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Laura’s love for great design is apparent in every project. Whether it’s a historic Victorian, a traditional home or a contemporary loft space, she is able to meld the architectural style of the home with the client’s budget, needs and wishes, to create a space perfectly suited to their family. She believes listening is the first step to achieving great design. Every client has their own unique family dynamic and lifestyle. By asking in-depth questions, Laura is able to tailor their kitchen or bath into a customized space that is not only beautiful, but highly functional as well. The transformation of an outdated, dysfunctional space into a kitchen or bathroom of their dreams is the most rewarding and exciting aspect of her job. She believes the kitchen is truly the heart of the home and with careful planning and design, will dramatically improve the family’s enjoyment of their home for years to come.
Laura studied Interior Design at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg and since 2001 she has focused her career in the kitchen and bath design field. She has attained the certification of Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer through the National Kitchen and Bath Association and is committed to continuing education to stay current with the latest technology and trends.
She is active in the Chicago chapter of the NKBA and has served on the board for more than five years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, cooking and entertaining for family and friends, and traveling both locally and abroad.
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"The professionalism, knowledge and courtesy of Normandy is outstanding. The ease of working with Normandy is outstanding. It was an...see more
“The professionalism, knowledge and courtesy of Normandy is outstanding. The ease of working with Normandy is outstanding. It was an excellent working relationship that we had with Normandy.”
“A to Z they were terrific. Our designer, Laura Barber, and project manager, Brian Preston, were great. We used them for three consecutive remodels. Our entire house was remodeled by Normandy Remodeling. They were professional, knowledgeable and communicated on a daily basis. The craftsmanship was terrific. They had terrific attention to detail. We are very pleased.”
“We hired Normandy for our kitchen remodel. Working with our designer, Laura Barber, was the highlight of the experience. She brought vision and experience that was invaluable to our project. Our kitchen turned out beautiful and exactly what we envisioned. With any remodel of a 60’s home, there are always unforeseen snags, and Normandy was responsive and helped solve the problems in an efficient and cost conscious manner. We used multiple other contractors on other parts of our house, and the experience with Normandy was far more positive than with the others. We will definitely be using them for other projects.”
"We were pleased with the whole experience, from planning through construction."
“We were pleased with the whole experience, from planning through construction.”
"We were pleased with the whole experience, from planning through construction."
“We were pleased with the whole experience, from planning through construction.”
"Design is helpful and complete. Construction proceeded as scheduled, and more than met our expectations. We are thrilled with the...see more
“Design is helpful and complete. Construction proceeded as scheduled, and more than met our expectations. We are thrilled with the outcome. It was all we dreamed of and more.”
"We hired Normandy to remodel our kitchen, which involved remodeling a substantial amount of our first floor as well (including...see more
“We hired Normandy to remodel our kitchen, which involved remodeling a substantial amount of our first floor as well (including the removal of two load-bearing walls). Normandy was great to work with! The designer helped us create a kitchen that we loved and worked with us all the way through. The construction crew was professional, prompt, and did great work. Our construction supervisor always took time to answer our questions and gave us routine updates on progress. We could not be happier with the result. Highly recommended.”
“Laura was very easy to work with and we developed a great rapport with her. We really appreciated her input as far as material selections and colors. Her designer’s eye for detail and how everything works together were invaluable in putting together our plan.”
"Normandy has consistently met or exceeded expectations from the designer to the project manager to the tradesmen-everyone who worked on...see more
“Normandy has consistently met or exceeded expectations from the designer to the project manager to the tradesmen-everyone who worked on our bathrooms and kitchen have given their best work.”
"We, without hesitation, recommend Normandy Remodeling to others interested in updating and improving their homes. Our goal was to update...see more
“We, without hesitation, recommend Normandy Remodeling to others interested in updating and improving their homes. Our goal was to update our kitchen and blend it with our traditional style home. We are most grateful to Laura Barber and Mike Laskowski for guiding and advising us to accomplish that goal.”
“Professional, knowledgeable, and personable, Laura Barber and Normandy’s crew of top flight tradesmen guided us through a complete first floor remodel. We were overwhelmed by the many choices and options for our kitchen, bathroom and laundry room as well as floors, windows, doors, fireplace and staircase among other things. Thankfully, Laura counseled us seamlessly through every detail of the process. We recommend Laura enthusiastically and without reservation and look forward to working with Laura and Normandy on additional projects.”
“Laura was kind and patient with us and was a joy to work with. We came into the project with clear ideas on both layout and materials, and she was excellent with managing our project, offering solutions when our original plan needed tweaking, and was an effective communicator. We overall enjoyed our experience of working with Laura.”
“Everything was fantastic, Laura’s taste is impeccable and her guidance was so helpful. Pete was wonderful – – – can’t say enough great things about him. Thanks everyone! We are very happy!”
"Normandy did our kitchen about four or five years ago. They just did our porch and it is lovely. We...see more
“Normandy did our kitchen about four or five years ago. They just did our porch and it is lovely. We get a lot of great commits about it. The only thing is that they started a little later at the end of summer. I wish they had started earlier. The workmanship is very very good. They are always good.”
"We are in love with the new kitchen in our 130-year-old home. We managed through the demolition by getting out...see more
“We are in love with the new kitchen in our 130-year-old home. We managed through the demolition by getting out of town for the first month of the project. Normandy handled the project with professionalism, integrity and attention to detail throughout. Laura Barber and Shawn Kostos were our designer and project superintendent, respectively. Laura cared so much that both my husband and I give detailed input about our dream kitchen, communicated every step of the way, and brought her all-important designer’s eye to make a not only highly functional, but beautiful, kitchen a reality for us! Shawn adhered to the his master schedule, oversaw the excellent tradesmen, followed through when changes were required, and all the while kept regular communication with us. Shawn and Laura were both a pleasure to work with. Normandy Remodeling is a superior organization; there’s no question we’ll recommend Normandy to friends.”
“My husband and I worked with designer Laura Barber at Normandy. We loved her right away, from the time we met her at a kitchen remodeling workshop. Laura is creative, a good listener, caring, respectful of budget, honest, upfront, and someone we felt we could trust immediately. She came to our home and spent over two hours talking to us and listening to our needs and desires, assessing our current layout, taking photos, and measuring meticulously. When we met with her again for several hours, she had prepared several schematics for us that brought her and our visions to life, including line diagrams and elevations with colors and beautiful details, as well as very specific numbers and budget line items. Her work was detailed, out in the open to leave no questions or ‘hidden’ costs, and beautiful. The time and effort she spends listening to – and satisfying – her customers is extraordinary and so very appreciated.”
"We had a very old kitchen in an old Victorian home that needed remodeling. We were looking for a one...see more
“We had a very old kitchen in an old Victorian home that needed remodeling. We were looking for a one stop company that could guide us through the design, material choices, and subsequent construction of our kitchen. We are novices in the remodeling/home construction process and needed someone who we could trust that had the expertise and experience in working on old Victorian homes. Laura Barber helped us configure our current floorplan to meet modern building codes and provided us with multiple design choices. She was also very helpful in taking us through choices in flooring, cabinets, lighting, sinks, tile, cabinets, and appliances. During the actual remodeling process Pete Juska was our project manager and he kept the project on schedule managing the team of workers for demolition, structural work, carpentry, flooring, dry wall, electrical and hvac work. He was very knowledgeable regarding building codes and worked with our suburb for all permitting and inspections. It is easy to have a partnership when things go well but a true partnership is tested when things do not go as planned – and in old houses things never go to plan. We did run into a remodeling issue with our flooring and we worked with Normandy on the problem for a mutually agreeable solution. They were reasonable and we felt that they addressed our concerns in fixing the issue. Overall our experience with Normandy was very positive and we have a great deal of respect for their professionalism and expertise. We would definitely use them again for future projects.”
“After interviewing several remodeling companies, we chose Normandy. Our kitchen designer, Laura Barber, really listened to my many frustrations and problems with my kitchen, observed my style, and made note of things I liked. She delivered a plan that addressed all the problems. My husband was quite impressed with her presentation to us which was complete in design and costs. Laura was a pleasure to work with and accommodating to my personal taste. She was careful with our budget. Mike Karnas was a gem once the construction began keeping us informed each step of the way and accommodating the construction to our schedule. The work was completed in record time, starting July 5 and completed before Labor Day. This was accomplished by making all the design decisions and ordering all the products before construction was started, which made the whole process go smoothly. Prior to the start of construction we worked with Laura to design large built in bookshelves for our living room which was completed while the kitchen was being remodeled. We highly recommend Normandy and Laura Barber.”
"I am most grateful for Normandy's planning for my house renovation and for the final product. Being able to select...see more
“I am most grateful for Normandy’s planning for my house renovation and for the final product. Being able to select materials, finishes, and accessories in the Normandy showroom made decision-making easier. Laura Barber‘s design solved many of the problems I had with my house, particularly the kitchen. Rick Ruh’s supervision kept construction on pace and minimized the inconveniences of our living in the house while construction was progressing. The final product is a vast improvement in quality and aesthetics. It has made my house more comfortable, efficient, and attractive.”
“The Normandy team led by Laura Barber and superintendent Steve Maro were wonderful! My kitchen remodel was my first remodel and they were there for me every step of the way. From finding a design I love to the final touches, they were always responsive and patient and great problem solvers. Everyone that sees my kitchen loves it. I will use Normandy, Laura and Steve for any future projects and can’t recommend them highly enough.”
“Working on a project with Laura Barber and Craig Jeffers was great. I had 3 bathrooms remodeled and Laura and Craig were always extremely informative and helpful. Laura is adept at coordinating materials, colors, and options to design bathrooms. Whenever some issue arose, one or both would come up with a plausible solution to the problems. Laura was very professional and careful at designing my bathrooms. Craig managed my bathroom projects like a seasoned veteran. The tradesman that worked in my home were polite and answered my real time questions. I feel very lucky to have these 2 outstanding Normandy employees work with me and in my home for several months. I enjoy my new bathrooms that Normandy Remodeling fashioned. I would definitely hire Normandy Remodeling for another project and request that Laura and Craig be my representatives.”
“I worked with designer Laura Barber and contractor Eric Reiman. They were both fantastic! Laura listened to our ideas to design our kitchen and challenged us on ideas that would not work. She did a great job providing options for fixtures, tile, colors, etc… that would stay within our budget. During the construction, we had a toddler and my wife was pregnant, Eric and his team worked efficiently and respectfully. We felt comfortable with all of their employees. It’s been almost a year since the work has been completed and both my wife and I have been very happy with the quality work.”
“We had a great experience with Normandy remodel. The best part of the experience with the designer, Laura Barber. She was very patient, provided excellent designs and was very professional. I would highly recommend her!”
"We are so pleased that we chose Normandy for our kitchen remodeling project. From the planning stage to the construction...see more
“We are so pleased that we chose Normandy for our kitchen remodeling project. From the planning stage to the construction and completion all Normandy representatives were professional and efficient. We were especially pleased with our designer Laura Barber. Her vision and talent guided us to our perfect kitchen. We are so pleased with the results and would highly recommend Laura and the Normandy team to anyone looking to have a remodeling project done.”
"A year has passed since our Substantial Completion and warranty work follow up to our kitchen remodeling home improvement project...see more
“A year has passed since our Substantial Completion and warranty work follow up to our kitchen remodeling home improvement project with Normandy. Each day as we enjoy our morning cup of coffee, we see the beauty around us in our Normandy kitchen and are completely satisfied with the results. Since we entertain frequently, the kitchen is a lovely gathering place for family and friends. Our son commented that of all the various projects around the family home, this one is by far the best. We highly recommend Normandy Construction Co. to anyone seeking a quality result for a home improvement project.
The final product was the result of a staff of highly qualified people who strive for and achieve excellence.
Our designer, Laura Barber, was delightful to work with. She planned within our budget to create a beautiful, up to date, and functional kitchen. She worked with our tastes listening carefully, and she graciously guided us to make good decisions, offering and discussing options. She utilized the showroom examples to help us visualize the products. Laura was always on time for meetings and returned calls promptly which we appreciated very much. And she was very patient and pleasant as we revisited ideas before final decisions were made. Additionally, Laura checked with the department engineers to ensure accuracy of the design. The original design was improved on in several iterations as she suggested better options. We felt comfortable in our work with her and confident in her advice. In fact Laura entered the kitchen in a contest and it won first place!
Our job site superintendent, Eric Rieman, was also amazing. Throughout the project he stopped by, often times at the end of the day, to make sure he answered any of our questions about the progress. He checked on the job progress and our mental state, questions, and concerns. Eric has a great sense of humor and this is reflected in his relationships with us and with his excellent rapport with the workers. The rapport was enhanced by his background and knowledge. A big gut remodel of a kitchen is complex and unforeseen things come up that are normal to the process. Another of Eric’s positive qualities is his approach to the inevitable project problems that came up. He got it done! We appreciated his attention to detail and his prompt attention to the problem.
Finally, warranty work was again well done by Tom. We were advised to wait until after the winter to have Normandy repair the cracks in the dry wall and countertop grout. The repairs were completed to perfection! We were impressed by Tom’s skill, thoroughness, and his attention to detail.
In every measure, Normandy Staff and organization receive our highest recommendation for home projects. We definitely will use Normandy for any future home projects.”
"I hired Normandy for 2 major renovations...master bath and my kitchen. The kitchen especially was quite the project as it...see more
“I hired Normandy for 2 major renovations…master bath and my kitchen. The kitchen especially was quite the project as it was a total redesign entailing the gutting of it down to the 2 by 4’s if you will. I was very fortunate enough to have a recommendation for one of their designers Laura Barber. Her professionalism, creativity, knowledge, and patience was second to none. She listened to my thoughts but was smart enough to share her concerns if I went off on a tangent. My budget was met, the timeline was met, all vendors were professional and did fantastic work and I was advised of all schedules for the coming week by a very competent project manager. Best of all they stand by their word of fixing any issue well after the project was complete. Both renovations turned out lovely. I highly recommend Normandy and of course Laura for any home project.”