Chicago Home Remodeling: Bamboo vs Hardwood Flooring

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Bamboo and hardwood floors share many of the same characteristics – a warm, high-quality look, a smooth surface and multiple finish options. However, for all that it might look like hardwood, bamboo is actually a reedy plant, and that makes it notably different than its woody, tree-based counterpart.

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Chicago Kitchen Design: Pros & Cons of Putting a Sink in the Island

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Tue, Jun 26, 2018

The kitchen island is a versatile feature. It can stand alone, with a relatively bare countertop surface, waiting to be used as an expansive food prep area and/or dine-in eating spot. Or, it can serve as a prep area/dish washing station, armed with a sink and dishwasher.

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Design Ideas for the Kitchen/Family Room Combo

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Having a kitchen that opens up to the home’s busy family room is ideal on many counts. It allows parents to keep tabs on little ones (and/or bigger ones hanging out with friends), and it’s desirable for those who entertain on a regular basis.

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Pros & Cons of Vessel Sinks in a Chicago Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Vessel sinks make a definitive statement in a Chicago bathroom remodel because - in addition to a more physical, vertical visual on the countertop – there are so many styles and “personalities” to choose from.

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Chicago Kitchen Design: Porcelain vs Granite

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Porcelain tiles were a kitchen mainstay throughout the 80s and 90s, and then they were swept away by the wave of luxury kitchen designs that heavily promoted natural stone slabs.

Important to note, however, is that porcelain tiles were popular for a reason – porcelain is extremely durable, nearly impervious to staining and is available in a wide range of colors.

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Best Walk-In Tub Brands for Chicago Bathroom Remodels

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Thu, May 31, 2018

Are you designing a luxury Chicago bathroom design that accommodates your needs both now and well into the future? If so, walk-in tubs offer a wonderful middle-ground for gaining a deep soak tub option that remains safe and accessible regardless of back, joint or mobility issues.

Walk-in tub designs continue to improve as increasing numbers of American homeowners opt to design homes in which they can age-in-place. That being said, not all brands are created equal, the reason we’ve assembled this list of brands that carry the best walk-in tubs.

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Chicago Kitchen Remodel: Tips for Choosing Counterops

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Tue, May 22, 2018

The majority of the visuals in your Chicago kitchen remodel are vertical or horizontal. Of the horizontal planes – ceiling, countertops and flooringcountertops are the most notable because they take up the middle, closer to eye-level plane.

And, because countertops also serve such an important utilitarian function, choosing the right one for the long-haul is critical to the success of your new kitchen.

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5 High-Tech Gadgets for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Mon, May 14, 2018

You’d think the bathroom would remain exempt from the world of technology – but not so!

Now that bathroom's are no longer viewed as utilitarian spaces, the spa-like evolution of both master and hall baths has allowed vendors and manufacturers of bathroom features to get as creative as they want to be.

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How Can I Add Texture to My Chicago Kitchen Design?

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Mon, May 7, 2018

We’ve written in the past that function trumps form in kitchen design – and that’s true in many ways. When it comes to the form aspect of the puzzle, we think of the kitchen in terms of an artistic composition, and this composition includes things like a united, harmonious theme, focal point(s) balance, symmetry, contrast…and texture!

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Kitchen Remodeling: Hardwood Vs. Bamboo Flooring

Posted by Ron Nanberg on Wed, May 2, 2018

Are you replacing the flooring in your Chicago kitchen remodel? If so, you may find yourself debating between hardwood and bamboo options, the latter of which receives a fair amount of press as the result of its advertised sustainability – and durability.

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