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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

The Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas of 2014

Kitchen Storage Ideas in Buffalo Grove

I loved this article so much that I thought those of you designing a kitchen for the New Year might love to see the “Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas from 2014”! So here it is direct from Read More

Sorry About All The Pretty Pictures!

Small Kitchen Remodel in Wheaton

So I got the idea to write this article from one of our readers who contacted me almost apologetically, asking me if we could do a small project, one that was not nearly as glamorous as 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

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