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Get Ready for Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance in Hoffman Estates

From the first days, which probably still feel like summer, to the last, when you may notice that first chill in the air, September and October is a time of transition. Get your home ready for the season Read More

Why You Need a Professional Handyman This Winter

Handyman in Algonquin

Now that the hoses have been put away, the grass no longer needs mowing, and the leaves have been raked, it’s time to turn our attention to those nagging home repairs and home 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

His and Hers Lists: Preparing Your Home for Winter

Winter Preparation in McHenry

So I’ve created a starter list of the top things you could do this fall to prepare your home for the winter months. I call this a starter list, because I’m aware that there are more 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

Get a Big Pay Off with These 6 Low Cost Luxuries


I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often Read More

And Lord, Please Send Me a Handy Man…Amen


When you think about a good handyman, most people envision a retired carpenter or other type of ex-laborer driving around in an old van with the words Joe Handyman in sticky on letters Read More

How To Get Rid of Stubborn Sink Stains and Keep Your Sink Looking Like New!


Does Your Kitchen Sink Look Bad? I have seen one too many beautiful enamel sinks (and bathroom tubs) – sinks that ought to last 25 years – looking terrible. It’s not that they haven’t been  Read More

Increase Your Curb Appeal with these Easy Spring Projects


Nothing says welcome home like a well-designed exterior. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to refresh and renew the critical curb appeal of your home. Here are some ways to Read More

Energy Efficient Remodeling Equals TAX CREDITS!


We at Advance Design Studio, Ltd. understand that no one can predict the future with absolute certainty, but as non-renewable energy source become increasingly expensive, there is a safe Read More

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