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When your house starts to feel cramped, but the idea of moving is not an option, it’s time to consider the ways a home addition may meet your family’s needs.  While each home is unique, and each family’s challenges are different, there are some consistent questions that arise when considering a home addition.  These articles aim to answer many of those questions, but sometimes a picture truly is worth a thousand words.  If you’re looking for some visual inspiration, you may find the home addition photo galleries to be the perfect solution for you.  These are projects that we’ve completed for our customers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, many of which have won awards and been featured in magazines.

Our talented designers can help you work through the possible solutions for your home, but if you’re not quite yet ready for a meeting, perhaps an educational seminar would be useful for you?  These events, which are held throughout the year, are designed to provide you with an educated base of knowledge that can help guide you through the many decisions you’ll be considering for your home addition.  You are also welcome to visit our showroom, which is open to the public 6 days a week, and get hands-on experience with the different products and materials that would go into your addition.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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