Screen Porch Life

Screen porch addition to a split level home

If you’re thinking of adding on to your home, you are in very good company. Building an addition is a great way to stay in the home you love with the neighbors who have become family and to get the extra space we are all craving these days.

“Customers are looking for more space, which really means the right kind of space,” says Normandy’s Director of Design Troy Pavelka. Troy adds, “Families need areas to spread out into more than ever.”

With this in mind, Troy believes makes sense to consider including a screen porch when planning a family room or kitchen addition. “When expanding your living space through a family room or kitchen addition, a screen porch opens up indoor/outdoor living possibilities for several months out of the year,” Troy explains.

porch addition for entertainingAnd while many people think of a simple north woods beam and screen structure, screen porches have come a long way in the creature comforts department. “Screen porches have evolved into pretty phenomenal spaces with outlets for TVs, solid masonry fireplaces and even heated floors that will get you another month or two out there when the weather cools,” says Troy.

To enhance the overall feeling of your home post-addition, Troy suggests carrying over design elements for a smooth transition between the spaces. “It makes sense to match the outdoor materials, architectural materials and roof forms,” says Troy. “Flooring and floor height are important to consider when you’re deciding how closely to align the family room or kitchen and screen porch,” Troy adds.
screened porch

Are you thinking of how nice it would be to enjoy reading a book, napping or watching a game on a new screen porch? Set up a time to talk to a Normandy designer about a family room or kitchen remodeling project with a screen porch. We invite you to join us at an upcoming virtual webinar if you’d like to learn more in a relaxed setting. Find inspiration in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. We share design ideas on Instagram and Facebook. Why not follow along with our posts?


The Understated Kitchen Hood

Flat panel cabinets in a medium wood tone stain and a contrasting light colored countertopMaking the selections for your kitchen remodel is a happy time filled with beautiful options for countertops, cabinets, backsplash, and appliances. It’s the adult version of being a kid in a candy shop. Knowing where to make a splash and when to pull back a bit is the best way to arrive at a balanced kitchen design you’ll love.

“When you want to take a step back, look at the kitchen hood,” said Normandy Designer Jackie Jensen.Flat panel cabinet fronts and a straight line metal hood create a contemporary look for htis kitchen She adds, “When you keep the hood a little quieter from a design perspective, it lets other design elements shine. For instance, we’re seeing a lot of patterned tile backsplashes right now. They naturally draw the eye and become a focal point of the room. A busy range hood would compete with that and really take away from the beauty of both.”

The same can be said of an island painted to be a pop of color or a spectacular coffered ceiling.

microwave in island

If you’ve gone big, bold or otherwise beyond with other elements in your kitchen, the hood can be a place to pull back and let those other choices take the spotlight.

Jackie says industrial elements in the kitchen like stainless steel appliances can nudge families toward a simple hood. “A stainless canopy hood balanced with balanced with  cabinetry above blends the hood in with the rest of the kitchen and does not seek attention.”

On the flip side of that equation, if you have an armoire style refrigerator and have concealed your other appliances behind cabinetry, a stainless steel hood can distract from all that beautiful millwork. Jackie says, “This would be a great time to incorporate a wood mantle style hood that completely conceals anything stainless.”

Your hood will naturally scale up or down with the size of your range. If you’re on either side of the spectrum, with either a small kitchen and small range or a large kitchen with an oversized cooking surface, you might consider a streamlined hood.A red stove is the obvious focal point in this white kitchen“Think about unifying the hood into the cabinetry. It helps with the scale of space and creates a beautiful overall look.”

Another clever option to keep the hood proportional is an acrylic hood. This style hides in plain sight, offering a fresh airy look that’s great over an island or just where you want to keep an open feeling.

Creating your dream kitchen involves making choices of where to go bold and where to opt for something more subtle.pass through above half wall in chicago condo kitchen There are incredible ornate hoods out there, but sometimes simple is just right.

Are you thinking about a new kitchen and wondering how to balance all the choices? Set up a time to talk with Jackie about the possibilities. We welcome you to join us at an upcoming webinar to learn more about remodeling. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. We share lots of design inspiration on Instagram and Facebook, follow along and find your style.

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