Tag Archive: design ideas

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

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

Bathroom Niche Shelving Moves Beyond the Shower

Posted on May 8, 2014

When deciding whether or not to add a wall niche to the bathroom, it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the shelving. Unlike typical wall shelving, niche shelving is recessed into the wall. This provides homeowners the opportunity to add accent colors, decorative elements and lighting, which further highlight the space. “If… 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

The Freestanding Tub Just Got Better

Posted on November 13, 2013

For all those that love their time in the soaking tub, you’re going to appreciate volcanic limestone quite a bit.  Volcanic limestone tubs have been appealing to homeowners because of their ability to sustain heat and the fact that it doesn’t have a surface coating, making it impervious to chipping or peeling.  “Victoria and Albert has really… 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

Clay Roof Tiles vs Synthetic

Posted on September 18, 2013

Clay roofing tiles give certain style homes, such as Mediterranean style and bungalows, such an authentic and distinct look which is why homeowners love them.  They also come in a variety of colors and really act as a design element of their own.  Not to mention, these tiles are going to last about 100 years,… more

Doorless Shower Designs

Posted on August 19, 2013

Doorless showers are great for making a space seem bigger and more open in general, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re set on having one.  The first is that the shower either has to have a curb, like the one in the picture to the left, or be pitched… more

How to add floral picks to your Christmas Tree

Posted on December 16, 2011

Adding floral picks to your Christmas tree can make the tree look fuller and give a natural dimension to your tree.  It also allows you to stray from the typical ornaments and garland and give your Christmas tree a new twist.  In this video, Normandy Designer Chris Ebert shares his tips for shaping floral picks before you add them to… more

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!