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  What they didn’t love was how outdated their home had become.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

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

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

Houzz Awards 2017

Advance Design has been honored with the “2017 Best of Houzz Service Award” for the third consecutive year, as well as the “2017 Best of Houzz Design Award” for exemplary design implementation. Read More

‘Greenery’ is the 2017 Color of the Year

You’ll be seeing green in 2017! And I’m not talking about money (well, maybe?).  I am talking about the hue called “Greenery”; selected by the industry’s color experts to lift spirits as we head into a new season of history – with optimistic aspiration for growth and prosperity.  Read More

6 Renovation Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

We all love visiting family, creating memories and relaxing over the holidays.  But if you’re hosting a holiday event, relaxing might be the last thing on your mind!  Will there be enough food? Is there enough seating for all your guests?  Will the kitchen be too crowded (isn’t the kitchen always too crowded)?   Read More

Don’t Forget The Dog!


For all you dog lovers out there, this is a must read!  Lighten your mood and let the ooo’s and ahh’s begin as you peruse these 16 amazing dog spaces from our friends at Houzz.  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

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