Second Annual Spirit of Normandy Award

Al Lovas and Andy Wells at Normandy Remodeling ShowroomKaren Cericola and Andy Wells at Normandy Remodeling ShowroomInstituted in 2016, “Spirit of Normandy” is a yearly award that recognizes one employee who regularly demonstrates our company values and ethics, including quality customer service and honesty.  The winner is determined by Normandy employees through anonymous voting. However, this year’s tally resulted in a slight twist… a tie! Our 2017 recipients are Al Lovas, a veteran superintendent, and Karen Cericola, who spearheads client relations.

Throughout his 15 year tenure at Normandy Remodeling, Al Lovas has managed his fair share of home additions, kitchen remodels, and bathroom renovations. Al positively impacts each and every job with his outlook and playful sense of humor.   He also never fails to go above and beyond for customers. Recently, on the completion of a project, he outfitted the customer’s two young boys with official Normandy attire, making them “superintendents in training.”

For 14 years, Karen has also been assisting customers through her client relations role. If you called to set up an appointment, chances are you have spoken with Karen.  Her friendly demeanor and helpful nature shine as she helps you with the first step of the remodeling process; setting up a time to meet with a Normandy Designer. Additionally, Karen is an invaluable resource when it comes to explaining the home remodeling process. Many may also remember her insights from speaking with her at a local home and garden show.

Al Lovas, Andy Wells and Karen Cericola

“The spirit of Normandy was established to recognize exceptional individuals who exemplify our culture of integrity, fairness, and customer relationships,” said Normandy President Andy Wells.  “Both Al and Karen are extremely deserving of this award. Each connects with
our clients, helping to enhance the overall remodeling process through their roles.”

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Normandy Dominates Remodeling Excellence Awards

Wins in Kitchen, Addition & Interior Remodeling Categories

Andy Wells, Leslie Molloy, Ashley Noethe, Maury Jones, Troy Pavelka, Reg Marzec, Leslie Lee, Karen Chanan & Liz Reifschneider

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry recently held their 7th annual Remodeling Excellence Awards, where Normandy Remodeling was honored with seven awards within the kitchen remodel, home addition, and interior remodeling categories.

The Remodeling Excellence Awards are bestowed to Chicagoland designers who have demonstrated interior and exterior design excellence within the past year. Each design was evaluated by an impartial panel of judges, comprised of industry experts. Projects were judged on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty.

The seven awards bestowed to Normandy Remodeling represent the work of Normandy Designers Leslie Lee; Karen Chanan; Maury JonesLeslie Molloy, CKDAshley Noethe; Liz Reifschneider and Troy Pavelka. Overall, projects include four kitchen remodels, two home additions and one interior element, which included a custom mudroom over the stairs.

“In addition to making our clients happy, it is always flattering to have our work so well received by the design industry,” said Normandy President Andy Wells. “The Normandy design team is extremely talented and constantly strives to produce functional, beautiful, and innovative designs.”

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white kitchen with island and open floorplan

White kitchen with small island

mudroom cubbies incorporated into basement stairwell



narrow kitchen remodel with white cabinets and islandTraditional style home exterior with angled roof lines and front porchrear view of the home during construction of an additionwhite and gray kitchen with open shelves and angled kitchen island

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