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Kitchen Remodel - Before & After in Elgin

As a way to continuously strive to improve our client experiences, Advance Design Studio proudly launched a new company website recently!  Our site which has been designed and written by us Read More

Coastal Kitchen Makes A Splash

White Kitchen in Barrington

We just finished photographing this beautiful new first floor renovation which included a stunning new kitchen, opening up walls to improve circulation between the kitchen, living room and Read More

The Kitchen Transformation Process

Kitchen Remodel in Crystal Lake

We just finished photographing this beautiful new first floor renovation which included a stunning new kitchen, opening up some doorways and improving circulation between the kitchen and Read More

Mixing and Matching Counter Top Materials: Is This OK?

Mixed Countertops in Mt. Prospect

Clients often ask us what is OK to do when contemplating mixing 2 (or 3) different countertop materials. There are so many reasons that this could be a good idea depending on Read More

Why You Should Never Remodel in a Box

Local Remodeling Company in Gilberts

So last week I found myself sitting next to a woman I’d never met at a local networking event. After my turn had passed and I shared with the group how my husband and I run our Read More

How Much Should Your New Kitchen Cost?

Costs of Kitchen Remodeling in Arlington Heights

So you’ve determined it’s finally the right time to renovate that old kitchen! You’ve collected pictures and ideas, browsed appliances and paint colors and have a little bit of 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

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

Goodbye Granite – Countertops of the Future

Countertop Finishes in Bloomingdale

Granite and quartz continue to be the countertop of choice for most of our clients today – but here’s a sneak peek at what might be coming in the countertops of the future, which just might be Read More

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