1950’s Ranch Becomes “Forever Home”

White kitchen with slab backsplash and dark islandDark painted kitchen deskAfter recently purchasing their single story La Grange home, these empty-nesters worked closely with Normandy Designer Leslie Lee to accomplish their remodeling goals. This 1950’s ranch style home was designed to reflect the ever-changing tastes and lifestyles of these homeowners and their ability to age comfortably in their forever home.

The existing rooms were reconfigured and remodeled to incorporate the consistent luxurious-feeling they wished to be seen throughout their single story home. “We were able to work within the existing footprint to create a truly unique space for these homeowners,” says Leslie. “Along with the existing rooms, we incorporated a home bar, eat in kitchen area, a kitchen desk and large storage closets as well.” With varying daily schedules, having an individual work space was important to each of the homeowners.

White mudroom nookWet bar in living room that coordinates with kitchen

The appeal of the home was matched on the exterior as well, in order to successfully match the initial first impression to the outstanding design elements on the interior. Leslie was able to boost curb appeal by incorporating architectural details and overhangs that added visual interest, texture and dimension to the facade. New energy efficient windows and doors were added to the home as well. Along with interior updates, these new energy efficient windows, help control the temperature complications that this home once faced. Fixing circulation and adding heated flooring helped regulate temperatures within the home even further.

Remodeled ranch house to become a forever home

Low maintenance and simplified design elements were essential to completing this ranch home renovation project.  “One of the most important features that we added was the walk in shower with a zero threshold entry,” added Leslie. “In order to accomplish this, we re-framed the entire bathroom layout and added a trough shower drain.” In addition to the zero threshold shower, a wall hung toilet and floating vanity were added in order to keep the floor space clear.

The redesigned kitchen was successfully created by embracing the idea of a partial wall, which separated the kitchen from the living room and gave them an ‘open concept’ feel, while generating enough space to allow for a large kitchen island that functioned as storage, prep space and kitchen eating area.

Family room with vaulted ceiling open to adjoining kitchenWhite painted kitchen with dark painted island





You can read about another of Leslie’s whole home remodels for an empty-nest couple, or take the first step toward your own forever home, by signing up for a complementary consultation. There’s also inspiration to be found any day of the week via Instagram or Facebook, as well as in our photo gallery of projects we’ve completed in the Chicagoland area.

Primary bedroom in a ranch homeRoll in shower with curbless designfloating vanity and wall hung toilet for ada accessible bathroom

Separate vanities in a primary bathroom with stained cabinetry

Stained bathroom vanity with both open and concealed storageLarge shower with a bench

A Relaxing Hideaway For Night or Day

Queen size bed with bookcases on either sideIt seems like our daily lives are getting ever more hectic, which may be why there is such interest in creating calm and relaxing spaces where people can truly unwind and recharge. When the task of identifying a restful room arises, it’s no surprise that primary bedrooms are one of the first spaces that come to mind, but today’s primary bedrooms are so much more than a place to simply lay your head. There are certain design elements you can do to create restful and beautiful primary suites that offer so much more than a place to simply sleep away the night.

Lighting: The key to finding the right lighting solution for the bedroom is to plan for layers of lighting that not only illuminate the room overall, but serve specific functions. Wall sconces, chandeliers, table lamps and overhead lighting can fill the room with light when needed. By having each source on its own switch or dimmer you can personalize your lighting to your needs, whether it’s isolated task lighting to make reading more comfortable, or dimming specific lights to strike a romantic mood.
Main bedroom with sitting area

Architectural details: Larger rooms can benefit from the addition of architectural details such as columns or moldings to create more defined and intimate spaces. There’s nothing quite like luxury of a fireplace in the bedroom, for both the beauty and warmth that it adds to the space.  Primary bedrooms that are a bit smaller may feel too cozy, in which case adding a vaulted or tray ceiling may make the room seem a bit larger and more airy.

Seating area: Incorporating a small seating area in the master bedroom gives you permission to enjoy your personal retreat during all hours of the day as a quiet corner to read or simply unwind.master bedroom with tray ceiling and settee at the end of the bed  Whether this is a formally defined space or simply just a cozy chair in the corner, seating areas help extend the usefulness of the primary beyond the overnight hours.

Colors and Textures: Using rich colors, warm tones and varying textures in your master bedroom can really increase the sense of peace and tranquility in the room. Including natural materials in your bedroom, whether it is a hardwood floor or a stone fireplace surround, can add dimension to the room that many people find soothing and relaxing.

Largest bedroom with balcony

If you are looking for ways to turn your primary bedroom into a relaxing hideaway suite or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time with one of our Designers to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens or other remodeling projects at an upcoming virtual webinar. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

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