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Whole House Remodeling Projects

Posted on July 10th, by Michael Menn in Complete Home Projects. Comments Off on Whole House Remodeling Projects

Whole-house renovations often occur when you decide to remain in your neighborhood because of lot size, schools or when your home would easily adapt to expansion when families grow.

Whole house renovations generally involve every aspect of the home and include foundation changes, roofline changes, reconfiguring existing space as well as adding new space. Oftentimes doubling the size of the home is common. This type of project is a major financial investment as well as a time commitment. Our design and construction services combine to make whole house renovation a seamless process to bring you a new home.

Some of our whole house renovations have been completed in many of the in-town neighborhoods, such as Lincoln Park or Bucktown or in the suburbs – River Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield or Lincolnwood.




Give your house a new look with whole house remodeling. Sometimes in order to update an existing living space, other rooms must be remodeled in order to achieve the look you seek. There is no limit to whole house remodeling: from opening up floor plans, adding on rooms and living areas, to adding entire sections of a home, no project is too complex.

Floor plan adjustments
Room additions
Floor additions

Kitchen and master bathroom remodeling
Master bedroom
Outdoor … Read More »

Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Posted on June 27th, by Michael Menn in Kitchens. Comments Off on Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Can you believe we’re already well into June? Seems this year has just flown by. If you’re wondering what is trending in kitchens this year, I have a few things that are popping up on my radar that are evolving trends to watch!


Style: Definitely more straight lines (no fussy details) and simpler door styles (Shaker seems to be King!)
Colors: White still reigns as one of the most popular kitchen colors, but I am seeing a trend in my own clients toward warmer woods (mid- darker colors). Greys are still getting a lot of traction but a surprising color that is emerging is Navy! It can be done in a dark hue that works with both other painted finishes like whites and with wood tones. A big surprise, but interesting!

Cabinet Accessories: Everyone wants to utilize their storage better and here are some creative ways to do that!

Cabinet inserts that allow you to pull them down and access what is in those wall cabinets (great for living in place!)
Dedicated cabinet inserts to organize all those plastic food storage containers
Corner cabinet pull-outs that allow you to utilize that dead space for great storage


Believe it or not, brass is coming back! It’s … Read More »

Bathroom Design

Posted on May 1st, by Michael Menn in Bathrooms. Comments Off on Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design

So, what is it that makes these master bathrooms so beautiful to look at? There are no custom designed fixtures or over-the-top finishes that will cost you an arm and a leg.

However: it is the way in which all the elements in these bathrooms work so perfectly together. They compliment one another and are in perfect balance in scale, placement and design, creating these tranquil and restful rooms.

Design Note:

If your bathroom has access to the outdoors, visually opening it up with huge picture windows or with direct access to the outdoors, adds to both the aesthetics as well as the bathing experience.

And of course you could take that one step further – if you have adjoining space in your garden – by extending the bathroom to add an outdoor shower.


Optimal Bathroom Layouts

Granted, having a lot of space to play with makes the layout easier, although there is a danger of ending up with a vast (boring) central space if fixtures are all arranged around the walls.

Placing the bath in the center of the room is inspirational. Not only does it create symmetry and a strong focal point, it also cleverly divides this en-suite bathroom into his and hers areas.

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