Dormers on Houses

A dormer is a structure that projects out from an existing roof on your home, which has its own roof, and often windows as well.  “Homeowners typically add dormers to their roof for one of two reasons; the first being purely decorative, to create more interest in the home’s exterior by visually breaking up the roof line,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee, “The second reason is for functional and decorative purposes – to create interest on the exterior while adding more space to the second level of their home.”


“If you’re considering adding dormers to your home, be mindful that they do present a structural impact on the home, which will play a role in the cost to add them to your particular home,” commented Leslie, “Also, they range in size and shapes, so depending on what you’re looking to achieve you might be pleasantly surprised with the cost.”

If you’re planning to add on to your home or contemplating a renovation project, you can set up a time with Leslie to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

Normandy Designers Give New Meaning to “Collecting Hardware”

award winning chicago designersThe Normandy Designers recently attended an awards ceremony for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland chapter, and left with almost every single award!  There were eighteen “Remodeling Excellence Awards” handed out, and various Normandy Remodeling Designers received an astonishing seventeen of them.  The designers were thrilled to have their hard work recognized by their local industry peers; although, it’s not exactly a new experience for them.  Normandy projects have previously been recognized with twelve Remodeling Excellence Awards in 2011 and five in 2010.

chicago remodeling companyThe project entries were judged by industry experts and were evaluated on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

The 17 awards represent the work of 12 different Normandy Designers; Chris Ebert, Gary Cerek, Heather Dalskov, Jennifer Runner, Kathryn O’Donovan, Leslie Molloy, Leslie Lee, Stephanie Bryant, Terry Tondelli, Tony Tondelli, Troy Pavelka, and Vince Weber.

“We’ve been fortunate to work with adventurous and design-savvy homeowners whose partnership with our designers has led to these amazing projects,” says Andy Wells, Co-Owner and General Manager of Normandy Remodeling. “Our designers take the homeowner’s inspiration and add their passion for design and extensive product knowledge to create these beautiful spaces that are recognized by our peers as being among the best in Chicago, which is extremely gratifying.”

Categories of award-winning projects included a kitchen, bathroom, additions, interiors, exteriors, and entire house remodeling. In addition to these Remodeling Excellence Awards, Normandy has also won 5 national design awards in 2012, in addition to 4 professional recognition awards, bringing the total awards won during 2012 to twenty-six.

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