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There is so much to learn and understand when planning your kitchen remodel, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  These articles cover a wide variety of kitchen renovation topics, from design ideas, to product details and everything in between.  We are passionate about creating beautiful kitchens that are beautiful, functional, and most important – tailor made just for you.  If you’re more inclined to find inspiration through stunning photos, or are just looking for more kitchen design inspiration, you can visit our kitchen remodeling photo galleries, featuring actual projects that we’ve completed in Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs.

For those looking to further deepen your knowledge before embarking on a kitchen remodel, we also offer educational seminars on a regular basis which are designed to help you make educated and intelligent buying decisions.  These seminars are primarily held in our showroom, which is open to the public 6 days a week to give you the valuable hands-on experience of exploring kitchen designs with all your senses.  We invite you to read through the articles, review the photos and visit our showroom as you learn the ins and outs of a successful kitchen remodel, and how to create a kitchen that’s the right fit for you.

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

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

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

Kitchen Remodel Trends: Engineered Stone Explained

Posted on February 12, 2018

While granite is by no means outdated, more home renovations are starting to incorporate engineered stone countertops. Quartz is a durable and beautiful option that has won the hearts of many homeowners. Here are insights from Normandy Designer Lisa McManus on how this countertop material came to be so beloved. Quartz, also used interchangeably with… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Truly Tailored Kitchen and Master Bath Remodel

Posted on January 12, 2017

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

A 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  “Mixing finishes is actually very popular right now,” says Normandy Designer Ann Stockard.  “It helps break… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.            

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

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.

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

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!

Ode to Jen and Ken

Posted on December 23, 2010

We have always known that we work for some of the greatest people in the Chicago area, but this Bartlett clients’ expression of thanks for a great bathroom remodel is one we just had to share.  The “Jen” in the poem is Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, and the “Ken” in the poem is Normandy Project Manager… more

“…my Mother made sure that the stove looks like an airplane…”

Posted on December 6, 2010

One of our clients recently shared her son’s 4th grade social studies project for his unit on maps. He chose to map his newly completed Normandy kitchen because the kitchen is an important part of his home and his life, as he explains in his paper.  We loved his description of the role his kitchen plays in… more

“We could not ask for better service, cooperation…”

Posted on October 26, 2010

We recently received this lovely letter from one of our clients, and wanted to share their kind words with you:   October 23, 2010 Dear Andy, Loren and I want to say what a pleasure to work with you and your staff during our kitchen remodeling.  We could not ask for better service, cooperation and… more

Glen Ellyn’s Favorite Kitchen

Posted on October 14, 2010

This Normandy project was just featured on the Glen Ellyn Kitchen Walk and tied as the 1st place favorite kitchen on the tour.  In case you didn’t get the chance to attend the Kitchen Walk, here are a few pictures of the “before” and “after” along with some design insight from Normandy Designer Chris Ebert: The client’s… more