Twin Suite for the Win

Playroom for two girls with a vaulted ceiling and rustic beamThe homeowners’ pre-teen twin girls were rapidly outgrowing the bedroom they have shared since they were born. Troy Pavelka, Normandy Remodeling’s Director of Design created a hip, second story “Twin Suite” above the garage to include two equal sized bedrooms, a play room, and a bathroom, providing them with their own private wing in the family’s home.

Addition Bedroom for a girl“Their 1939 home had a series of additions over the years and the bedrooms that were previously added on the second floor varied in size and had low ceilings because they were impacted by the roof lines,” said Troy. “There was no doubt that we would have to remove the existing addition and start over with our thinking to get the space the girls needed.”

Once the new footprint was in place, the twin suite began to take shape. To foster independence, it was very important that each girl had their own bedroom, and more importantly, their own closets! The bathroom was equipped with a double bowl vanity and a separate shower area so the girls could get ready and not get in each other’s way.

Bedroom for a girl

“The bonus was the loft area that can grow with the girls and function as a playroom, extra room for sleep-overs and a spot to study,” added Troy. “The parents were especially thrilled about the loft area as it meant they could have control of their family room and TV again!”

Two vanities and sinksThis addition is what every teenager hopes for and is sure to create family harmony for years to come. Chat with a designer to start making plans for a home addition that can bring an extra dose of harmony to your household. For more remodeling inspiration follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or get started on your own addition or renovation by attending one of our workshops.

Stick with Stucco

Matching stucco additionOne of the best things about an existing stucco exterior is that it’s somewhat uncommon in Chicagoland, making your home unique. It can be tempting to second guess the use of stucco on your home renovations, but don’t.  “When adding on to your home, you might consider cladding the addition in siding to save money, but that could be a mistake,” says Normandy Designer Vince Weber.

“As much as possible, an addition should look like it was always there, and stucco is no different,” added Vince.  “It may be more labor intensive up front, but worth it in the long run. It will bring your home to its full potential and blend in nicely with the original style and structure.”

Stucco exterior that matches
When properly installed, stucco is durable, naturally fire resistant and as long-lived as any other exterior products.  Matching a stucco exterior is no easy task though. In order for it to look seamless it’s best to skim coat the whole house in a fresh pigmented layer – which will look better than painting the existing. Due to its rigid nature, stucco’s worst enemy is cracking, whether it’s from the house naturally settling or mother nature, so be sure to pay attention to its maintenance needs – the sooner the better.

If it’s time to add more square footage to your home, set up a time with Vince to go through your list of projects. Check out our photo gallery, or follow Normandy Remodeling on Instagram and Facebook and for even more home tips and inspiration.

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