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was on time and brought great ideas. He was a great listener and provided creative ideas incorporating my taste and budget. I would use him again.
- Michael S.
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We hired
through an Angies List Big Deal. The terms of the deal may have been an hour of consulting services, but
was generous with his time.
was organized, responsive and professional, and it was easy to schedule an appt. with him. I had a list of questions or issues relating to a living room/dining room area that we'd renovated recently. For example, I was interested in recommendations about furniture layout, where to install bookshelves, thoughts about new furniture, etc. I thought
's opinions and suggestions were forthright (which I appreciate) and very practical and down to earth. Hiring a designer may seem like an indulgence, but a designer can help you think about using space or furniture that you already have in a different way, which may be more efficient, in the end.
was extremely helpful, in this regard. For example, he had great suggestions about refinishing an old dining room set to update it, rather than replacing it with new furniture. I would highly recommend
's services.
- PAULA D.

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Interior Design reviews in Chicago

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was responsive and flexible when it came to setting up the appointment. I had a few specific questions for him related to updating my living and dining rooms. I was hoping for a few new ideas.
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had some good answers to my specific questions, but he seemed reticent to offer any specific suggestions or any of his own ideas. Even for paint colors, he was hesitant to make any recommendations. I understand that he was not making much money, if any, on this initial Angie's List consultation, but if it had gone well, I would have happily paid for more of his time. Perhaps my expectations were unreasonable, but after one hour I had no more questions, and he had nothing else to say so that was the end of it.
- ELAINE F.
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It went really well. I first contacted
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in the summer of 2013 looking for an estimate of much work that needed to be done as outlined above. I'm very meticulous and research all my projects very thoroughly. I scheduled and met with 6 carpenters for the work that I wanted done but was most impressed with
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. His energy and enthusiasm is immediately evident taking a great deal of time looking at the work needed and offering the best ways to accomplish it. He has excellent taste and is a designer with the skills of a seasoned carpenter. His choice of materials to use really compliments the spaces and has achieved the results I was looking for. This set him apart from all the other carpenters I spoke with. He said, "we will work to make your house beautiful" and he followed through on that promise.
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is also not afraid to question you about your choices often asking "Why do you want to do that?" This may be off-putting to some but to me it showed he put a great deal of thought into what he was doing and challenged your own intentions in order to make sure you get what you want and avoid having any regrets after the project is finished. I admire that sort of conviction and confidence - it is rare to see - I mostly find people in this industry simply following the customer's wishes without offering a better or at least alternative practical and aesthetic solution if one exists. I'm involved in every aspect of a project and
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always had the patience to explain everything with an excellent attitude.
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was extremely fair in his pricing and he and his crew were always very polite and hard working. This project was part of a large remodel and
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was also always willing to help and guide me with some of the other aspects that he didn't directly handle. This ranged from electrical, drywall, stone work for the fireplace, heating, and paint. He has a wealth of knowledge but is also a super nice guy with genuine integrity and a great sense of humor - a joy to be around. I would without hesitation hire
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for any other project we will have in the future.
- CHRIS C.
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Called and told him we wanted to remodel an apartment. New floors, windows, new bathroom, paint and a ton of other projects. He told me this is not the type of project he does. He was polite but
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odd that he wouldn't even want to visit the site or bid on the project. I did mention our time frame was to get everything done in a month, I believe that is what caused him to end the call.
- JORDAN M.
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Our involvement with
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and Stratagem Construction was long and complex, but in the end, both organizations did a terrific job that exceeded our expectations. We had to decide early on just how much we wanted to do -- but the condition of the original space made it virtually impossible to salvage much of the original features. Virtually every wall was damaged and covered in peeling wallpaper, and only a portion of the floors had floor covering. When we realized the full scope of the project, we had to concede we needed a designer to help draw up a complete plan, and get us through the myriad large and small design choices, while still maintaining some consistency in approach, theme and style.
After about a month of research, I had a short list of possible design and contractor choices. We choose
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/Stratagem Construction due to a combination of several critical factors: (1)
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/Stratagem offered an unusual “end-to-end” solution. With
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and Stratagem effectively under the management of a single guiding force (
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), the two organizations worked collaboratively and cohesively. The design phase and the demo/construction phase of the work are tightly linked such that the
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designer works hand in glove with the Stratagem demo/construction project manager to ensure seamless cooperation and communication. This seemed an attractive advantage that had the potential to simplify the design/construction interface and reduce confusion in the event of problems. (2)
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and his designers and master craftsmen all had uniformly stellar reviews in a wide variety of forums, from a wide variety of satisfied customers, spanning all kinds of projects, both large and small. It was rare to find so many positive reviews from so many diverse sources. (3) When we had our first visit with
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to talk about the project, we were impressed with his quick understanding of what we were trying to accomplish and his obvious experience and expertise -- he made us feel he was
interested in building a result that would make us happy.
In the design phase our designer was
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. She worked closely with us to produce a complete set of drawings and architectural plans with sufficient detail to enable Stratagem (or another contractor if we so choose) to bid on the
construction phase. She helped us rearrange the entire space from the perimeter walls inward. We had a good general idea of how we wanted to reconfigure the overall space, but she was pivotal in helping us make all the seemingly infinite decisions necessary to flesh out all the details -- selecting colors, materials, trims, features and fixtures; sourcing of all of the materials, fixtures, and appliances; putting together a complete lighting plan; a beautiful kitchen; reconfiguring the master bath and walk in closet; sizing and designing unusual customized built-in shelving for a pantry and customized indirect lighting soffits; and designing a magazine-worthy wet bar with customized shelves and features.
We soon discovered that our ‘wish-list’ design far exceeded our budget.
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was patient and helpful in going line-by-line through the construction proposal, pointing out places we could save money without sacrificing design integrity, and what we could change while still preserving our overall vision. We then went over every detail of the plan with
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’s terrific project manager,
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. The plan ended up demolishing or moving every doorway but one, and almost every wall. We allotted extra time to the planning stage to minimize construction surprises and delays.
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came up with innovative solutions to unusual pantry, powder room and lighting requirements. As with all other phases of the work, demolition was swift, professional, efficient and done with consideration for the neighbors. Not surprisingly in a 50 year old building, the demo revealed surprises – some were just from outdated codes and old infrastructure, while some were more ‘interesting’ artifacts gifted to us by prior owners.
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’s team was quick to alert me to the issues, offered innovative and creative solutions and overcame every hiccup with ease. As all this was in a high rise condo, the complex collection of condo and city rules and specifications that applied to our project was imposing. However, I was totally unaware of the details as
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handled all inspections, compliance matters, and reviews perfectly.
We had the luxury of starting with an empty shell as we were living elsewhere, so we didn’t have to ‘live around the work’. Nevertheless, I was repeatedly impressed by the precision with which
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meticulously scheduled the demo, plumbing, electrical and carpentry crews for maximum efficiency and minimal confusion. We had multiple crews in the space at all times and critical path items were always done on time without scheduling conflicts. The electrical and carpentry craftsmen in
particular were masters of their trade – routinely producing elegant results no matter how challenging the plan. Even more remarkable, every person on every crew was considerate, polite, and responsive to our questions and requests. Every
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/Stratagem person, from
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down to the cleanup crew personified professionalism. It is a tribute to
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that he has assembled a team of master craftsmen and project managers so skilled yet so uniformly attentive to their customer’s needs, and willing to go the extra mile to exceed expectations.

The initial construction quote was a 40+ page
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– an extremely detailed account of every aspect of the plan, and every associated cost. This was a remarkable document that proved its worth. When we needed to make changes to fit our budget, it was a
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matter to identify very specific line items to change and know exactly the dollar impact the change would have on the total. More importantly, this was the basis for the final bill – there were no mysterious additions, vague notations, or ambiguous charges – just a detailed account of every piece of work, from massive demolition to an outlet count. The quote process is a testament to
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’s justifiable confidence in his people and the work they do.

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was candid in our very first meeting...he said, “We are not the cheapest, you can find people who will do work for less. But with us you get quality and attention to detail you won’t find anywhere else. I will personally make sure you are 100% satisfied.” He said it well and we agree.
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/Stratagem is not cheap, but expert quality work done with pride is never cheap. In our opinion, every project regardless of size deserves the kind of professional attention to detail
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/Stratagem can deliver. But in larger, more complex projects – those with ample opportunities to make a customer very unhappy --
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/Stratagem can make the difference between happy success and frustrating, expensive failure.,
- Ronald P.
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was able to complete to work in a very short amount of time, so I could quickly lease the townhome to tenants.
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was very professional, honest, trustworthy, and skillful. My Realtor had originally recommend
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. One of the best things about all of this is that
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has a broad range of skills, so he was able to do all of the work himself... instead of having to subcontract out the work or having me working with multiple contractors. I was very pleased with the outcome. You could never tell that the townhome had significant plumbing issues since he fixed the sources of the problems and repaired all of the damage. He did not cut corners either unlike some former contractors hired by
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that had fixed earlier plumbing issues before my purchase of the property. I will definitely be calling
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again if I have repair or remodeling work. It's very comforting knowing that someone with
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broad skills is available in the city of Chicago... and priced reasonably too!
- Steve W.
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was such a pleasure to work with. She spent time with us to understand our design aesthetic and then brought options to us so that we could choose what would work best for us. Because she had experience with construction and design, she was able to design for the best functionality of the space. Our contractor praised her as being one of the best designers that he had worked with because of the details that she was able to provide to him, including line drawings and specs. We will use
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again and would absolutely recommend her.
- Sheryl R.
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We had set a plan to meet on the eve of the closing. I did promise to send
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a txt message mid-day, ideally we wanted to connect earlier in the day. My husband and I did have a disconnect and we failed to send her the mid day txt. It was a very busy and stressful day. We rushed to the house after the closing and started to put test paint on the walls- the colors were a complete mis-match. We were happy that
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would be arriving at any moment to help. Time passed, no
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. I called, per
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she had no plans to come to our home that night. When she did not get my text, she decided not to come. No call, she just decided to bail on us. My call to her was panicked, I expressed our concern about the colors. She went on to say it was late and that it had been a long day. She offered to try and swing my the next day, maybe give us 30min. We were just devastated. So much on the line, painters booked. Fast forward 1 month, we get an email from
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...she has lost our address and wants to send us an invoice. She comically positions her email as if we were happy with her color selections. From our point of view: the color selections were not close to the light & airy design concepts we shared, the level of service & professionalism received was WAY below expectations, and she 100% bailed on us. We used none of her work.
- Jason G.
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Great clean, polite and quiet crew. Project management was exceptional.
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has gifted eyes and vision for design and how to make things work at a reasonable price. He works hard to provide cost-saving options without sacrificing quality of workmanship and design.
- Lawrence R.
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All Interior Designers in Chicago, IL

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AMLINGS INTERIOR LANDSCAPE

281 COMMONWEALTH DR
Carol Stream, IL

AMP Plant Designs

Chicagoland area
Aurora, IL

AMRAMI DESIGN GROUP

PO BOX 4576
Skokie, IL

ANASTAZIA TREASURES-HOME LTD

447 S 3RD ST
Geneva, IL

Andersonville Kitchen & Bath

5038 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL

ANDI CASSEM INTERIOR DESIGN

1436 Colorado Ave
Joliet, IL

Andy Yates Design

Chicago, IL

ANGELL INTERIORS

1195 S WILSON DR
Lake Forest, IL

ANGELO DESIGN

1631 KENSINGTON DR
Algonquin, IL

ANGIE'S INTERIORS INC

1535 kirkwood dr
Geneva, IL

ANI INC

111 S GARFIELD AVE
Hinsdale, IL

Animus Art Design

2704 N New England
Chicago, IL

Ann Art / Faux Finishes

18112 Pheasant Lake Dr
Tinley Park, IL

ANN COYLE INTERIORS

1957 W DICKENS AVE
Chicago, IL

ANNA ARIEL INTERIORS LLC

117 S 1st St
Geneva, IL

ANNA MEYERS INTERIORS LTD

162 W HURON ST
Chicago, IL

ANNE HONAN INTERIORS

320 JESSICA LN
Bartlett, IL

Annie A Design

1232 Forest Ave
Evanston, IL

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