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Recent Review: Overall it went very well, and make no mistake they were very good. But since everyone could stand some improvement, I will be forthright about what went well and what needed improvement. The initial design phase for the space was a great experience and they were very patient with us. We went through three rounds of various ideas before we settled on the final plans. When we met with the architect, he had some extremely helpful suggestions and as the building began, my husband and I often commented to each other how glad we were for the architect's ideas. In particular, he suggested that we move the whole room so that the new roof line could be centered between two of the upstairs windows. It has become one of the things we like most about the addition. We found that their interior design staff was not very much help. Although, we have strong ideas about what we like (both of us have some art background), and we ended up just going our own way on the bathroom ideas. We found that their tile prices are too high, so we bought the tile on our own. They told us from the beginning that we were not obligated to buy all our materials through them--and that is a big reason for recommending them. We liked that about them. And they have a particularly good tile installer who really created a work of art in our bathroom. We had some trouble with the installation of the ceiling in the main room. When the drywallers put up the ceiling, it was very obvious that it was wavy. My husband was very unhappy with it, but Design First called back the drywallers back and they took it all down, shimmed the ceiling joists and put the drywall back up. The carpenters also were very accommodating when one of the windows was not centered on the wall. My husband wanted them to move the window and they did not complain at all. In fact, the carpenter encouraged my husband to tell them whether we were happy or not. They moved the window without much trouble and without any griping. In general, once the building work began we felt that we were not left for very long without someone showing up to work. We never felt abandoned; they worked pretty steadily. We also were pleased that they had a port-a-potty on site for the workers. We thought that was very professional of them. We were also very pleased that they were able to match two brick colors that are in the original part of the house--a white brick and a red brick, from 1963. I wanted a fireplace whose brick would match the white brick in our entry hall because from the entry hall you can see straight back to the fireplace. And the white brick in the entry way is original to the house. And I wanted the outside chimney to be an exact match to the existing, original brick on the front of the house. They were able to match both bricks, so from the inside and the outside the addition feels very much a part of the original house. I also wanted the mantel finish to match the wood in our entryway--also original to the house. The interior designers were very helpful on this score and their shop carpenters created a lovely modern maple mantle. Over the white brick, it's gorgeous! We were also pleased that they cleaned up after themselves. We had some misunderstandings over some of the electrical requirements, and my husband was a little annoyed but we did manage to get things clarified. One thing to note: my husband was very careful about watching all the line items in their cost reports as the project went along. It's a good thing too because he found two errors which would have cost us about $1700. They were very obliging and fixed the line items without any fuss. One thing that surprised us was some stalling that occurred over the permits: we were being required by the village to upgrade our electrical service when it was clear to the electricians that we didn't need to. Design First told us that they had had trouble with this office before and did not think that we would be able to get around this. But my husband was having none of it: He went in to the village office, talked to a couple of people, wrote up our request for a variance, and got the requirement waived. It saved us $3000. We were surprised that Design First was not able to do this; however, we chalked it up to lessons learned. Just because you have a contractor doing a lot of work for you does not mean that you don't have anything to do. Whether Design First should have been able to get this waiver for us or not, we really don't know. But they were honest with us and encouraged us, as the homeowners, to do all we could do to get it waived. I also want to say that their project manager did a good job interfacing with all the workers. There was some miscommunication here and there, but that seems all par for the course. He was even tempered and seemed well-suited to his work. There were two other instances that did not pass the plumbing inspection and Art, the plumber, came back twice without delay to fix things. Overall, we were very happy with them and we love the finished product! We love our new space! And we would definitely recommend them to others.
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Business Description: Welcome to Envy Home Services, Chicagoland’s trusted designer and installer of All Season Sunrooms, Three Season Sunrooms, Screen Rooms, Patio Covers, Pergolas, Awnings, and more. Homeowners come to Envy for their home improvement needs because they want their project to be completed on time, within budget and worry-free. Our mission starts with designing the right living space just for you. Then, with careful planning, our professional installation team gets to work. The transformation of an underused or unattractive space takes hold before your eyes, and you’ll see the new space just as you imagined. If you’re looking for a sunroom, room addition, Patio Cover or Pergola you’ll love the final product the Envy team will deliver for you. With a focus on personalized service, we’ll design the space and complete the final touches as if it’s our own home. A family-owned, local company, we’ll go the extra mile to earn your business.
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Business Description: We are a remodeling company specializing in Basement remodeling, Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Room Additions. We have 3 very talented employees and a selected group of licensed sub contractors for all of our plumbing and electrical needs.
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Business Description: Pres Quality Construction is helping clients with their remodeling needs since 2001. Our specialty are kitchens and bathrooms. We also manage larger new construction or room addition projects and we are holders of General contractor License. We offer service quality guarantee on all of our jobs and pride ourselves in replying to each customer inquiry the same day.
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Business Description: Locally Owned & Operated. Free In-Home Design Consultation. Guaranteed Start/Finish Dates for Room Additions. May Contact Through Email. 8,000 Square Foot Showroom. See Website for Additional Services Offered.
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Business Description: Family owned for over 21 years, Zigman Remodeling and Construction provides remodeling, home repair and general construction, for homes across McHenry County, Kane County and Lake County in Illinois and all of Southern Wisconsin. Our services include plumbing, porches, decks, room additions, kitchen remodeling, Basement finishing, Arbors & Pergolas, Ceramic Tile, bobcat work , debris removing Electrical, Decks, Siding, Fireplaces and Window Replacement, new construction, roofing and commercial remodeling. Call us for a free consultation and quote for your next remodeling project or room addition. Please take a look at our recent work at www.zigmanremodeling.com including finished basements, exterior pool decking, fireplace installation, flooring, exterior siding and windows.
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Business Description: Lynch Construction, in Lake Bluff, IL, is a leading contractor and design builder serving Lake Forest, Highland Park, Libertyville and the surrounding areas since 1991. Our services include custom cabinets, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, maintenance, room additions, and more. For all of your remodeling and contractor needs, contact Lynch Construction in Lake Bluff.
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Business Description: We believe in doing good, honest business. And every project is Individually designed and custom built, with quality and longevity in mind. We can help with everything from conception to construction, so Let us design and build your next kitchen remodel or room addition. LEED Accredited with the USGBC and in business for over twenty five years. We are licensed, bonded and insured and only use insured professional sub-contractors. We accept checks and cash.
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Business Description: Our specialty is City of Chicago Porch Violation corrections. Our services include: - Free estimates - Architectural and structural design - Expediting a permit - Construction of commercial and residential porch systems Porch Builders also build: - Porch Enclosures - Custom Decks - Rooftop decks - Pergolas - Balconies and Stairs Estes Builders, Inc. was founded by licensed General Contractor Adam Lesniakowski, in 2002.We are a young and very energetic company with a strong engineering background. Our specialties include interior and exterior renovations, remodeling, building additions and ground up construction of new buildings in Chicago and north suburbs. We are fully licensed and insured home renovation contractors. We specialize in 1st & 2nd story additions and whole house remodeling, room extensions, kitchen and bath remodeling. Estes Builders Inc. will bring your project to life with an unbridled passion for excellence.
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Business Description: Don Lorenc Construction Services, Inc.provides general contractor services and a full suite of construction capabilities for residential remodels, renovations and additions. We have over 25 years' experience with residential projects. We hold general contractor licenses for Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park and other Illinois areas. With a skilled workforce covered by full Workers' Compensation and Liability insurance, we're ready to begin work on your residential or commercial construction and remodel or renovation project as soon as you need us. During our over 25 years in business, we have worked as a general contractor for new housing developers as well as individual homeowners and investors to take care of a broad variety of construction needs. Our past projects have involved everything from small painting projects and rehabilitation work to room additions and full house remodels.

Reviews in Northbrook Man Caves

ALake Home Repair
Tony and his team did an excellent job in remodeling our basement. He took the open space and created a TV man cave, game room and a full bathroom. His tile work was awesome. He also created a 20 foot wall of storage with bi-fold doors.
- Fred K....
AM&L Remodeling & Painting
After getting several quotes, we decided to hire M&L Remodeling to complete our basement project.  We felt all of the companies we got quotes from would have done an excellent job but we chose M&L Remodeling mainly because of how comfortable we felt with Matt.  Matt listened to what we had in mind, interjected a few of his expertise thoughts and opinions, and made us feel comfortable and confident the project would be done correctly, in the timeframe given, and at a competitive price. The work Matt and his crew did included:   removed existing walls, installed french doors, straightened out our crocked hallway, installed tile flooring, installed a wet bar (including back splash and undercabinet lights),  installed can lights and moved electrical and cable outlets, installed closet doors, and painted the entire basement (about 1000sf). As for Matt and the workers, we don't have any complaints.  Matt was always accessible by phone.  His team showed up on time and worked diligently throughout the day.  The crew cleaned up after themselves and left the work space as neat as possible.  They even sealed off the basement stairwell so to minimize dust on the first floor.  Additionally, as issues and remodeling opportunities that weren't in the original plan came up, they discussed with us our options and were amenable to address or change the plans to our satisfaction. We would hire M&L Remodeling again and give them our highest recommendation for a remodeling project.
- Steven G....
AWendy Nobriga, ASID
She an extraordinary listener. She came back with a design plan that blew out contractor away.  She is very detail oriented. She is very professional.
- Olivet J....
AAnix Inc
We selected Anix Builders after reading through several Angie's List reviews, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome!  Joe came to our home and could see that we were in desperate need of a basement remodel after water damage.  He gave us several suggestions, worked with us to keep costs close to our budget, and followed through every step of the way.  Our village permit took a little longer than any of us expected, but Joe and his crew worked diligently to keep us on track.  His crew members were extremely polite and cleaned up every day to keep the mess to a minimum.  New insulation, drywall, paint, lights, and carpeting transformed the basement completely!   Our grandchildren are thrilled to have their brand new playroom completely finished!     Don't assume that your Village will respond quickly with your building permit.  We appreciated  updates from Joe via e-mail and phone as our job progressed.   We plan to do more remodeling in the near future, and Joe and the rest of the Anix Builder's team will be our contractor of choice!  We highly recommend this company.
- Debra K....
AFix It Handyman Inc
Jose and Arturo saved my football season for me.   My man cave uses our rear door as a entry way.  From the beginning this door leaked air like a sieve.   At times when I would be in my beloved man cave watching game or something it would be just the same as being outside.  I had to buy a heater just for that room.  But Now!!!!   I am good to go.   Jose did an investigation of the door and soon concluded that the door had not been properly installed.   He gave me a few options and we decided to do some specific repairs and I couldn't be happier.   Jose was professional, cordial,  personable and conscientious about his work.   Meanwhile Arturo's drywall work was immaculate.  I would hire them again anytime.
- Lester K....
AFIRST CHICAGO REMODELING
I've worked with First Chicago Remodeling and Marian for over 10 years. He has completed renovations of kitchens and several bathrooms. He was the first person I called when I was considering removing an old deck and replacing it with a screen room. His work is aways great and his prices are always fair. When unexpected issues happen, Marian has the skills, knowledge, and resources to get things done. I trust him completely, and First Chicago is the first company I recommend to my friends. You can check out my new screen room on First Chicago's Facebook page. It is fantastic.
- Todd A....
BBudget Right Kitchens
I thought Dirk was very honest and genuine about his recommendations and they were in my best interest - once learning I was going to put the house on the market next year he really made sure that I didn't sink money into a project in which I wasn't going to receive a ROI or that didn't make sense. He was very professional. Even if I didn't do the bathroom project I considered him for future projects.
- Jason S....
AScott's Home Improvement
After calling several other contractors, Scott provided me with a very reasonable estimate. He advised me of what I needed to get done, and what he recommended. My basement was unfinished with bad wiring from the old owners and structural issues (loose joists, bad wood, poor paneling). I gave Scott the job and could not have been happier. My basement is actually pleasant to go down to as opposedto being a dungeon.
- Asif L....
BModern View Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
Nice guy, professional and knowledgeable and very helpful when it comes to tips for remodeling. However, I received better pricing from competing contractor
- Jason S....
CKucera Construction
After coming to my home to conduct an estimate I waited 7 days before following up with Peter and sent him an email on April 21, 12 noon called and left voicemail message for Peter inquiring into the status of owed estimate as well. I received a follow up email informing me that it required 10-days to produce estimate. However, in the same email he informed me that he will be on vacation next week so expect an estimate the following week 9 [this week]. I am sure Peter does great work but I just think it is unreasonably to expect customers to wait two weeks (I could understand 7 days perhaps) for an estimate while I secure estimates from other contractors who respond within 1 week after seeing the job.
- Jason S....