Category Archives: Home Remodeling & Additions

Open Concept?

Even without expanding your kitchen, updating the layout, style and design can make a big difference. Opening a wall or increasing the doorway between your kitchen and adjacent rooms helps create the feel of a larger space. We have all heard this buzz word “open concept” and many family kitchens are heading in this direction.  [...]

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What Microwave Should You Choose?

With so many options out there, appliance shopping might start to feel overwhelming.  But for the microwave, there are really only 4 options, each one with a different location in your kitchen.  This article from Houzz.com will help you figure out which Microwave is right for you. Get Cookin’ With the Right Microwave Houzz- Kitchen [...]

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Family Friendly Floor Plans

Check out this recent article by our Intern Architect, JoAnna Landers, published in Barrington Quintessential.  It offers great ideas on how to transform your home into a family friendly open concept space.    

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Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

For those who are contemplating a home remodeling project, whether big or small… Keep these 10 tips in mind when working with your contractor to keep cost and schedule overruns to a minimum and make your remodeling project go as smooth as possible. Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel [...]

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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing your Kitchen for Resale!

Though this short article from Houzz is written to an Austrailian audience, the content is relevant to our market in America as well.  If you are planning a kitchen remodel in your future, keep in mind the potential for resale.  In today’s market, even if you are not planning on selling your home right away, [...]

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Custom Built-Ins that Fit your Space

Room Dividers on Houzz! Renovation Detail: The Built-In Room Divider Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More »  

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Custom Built-Ins that Fit Your Space

Bookshelves – Lot of Storage in a Little Space A custom designed bookcase can offer solutions to meet your exact storage needs.  Yes you can run out to the store and buy a bookcase and it will store your books, but will it fit your space and utilize all available opportunities for storage, probably not. [...]

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Custom Tile for your Bathroom

Monochromatic and Achromatic: Bathrooms often have a lot happening in a small space.  There are fixtures, towels, and accessories that fill the room, so often a monochromatic or achromatic color scheme can create a background palate open to many different styles. The bathroom below uses a Monochromatic color scheme with the same white marble tile [...]

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Custom Tile Designs

Tile is used in so many places in your home, the floors, the kitchen back-splash, the shower, the bathtub, the walls.  So it offers a very important design element that can shape the style and visual appeal of your home.  There are many different types of tile and ways to incorporate them into your home. [...]

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Custom Built-Ins that Fit Your Space

Cubbies… Lots of Organization in a Little Space Cubbies are becoming one of the most popular and versatile custom built-in applications in current design projects.  Whether you are in need of storage and organization in your entry, mudroom, laundry room, basement, office, kids play room, a custom designed cubby unit can meet just about any need.  [...]

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Custom Built-Ins that Fit Your Space

  The Banquette… Lots of Seating in a Little Space   Low on space but you need to accommodate ample seating in your dining area, instead of a table and chairs that require additional space to walk around, consider a built in banquette.  Because its slide in seating draws inspiration from a restaurant booth, the [...]

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Specialty Rooms: The Backyard

Outdoor living is becoming a growing trend throughout the country.  Even if you live in a climate like ours here in Chicago, there are still enough nice days, that having a relaxing place outside to spend a few hours of your day or throw a barbecue party for your friends is something we all enjoy.  [...]

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Specialty Rooms: The Front Porch

The Front Porch is the gateway to your home.  It is the face to the neighborhood, the connection between the public space of the street and the private space of your home.  It creates a semi-private space outside your home to interact with your neighbors, to entertain and to enjoy the great outdoors in a [...]

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Specialty Rooms: The Home Office

When it comes to your Home Office there are many options to fit the different needs required by such a space.  Whether you are looking to house your home business or just a place to get organized, there is a solution to fit every need, budget, and space constraint.  The home office is the perfect [...]

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Specialty Rooms: The Playroom

Kids need their space to play.  Often the bedroom becomes full of all the necessitates of life: bed, clothes, desk, etc, that there is not enough room to play.  As parents, you don’t really want your child’s toys taking over the house, but you want them to still be able to play.  The answer is [...]

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