Michael G. Norpell, a landscape architect and interior designer by training, has over 20 years experience designing total living environments, from the exterior to the interior. Since creating his own design/build firm in 2000, “Norpie” has been creating spaces that enhance the personality of his clients while being true to the original design aesthetic of the structure and creatively wedging great design into budgets of any size.
He balances big picture perspective with attention to detail, executing a vision from the overall experience and drilling it down to the details of cabinet pulls or molding. He’s been highlighted in Chicago Social Interiors, LUXE Magazine and NS Magazine. Michael’s recently completed pool project won the 2015 ILCA (Illinois Landscape Contractors Association) Gold Award and the 2015 Judges Award. Out of 39 submitted projects, his landscape project scored 97 out of 100 with the judges, making it the highest scored project in the history of the ILCA awards. Houzzhas recognized his outstanding client service by earning the Best of Houzz Service Award in 2016 and 2017 and Best of Design Award in 2018.
Norpie has experience designing large public and corporate projects. He 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 to meet 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 mid-century homes. Wall to Wall has projects throughout the Chicagoland area and has expanded into The Palm Springs, California residential market.
Norpie earned his B.A. in biology and art history in 1994 from Denison University, where he excelled in studio art courses while designing stage sets for the theater department. He studied interior architecture, furniture design and illustration, in addition to landscape and urban design at the Rhode Island School of Design, eventually earning his Masters of Landscape Architecture in 1997.