This week, our design team is sharing a few of their top design considerations for every room of your home. No matter what space you are looking to update in your home, our designers can help you make your home uniquely fit for your needs and style.

Kitchen Remodels



Remodeling the heart of your home is a large undertaking, as you need to consider storage, finishes, appliances, fixtures, layout options, upgrades, counters, and so much more behind the scenes. It’s important to establish priorities for your new kitchen.

I highly recommend investing in undercabinet lighting for your kitchen,” says ADS Lead Designer Anna. “It’s a subtle, reasonable investment that makes such a huge difference, not to mention it makes food prep easier and provides great ambiance early in the morning or late in the evening.”

Think about what smaller appliances you use on a daily basis and include them in your redesign,” says ADS Lead Designer Claudia. “Larder cupboards are great for baking or coffee stations to hide those appliances when not in use, even built-in island appliances work well. Investing in well-constructed cabinetry will keep your kitchen functional and beautiful for years to come.”

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Bathroom Remodels


Having a space in your home to unwind is crucial in any and every stage of life. 

Heated floors are a must-have if you’re hoping to achieve a truly relaxing space, especially in the Midwest with our long periods of cold weather,” says Anna. “If you are not a fan of heated floors, a mounted towel warmer is a fantastic option too!”

“If you have a jetted corner tub that you’re ready to part with, you’re in great hands with our team,” says ADS Lead Designer Chris. “Expand your shower and include a glass panel instead of a curtain to make your space feel larger and more open. There are plenty of shower bench options and niches available, whether built-in or freestanding, to make the space more functional.”

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Luxury Basements

Our team has seen a significant uptick in requests for custom basement spaces – entertainment hubs, offices, home gyms, and more.

Luxury basements are a huge selling point for long-term resale, especially ones with dedicated playrooms and custom entertainment areas,” says Anna. “Remodeling your basement now means you get to enjoy living in the space with your family but also benefit from the resale value years down the line.”

“Achieving the look and layout you envision for your basement can be tricky with the HVAC, structural beams, and other mechanicals that come with a basement remodel if you don’t work with an experienced team,” says Chris. “Partnering with an experienced design & construction team means you don’t need to worry about the details of your layout and wishlist yourself – you have a team to sort out those items for you in one seamless design.”

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Specialty Spaces


Huntley Laundry Room Remodel

Specialty spaces like laundry rooms, pantries, home offices, and mudrooms have become popular for homeowners to pack both functional design elements and fun materials in otherwise forgotten spaces. 

“Because specialty spaces tend to be smaller, take the opportunity to have fun with your material mix,” says Anna. “Use a fun patterned tile, wallpaper, or cabinet color to make the space reflect your style.”

“If you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, that’s okay! Converting a closet into a built-in catch-all space can be achieved by knocking it out further and installing storage cabinetry and a boot bench,” says ADS Lead Designer Ewa.

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Outdoor Living Spaces


Think about how you want your outdoor living space to feel while you’re using it. Do you want to feel like you’re inside? Outside? A happy medium? There are many options for outdoor living spaces, and answering the question of how you want to feel while you’re using it will help achieve the best design solution,” says Chris.

“You can achieve a dedicated room outside without having to do a full addition – a pergola or intentionally-designed firepit area with some string lights can be cost-effective ways to achieve a comfortable outdoor living space,” says Anna.

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Home Additions


Whether you’re considering a 2nd-story, bump-out, or multi-level addition, our team has expert experience and insight.

“Your addition needs to be a seamless transition between your existing home and new space, both inside and out,” says Claudia. “Our team works hard to achieve this with every home addition project we tackle. The housing marketing inventory is sparse right now, so by renovating your home vs buying you are able to get exactly what you want and need in your investment.”

Developing your addition plans with a designer who works in tandem with an architect will save you both time and money during the design phase of your project. You’re more likely to get everything you want in your finalized design instead of working with a designer and architect separately,” says Ewa.

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Handyman Projects: Call Advance Home Services


“It’s reassuring for our clients to have a trusted team who can partner with them on larger projects and smaller handyman items as well,” says Chris.

ADS Pet Corner

This week, say hello to Max, who lives in Lake Zurich with his family. We stopped by for some photos of his family’s bath remodels recently and had a great time hanging out with him. Thanks for showing us around, Max!