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Staying Put to Make it a Dream Home

Jackie and Sean loved the Algonquin neighborhood they lived in with the peaceful neighborhood and the close proximity to work and school.  What they didn’t love was how outdated their home had become. With a cramped kitchen and an unused dining room, they decided a remodel was the perfect solution to their problem. Read More

Upper Kitchen Cabinets or Open Shelves?

There are many decisions that go into a great kitchen remodel, and most kitchen planning starts with determining the right kitchen cabinetry. But what kitchen cabinetry style fits you and your home? Do we really have to have upper cabinets? And what about all these open shelves I’ve been seeing lately?  Read More

A Chicago Style Bungalow Reinvented

Charlie and Diane knew their kitchen desperately needed updating. It was too cramped, with little room to move around, entertain or prepare meals.  The dark, dingy colors in their Palatine kitchen gave the kitchen a very dated appearance, and the functionality had some serious shortcomings.   Read More

What Makes a White Kitchen Work?

It seems that today everyone loves the crisp, clean feel of the white kitchen.  The use of white in every style of kitchen design continues to dominate kitchen design with the use of white cabinets, white tile, white sinks, white furniture, and well, white everything!  Read More

Empty Nester’s Ranch Renovation

The couple who embarked on this Lake Zurich Illinois home renovation spent years planning a move from Virginia to the rolling hills of Northern Illinois when their first grandchild was born.  Wanting to be closer to their grown children so they could enjoy their new role, they first embarked upon finding the right realtor and the right home.  Read More

ADS Wins Kitchen Design Award

We know a lot of you who read our posts love reading about design tips, seeing beautiful projects, and getting heads up on industry information.  We recently found out that one of our most Read More

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

Purified vs. Filtered Water in Deerfield

So you’re remodeling your home, maybe doing a kitchen or master bath renovation…did you ever stop and think about your water? The very water you cook with, drink, and bathe in can have a major Read More

4 Major Benefits of Design and Build

Design and Build Remodeling in Woodstock

Turn on the TV to watch any of the current programs about home remodeling, and you’re bound to see a remodeling project gone bad.  Or, just talk to your neighbor or a friend, and I’ll bet you’re Read More

Grandma’s Perfect Summer Kitchen

White & Black Kitchen in Barrington

Just in time for the country’s Birthday, this Star-Spangled kitchen right in the heart of Barrington produced fireworks for this local family’s celebration.  Check out the full photo portfolio here Read More

What’s Trending NOW in Cabinetry Design?

Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry in Barrington

The past few years have brought some pretty amazing shifts in kitchen and bath cabinetry design. Interior design has really embraced an earthy feel, outdoor materials like real wood, metals, and Read More

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