What to Consider When Major Appliances Fail

Hawthorne34One of the most common reasons people start a kitchen remodel? Failure of a major appliance. While a new kitchen may be on the “to-do” list for years, it’s the pending replacement of an appliance that often moves a remodeling project into the forefront. But if your oven is on shaky ground, or your refrigerator is making a strange noise, you may want to start thinking about your remodel before you simply replace a broken appliance.

Appliances are an important part of your kitchen’s design, so before you go out and buy them, it’s best to talk with a designer. The sizing and location really matter, so if you want to change either of these things, it’s probably a good time to consider remodeling. However, if you’re happy with the size and location of your appliances, replacement may be right for you.

Keep in mind, buying new appliances is not something to take lightly. The CountyLineRd_Hinsdale_54average life span of a refrigerator is between 9 and 12 years, while a gas range can last up to 17 years. As appliances will be with you for many years to come, it is an investment that you should appreciate.

Set up a time with a design professional to discuss the first steps towards your kitchen remodel. Or register to attend an upcoming virtual remodeling workshop to learn more about the remodeling process, including your kitchen layout and product trends. You can also check out the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more design ideas.

Bathroom Remodel: How to Make Your Bathtub the Focal Point

LVzz24Marked-231x300A strong focal point adds interest and draws the eye of the viewer. When it comes to your bathroom, one way to capture attention is with a free-standing bathtub. In order to properly execute this design idea, here are some bathtub focal point pointers.

Free-standing bathtubs are extremely popular and have been trending for a while. This type of bathtub adds interest and function to the space.


It can also lend itself to a specific style. For example, a claw-foot tub provides a vintage look, while a square-shaped tub is more modern.

The decision for a free-standing bathtub is impacted by the size of the space. If a bathroom is very large, this type of tub is often added – even if the homeowner doesn’t regularly take baths. Why? It helps to fill the space, eliminating any large gaps.

If there isn’t space for a free-standing tub, a tub deck can also be a focal point.

Once the bathtub is set in place, there are ways to further emphasize it as a focal point.


The wall behind the bathtub is a great way to provide emphasis. For example, the tub can be centered in front of a beautiful set of windows. Or, you can add tile accent or artwork on the wall above it.

To ensure your focal points are on point during your next remodeling project, set up an appointment with one of our Designers. Or, register for an upcoming seminar to learn more about the addition, kitchen or bathroom remodeling process. You can also view the Normandy photo gallery or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more design ideas.


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