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Your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors encounter when they arrive, and creating a house with striking curb appeal can increase your home’s value.  Discover the different aesthetic options for your house that can make it the showstopper of the neighborhood.  Exterior makeovers are just a few of the ways you can make your home the best it can be.  Find inspiration for a wide variety of renovations in the home remodeling photo gallery, which features pictures of completed projects throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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