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Does kitchen or bathroom remodeling come first?

For anyone considering a remodeling project, it can be very much like answering the age old question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg.” Deciding which home remodeling project comes first, kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling, is always certain to spark a passionate debate in many a household. For every Falls Church, VA  kitchen remodeling project decision, there is a bathroom remodeling Bethesda, MD  project or elsewhere to counter.

But seriously, which should come first?

When the industry  took a downturn a few years back, it was widely believed the remodeling would hold steady or slightly improve, the thought being that people staying in their homes would be more likely to remodel to some degree to better enjoy their space. According to Deb Tomlin, branch manager of Reico Kitchen & Bath’s Richmond, VA showroom, that’s when they started seeing a real trend towards bathroom remodeling. “Bathroom remodeling projects became our most asked about projects and even as we see the market recover it continues to be a popular project for clients to start with.”

The popularity of bathroom remodeling has been further pushed by a few myths that it is often easier, cheaper and less disruptive than kitchen remodeling. Here are 3 myths about bathroom remodeling that we offer a quick “reality” check on:

Myth: Bathroom remodeling has fewer decisions to make than kitchen remodeling.

Reality: Bathroom remodeling often has as many or more. Like kitchen remodeling, you have cabinets, countertops, flooring, tile and hardware in common. But what about toilets, tubs, grab bars, mirrors, shower, shower door, sink faucets, tub/shower faucets. You should be prepared to make just as many if not more decisions.

Myth: Bathroom Remodeling is less expensive than kitchen remodeling.

Reality: We think smaller space = less materials = less cost. Depending on the bathroom, this may or may not be true. And based on the list of materials shown above you have to make decisions on and labor costs associated with it, bathroom remodeling costs will often rival minor or in some cases even major kitchen remodeling projects depending on your own scope of work.

Myth: Bathroom Remodeling is less disruptive than kitchen remodeling.

Reality: All remodeling projects can be disruptive. When you decide to work in frequently used spaces of the home, be prepared to adjust your routines some. A good remodeling partner will help you plan for the disruption and identify how you will work around the space as your project is in the construction phase.

So while we may not have answered the question of which really comes first, what is clear is that bathroom remodeling is just as involved as kitchen remodeling. Being prepared going into either remodeling project will go a long way to creating your dream bathroom or kitchen.

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Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends for 2016

It’s a new year, and with that comes a slew of new trends. Normandy Remodeling, a design build firm based in Hinsdale, has entrusted their team of award-winning designers to predict where kitchen are heading in the year 2016. As a whole, these trends are based upon what designers are seeing as well as the current demand from Chicagoland homeowners.

Based on their mutual findings, here are eight common themes that you can expect to notice in this year’s batch of kitchen remodeling projects:

• Simplified Styles are simply the best – This is the year we keep our kitchens clean and uncomplicated. A few things you can expect to see are simple profiles and flat slab doors. Designs will also take care not to introduce too many materials or colors.

• Painted cabinets are still going strong – Similar to last year, cabinets with a rich, painted finish will continue to be the frontrunner. Clean, smooth wood cabinets are the prime choice for a painted finish, which is in line with the above trend of keeping it simple.

• Cooler tones are considered cool – Cooler hues are the color of choice this year. Known for being calm and soothing, they are associated with water, sky and cooler temperatures. Examples on this color spectrum include gray, blue and white. You can expect to see these colors incorporated in a variety of ways, including cabinets, backsplashes or accent colors.

• Backsplashes are making a splash – Backsplashes will continue to be sleek and beautiful, but with narrow grout lines. You can expect to see glass tile backsplash as well as backsplashes that are a continuation of your countertop material.

• Warm metals are on the rise – Step aside silver tones, warmer gold finishes are on their way in. After years of brushed nickel, chrome and polished nickel being the most popular finishes for fixtures, warmer golden tones are making a huge comeback.

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• Smart storage solutions are a go – Design concepts continue to improve, leading to a plethora of custom cabinet inserts, dividers, organizers and pull-out trays. These add a new level of convenience and efficiency to your space, whether storing plates, utensils or spices.

• Steam ovens are the ‘hot’ new appliance -Convection steam ovens are taking hold. This new appliance uses steam to defrost, bake, slow cook and reheat food items. Benefits include helping your food retain more of its essential vitamins and nutrients. However, this new novelty item isn’t going to take up serious real estate in your kitchen or change the look and feel. Instead, it will replace or appear alongside the microwave.

• TV isn’t just for the living room – It seems like televisions might be considered a standard ‘kitchen appliance’ in 2016. Whether it is to follow along with your favorite cooking shows or catch the news while making breakfast, TVs are becoming commonplace in the kitchen. With so many options for customization, designers can seamlessly add in a niche, shelf or set of pocket doors that incorporate this media component seamlessly into the design.

You may have noticed that many of this year’s trends aren’t especially “trendy,” and have the potential to be longstanding shifts that will have a lot of staying power for years to come. Set up an appointment with a Normandy Designer to discuss current trends you can incorporate in your kitchen remodel. You can also register to attend one of our free seminars “Secrets of the Ideal Kitchen” to learn more about what to consider during the kitchen renovation process. For the latest design news, updates and inspiration you can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram.

About Normandy Remodeling
For over 37 years, Normandy Remodeling has provided award-winning kitchens, baths, renovations and additions to the Chicagoland area. As a design/build remodeling firm, Normandy Remodeling plans, designs and executes the renovation, creating a single point of contact for clients. Normandy Remodeling was built on high ethical standards, exceptional quality and customer service. This has led to recognition by industry leaders, including being named Remodeler of the Year by Professional Remodeler Magazine and a 2016 recipient of the Chicagoland Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Headquartered in Hinsdale, Illinois, Normandy Remodeling eases the selection process for existing clients with an 8,000 square foot showroom. For more information, visit www.NormandyRemodeling.com.

Home help: Renovating to age in place? Focus on bathrooms, kitchen

No one relishes the prospect of having to move out of his or her home due to age-related health, mobility or dexterity issues. In fact, more than half of homeowners 60 and older say they intend to stay in their current homes indefinitely, according to a recent survey by Houzz. Fortunately for people who want to stay put, a range of home improvements can make it easier to remain in your home as you grow older.

In fact, 60 percent of those who plan to age in place already made renovations in 2014, and 52 percent plan to renovate this year, Houzz found. What’s more, if cost is what’s holding the handful of non-renovators back, targeting key areas like bathrooms and kitchens can improve a house’s long-term livability even on a modest budget, says Lee Saunders, founder of Adapted Living, a California-based company specializing in aging-in-place design work. Founded in 2007, the company has helped thousands of homeowners redesign their houses to facilitate aging in place.

“We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for this kind of design work and products,” Saunders says. “The growth in the industry and availability of products has been huge. Today, the biggest challenge we have is getting people to understand they don’t have to settle for an industrial or commercial look in order to renovate their homes for aging in place.”

Chris Peterson, a regional sales director with Saniflo, agrees. As the aging-in-place trend has grown, the company has seen increased interest in its products among older homeowners who are renovating.

“Budget is typically a consideration for these types of projects and above-floor plumbing is often more cost-effective than traditional plumbing for homeowners who need to add or relocate a bathroom or reconfigure a kitchen,” Peterson says.

Homeowners can maximize the value of their renovation dollars by focusing their aging-in-place improvements on bathrooms and kitchens, Saunders adds.

Better function in bathrooms

Often when people develop mobility or dexterity issues, they find their existing bathrooms are not in a convenient location in the house, or aren’t configured with safety in mind. They may need to add a bathroom in a small space or reconfigure the ones they have. When renovating an existing bath or creating a new bathroom where one did not previously exist, homeowners should keep key considerations in mind.

Multiple light sources can help reduce glare and shadows – two dangerous visual effects in bathrooms, where most home falls occur. Flooring material should be slip-resistant and grab bars are essential in showers, bathtubs and near toilets. Shower heads should be on a slide bar that allows the spray to be raised or lowered depending on the needs and height of the user. Showers and faucets should be controlled by levers, rather than knobs, and all showers should have thermostatic controls to reduce the risk of burns.

9 Decorating Ideas for White Living Rooms

White is a reliable, go-to shade that delivers huge benefits. It helps a space feel brighter, lighter and bigger, and you don’t need to spend a small fortune on paint samples before choosing it. But a white living room can be hard to pull off. Too much white can look harsh and sterile, or it can simply lack bite. So how do you get the best from white, and what should you pair it with? These 10 beautiful white living rooms point the way to getting white right.

Your Guide to Window Treatments

Of all the design decisions homeowners make when decorating a home — paint color, furniture, fabrics, rugs, lighting, accessories — window treatments often get overlooked or receive inadequate attention.

But window treatments are an important piece of the decor puzzle in any home. Sure, curtains, drapes and blinds can complement a decor scheme and look nice, but they’re also important for privacy, light, hiding awkward features, providing insulation and more.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your window treatments, this guide will help you navigate the process more easily.

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: 10 WAYS TO PROMOTE AGING IN PLACE

Houzz contributor Sam Ferris takes a look at 10 different ways to prolong the life of a kitchen for aging homeowners who plan to age in place.

Simple installations, such as a pull-out pantry that places all food items in plain sight, and moving the microwave to a space at or below counter height, are a good start to the process. A couple of things to avoid: sharp corners, deep sinks, and tight spaces.

Designing an age-proof kitchen isn’t the time to get fancy with decorative legs, ornate refrigerator panels or angled counters. Though these eye-catchers add personality, they can transform your space into an obstacle course. You’re more prone to bump your knees, legs and hips on appliances and cabinetry details that jut out from the counter.

Falling for Color: 9 Ways With Pumpkin Orange

With Halloween right around the corner I just had to grab the opportunity to give some love to one of my favorite hues: pumpkin orange. The key to working with this intense color is to use it for those items or areas in your home that you wish to call attention to. Then be sure to select coordinating colors wisely.

Coordinating colors similar to orange — shades of brown, red or yellow — will make your palette colorful yet harmonious. Shades of blue (the complement, opposite of orange on the color wheel) will create a dynamic, high-energy vibe. The more color shy among you might want to pair this intense orange solely with neutrals.

You can use it to warm up a predominantly white or gray modern interior, to keep the space from feeling too stark. Or you can use it to add some vibrancy to a traditional space that’s perhaps heavy on dark neutrals or deep wood tones. I’ve gathered nine examples that illustrate just how gorgeous and versatile this hue can be in a home, along with six of my favorite pumpkin-inspired paint colors.