wood interior door found in homes across America, there are two unique styles of door available when a typical door doesn’t work well. When deciding which door to use, it is important to consider its purpose. Privacy, natural light or tight spaces can really influence which type of… more

Say Yes to the Desk

Posted on June 4, 2014

When you think of working at a desk in your home, the office usually comes to mind.  But desks these days are breaking away from a defined home office space and have made a big splash as a functional space in the kitchen.  “Desks in the kitchen are not a new idea, but in the… 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

Going Up? Backsplash Tile That Goes to the Ceiling

Posted on May 22, 2014

The kitchen backsplash can be a standout design feature, from accent tiles that create a unique pattern above the stove or sink, to a full wall of sparkling glass tile. One of the challenges that commonly arise when using a tile backsplash, especially above the range, is determining how or whether to stop the tile… more

Rekindle the Charm of Your Fireplace

Posted on May 20, 2014

The fireplace is the instant focal point of any room, and because it is such a defining element in the space, updating your fireplace can dramatically change the style of the entire room.  “If you have a rustic 1970’s fireplace in your family room, but the overall style of your home is more sleek 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

3 Considerations For Designing Your New Staircase

Posted on May 6, 2014

“There are three considerations that you need to take before replacing or redesigning your staircase,” says Normandy Design Manager Troy Pavelka.  “A staircase is an architectural feature of a home, so it’s important to put some real thought into it before moving forward with anything. What type of staircase fits the style of the house? The newel… more

Galley Kitchen Solutions

Posted on April 30, 2014

“Galley kitchens have a narrow and longer layout with main appliances and countertops directly opposite of one another,” describes Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. She adds, “Given their layout, galley kitchens are not ideal for entertainment purposes, which is why open concept kitchen layouts have become so popular among homeowners.” However, there are ways to… more

Small Kitchen Island Ideas

Posted on April 29, 2014

Kitchen islands are a fantastic resource to homeowners, providing extra prep space and additional storage. “Islands are also ideal for easing the traffic flow in the kitchen and achieving the open concept layout that’s so popular among homeowners right now,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. But what happens when you have a small to medium… more

Chrome Vs. Nickel Finishes

Posted on April 16, 2014

Chrome and nickel finishes look very similar, but upon close examination, one will find notable differences in three categories that are important to consider for your cabinet hardware or plumbing fixtures. Finish:  Nickel tends to have more of a soft, warm finish.  Chrome will have a cooler and brighter finish.  You can typically find brushed… more

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Posted on April 8, 2014

During a modern kitchen remodel, it’s common to select full overlay cabinets because they convey the clean lines and minimalism that homeowners want to achieve in the project.  “In a recent project, we took it a step further and selected high gloss cabinets from Plain & Fancy Cabinetry,” says Normandy Designer Chris Ebert.  “The homeowners… more

Normandy Remodeling Turns 35

Posted on March 21, 2014

Normandy Remodeling is a company started by two acquaintances with enough experience in the remodeling industry to know that they could provide people with better service and quality.  “The remodeling industry tends to get a bad reputation, and Jack and I knew that it didn’t have to be like that, that we could make the… more

Normandy Gives Back

Posted on March 18, 2014

Here at Normandy we realize and appreciate the success we’ve had, and try to sponsor events that will benefit others throughout the year.  One of the causes we’ve supported this year was related to the Disney 10k and Disney Princess Half Marathon, and we received this warm thank you letter in return (and fun pictures!):… more

Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

Posted on March 7, 2014

“Spring has sprung. While you’re banishing the cobwebs during your annual spring cleaning, take some time to give your home a thorough inspection. A few simple maintenance maneuvers will ensure that your home will remain in good shape and that all systems will keep humming efficiently. 1.  Clean your gutters. After a long winter, dirt… more

Designer Finds from KBIS 2014

Posted on February 7, 2014

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD just wrapped up her visit to the massive Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2014 in Las Vegas and shared some of her recent finds.  While this trade show has elements for both kitchens and bathrooms, two of Jennifer’s favorites from the show focus on the bathroom shower. Kohler’s popular… more

Incorporating A Beverage Center Into Your Kitchen

Posted on January 29, 2014

Including a beverage center in the kitchen, or close to the kitchen, has been growing in popularity since the kitchen has become more of a gathering space.  “A beverage center is definitely becoming a must-have for homeowners that entertain,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee.  “It’s a great tool for spreading out the traffic flow, allowing… 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

Top 2014 Kitchen Trends

Posted on January 10, 2014

A new year brings new kitchen design favorites among homeowners and the design industry.  While some carried over from 2013, there’s plenty of new elements that people are excited to incorporate into their kitchens in 2014.  We asked our design team what they expect to be popular this year… Quality products; people want to remodel… more

Normandy Receives 15 out of 19 Remodeling Excellence Awards

Posted on January 8, 2014

Each year the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland chapter holds an awards competition to recognize superior design and construction among Chicago area remodelers.  This year, 19 “Remodeling Excellence Awards” were handed out, and Normandy Remodeling received 15 of the 19 distributed.  Project entries were judged by industry experts and were evaluated… more

Incorporating A Bar On The First Floor Of Your Home

Posted on December 31, 2013

“Typically when people are thinking about incorporating a bar or beverage center on the main level of their home it’s because they entertain frequently,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD.  “While it’s convenient to use the bar as a serving/buffet area if needed for gatherings, the ideal function of the bar is to create a… 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

Top Five Home Improvement Apps

Posted on December 24, 2013

There are dozens of home improvement apps available for your mobile device that can truly aide you in your remodeling project, from providing inspiration to creating a detailed design.  The New York Times shared the five top mobile apps they’ve seen in the industry, which are: 1.  Houzz 2.  Home Design 3.  Home Depot 4. … more

3 Ways To Finance A Home Remodeling Project

Posted on December 20, 2013

“There are three different ways our customers typically finance a home remodel,” says Normandy Designer Vince Weber.  “I’ve listed the three types of loans below to give you an idea of what to expect and, like any loan, the better your credit the better your rate. Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC):  This is where… more

Top Houzz Projects of 2013

Posted on December 19, 2013

With the end of 2013 in sight, we thought it’d be fun to share the projects that have been added to the most Ideabooks on Houzz this year.  All of the Normandy projects below (in no particular order) have been added to thousands of Ideabooks in the Houzz community. 1.  North Shore Award Winning Kitchen… more

5 Tips For Preparing Your House For A Kitchen Remodel

Posted on December 13, 2013

A successful kitchen remodel is definitely more of a marathon than a sprint, but the transformation is worth it.  Your dream kitchen is waiting at the finish line, and we’ve got Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy’s 5 tips to prepare for the construction phase. “I don’t think anyone can ever be 100% ready to have strangers… more

17 Year Normandy Superintendent To Retire

Posted on December 12, 2013

After 17 years working with us and overseeing 379 projects, Normandy Superintendent Joe Campea has announced his well-deserved retirement.  Joe and his wife Lorraine will be splitting their time between Florida, Indiana and Illinois.  We wish Joe all the best for a wonderful retirement.  He will be missed! “Joe has been a great asset to… more

Top Three Countertop Finishes

Posted on December 11, 2013

“When selecting a countertop, you not only have to pick a material you like and the color, you also have to pick a finish,” says Normandy Designer Laura Barber.  “The top three finishes (in order of popularity) that I’m seeing in the industry are: 1.  Polished.  This is going to be the most common, having 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

Low Divide Kitchen Sink Benefits

Posted on December 4, 2013

“Low divide kitchen sinks, called “Smart Divide” sinks by Kohler, essentially give homeowners the best of both worlds in kitchen sinks,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant.  “They’re designed for washing large pots, pans and skillets with long handles, but still offer the divide for the times you don’t need to fill the entire sink with… more

How To Become A Certified Kitchen And Bath Designer

Posted on November 27, 2013

Oftentimes you’ll find we use letters of professional designation behind some of our designers’ names, whether that be AKBD or CKD.  But unless you’re thoroughly involved in the remodeling industry, there’s a good chance you might not know what those letters stand for. To start, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an industry… 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

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas and Tips

Posted on November 21, 2013

“A well done table setting really sets the tone for a party, making everyone feel more festive and welcome,” says Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov.  “If you’re someone that typically decorates for the holidays, like me, then setting your table is easier than you might think.  For instance, most of my tablescape is comprised of the… more

5 Steps to Refinishing Your Hutch Without Sanding It

Posted on November 18, 2013

Refinishing a piece of furniture, such as a hutch, is a great way to breathe new life into it.  Normandy Designer Ann Stockard had a hutch in her kitchen that she just didn’t think fit in with the rest of the style.  “I didn’t like the color of the hutch, it didn’t match the rest… 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

Normandy Co-Owner Invited to Harvard Panel

Posted on November 1, 2013

Normandy Co-Owner Andy Wells was recently invited to participate on a panel for the semi-annual Remodeling Futures Conference hosted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.  The purpose of the conference was to share key insights of the remodeling industry, including research on the current housing stock trends, demographics and outlook. “It was a great opportunity… more

Normandy Designer Elected 2014 President of NKBA – Chicago Chapter

Posted on October 24, 2013

We’d like to take a minute to congratulate Normandy Designer Terry Kenney for being elected the 2014 President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association – Chicago Chapter!  It’s a great accomplishment in her career and we couldn’t be happier for her.  Terry’s been a member of the NKBA for 18 years, but didn’t become… 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

Kitchen Pot Filler Faucets

Posted on October 16, 2013

If you’re one that does a good deal of cooking, then incorporating a pot filler into your kitchen design is something that you won’t regret. This convenient fixture will quickly become one that you won’t know how you ever lived without.  Gone are the days of lugging a heavy pot filled with water from the sink… more

Double Island Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted on October 10, 2013

Incorporating double islands in a kitchen is a great way to achieve multiple goals.  In this case, the homeowners were big on entertaining guests, and having two islands made the kitchen more of a gathering space. “When space allows, double islands are a good way to maximize traffic flow without sacrificing storage,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard. … more

Kitchen Lighting Design Tips

Posted on October 2, 2013

When selecting lighting for your kitchen, keep in mind that there are three types of lighting that you typically want to include:  general, task and decorative lighting.  General lighting will often be can lights canvassing the ceiling appropriately.  Task lighting is typically under cabinet lighting to use when preparing meals, snacks, etc.  While those two aren’t… 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

Open Shelving Pros and Cons

Posted on September 23, 2013

Open shelving is one of those design elements people tend to either love or hate, so if you’re one that loves them – this article is for you.  “Going with open shelving provides an opportunity to break up the look of cabinets upon cabinets in the kitchen,” says Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan.  “They’re great for introducing… more

Casement Windows vs Double Hung

Posted on September 19, 2013

“Choosing between casement windows and double hung windows are really based on personal preference for the most part,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “Casement windows add more architectural detail to a home, which some people are really drawn to.  Also, if you’re a big “open the windows and let the fresh air in” person,… more

Clay Roof Tiles vs Synthetic

Posted on September 18, 2013

Clay roofing tiles give certain style homes, such as Mediterranean style and bungalows, such an authentic and distinct look which is why homeowners love them.  They also come in a variety of colors and really act as a design element of their own.  Not to mention, these tiles are going to last about 100 years,… more

AAUW Home Tour Features Remodeled Normandy Home With Latest Design Trends

Posted on September 17, 2013

Preparations for the 62nd Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Home Tour are coming together, and this year’s tour promises to be a highlight of the Hinsdale area fall calendar.  The Home Tour will feature five spectacular homes, including a home with a recently remodeled kitchen and bathroom that incorporates some of the hottest trends… 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

Tile Accent Walls

Posted on September 5, 2013

In an earlier blog post, we shared several accent walls largely covering paint and design options.  However, tile accent walls deserve a post all their own.  “Tile accent walls are something so different than what you’ll typically see,” says Normandy Designer Karen Chanan.  “It’s almost a showpiece really, with a depth and texture that makes a design statement.”… more

Instant Hot Water In The Kitchen

Posted on September 4, 2013

One of the most frequently overlooked  conveniences in kitchen remodeling today is the ability to have hot water on demand with an instant hot water dispenser. “It’s great if you’re a tea drinker or have anything that uses hot water regularly,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD.  “You can use it to wash dishes to ensure sterilization, and… more

Home Improvements Trends In 2013 [Infographic]

Posted on September 3, 2013

Now, more than ever, homeowners are deciding to improve their homes rather than move. In fact, the percentage of homeowners who feel now is a good time to spend money on home improvement has doubled since 2009, according to a recent survey.  Starting with kitchen trends all the way to yard trends, Normandy Remodeling has put… 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

Kitchen Faucets With Integrated Water Filters

Posted on August 26, 2013

An option that many homeowners are considering in the selection phase of their kitchen remodeling projects is selecting a faucet with an integrated water filter. It’s gaining popularity not only for the convenience, but the taste and quality of the water as well.  Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan recently incorporated a Rohl tri-filter faucet in one of… more

Accent Wall Ideas

Posted on August 19, 2013

Accent walls are a great way to infuse life into a room, without committing to a bold design or color for the entire space. “Adding texture or color to a wall can give the space direction and a focal point,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  “You’ll want to take into consideration what’s adjacent to 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

Benefits of the Design Build Process

Posted on August 14, 2013

We get asked so often what the difference is between architects, construction companies and design build firms.  So we thought we’d take a minute to share what the difference is and what you can expect from a design build firm. “I would say the biggest difference between a design build firm and traditional remodeling methods… more

Bridge Faucets for Kitchen

Posted on August 7, 2013

Bridge faucets are made to work with any style kitchen, whether you want a minimalistic bridge faucet for a modern space or one with lots of detail for a traditional style kitchen. “Bridge faucets add a unique aesthetic to a kitchen and are really meant to serve as a design element all their own,” says… 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

Laundry Room Ideas

Posted on July 30, 2013

Many people are opting to make their laundry rooms a more functional space by incorporating shelving, drawers and designated areas for hanging clothes and folding. “For the homes that have a laundry room and mudroom combo, some people are even choosing to include things like craft areas and doggie showers,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy,… 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

Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

Posted on July 23, 2013

Kitchen islands have evolved from a countertop workspace and storage to another truly functioning element of the kitchen that homeowners can utilize.  “By having a kitchen island where there’s some sort of fixture, like a secondary prep sink, or appliance increases the likelihood of the island countertop being used on a more regular basis,” says Normandy… more

Best Flooring For Wet Areas

Posted on July 19, 2013

There are different areas of homes that are just more prone to water, no matter how careful we are.  Those rooms include your bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, etc. “It’s important to take into consideration the material you choose for flooring in those rooms for safety, as well as economic reasons,” says Normandy Designer Terry Kenney…. more

Motion Sensor Faucets for Kitchens

Posted on July 17, 2013

Motion sensor faucets are gaining popularity in kitchens because they let you wash your hands after prepping food or coming in from gardening without getting the faucet and surrounding area dirty.  “Given that they are fairly new to the market, you won’t find many that boast a truly traditional or modern design; they’re pretty neutral… more

Natural Stone Looking Tile

Posted on July 16, 2013

While we all love the look of natural stone, it’s just not very practical in some areas of the home unless you’re on board with the maintenance it requires.  So what products are available that gives you the look but not the maintenance? “Porcelain and ceramic tiles are great options that have come a long… more

Can you have White Painted Cabinets with Stained Trim?

Posted on July 12, 2013

Homeowners considering a renovation often wonder if the stained trim they already have in their kitchen will pair well with painted cabinets, or if they will need to paint their existing window and door trim to match their white painted kitchen.  According to our designers, mixing finishes is actually very popular right now. It helps break up the… more

Hardwood Vs. Tile Floors

Posted on July 8, 2013

Whenever a remodeling project starts to take shape, the question that always comes around is “What are we going to do with the floor?” “That’s especially the question when working with homeowners who already have hardwood floors,” says Normandy Designer Gary Cerek.  “Economically speaking, hardwood floors are typically more cost effective than tile floors for material… more

Made In The USA Kitchen Tribute

Posted on July 3, 2013

With the 4th of July coming up in a couple days, we thought it’d be fun to share a “Made in the USA” kitchen project we’ve done! This kitchen was created by Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan, and it’s almost entirely manufactured in the U.S. The windows are manufactured by Pella in Iowa The kitchen tile… more

USA Made Kitchen Products

Posted on July 2, 2013

As a fun way to join in the Independence Day fun, we wanted to share a kitchen that is almost entirely made in the USA. This kitchen was created by Normandy Designer Leslie Lee and almost all the elements in the kitchen are manufactured right here in the U.S. The white kitchen cabinetry in this kitchen… more

Why Engineered Stone Might Be The Countertop For You

Posted on June 26, 2013

Engineered stone countertops, which are man-made countertops composed of crushed stone held together by a resin, are becoming more and more popular among homeowners.  The reason for their popularity?  In addition to their extremely low maintenance appeal, the ability to mimic natural stone has been making leaps and bounds.  It’s truly a great option for… 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

Butler Pantry Ideas

Posted on June 19, 2013

Butler pantries are often used for storing your nicer dining, table and silverware, rather than food as a regular pantry stores.  Years ago, European butlers would sleep in the pantry to essentially guard the homeowner’s silver, hence the name “butler’s pantry”.  Nowadays, the butler’s pantry will often have a countertop to prepare drinks and arrange… more

Refrigerator Drawers For Kitchen Organization

Posted on June 12, 2013

Refrigerator and freezer drawers are a fantastic way to really organize your kitchen staples.  Whether they’re used for fresh produce, beverages or frozen foods, it’s great to have that designated area that not only increases organization, but is an added convenience for busy families.  Sub-Zero and Wolf offers integrated refrigerator drawers, so you can seamlessly… more

Glam Coffee Bar Ideas

Posted on June 11, 2013

Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan took on the task of redesigning our dated coffee bar in the showroom – and she did a fabulous job!  “I decided, overall, it should represent a transitional aesthetic with a touch of glam,” says Kathryn.  “Transitional is the number one style in the industry right now and it is definitely what Normandy… 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

Ideas To Make Your Kitchen Layout Work For You

Posted on June 3, 2013

Thinking back to the last time you were browsing through pictures of kitchens, it’s safe to say that you noticed the colors, style and so on, but one of the most important elements of a kitchen is often overlooked – the layout. “Every family uses their kitchen differently and needs a layout that will work for… more

Color Matched Congratulations

Posted on May 31, 2013

One of Jennifer Runner’s fabulous clients sent her a flower arrangement to say “Thanks” for all the design work she’s done for their upcoming project, and as a “Congratulations” for her recent National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) 30 Under 30 win.  Jennifer was flattered by the gesture, and quickly realized that she and her… 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

New Addition(s) On The Way For Normandy Designer

Posted on May 24, 2013

Normandy Designer Vince Weber and his wife are expecting twins soon!  The Normandy team showed him our support by getting him a gift.  The designers had their weekly training meeting and this time, the architects, supervisors and the entire team walked in and presented Vince with the gift and gift card.  The best part was he… 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

Boost Curb Appeal With A Front Porch

Posted on May 21, 2013

Often times homeowners are surprised what a difference adding a front porch to their home can make.  It can really take a house from looking like everyone else’s on the block to looking like a custom home.  Front porches are an ideal way to add architectural detail to a home’s exterior and really boost its… 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

Designs4Dignity Hosts 2013 Spirit of Design Celebration

Posted on May 10, 2013

In 2000, the organization Designs4Dignity was founded to aid community and non-profit organizations across Midwest in providing a better environment for their programs.  This involves everything from the donated time of design and architect professionals, to the donated products and materials from vendors and manufacturers. Each year they hold a Spirit of Design Celebration to celebrate a year’s… more

Juliet Balconies Increase Curb Appeal

Posted on May 8, 2013

Juliet balconies are a great way to reap some of the benefits of a balcony with a more economic budget in mind.  They increase your home’s curb appeal because they add more architectural interest to what otherwise might be an exterior that looks like every other home on the block.  “Often times Juliet balconies are incorporated… more

Breakfast Nook Benefits

Posted on May 2, 2013

Trying to get a table and chairs in a smaller kitchen can be tricky, and even if it fits with the proper 36″ clearance behind the chairs there’s a good chance that it’s disruptive to the kitchen’s flow or makes the space look even smaller. “It’s a common problem for smaller kitchens to feel cramped when putting… more

Benefit of Kitchen Prep Sink

Posted on May 1, 2013

If you’ve got a family that almost always has more than one person in the kitchen, then a prep sink might be worth looking in to.  “Prep sinks are a great option for households that have multiple people who are going to be using the space simultaneously,” says Normandy Designer Karen Chanan.  “They’re perfect if… more

New Universal Design Approach Gaining Industry Interest

Posted on April 30, 2013

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner recently won a “30 Under 30” award presented by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which also got her special access at KBIS 2013, one of the biggest kitchen and bath trade shows for industry professionals.  Part of the trip to KBIS included her “30 Under 30” group giving a presentation on how universal… more

Recap of KBIS 2013

Posted on April 26, 2013

A couple of Normandy Designers were able to attend KBIS 2013 and they came back with lots of great info on trends they noticed and they’re favorite parts of the show.  NKBA member and Normandy Designer, Terry Kenney, shares her favorites from KBIS. “The show was a little smaller this year, which made it easier to… more

Oak Park Family Center Hosts 28th Annual Kitchen Walk

Posted on April 24, 2013

“One day. 10 kitchens. Endless inspiration,” is the tagline for the 28th Parenthesis Family Center Kitchen Walk in Oak Park, and with preparations in full swing, the ten stunning kitchens to be featured have been carefully selected.  There’s one kitchen that we’re quite fond of in particular, that was created by Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant, CKD and has… more

Normandy Welcomes New Designer: Terry Kenney

Posted on April 23, 2013

We are happy to announce that the award-winning designer, Terry Kenney, has joined the Normandy team!  Terry attended the Harrington College of Design and has over 16 years of design experience, including extensive knowledge of kitchen and bathroom design that she acquired at Drury Design.  “Although I’ve had a great experience in the remodeling industry thus… more

Butterfly Roofs Combine Architectural Interest and Function

Posted on April 17, 2013

Butterfly roofs are created by designing the adjoining gables of a roof to slope inward, making a central valley.  This was once considered a modern design concept, with Frank Lloyd Wright playing a key part in their development.  They were primarily used in commercial buildings, but can still be found in some older neighborhoods throughout… more

A New Take on Universal Design for the Home

Posted on April 11, 2013

Typically homeowners shy away from universal design products and layouts because the first things that come to mind are ugly white grab bars and other generally unattractive solutions.  Luckily, we’ve got good news:  universal design has turned a corner, and a stylish one at that.  “Universal design has evolved from products that looked like they belonged 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

Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

Posted on April 9, 2013

Marble countertops are an absolutely stunning natural stone, but do the cons outweigh the pros for choosing it as countertops in your bathroom?  Let’s start with cons:  marble is one of the softest natural stones, meaning it can stain and etch easily.   Like most natural stones, marble needs to be sealed once or twice a year…. more

The DIY Roof Inspection

Posted on April 4, 2013

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has compiled a few useful roof maintenance tips to ensure you get the most out of your roof.  With warm weather on it’s way this weekend, it’s the perfect time to get the job done! “Your roof is exposed to scorching sun, high winds, driving rains and heavy snowfalls, which… more

Wooden Kitchen Countertops Pros and Cons

Posted on April 3, 2013

Wooden countertops for kitchen design are a fantastic option to create a focal point in a kitchen, however, like other natural countertops require maintenance.  “In order to keep the countertop from drying out and avoid bacteria build up, wood tops need to be regularly cleaned and oiled,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant. “The other element to… more

Traditional Home Decor

Posted on March 27, 2013

The traditional design style for homes can sometimes be confused with “old”.  But really, it’s a classic style that focuses on beautiful details, ornate craftsmanship and rich, warm colors.  A favorite element of the traditional style that is often incorporated into home renovations are corbels.  A corbel is an architectural bracket made of wood, plastic, marble or other… more

Victorian Home Restoration Ideas

Posted on March 20, 2013

The Victorian Era was a time when homeowners were completely preoccupied with the details and colors of a home.  Roof crestings really soared during this period, which are the architectural detail on the very top of the roof pictured.  Often times during a Victorian home renovation, roof crestings are considered the finishing touch to really… more

Normandy Receives Excellence Award From Pella Windows & Doors and GuildQuality

Posted on March 19, 2013

We are happy to announce that Normandy has just received a Pella Certified Contractor Service Excellence Award.  This award is given to Pella Certified Contractors that provide customers with exceptional customer service and that had a strong rating with the independent reviewer, GuildQuality.  The chosen winners had a 90% or higher recommendation rate from customer satisfaction surveys, and we are proud to say that… more

Coffered Ceiling Makes Design Statement

Posted on March 13, 2013

A coffered ceiling is a specialty ceiling treatment.  Through the use of beams and mouldings, the ceiling is divided into a series decorative squares.  They automatically add an architectural element to any room and create interest because they’re not something you’ll find in every home.   Whether or not they’re right for your home renovation is based completely… 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

Celebrating a New Kitchen with Salmon and Friends

Posted on March 1, 2013

One of Normandy Designer Chris Ebert’s recent clients insisted he join them for a dinner in their newly remodeled kitchen, and Chris was delighted to join.  They had a fabulous dinner, and Chris had the rare pleasure to truly enjoy a space he helped create.  “The key in this space was to warm it up… more

Waterfall Countertop Edges

Posted on February 27, 2013

Incorporating a waterfall edge on your kitchen countertop is a great way to make it a focal point in a space.  Typically, the edge will come from the floor all the way up to the traditional horizontal countertop, drawing from the floor up to the rest of the space.  It’s a great way to break away… more

Ceramic vs. Porecelain Tile

Posted on February 20, 2013

It can be difficult for the untrained eye to tell the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile, let alone what makes one better or worse than the other. All things considered, if the two tiles are pushed to their absolute limits, porcelain will perform better than ceramic every time.  Porcelain is heavier than ceramic because it has less… more

Help Us Find The Next Normandy Design Star!

Posted on February 15, 2013

We’ve been growing by leaps and bounds and we are looking to add several talented designers to our award winning Normandy Design Team.  To help us in our search, we’re looking to our fabulous network of clients, friends and industry partners to help us find talented designers to join our team. Our designers work closely with… more

How To Choose The Right Kitchen Backsplash

Posted on February 13, 2013

Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD shares in the first short video below the purpose of backsplash, and how to choose a backsplash material to fit your style of cooking.  In the second video, she delves deeper into examples of materials and different backsplash trends that she’s seeing.

What Are Transom Windows?

Posted on February 6, 2013

Transom windows are the horizontal windows commonly found above a door or casement windows.  They are primarily used for decorative purposes, adding a unique design element to a space; however, they can also be functional in a couple ways.  They allow more natural light into a space and can be utilized for ventilation purposes, too. If you like the… more

Dormers on Houses

Posted on January 30, 2013

A dormer is a structure that projects out from an existing roof, which has it’s own roof, and often windows as well.  “Homeowners typically add dormers to their roof for one of two reasons; the first being purely decorative, to create more interest in the home’s exterior by visually breaking up the roof line,” says… more

Normandy Designers Give New Meaning to “Collecting Hardware”

Posted on January 25, 2013

The Normandy Designers recently attended an awards ceremony for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland chapter, and left with almost every single award!  There were eighteen “Remodeling Excellence Awards” were handed out, and various Normandy Remodeling Designers received an astonishing seventeen of them.  The designers were thrilled to have their hard work recognized… 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

Kitchen Cabinet Mullion Styles

Posted on January 16, 2013

A mullion, in regard to glass cabinetry, is an element that divides the glass.  It can be done in different styles and patterns, although is typically used with kitchens that follow the traditional style.  It’s an added level of decoration that homeowners utilize as a way to tie everything in a kitchen together, giving the… more

Normandy’s “Flat Norman” Goes to Disney World

Posted on January 4, 2013

Walt Disney World is a favorite vacation destination for a great many people, including a few Normandy employees; one of whom recently took Flat Norman on her family vacation to “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Kristina Ferrigan handles the event planning for Normandy, but she’s also a serious Disney fan.  “I absolutely love visiting Walt Disney World and… more

Top 13 Kitchen Trends of 2013

Posted on January 3, 2013

We surveyed the Normandy Design Team and got their expert opinions on what trends they’ve seen in 2012, and what they’re expecting to see a lot more of in 2013.  And here’s what they shared with us: 1. Bursts of color throughout the kitchen; it’s a retro style that’s great for making a statement. 2. Light driftwood cabinetry using oak and… more

Finished Basement Adds Valuable Living Space

Posted on December 17, 2012

Many homeowners are looking to gain more living space in their homes without adding-on or moving; whether it be because they love their current home and neighborhood too much to leave, or they have particular goals in mind that a new home may not have.  “A space in every home that is often under-utilized is the basement, which… more

Normandy’s “Flat Norman” Goes to Ireland

Posted on November 28, 2012

For those who haven’t heard of the Flat Stanley Project, it was developed to help children in school connect with their classmates.  Students would create a Flat Stanley and send him in the mail to their Pen Pal who would record Stanley’s adventures abroad. Once their Stanley returned, the student would share the journey with the… more

Home Siding Options

Posted on November 19, 2012

You’ve decided it’s time for newsiding on the exterior of your home, and before just using the type of material you had previously, it’s a good idea to consider the options available today. There might be an option that’s better suited for your home or lifestyle that you’re missing out on. To start, there are four primary different types of siding… more

Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Posted on November 15, 2012

Since everyone so much enjoyed the food from our Thanksgiving Potluck, we thought it’d be fun to share a recipe!  This one was brought by Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov and was incredibly tasty, it’s something we’re sure you’ll love too! Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing   1 loaf of sourdough bread cut into 1/2-inch pieces… more

Normandy Thanksgiving Potluck

Posted on November 14, 2012

It’s the time of year for shamelessly  overeating with friends and family, and the Normandy team took full advantage!  We had a fabulous potluck lunch in the Showroom, so there was a delicious variety for everyone.  There was everything from appetizers to the coveted Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, and everyone had their fill.  What’s great about this… more

How to Pick a Kitchen Countertop

Posted on November 14, 2012

Today kitchen countertops can be a design element in their own right with the wide variety of colors and materials available to homeowners; so it can be a challenge to narrow the choices down and figure out what’s right for your kitchen and lifestyle.  According to Normandy Designer, Laura Barber, AKBD, the first thing to do is… more

Normandy Showroom Remodel is Complete

Posted on November 12, 2012

Although it’s been complete for a couple months, business has been booming and we’re finally finding time to showcase our beautiful new displays! The bathroom display features cool colors and follows a modern style.  The bathroom was designed with a modest budget in mind, showing that stunning results can be achieved with smart design and detailed planning. … more

Welcome to the Normandy Team, Laura!

Posted on November 9, 2012

With our remodeling demand steadily increasing, we have added another designer to our team, Laura Barber, AKBD!  Laura currently resides in Oak Brook, IL and has been a residential designer for over ten years.  After attending school at the Illinois Institute of Art, Laura became a certified kitchen and bath designer through the NKBA, and has served on their board… more

Congratulations to Leslie Lawrence Molloy!

Posted on November 6, 2012

Congratulations to our very own Leslie Lawrence on her recent nuptials!  Her destination wedding was absolutely beautiful and all of us here at Normandy wish her all the happiness in the world. On a more practical note, Leslie will be changing her name to Leslie Molloy, although all her original email and contact information will… more

Red and Blue Kitchen Designs

Posted on November 2, 2012

This time of year there’s a lot of talk about red vs blue.  However, in the design world, red and blue are always popular colors to incorporate into kitchens because they exude a sense of simplicity and strength.  Either color makes a great focal point, accent or main theme throughout the kitchen when done correctly. … 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

How to Pick a Kitchen Range Hood

Posted on October 30, 2012

The hood for your range can sometimes be a forgotten design element, when in fact, if the selection is done poorly can negatively affect the final look and functionality of your entire kitchen.  The award-winning Normandy Designer, Kathryn O’Donovan, has put together a short outline of how to pick out a hood that is perfectly suited to… more

“Jennifer Runner is Awesome!”

Posted on October 24, 2012

It’s always nice to know that when people work with us on a remodeling project, they tend to love our staff as much as their new space.  One of our talented designers, Jennifer Runner, recently received another letter from a Naperville client praising her expertise and design skills.  It was so sweet we couldn’t help but share it! “Jennifer Runner… more

How to Blend Different Kitchen Themes

Posted on October 16, 2012

When homeowners start a remodeling project, they frequently look for design ideas and inspiration at every opportunity.  But what do you do when you fall in love with two very different styles?  Normandy Designer Ann Stockard recently completed a project where that was the case, and she was able to blend the styles flawlessly, creating a… more

AAUW Home Tour After Party Recap

Posted on October 3, 2012

For the third year in a row, the Normandy Remodeling Showroom hosted Home Tour After Party for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Hinsdale–Oak Brook Chapter.  Chefs from Sub-Zero Wolf once again created amazing dishes for attendees to enjoy including Lobster Bisque, Corn Asparagus Salad, White Wine Chicken and Mixed Green Salad, Jalapeno Risotto… more

AAUW After Party Menu Sneak Peek

Posted on September 25, 2012

This is just one of the delicious recipes on the menu for the fabulous After Party at Normandy following the AAUW Home Tour on Sunday, September 30!  The amazing chefs from Sub-Zero Wolf will be preparing all sorts of goodies for attendees, and it’s not too late to get your tickets! Grilled Shrimp and Jalapeno Risotto Ingredients… more

North Shore Designer Joins Normandy

Posted on September 18, 2012

Normandy Remodeling is excited to welcome North Shore designer Karen Chanan to their team.  Joining the Normandy team from Riverwoods, IL, she views her clients as partners in the design process, and believes that the relationships she builds are just as important as the projects she helps facilitate. “Design has always been interesting to me; even… more

Apron Front Sinks an Increasing Trend in Kitchen Design

Posted on September 17, 2012

Apron front sinks used to be a design element of the past, but in recent years they have been on an up-sweep in the design world.  “They’ve really gained a lot of momentum,” says Normandy Remodeling Designer Leslie Lawrence, “I’m especially seeing an increase of apron front sinks in white kitchens.”  People are using apron front sinks… more

Normandy Named one of the Top Remodelers in the U.S.

Posted on August 31, 2012

We at Normandy Remodeling are thrilled and flattered to have recently been recognized by two respected industry publications as one of the top remodelers in the nation.  Listed by Remodeling Magazine as the #7 Full Service Remodeler in the country and special recognition by Qualified Remodeler as the Top Performer for Room Additions, these publications compile… more

Normandy Designer Welcomes New Addition

Posted on August 29, 2012

A big congratulations is in order for Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov and her husband Jesper on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!  Portia was born this past July, weighing 6 lb. 11 oz and 20.5 inches long.  This is the family’s first child and they are very excited to be a new family of three.  Heather is returning from… more

Mastering Mudrooms

Posted on August 23, 2012

A mudroom can mean a lot of different things to people, but what it ultimately comes down to, is that a mudroom is a space in your home that serves as an organized and functional landing spot for the family.  With that established, I sat down with Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant to help narrow down what needs… more

Normandy Designer Helps Prepare Design School Grads

Posted on August 17, 2012

Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner has been asked to return to her alma mater, The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, to participate in a Mock Interview event for the current Interior Design students.  After the interviews Jennifer conducts with students, she will select one student to come shadow her for a day at Normandy!  “I… more

Keys to Picking Out Light Fixtures

Posted on August 14, 2012

The light fixtures for our new Showroom display came in and are installed!  They look wonderful and got me thinking about how challenging it can be to select the right light fixture – What color should it be?  How big should it be?  What style should it be? – are some of the questions posed, with… more

A Gourmet Kitchen Fit for Two

Posted on August 6, 2012

“Sophisticated, eclectic,and functional” is how Normandy Designer, Kathryn O’Donovan, describes her recent clients’ award-winning Lake Forest kitchen remodel.  Kathryn conceived a layout that would allow both homeowners, who are avid chefs, to work together simultaneously in the kitchen.  Oversized major appliances were a must for the homeowners, and Kathryn meticulously hid other countertop appliances within… more

Newly Remodeled Kitchen Reflects Home’s Vintage Roots

Posted on August 2, 2012

This Hinsdale kitchen remodel found its inspiration in the home’s Dutch Colonial style vintage roots. When working through their wish list, the homeowners wanted their new kitchen to feel like it was always there, maintaining a timeless, vintage look but with 21st century amenities.  As three time Normandy clients, they’ve done their fair share of remodeling and knew… more

Sharing the Knowledge with Ongoing Design Training

Posted on August 1, 2012

The Normandy Design Team undergoes weekly training sessions to learn about the latest product offerings, stay on top of current trends and to share the collective knowledge that the team has gained through their experiences.  In today’s meeting one of Normandy’s veteran designers, Tony Tondelli, was explaining how to manage potential rainwater issues in certain… more

How to Choose and Maintain Your Water Heater

Posted on July 31, 2012

Most homeowners don’t give a second thought to their water heater—until the hot water stops flowing. The following information from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), will teach what you need to know when selecting a new water heater and how to maintain the one you have. Storage tank water heaters have an insulated tank where water is heated and stored… more

Normandy Continues Donations to Local Habitat for Humanity

Posted on July 27, 2012

Donating to Habitat for Humanity is nothing new to Normandy Remodeling, as it’s been an on-going partnership for quite some time. Being in the remodeling industry gives Normandy the opportunity to donate a good deal of big ticket items to the organization, such as the recent kitchen set from their showroom.  The set included cabinetry, an island… more

Normandy Showroom Undergoes Trendy Remodel

Posted on July 25, 2012

After being a popular showcase in the Normandy Showroom for about 12 years, two of the kitchen displays were ready for an update.  They’re now under construction, and when they wrap up will feature a new transitional kitchen design and a modern bathroom design.  Both will showcase the hottest products in the industry and are spot on with today’s most popular trends…. more

This Guest Bedroom Paint Idea Has Style That Soothes

Posted on July 2, 2012

Thinking about painting your wall?  Make a statement without the fuss of wallpaper by using a stencil!  Normandy Designer Ann Stockard painted her guest bedroom using a birch stencil pattern, and the results were fabulous! What you’ll need: -Paint and small paint roller -Stencil -Painter’s tape   Estimated project time:  6 hours per wall 1. Paint the… more

Normandy Company Picnic

Posted on June 26, 2012

Each year Normandy holds a company outing in the summer, allowing employees to catch up and and truly enjoy each other’s company outside of work.  This year, we didn’t stray very far and enjoyed a picnic onsite!  It featured tasty food, refreshing drinks and a variety of yard games. The highlight of the picnic was a… more

Popular Hinsdale Concert Series Returns This Summer

Posted on June 12, 2012

Hinsdale’s “Uniquely Thursdays” are returning again for the 10th summer in a row.  The concert series features a variety of music provided by ten different bands.  The family friendly event is sponsored by local businesses, including Hinsdale based, Normandy Remodeling.  Normandy will be giving away different items each week to the kids and have a… more

Give Your Dining Chairs This 5-Step Make Over!

Posted on June 8, 2012

Thinking about throwing out your dining chairs for new ones?  Think about giving them a make over first!  Normandy Designer Ann Stockard recently made over six vintage dining room chairs that she bought at a resale store.  “I knew it would be more cost effective,” commented Ann, “and I also liked the fact that I… more

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival

Posted on May 30, 2012

The crew at Normandy is gearing up for the 39th annual Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, and is excited not only to be attending, but also participating in this great community event!  The festival offers artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, and attendees will be able to view and purchase a wide range of artistic creations including Ceramics, Paintings and… more

Hinsdale Voted Top Town of the Western Suburbs

Posted on May 4, 2012

West Suburban Living Magazine recently ranked Hinsdale, IL the top western suburb!  The rankings were based on qualities that are generally valued by everyone, such as the total crime index, high school graduation rate and home values. At Normandy, we’re happy to call Hinsdale home because we recognize and appreciate the closeness of the community and… more

The Remodeler’s Remodel: The Final Reveal

Posted on May 1, 2012

It’s taken some time, but now that the remodel is complete, Normandy Designer Leslie Lee‘s home has taken a huge leap into the 21st century.  With her kitchen remodel receiving the biggest overhaul, the rest of the house received some needed updates as well, such as the powder room and a new front door.  Leslie is overjoyed with… more

The Remodel is Really Cookin’!

Posted on April 6, 2012

The appliances are in, meaning the end is in sight for this beautiful kitchen remodel.  The Abt appliances selected by Normandy Designer Leslie Lee finally make the space feel like a kitchen, and she can’t wait to get started cooking and entertaining guests – and this kitchen is perfect for both!  To catch up on the remodel, start… more

A Touch of Backsplash

Posted on April 3, 2012

The backsplash tile is now going in to Normandy Designer Leslie Lee‘s new and improved kitchen.  The tile brings the room together just as she had hoped, and I think you’ll agree that it adds a lovely dimension to her newly remodeled kitchen.  You can follow the entire kitchen renovation from the beginning by clicking here. The backsplash… more

Countertops are Here

Posted on March 23, 2012

The end is drawing near as Normandy Designer Leslie Lee shares the progress of her kitchen renovation, step by step as she experiences it.  This steady renovation progress is due in large part to our amazing project superintendent, Rick Ruh.  Rick has kept a close eye on the schedule and all the details for Leslie’s… more

Cabinets Bring the Kitchen to Life

Posted on March 19, 2012

A kitchen remodel can be so exciting, and if you aren’t living through yours right now then we have your fix.  Normandy Designer Leslie Lee has been blogging about her kitchen renovation since it began and today we get to see one of the biggest design elements be placed…the kitchen cabinets. Gary, Sophie, and I… more

Brown Irish Soda Bread

Posted on March 16, 2012

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I began searching for an authentic Irish Soda Bread recipe that I could create for my family.  Proving once again that it’s not what you know, but who you know, I found just what I was looking for from Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan.  Kathryn was raised in Ireland and… more

A Window to the World

Posted on March 15, 2012

What goes into a kitchen remodel?  Normandy Designer Leslie Lee is sharing her personal kitchen renovation to give us a glimpse of what you may experience as your kitchen is remodeled.  You can start reading her story from the beginning, just click here. “Ahh… A sigh of relief in the Lee household.  The hideous garden… more

Countertop Selection Time

Posted on March 2, 2012

Take a journey through a kitchen remodel as it happens.  Normandy Designer Leslie Lee is renovating her personal kitchen and is sharing the renovation experience with us in real time.  You can start at the beginning of Leslie’s kitchen remodeling project by clicking here, or you can jump her second, third or fourth posts. “A… more

A Kitchen with a View

Posted on February 29, 2012

Normandy Designer Leslie Lee is chronicling her personal kitchen transformation through regular blog and photo updates.  Today we have the 4th update from Leslie, but you can read the entire story of her kitchen in her first, second and third posts. “It just looks like a giant hole in the wall now, but soon it… more

Let there be light

Posted on February 23, 2012

Normandy Designer Leslie Lee is sharing her journey as her very own kitchen undergoes renovation.  The third installment of this series, you can click here to find the first and second posts to see Leslie’s kitchen transformation from the beginning. “It doesn’t look like much right now – but I am so psyched they framed… more

Out with the old

Posted on February 21, 2012

Normandy Designer Leslie Lee shares a designer’s perspective as her own home undergoes a much needed renovation.  This is Leslie’s second posting in this series, you can also click here to read the initial project introduction. “Well, demo is in full swing and now we know why the floor has been so squeaky all these years. … more

Remodeling a Remodeler’s Home

Posted on February 15, 2012

Remodeling your home can be a daunting prospect for anyone.  Between determining the right design, making all the product selections and of course, living through the construction, it’s easy to see how the decision to embark on a home remodel is fraught with uncertainty.  So when Normandy Designer Leslie Lee decided to remodel her own… more

The Couple That Works Together…

Posted on February 13, 2012

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but what do they say about the couple that lives and works together?  Well, Normandy Designers Tony and Terry Tondelli do just that, sharing their lives and their work. As Husband and Wife who both work as Designers for Normandy Remodeling, Tony and Terry Tondelli have… more

A New Year, A New Seminar Space

Posted on January 3, 2012

You may assume that since the Normandy staff is working on dozens of remodeling projects at any given time, the idea of remodeling our own showroom would be just an ordinary occasion.  But the steady stream of employees who stop by to “check the progress” reveals that we are just as excitable about remodeling our space as our homeowners are,… more

Silver and Gold Inspiration

Posted on January 3, 2012

This year as you prepare to set your holiday table, take some inspiration from your Christmas Tree.  In this photo, you can see that Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov has incorporated the same silver and gold theme from her Christmas tree into the place settings and tablescape for her holiday meal.  This works particularly well when… more

Awards by the dozen

Posted on December 28, 2011

We’ve been fortunate to have completed some beautiful remodeling projects for our clients this year, and while we suspected that many of these were truly exceptional, we weren’t quite prepared for the overwhelming response that we recently received from our peers. This year, as in prior years, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater… more

How to add floral picks to your Christmas Tree

Posted on December 16, 2011

Adding floral picks to your Christmas tree can make the tree look fuller and give a natural dimension to your tree.  It also allows you to stray from the typical ornaments and garland and give your Christmas tree a new twist.  In this video, Normandy Designer Chris Ebert shares his tips for shaping floral picks before you add them to… more

Warm Christmas Welcome

Posted on December 16, 2011

You don’t need to be Clark Griswold to create a festive look for your home.  This beautifully decorated entry at the home of Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov combines classic white lights and garland with dramatic results.  The swags of the garland frame the spheres of white lights, adding another layer of light and a touch of… more

Making an Artificial Christmas Tree Look Full

Posted on December 15, 2011

There are times when your standard artificial Christmas tree, or even a real Christmas tree, looks a little too much like the sparse tree from Charlie Brown.  Fortunately, you can make any Christmas tree look fuller by adding the right florals or greenery.  In this video Normandy Designer Chris Ebert shows the way he is… more

Feather Tree Toppers

Posted on December 15, 2011

There are so many options when it comes to choices for topping your Christmas tree, but one of the hot trends is to top your tree with feathers.  In this video, Normandy Designer Chris Ebert shares how simple it is to create a light and airy top for your Christmas tree. Read more about other ideas… more

Create your own Christmas Tree Skirt

Posted on December 13, 2011

The Christmas tree skirt is one of the frequently overlooked, but notable finishing touches for your Christmas tree.  If the theme and colors of your tree vary slightly from year to year, you can add a current, trendy element to your tree by changing up the tree skirt.  In this video, Normandy Designer Chris Ebert shares how easy and… more

A Twist on Standard Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments

Posted on December 13, 2011

Normandy Designer Chris Ebert has been busy at work here in our Hinsdale showroom, adding the unique and creative touches of festive cheer that only a skilled designer can do.   In this video, we caught up with Chris as he showed his twist on using the standard round Christmas ornaments to add just a little bit… more

Showpiece Kitchen

Posted on December 7, 2011

When Normandy Designer Ann Stockard met with these Naperville homeowners, they shared their  wishes for a highly functional, packed with storage, show stopping kitchen.  The resulting kitchen that Ann designed and built met the homeowners’ objectives and then some. The white painted cabinets provide a crisp, timeless look, while the rich stained island provides a… more

Naperville Kitchen Makeover

Posted on December 2, 2011

This kitchen was not unlike many that you can find in Naperville homes, it is reasonable in size, but has the original builder grade cabinets and a layout that isn’t always the most ideal.  The homeowners felt it was time for a change and began working with Normandy Remodeling on their kitchen renovation. Normandy Designer… more

Shades of Gray

Posted on November 14, 2011

Have you noticed the color gray popping up more and more?  You’re not imagining it, the color gray has become a design force to be reckoned with.  In this video Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD discusses the popularity of all the shades of gray.            

Set to Celebrate Fall

Posted on November 7, 2011

Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov hosted a dinner party this past weekend, and was kind enough to share the table setting for her guests that received rave reviews. Here’s what Heather has to say about pulling together this beautiful tablescape: “When I do table settings, I like to find things around the house to use.  That said, I… more

Hinsdale Fall Family Fest

Posted on October 19, 2011

We had a great time at the Hinsdale Fall Family Fest, as you can see from some of these great photos.  We thought it would be fun to bring a petting zoo, and it seemed to be quite a hit with the costumed set.  If you attended this year’s event, we hope you stopped by to say… more

Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted on October 18, 2011

The shorter days and crisp autumn air let us know that winter is on its way.  Here are a few maintenance reminders to get your home in shape for the coming months:   Service your furnace, heaters, water heater and gas logs Clean chimney flues, wood stoves, and barbecues Change or clean furnace filter Disconnect… more

AAUW After Party Wrap Up

Posted on October 4, 2011

The AAUW After Party wrapped up Sunday evening with great food, wine and general merriment. The executive chefs from Sub-Zero Wolf once again put on a great show, and provided some wonderful treats to enjoy while we discussed the beautiful homes featured on the tour. As the chefs cooked in the working kitchen vignettes of the Normandy… more

AAUW 2011 After Party Roasted Corn Salad Recipe

Posted on October 3, 2011

This was one of the favorite dishes at the 2011 AAUW Home Tour After Party.  The chefs at Sub-Zero Wolf were gracious enough to share their recipe with us so that partygoers can prepare this dish at home.  Enjoy! Roasted Corn Salad Ingredients: 4 cups Roasted Sweet Corn 2 cups Blanched Asparagus 2 cups Heirloom… more

AAUW After Party Menu

Posted on September 28, 2011

We’re just a few days away from the 60th annual AAUW Home Tour and the second annual After Party at our Hinsdale Showroom.  As the date draws nearer, more details are being finalized and we are happy to share our updates with you. For those who attended last year’s event, you will likely remember the great… more

Must Have Mudrooms

Posted on September 15, 2011

Now that the kids are back to school, you may notice that your entry way is cluttered with book bags, shoes, homework, soccer balls – and that’s all before we start in with the winter coats and boots! If you are looking to reclaim your front entry from the chaos, many homeowners are finding that… more

Normandy Hosting the AAUW Home Tour After Party

Posted on September 6, 2011

Normandy Builders is joining with the Oakbrook / Hinsdale Area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to celebrate their 60th annual scholarship fundraising event.  The After Party will feature delicious fare prepared in one of Normandy’s kitchen vignettes by Sub Zero and Wolf Corporate Chef Craig Bell.  Attendees to the party will enjoy… more

Michigan Kitchen Remodel

Posted on August 9, 2011

  She is from Chicago, He is from Marquette, MI and when the time came for them to choose where to raise their young family, they found much of what they were looking for in a charming vintage home in Marquette. The home they selected had stunning lake views, but the current layout of the… more

Keeping Cool Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on July 20, 2011

With the heat of the summer in full force this week, many of us have turned up the air conditioning to make the temperatures more tolerable. But if you’re cringing at the thought of your next electric bill as a result of these high temperatures, there are a few simple, no cost, things you can… more

Normandy’s Showroom Accepting Home Grown Donations

Posted on June 21, 2011

  As we put the finishing touches on our backyard vegetable gardens, we encourage you to consider planting an extra row to help fight hunger in our own communities. Your surplus of fruits and vegetables would be so welcome on the dinner tables of our neighbors in need, and to make it as easy as we can for… more

Remodeling Creates an Opportunity for Charity

Posted on June 9, 2011

Normandy Builders has been remodeling Chicago area homes for over 30 years, and many of these remodeling projects include a kitchen renovation. In some cases the cabinetry being removed is nearly new or in such great shape that the homeowners are looking for an alternative to simply throwing these items in the trash. In these… more

Kitchen Design Trend Toward Adding Texture

Posted on April 20, 2011

  Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan discusses the trend in kitchen design toward incorporating texture into the space through cabinetry, tile and countertop selections.

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

Green Remodeling Trends

Posted on March 30, 2011

Normandy Design Manager Troy Pavelka, LEED Green Associate, discusses some common environmentally friendly choices Chicago area homeowners are including in their remodeling projects. You can also sign up to attend Troy’s FREE Green Remodeling Seminar entitled “Commonsense Green Remodeling“.  

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.    

Helping our Community through Habitat for Humanity

Posted on March 18, 2011

Over the years, we here at Normandy have collected all sorts of odds and ends from our 8,000 square foot showroom and our adventures in remodeling. Our vendor partners will occasionally send some great quality product samples or displays that either don’t make it on our showroom floor or were displayed only briefly. These items… more

Normandy Showroom Hosting Charity Event

Posted on February 25, 2011

We’ll be welcoming a private school from Downers Grove to our showroom for a silent auction and benefit event on March 19. If you’re interested in an evening of good food, fun and entertainment, then we hope you’ll join us. Ticket information is available through the school, just click here for more details. If you are… more

Design Inspiration

Posted on February 25, 2011

Normandy Designer Gary Cerek meets with clients every day who are looking for him to take their design ideas and bring them together in a beautiful addition, a new kitchen, or major renovation.  But sometimes the toughest part is how to get started.  Gary discusses some of the ways his clients have found inspiration, and… more

Normandy Designer Troy Pavelka Earns LEED Green Associate Certification

Posted on February 25, 2011

You may have heard of LEED and know it has something to do with being green, but might not know much more beyond that. Fortunately, Normandy Designer Troy Pavelka knows quite a bit about green building and remodeling, having recently been awarded the LEED Green Associate credential by the Green Building Certification Institute, a branch… more

Normandy Builders at the St. Charles Home Show

Posted on February 3, 2011

For the second year in a row, Normandy Builders will be exhibiting at the Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles IL February 11-13. Normandy’s booth will be staffed with experienced designers ready to talk about additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and finished basements. Normandy’s booth will also be showcasing… more

“…all the best qualities that people look for in a contractor”

Posted on February 1, 2011

January 25, 2011 Dear Mr. Marzec, Mr. Steindl and Mr. Wells:  Last year we had the pleasure of working with Normandy on a very large house project.  We had 3 top contractors bidding on remodeling and building an addition into our kitchen, dining room and 2nd floor.  Ann Stockard came recommended to us from our… more

Leslie Lawrence, CKD on Kitchen Design Trends

Posted on January 20, 2011

Normandy Builders’ Leslie Lawrence, talks about one of the trends she’s seeing in today’s kitchen design.  Leslie will be presenting our upcoming seminar on Saturday January 29 entitled “Secrets of the Ideal Kitchen”.  The seminar is free, and we’d love to see you there.  Just click here to register!

Normandy Builders Video

Posted on January 15, 2011

We found this video from the archives and thought it would be fun to share.  Hope you enjoy looking into the Normandy ads of the past!