Boost Curb Appeal With A Front Porch

Colonial house before and after portico additionOften times homeowners are surprised what a difference adding a front porch to their home can make.  It can really take a house from looking like everyone else’s on the block to looking like a custom home.  Front porches are an ideal way to add architectural detail to a home’s exterior and really boost its overall curb appeal.

Split level home before and after additionFirst you need to determine what you want out of the porch and that will determine its size; start thinking if you want it for seating, entertaining or strictly curb appeal.From there, you can start working on the style of the porch.

It’s always good to go with a style that not only complements your home, but contributes to your home’s existing style. For example, a Victorian style home would have a porch that’s more detailed, possibly with wrought iron in the mix.  A Craftsmen style home would work well with flared columns and stone.

Two story home before and after porch additionBefore jumping into a front porch addition, make sure you aren’t violating any village codes, such as front yard set backs.  It’s also key in a successful porch addition, as with any home addition, to be mindful of the existing rooflines, you’ll want the porch to complement those lines.

If you’d like to boost your home’s curb appeal, schedule a meeting with a Normandy Designer or Architect. You can also find inspiration in our photo gallery, as well as every day on Facebook and Instagram.




Modern Toilet Ideas

contemporary bathroom design

Tankless toilets offer more than just aesthetic appeal. A tankless toilet is just how it sounds – the tank is actually enclosed behind the wall. Their streamlined forms and relatively small sizes mean they save space in your bathroom and their advanced flushing method can help save water, too.

Geberit is a brand that offers a tankless toilet, as shown in the picture to the left.  “The advantage of this type of toilet is that it takes up less space in your bathroom because there’s no tank protruding into the room.  It’s also easier to clean because you don’t have to work around anything on the floor,” says Normandy Designer Laura Barber.  “It also has the ability to be hung at custom heights to better accommodate someone very tall or short.  Another benefit is that most of the Geberit toilets incorporate dual flushing technology, making them more water-efficient.”

Access to the tank can be found by easily removing the metal control plate, and then you’ll find the tank right behind the wall.

“I would recommend this type of toilet for a more contemporary style bathroom,” commented Laura.  “It has a sleek, clean design that doesn’t fit in as well in a traditional bathroom as well as a more ornate, detailed toilet style.

These toilets aren’t a good fit for every home, though. They work differently from conventional toilets, so if you’re thinking about installing one, make sure you understand the requirements before you decide.

If you are thinking about updating your bathroom or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time with Laura to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about bathrooms and 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.

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