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When getting ready to tackle your home renovations it pays to be prepared.  Learn about the different solutions, products and possibilities for your home in the articles found below.  And if visual inspiration is more your style, visit our home renovations photo gallery to see pictures of projects that we completed for real Normandy customers throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“.  

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

New Year, New And Improved Home

Posted on December 23, 2010

Now that the dust has settled on at least some of the holiday parties, how did your home stack up?  Was your kitchen the epicenter of entertainment where you and your guests would gather as you worked? Did your home add to your joy of the season, or was it the source of frustration? With… more

Modern Laundry Room

Posted on December 16, 2010

Laundry rooms can be a great place to let your style shine. Just because it’s an everyday workspace, doesn’t mean it needs to be boring and utilitarian. Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan recently completed a Laundry Room for a client in South Barrington that has style as well as functionality. This client was looking to create… more

“We feel like we have been on an episode of HGTV…”

Posted on August 23, 2010

We are thrilled to receive letters such as this one from our past customers…and even happier to hear that they are loving their “new” home. “Dear Normandy Family, We wanted to write a short thank you to let you know how thrilled we are with what seems like our new home.  We feel like we… more

Containing the Back to School Chaos

Posted on August 6, 2010

You have your school supply list, a pencil, and a comfortable pair of shoes. You’re ready to brave the back to school shopping rush. But once you’ve got the new backpack, jackets, gym shoes, and all the other required gear – where do you put it? The issue of where to put all this “stuff”… more

Screened Porches Extend Summertime Fun

Posted on August 2, 2010

A screened porch like this one allows you to create a summer experience for your family that is reminiscent of a bygone era.  Without the annoyances of mosquitoes or other bugs, you are free to enjoy the warm summer weather, well into the evening.  Simply add your favorite furniture, be it old fashioned rocking chairs… more

The Extended Summertime Living Space

Posted on July 23, 2010

Now that we’re in the heart of the lazy days of summer, we’re reminded that “lazy” doesn’t really apply to any of the days of summer.  Between picnics, parties, weddings and activities, it can seem like summer weekends get booked up almost before summer begins.  But, weekends aren’t the only time we have to enjoy… more