Tag Archive: addition

What You Need to Know Before Building an Addition

Posted on July 13, 2018

So, you think you want to build an addition? It’s time to start doing your homework. How close is your home to your property line? What are your municipality requirements? Do you know what FAR stands for? Keep reading to learn how to move things forward. We’ve got a step-by-step guide from Normandy Designer John… more

What You Need to Know About Backyard Additions

Posted on June 11, 2018

It’s summer. The sun is shining, there’s a beautiful breeze. This time of year in Chicago can be pretty great. But sadly, we all know it’s short-lived. Maybe you dream about cutting into your backyard space with an addition, but you aren’t sure if it’s a recipe for regret. We asked Normandy Designer Maury Jones… more

Evanston Split-Level Transformation

Posted on February 21, 2017

Split-level style homes are extremely common in the Midwest. That doesn’t mean that this style is a favorite, in fact many homeowners feel that a typical split-level can lack curb appeal. This leads many to remodel their exterior, opting for a different architectural style. In the case of this Evanston home addition, this split-level became… more

Top 5 Home Remodeling Trends for 2017

Posted on December 28, 2016

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

Brick Match Basics

Posted on August 26, 2014

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

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