Common Sense Blog

Finally! Some Extra Space For A Growing Family

Mike and Michelle of Lake Barrington knew they needed extra space.  Read More

The Best Reasons to Remodel. 2015 Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling Cost vs Value in Algonquin

The 2015 Remodeling magazine Cost vs. Value report released last week showed a national average resale value of 62% ROI (return on investment) averaging 36 typical remodeling Read More

15 Winter Handyman Services you can get for FREE

Handyman Services in Long Grove

Are you a raving fan? If you’ve done a project with us in the past, or are simply an Advance Design “Fan”, we’d love to do some FREE handyman Read More

8 Tips on Hiring a Professional Design Firm


You’ve contemplated renovating your home for many years; you’ve looked at magazines, shopped for appliances, and dreamed about a transformation. Now it’s time; the kids are out of the Read More

Improving Lighting in Your Home


It’s a fact of life that our eyesight weakens as we age, but most homeowners ignore the signs that it’s time to add lighting to their homes. Most homes remain poorly lighted, particularly in Read More

4 Projects Provide a Solid Return on Your Investment


As the real estate market continues to make steady progress towards improvement, the resale value of home renovations continues to improve as well. Of 35 project possibilities in Remodeling Read More

Holiday Entertaining with Built-In Beauty


Nothing works like the Holiday hustle and bustle of entertaining to highlight the lack of storage and counter space in your home. Give yourself the gift of beauty this holiday season and utilize that Read More

How to Keep the Kids at YOUR Home This Winter; Remodel the Basement!


As the weather begins to turn cold and Fall officially rolls around, many families turn their attention and free time inward. Do you know where your kids are? Be the hit of the neighborhood with Read More

Top 5 Recommended Remodeling Projects


In the current housing market, you may be hesitating to remodel for fear you will not see a return on your investment. Rate of returns on kitchens or bathrooms vary with the size of the Read More

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