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1302, 2017

Tips on Making Any Room Look Better

By |February 13th, 2017|Design, DIY Projects|Comments Off on Tips on Making Any Room Look Better

1. Paint Color Comes Last.
This might seem counterproductive to paint a room after you move in but if you are purchasing new furniture you might end up hurting yourself in the long term. There are SO MANY colors to choose from that you can never really make the right unless everything is in the room. Lighting play a huge role in color choice as well. Chances are what looks good in a windowless powder room won’t work in your large open concept kitchen.
2. Let Your Furniture Breath
No one likes an over crowded room. By using correct furniture spacing the flow of the home is just better. Guest feel more relaxed and not cramped.  If you are downsizing you might need to trade in some of our pieces. Think quality of […]

602, 2017

Tips to Know Before You Buy Replacement Windows

By |February 6th, 2017|Design, Windows|Comments Off on Tips to Know Before You Buy Replacement Windows

202, 2017

Weekly Transformations: Algonquin-Countrylane Red

By |February 2nd, 2017|Doors, Exterior Designs Remodeling, Garage Doors, Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Windows, Winter Remodeling|Comments Off on Weekly Transformations: Algonquin-Countrylane Red

The homeowners wanted to update the home’s original single pane windows and cedar siding for better comfort and aesthetics.  After several meetings the scope of work drastically changed. The project included new roof, entry doors, new front stoop/sidewalk and portico, overhead garage doors and rear deck replacement. The original plan was to keep the red siding, white trim and white windows.  After being shown the several color options the homeowners chose the warm look of James Hardie Countrylane Red siding and Cobblestone trim.  Prefinished White interior/Sand Beige exterior Beechworth windows with grills between the glass in the top sash were chosen to keep with the cottage theme of the house while making them easier to clean. 

The front entry door was widened two inches and a Therma-Tru Smooth fiberglass Craftsman door was installed to […]

3001, 2017

Greenery : Pantone Color of the Year

By |January 30th, 2017|Design, DIY Projects, Entertaining|Comments Off on Greenery : Pantone Color of the Year

This years Pantone Color of the Year is a breath of fresh air! After a few years muted pastels they gave us a bright springy green! This is just the kick in the pants we need during our dreary Chicagoland winter. Everyone welcome the Pantone Color of the Year…Greenery! Now at first glance this might look like a loud, vibrant and that might not be your thing. But the all seeing people at Pantone thought of that. Check out all of the color palettes that Greenery goes with!

This is a color of new beginnings.  In the spirit of new beginnings let’s get shopping for some new home goods!

Green Lattice Garden Stool

Wire Round Stool

Round Pot Planter

Glazed Oval Planter

Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Greenery

Lime Green Indoor/Outdoor Rug

2301, 2017

What is the Live Lagom Project?

By |January 23rd, 2017|Design, DIY Projects|Comments Off on What is the Live Lagom Project?

What is Lagom?
It is a Swedish word that means not too little, not too much. Just right. While you are probably thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears🐻🐻🐻👧🏼. We are talking about the Scandinavian trend of frugality and balance. IKEA has created a lifestyle project called Live Lagom. They want to help people achieve a more sustainable and affordable lifestyle.

It’s been about three weeks since you made your probably unrealistic New Year’s resolution. Don’t worry you aren’t alone. By the 3rd about 32% of America is in the same boat.

Living lagom isn’t supposed to be hard, the whole point is good enough. Lifestyle blogger Anna Lysik talks about how taking a lagom mindset has made her more aware of her spending and how much waste she is producing. We could all […]

1901, 2017

Weekly Transformation: Arlington Heights, Navajo Beige

By |January 19th, 2017|Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Windows|Comments Off on Weekly Transformation: Arlington Heights, Navajo Beige

After a hailstorm, the owners wanted to utilize the insurance money to update their home while replacing the damaged materials.  Erdmann Exterior Designs helped the homeowners unify the look of their new windows by installing Navajo Beige trim to match the Navajo Beige siding.  The cedar color roof was replaced with CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ shingles to balance out the orange in the brick. 
On the rear of the house, the white aluminum roof on the bay window was replaced with the same CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ architectural shingle as the same CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ architectural shingle.
Working with the the homeowner’s insurance company, Erdmann Exterior Designs was able to get the damaged skylight replaced under the hail claim.  The new VELUX skylight has a 10-year No Leak Warranty giving the homeowners peace of mind.
 While developing the plan with […]

901, 2017

Why Should You Give Beechworth a Chance?

By |January 9th, 2017|Remodeling, Windows|Comments Off on Why Should You Give Beechworth a Chance?

What do you know about Beechworth Windows? Probably not too much. It is a fairly new product line. But being the sister company of James Hardie it’s gotta be pretty good right? We’ve been installing their products and couldn’t be happier with the results. If you are still on the fence keep reading and find out why Beechworth is the superior window product.
American Made
All Beechworth products are American made.  The Wisconsin based plant is entirely owned by James Hardie Building Products. Their research and development is in Naperville, just a quick hop and a jump from our Arlington Heights showroom. Another cool feature is their mobile studio. If you are interested in some Beechworth Windows one of our sales representatives can schedule an appointment with the mobile studio and you […]

2912, 2016

Weekly Transformations: Naperville, Evening Blue

By |December 29th, 2016|Design, Remodeling, Roofing, Siding|Comments Off on Weekly Transformations: Naperville, Evening Blue

This Naperville transformation is clear from the outside. But there were a few things that had to be done on the inside to prepare. First we air sealed the attic and installed new insulation. This helps with energy efficiency and air quality. For this type of project we used blown in cellulose. Cellulose is denser than fiberglass making it a better insulator. If you are looking for more information on insulating your home for winter check out our blog post about Energy Efficiency Tips for Winter.  Looking to get your home ready for winter? Call 847-357-9607 to schedule an appointment.

Some other behind the scene improvements we made are replacing all of plywood for structural integrity. We also resealed all of the windows adding to the energy efficiency. There was also […]

1912, 2016

Just Get that Leaky Roof Fixed Already

By |December 19th, 2016|Remodeling, Roofing|Comments Off on Just Get that Leaky Roof Fixed Already

Having a leaky roof are more than just annoying. Ignoring it won’t make it go away either. The National Association of Home Builders suggests getting your roof checked every three years even though a good roof should last a few decades. These are some of the problems a leaky roof can cause. Each one worse than the last…
Water Discolouration
This is the least of your worries. Discoloration happens when water leaks into the rafters and beams. The water carries chemicals from the roofing products that cause the wood to develop a darker color. In some cases it might look red. If the leak is small, the discoloration can still spread but no other real damage will occur.
Mold and Mildew
Water means mold. When water gets trapped in small spaces the humidity isn’t able […]

1512, 2016

Weekly Transformation: Frankfort, Iron Gray

By |December 15th, 2016|Design, Doors, Remodeling, Siding, Windows|Comments Off on Weekly Transformation: Frankfort, Iron Gray

This home had aluminum siding and wanted to completely eliminate all of it.  The clients wanted to update the look and make the home look like it belongs in the upscale country club neighborhood in which it resides. Homeowners debated on using LP SmartSide but once they heard the benefits of James Hardie, the choice was clear. Initially they wanted a beige siding to match the brick, they agreed to trust Erdmann’s judgement on the Iron Gray siding and Arctic White trim. In order to continue with the upscale look the homeowners were looking for we used James Hardie Custom window trim with header details on the lower Windows as well as on the dormers.



The addition of Blackwatch Green raised panel shutters completed the Cape Cod look. They opted for the 15/71 inch […]