Who we are

Michael G. Norpell, a landscape architect and interiordesigner by training, has over 17 years experience designing total living environments, from the exterior to the interior.

Michael Norpell, ASLA

About Wall to Wall and Michael Norpell

Wall to Wall celebrates mid-century houses—from 1940's ranch tracts to 1960's architect-designed modernist homes. Sensitive to your existing home and environmental surroundings, I develop a comprehensive vision of your interior and outdoor living spaces blending the multi-functioning needs of modern family living.

With an emphasis on affordable solutions, your house is transformed both inside and out to be the "cool" home on the block.

Wall to Wall is your partner from start to finish in every phase of any design and construction project from total gut rehabs to simply revamping one room.

Michael Norpell's simple, clean line approach with a sense of warmth transcends all expectations, as he outfits your mid-century home with vintage and custom designed housewares bringing the smallest of details to the overall design package.

Wall to Wall offers a flexible approach to establish aesthetically pleasing, functional and timeless outdoor living environments complimenting the residence's architecture and your lifestyle by developing multiple conceptual designs. High quality materials, personalized service and cost-effective design solutions shape your outdoor retreat.

Michael Norpell, ASLA
Since opening his own design/build firm in 2000, “Norpie” creates spaces enhancing the personality of his clients while being true to the original design aesthetic of the structure. In the process, he creatively wedges great design into budgets of any size.

Norpie balances big picture perspective with attention to detail, executing a vision from the overall experience and drilling it down to details such as cabinet pulls or molding. He’s been highlighted in Chicago Social Interiors, LUXE Magazine and NS Magazine.

Experienced in designing large public and corporate projects:
  • Norpie was part of the team that created the ASLA award-winning LG Chemical Resource Building Roof Top Garden and Courtyard in Daeduk, Korea.
  • He was the principal architect for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ playground redesign, meeting new ADA and safety guidelines.
  • Along Western Michigan's Lake Michigan shore, you can find streetscapes, waterfront parks and boat launches all having Norpie’s touch.

Relocating to Chicago’s Northshore, Norpie has transformed his focus to residential. Wall to Wall is an all-encompassing interior, landscape and lifestyle residential design/build firm specializing in the rebuilding, remodeling and landscaping of midcentury homes.

Today, Michael Norpell also sits on the Board of Directors for Designs for Dignity, an organization providing pro bono design services to nonprofit organizations in need.

Testimonials

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wendyellis68
Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2013

Michael Norpell has been a fantastic person to work with. He came in to a situation with our house that had a nasty, and I mean NASTY pool in the back that had a funky 80's shape and not a lot of hop... Read More

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Awards and Honors

ILCA (Illinois Landscape Contractors Association) Judges Award 2015 - Best oval residential project with a score of 97 out of 100. California Spa Retreat from a No-Tell Motel Pool


ILCA (Illinois Landscape Contractors Association) Gold Award 2015 for Specialty Element - Landscape lighting design in my California Spa Retreat from a No-Tell Motel Pool


Featured: NS Magazine, April 2014

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