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
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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
“Mixed island lights” — pamolstad
Transitional Glam Kitchen
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To improve flow for parties the bar was moved into the front entry hall, which allowed the kitchen to remain open and uncluttered.
“Kitchen” — toonaroll
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks2,483
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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
“Lighting” — Brigitte Wise
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks2,424
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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
“Love the countertop” — ncayer
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks222
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
“MISTY CARRERA ON ISLAND” — vixen2730
Transitional Glam Kitchen
Ideabooks5,385
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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.
“Island” — Caitlin Buzzeo
Transitional Glam Kitchen
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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.
“misty carrera” — Cathy Nitura St Angelo
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
“pantry storage behind glass” — nancyjwb
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
“Paint” — jgietek
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