Common Sense Blog

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  What they didn’t love was how outdated their home had become.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

Fall Is Here! Maintain Your Home With These Tips

Prep your house and yard for cold weather with this list of things to do in an hour or over a weekend.  Read More

The Remarkable LeCompte/Kalaway Trail Owners Cup

Everyone who came out on Saturday to tailgate with us at the LeCompte/Kalaway Polo Cup in Barrington Hills was definitely not disappointed! 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

Common Sense Remodeling

Most homeowners get nervous when finally making the decision to remodel their home. Not only can remodeling be a significant financial investment, but when years of saving, dreaming and planning come together – renovating a home can be a very emotional process.  Read More

Where Is Grey Today?

Gray is the new neutral color. It’s modern, sleek, and clean. It can be the primary color of a room, or bring the room together as an accent. Gray works well with almost any color you can think of. Read More

Cost Vs. Value 2017

For the 30th year, Remodeling Magazine has released its Key Trends in the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, working to give us unbiased 3rd party reporting on what it really costs to renovate the 29 most common projects across 99 markets nationwide.  Read More

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