Michigan Retreat

She is from Chicago, He is from Marquette, MI and when the time came for them to choose where to raise their young family, they found much of what they were looking for in a charming vintage home in Marquette. The home they selected had stunning lake views, but the current layout of the home didn’t quite do the view justice.

Since the couple has ties to the Chicago area, they began working with Normandy Designer Chris Ebert to put their mark on the house. They wanted to capitalize on the natural beauty of their setting and to create a home that was more in tune with their growing family’s needs.


By repurposing a few rooms and removing a few walls, Chris was able to create a design that complimented the views as well as their lifestyle. The new kitchen took the place of the old dining room and provided much better workspace for homeowners who love to cook and entertain. To maintain the existing footprint of the old dining room and now new kitchen, a large walk-in pantry was created in an adjoining space so that ample storage would be easily accessible. To improve flow for parties the bar was moved into the front entry hall, which allowed the kitchen to remain open and uncluttered.

The kitchen’s working fireplace is a nod to its original function of the dining room, but adds to the comfortable, vintage feel of the kitchen. The white painted perimeter cabinets with glass fronts are reminiscent of what one would find “back in the day”.

The large, dark stained island boasts a second sink and seating for casual dining and conversation. The island has a Caesarstone countertop, which gives the look of Carrera marble but is far more durable. The butcher block counter at the end of the island has an abundance of lighting for prep work and houses the prep sink. The contrast in heights, colors and textures of these two countertops provides a nice visual break for this long island while balancing the sleek look of the Caesarstone with the warmth and charm of natural wood.

The homeowners are enjoying their newly remodeled kitchen that is as comfortable on lazy Sunday mornings as is for bustling dinner parties.

To learn more about Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, visit http://www.NormandyRemodel.com/ChristopherEbert
Transitional Glam Kitchen
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This new kitchen took the place of the old dining room and provided much better work space for homeowners who love to cook and entertain. To maintain the existing footprint of the old dining room and now new kitchen, a large walk-in pantry was created in an adjoining space so that ample storage would be easily accessible. The kitchen’s working fireplace is a nod to its origina...More
“uglybut ex of fuctionality” — brent_valois
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks435
Questions1
To improve flow for parties the bar was moved into the front entry hall, which allowed the kitchen to remain open and uncluttered.
“light cabinets with frosty carrina” — koscar
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks2,666
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The white painted perimeter cabinets with glass fronts are reminiscent of what one would find “back in the day”. The large, dark stained island boasts a second sink and seating for casual dining and conversation. The island has a Caesarstone countertop, which gives the look of Carrera marble but is far more durable. The butcher block counter at the end of the island has an ab...More
“Grey and carrera marble top” — clarekids
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks2,550
Questions7
Since the couple has ties to the Chicago area, they began working with Normandy Designer Chris Ebert to put their mark on the house. They wanted to capitalize on the natural beauty of their setting and to create a home that was more in tune with their growing family’s needs. By repurposing a few rooms and removing a few walls, Chris was able to create a design that complimente...More
“entry” — Mollie Jordan
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks238
Questions1
The white painted perimeter cabinets with glass fronts are reminiscent of what one would find “back in the day”. They allow the homeowners to display their finer dishes, and create a break in the cabinetry to keep with the open concept. The large, dark stained island boasts a second sink and seating for casual dining and conversation. The island has a Caesarstone countertop, w...More
“DISHWASHER TO THE RIGHT OF THE TAP” — monicaherrerah
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks5,762
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The combination of finishes in this glamorous kitchen create visual interest and add rich color to the space. The white cabinetry creates a clean, fresh look for this newly remodeled kitchen, while the combination of dark wood and hardwood floors add warmth to the space.
“cabinet paint combo” — kitchenallen
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks288
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the subtle colors in this kitchen help create the cozy and homey feel that these homeowners had hoped for. Normandy Designer Chris Ebert incorporated white cabinetry and warm wood finishes to complete the look.
“Backsplash looks solids but is tiles” — akiefer
Pantry / Mudroom
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This large pantry off the kitchen provides lots of additional storage and lets the primary kitchen be the star during parties and for entertaining. The addition of mudroom cubbies to the room keeps the family well organized and takes advantage of the proximity of the room to the entry of the home. By locating this pantry near the entry point of the home, unloading groceries is...More
“White w/ green counter & wood floor” — Kathy Pickens Residential Designs
Pantry / Mudroom
Ideabooks3,284
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This large pantry off the kitchen provides lots of additional storage and lets the primary kitchen be the star during parties and for entertaining. The addition of mudroom cubbies to the room keeps the family well organized and takes advantage of the proximity of the room to the entry of the home. By locating this pantry near the entry point of the home, unloading groceries is...More
“Big space for mud room” — sprevost
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