INSPIRATION & IDEAS

We love sharing our ideas with you. Find your remodeling inspiration, see before and after photos, and get helpful tips from the Archway team here.

Whether you’re considering a remodeling project with us, looking for tips and ideas, or just like to follow home improvement blogs, you’ve come to the right place. At Archway, we believe your home should make you happy. After all, it’s where you spend most of your time – so why not enjoy it?

This blog is meant to inspire you and help you achieve that goal of having a beautiful home that you and your family love. Browse our before and after photos, catch up on the latest trends, and laugh along with us as we share some crazy behind the scenes stories. We’re glad you’re here!

Choosing Your Kitchen Remodeling Color Palette

When it comes time for a kitchen remodel, the most important (and usually most exciting) part of the process is choosing what colors you want to use in your new space. Studies show that there’s a psychology behind colors that affect us mentally and emotionally, and those effects can actually change our mood. Therefore, it’s important to really think about what […]

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Tips from Archway – How to Clean Your Kitchen Countertops

Just in time for Spring cleaning, we are bringing back our “Tips from Archway” series and would like to present to you our tips for keeping your kitchen countertops clean! Depending on the type of countertop you have – laminate, granite, marble, or quartz – there’s always a best practice for keeping each of those materials clean, and there’s not […]

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Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Storage & Upgrades

We all know that when remodeling a kitchen, the cabinets are probably the most important choice you will make because they take up the most space and have a lot of functionality. That being said, there are so many options out there to get the very best out of your kitchen cabinets when it comes to storage and ease-of-use. Let’s […]

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Breaking Down the 2016 Cost vs Value for Interior Remodeling

Each year, Remodeling Magazine puts out a report that shows the cost vs. value of many large home remodeling projects. This is helpful when you are trying to make a decision about budget verses resale value for whatever project you’re considering. For interior remodeling projects, the report breaks down each of the following projects that we at Archway also provide: […]

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10 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen in 2016

Is a kitchen remodel on your list of to-do’s for 2016? If not, here are a few reasons why it should be from your friends at Archway!

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Before and After Photos: A Beautiful Kitchen Renovation in Lockport, IL

We just finished up a complete kitchen remodeling project in the southwest suburb of Lockport for a couple of wonderful homeowners. They had been waiting many years to finally remodel their old, outdated, 50’s style PINK kitchen and transform it into a beautiful space for entertaining family and friends. With several kids in college at the same time, they had to […]

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The Pros and Cons of Granite Kitchen Countertops

For many years, granite countertops have been the beacon for every kitchen remodel or new home that is constructed, and there are many reasons to back that up. At the same time, there are a few drawbacks to this popular type of countertop because of its natural origin. In this article, we will breakdown the pros and cons of installing […]

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Exploring Transitional Interior Design

If you browse through the home design photos that are trending today, at least half of the spaces you’ll see probably fall into the transitional category. This style of interior design has wide appeal, because it doesn’t tip too far on the scale of traditional or modern, but instead strikes a nice balance between the two. Because it falls somewhere […]

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Choosing Appliances for Your Kitchen Design

When designing a new kitchen, many questions arise. What kind of cabinets should I get? What color palette should I use? What type of floor is best? And probably the most common question: what kind of appliances should I get and where will I put them? Figuring out where to place the appliances in your new kitchen can be a […]

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Understanding Kitchen Countertop Options

If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, you probably have endless questions about what kind of countertop is the best option for you. We understand that the choices can be overwhelming, so we are going to break down all of the different types of kitchen countertops that are available today and explain the pros and cons of […]

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A Guide to Maintaining Kitchen Cabinets

When you finally get that beautiful new kitchen that you’ve been dreaming of, the next step is to make sure you keep it looking as good as new. Cleaning and maintaining your kitchen cabinets on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep your kitchen looking great. We’d like to share with you some guidelines for maintaining […]

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“Trends at Archway” – Grey and White Interiors

A huge design trend in both kitchens and bathrooms right now is the color combination of grey and white. We’ve recently had a long string of customers that have chosen this color scheme for their remodeled space. The reason for its popularity is likely because of the trend toward modern or contemporary interior design. This particular color combination has been […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Tile

A helpful guide for choosing tile for a kitchen or bath remodel When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, a very important element when choosing your materials is what kind of tile to use. There are endless amounts of types, colors, finishes, and applications of tile that the choices can be quite overwhelming. Thanks to a great relationship with our tile […]

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Transitional Kitchen in Chicago – Before and After Photos

This may be a kitchen transformation for the record books! This family contacted us to remodel their small kitchen in Chicago, and that’s exactly what we did! The existing kitchen was very old, outdated and cluttered, with appliances that were decades old and hardly working. It was just not a functional space at all, and the homeowners were getting increasingly […]

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The Kitchen Remodeling Process – The Ten Steps of a New Kitchen

At Archway, we have a very specific process when it comes to remodeling kitchens because there are so many important components involved. We’ve been documenting the process of renovating this customer’s outdated kitchen from the very beginning, and as we come to the final week of work on this project, wanted to share that process with you through a series of […]

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Tips from Archway: Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets

When it’s time to remodel your kitchen, the cabinets are arguably the most important choice you have to make when putting everything together. There are so many different options for kitchen cabinets that it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which ones are right for your home. We are here to help you! Let us break down the […]

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Trends at Archway – Glass Backsplash Tile in Kitchens

This week on our social media series “Trends at Archway,” we are discussing glass tile backsplashes in kitchens. This is a popular trend for our customers that want a low-maintenance, unique, and beautiful backsplash in their kitchen. Many tile companies have done a great job of producing glass tiles in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you want to customize […]

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“Trends at Archway” – Wood-Look Porcelain Tile for Kitchens

This week on our social media series “Trends at Archway,” we are discussing wood-look porcelain tile for kitchens. This is a popular trend for our kitchen remodeling customers that want the look of hardwood in their kitchen but without the cost and maintenance involved with it. Many tile companies have perfected the look of real wood on porcelain tile, which […]

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Transitional Kitchen Design – Before and After Photos

We just finished up a kitchen remodeling job in Norridge, IL for a great client. When we first saw this kitchen, we agreed with the homeowner that it needed a total makeover. Take a look at the before photos: Much like the kitchen that we featured earlier on the blog, this original kitchen design looks very old, outdated, and dirty. The […]

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“A Week in the Life at Archway” – A Remodeling Industry Snapshot

This is a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun stuff that goes on in a week at Archway. There are always ups and downs in any business, and the remodeling industry is no exception. On a daily basis, our team interacts with all different kinds of people with very specific needs. As we all know, choosing to have your home […]

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“Trends At Archway” – Shaker Style Cabinets for Kitchens & Baths

Today on our social media series, “Trends at Archway”, we are talking about Shaker style kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Shaker style refers to the simplistic and functional design that the religious group known as the Shakers created in the 1800’s. Featuring a simple, classic design with recessed panels, the shaker style is very popular and is often used in kitchen […]

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Tips for Remodeling Your Small Kitchen

Working with a small kitchen is a struggle many Chicagoans know all too well. Cooking and entertaining can be a challenge when you have a small space, but luckily there are ways to make your kitchen look and feel bigger by remodeling it.

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Planning Your New Kitchen Design

The kitchen can be one of the most complicated home remodeling projects because of all the elements you will need to make decisions about during the process.

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Kitchen Design 101

We all want our kitchens to be both beautiful and functional. While you may have an idea of how you want your new kitchen to look, you’ll also want to understand the factors that impact how you feel in the space.

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Incorporating Lighting Trends Into Your Kitchen Remodel

There are so many different types of lighting that can be used to transform the look of your kitchen during a remodel. We have seen some very cool lighting trends emerge for kitchens over the last few years, and used many of those trends ourselves.

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10 Essential Kitchen Remodeling Tips

The kitchen is arguably the most used room of the house, and usually serves as the heart of any home. If your kitchen is looking drab and outdated, it can really become an eyesore over time.

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Kitchens: They DO Build Them Like They Used To

“Everything old is new again” has been a quote used in the fashion world for years, and it doesn’t only refer to clothing. We see vintage influences everyday. There is something special about knowing that what a car looks like today was a horse and buggy in the beginning.

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Homes Without Kitchens

Living at home without a kitchen can be a challenge. Take the out the stove, oven, fridge, then kitchen sink and cooking seems impossible.

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