Tag Archive: laura barber

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

Wood-Look Tile on Walls

Posted on May 19, 2017

Oftentimes, there are assumptions on how to use certain products within your home renovation. One such misconception is the use of tile that looks like wood, which is most commonly used only as flooring. However, this design element can also be used elsewhere, including walls and showers. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura… 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

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

Normandy Design Team Earns Nine Remodeling Excellence Awards

Posted on January 27, 2016

We are proud to share that Normandy is the recipient of nine Remodeling Excellence Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Greater Chicagoland. These prestigious, annual awards are presented to Chicago-area remodelers who have produced high-quality interior and exterior renovations. These nine awards represent the work of Normandy Designers Laura Barber,… 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

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

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

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

Welcome to the Normandy Team, Laura!

Posted on November 9, 2012

With our remodeling demand steadily increasing, we have added another designer to our team, Laura Barber, AKBD!  Laura currently resides in Oak Brook, IL and has been a residential designer for over ten years.  After attending school at the Illinois Institute of Art, Laura became a certified kitchen and bath designer through the NKBA, and has served on their board… more