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Whether you’re a homeowner planning to build a new exquisite bathroom or someone planning to refurbish your existing space, there’s a contractor on this list for you. Our team thoroughly weighed the ranking of these contractors by assessing some factors and the quality of the projects these firms offer. Work history, client satisfaction, and awards or press recognition were all criteria.
440 E. Ogden Ave, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Normandy Design Build Remodeling is a multi-award-winning remodeling firm founded in 1979 by Jack Steindl and Reg Marzec. This once small company has grown over the years to become one of the finest remodeling firms in Illinois. It now employs over 40 designers, architects, project managers, and craftspeople ready to work on top home remodeling and improvement projects. Room additions, kitchen, bathroom, basement remodeling, and exterior renovations are just some of the services it offers.
From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to historic preservation, the firm is experienced and has been recognized for every variety of remodeling. Normandy Design Build Remodeling has an impressive list of local and national accolades, including a 2018 Professional Remodeler Design Award, multiple NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Awards, and several NARI Remodeling Excellence Awards. It has also consistently ranked as one of the national remodelers in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 and Remodeling’s Top 550.
Benvenuti and Stein
2001 Greenleaf, Evanston, IL 60202
Since 1977, Benvenuti and Stein has been establishing trust in Chicago and the North Shore through innovative design solutions and skillful custom home construction. The design-build firm provides all three disciplines of design, construction, and custom cabinetry from a single source. Designers and construction crews work together to provide streamlined building and remodeling solutions. The company also produces cabinetry at its Evanston millwork facility. The team creates, builds, assembles, and installs custom millwork tailored to suit the client’s needs, even integrating appliances and built-in electronics to ensure a perfect fit.
The firm has won multiple awards, including the 2020 Chrysalis Award for Residential Specialty under $50,000, the 2016 Winnetka Preservation Award for Rehabilitation, and the 2015 Professional Remodeler Magazine Design Award. With over four decades in the business, clients continue to seek out the firm’s expertise due to its ability to combine veteran crafts people’s experience and precision with contemporary ideas, techniques, and technology.
DJK Custom Homes
532 S Webster Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Specializing in custom homes, bathrooms, kitchens, basement remodeling, masonry, and installation since 1988, DJK Custom Homes sees itself as more than just a home builder and is dedicated to building homes that are not only beautiful but healthy and energy-efficient as well. DJK Custom Homes was founded on founder Dan Kittilsen’s dream of providing community members with something they can enjoy for years and years as their families grow together.
Some of the company’s core values include quality craftsmanship, efficient design, unrivaled customer service, and experience. DJK Custom Homes is very proud of its reputation. The company has designed and built some of the most beautiful homes over the last 30 years, each one unique in its way. Its projects range in price from $400,000 to more than $5 million.
The firm’s work has been recognized often. The firm was named the 2021 Naperville Magazine Best Builder of Naperville, and it won the 2020 HBAGC Gold Key Award for Excellence, the 2020 Guildmaster Award, and the 2019 HBAGC Gold Key Award Winner for Division 1 Single Family Custom Home.
Chi Renovation and Design
4868 W. Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Chi Renovation and Design, established in 2005, is located in Skokie and proudly serves residents of the Chicagoland area for all of their home renovation needs. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements, full home renovations, and everything in between are among its specializations. The firm offers a full range of services, everything from conceptual design to construction completion, and will work directly with clients to keep them updated throughout the process.
Chi Renovation and Design was founded to meet a critical need in the Chicago construction industry: the demand for high-quality design services from a reliable company. The firm is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Better Business Bureau. Its priority is producing high-end designs executed with a high quality of construction. The result is client satisfaction.
The company has seen much of its work in the press, including in the pages of Elle Decor, Retro-Fitted Style, Home Adore, Medium, Life, Texas Hill Country Magazine, and Country Living.
5070 N Kimberly Avenue, Unit C, Chicago, IL 60630
123 Remodeling is an award-winning design-build firm, working with clients from the earliest design stages through construction. With over 12 years of experience, it specializes in high-end kitchens, bathrooms, and home remodeling. The firm strives to provide clients with the peace of mind they deserve throughout each project.
The interior designers, architects, and remodelers at 123 Remodeling work with clients to ensure that their project is completed on time and to their satisfaction. The company works on all sizes and scopes of projects, everything from master baths and powder rooms to whole-house renovations. It is also licensed, bonded, and insured for more than $2 million, so clients can rest assured that they are in good hands when working with the firm.
Sharone Lavi III currently leads 123 Remodeling. The company holds affiliations with multiple professional organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the National Association of Home Builders.
3821 W Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Areté Renovators is a 20-year-old family business that specializes in interior residential and commercial remodeling. Areté has performed over 2,000 remodeling projects in the Chicagoland area, working in 60% of Chicago’s downtown high rises. It has developed strong working relationships with building management, allowing the company to specialize in high-rise remodeling and become a partner of choice for property management companies throughout Chicago.
Areté was founded in 2001 by brothers Igor and Davor Jokanovic and their master carpenter father, Jovo. Their father hoped that he could market his skills in carpentry and custom millwork and work fewer hours to support their family. Igor and Davor left their finance careers in the mid-2000s to join Areté full-time and help grow the company and team.
Areté Renovators, in collaboration with Areté The Art of Design, the company’s premier showroom and design center, offers general contracting and design services for single bathroom and kitchen remodels, full gut rehabs, and a mix of condo units, commercial storefront, lobby renovations, additions, and new construction.
Areté Renovators holds affiliations with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
850 Meadowview Crossing, #13, West Chicago, IL 60185
Synergy Builders is a design-build home remodeling company based in West Chicago, founded in 2002. It works with homeowners in Chicagoland to remodel their spaces by offering a comprehensive portfolio of design and remodeling services. For over 15 years, Synergy has specialized in kitchen, bathroom, basement remodeling, whole-house design, and room additions. Its mission is to provide stress-free remodeling services to all of its customers.
Thanks to the team’s high work standards, its services are among the most sought-after in the area. Synergy Builders creates stunning spaces by combining unique construction solutions with established methods and coordination on every project.
The firm has won the 2009 Remodeling 550 Award, the 2008 Remodeling Magazine’s Big50 Award, and the 2007 Top 500 Remodeler. The firm’s work has also been featured in a number of publications including The Daily Herald and Yield PRO.
Callahan & Peters, Inc.
1739 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025
Callahan & Peters is a full-service design-build remodeling company in Glenview, serving the North Shore and surrounding communities for over 60 years. The firm is certified by the National Association of Home Builders as Aging In Place Specialists (CAPS) and is passionate about remodeling.
Leading Callahan & Peters as president is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and National Association of Home Builders-certified David Callahan. Under his supervision, the company is EPA Lead-Safe and holds affiliations with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Callahan graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in business management.
Callahan & Peters is also a recipient of GuildQuality’s GuildMaster Award (2017 and 2016) and the City of Evanston’s Margery Perkins Award (2014). On top of these honors, its works have also been featured by Remodeling Magazine (2007 and 2009).
6327 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Leader Builders has been serving Chicago, the North Shore, the Northwest and Western Suburbs, and Naperville for over 30 years as an award-winning design-build firm and general contractor. It specializes in architectural home additions and renovations, second-story additions, two-story kitchen and master suite additions, bungalow dormer additions, and attic conversions.
Leader Builders is a full-service firm that can take on any project. Its services include concept to completion, budget estimates, developing professional drawings and renderings, applying for permits, assisting with fixture and finish selection, coordinating trades, deliveries, and inspections, and overseeing construction for a quality result.
Leading the company is Pete Antonow, whose expertise and background have been crucial for the company’s success, combined with the competence of the rest of the team. Multiple publications have featured Leader Builders under Pete’s oversight, including Trends Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful Home, and Garden Magazine.
1580 N Northwest Highway, 221B Park Ridge, IL 60068
Barts Remodeling & Construction is a Park Ridge-based design and construction company specializing in high-quality remodeling services such as additions, attic conversions, kitchen remodels, custom home remodels, rooftop decks, basement renovations, bathroom remodels, and more. Its team comprises over 20 experienced professionals who confidently demonstrate their abilities on a daily basis, and the results speak for themselves. Barts Remodeling is undoubtedly one of the best design-build firms in Chicago.
Principal Bartosz Dziewiecki’s family has been building and remodeling for several generations. Growing up in Poland, he gained valuable experience working for his grandfather’s construction company. Bart worked as a tradesman for various contractors and witnessed an entirely different approach than his grandfather had taught him. His ambitions led him to the United States in his early 20s in search of higher education and economic opportunities.
Although the company is constantly growing and has a dedicated staff, Bart maintains a hands-on approach to his business, personally meeting with customers, providing estimates, managing projects, answering emails, and taking calls.
26303 W Merton, Barrington, IL 60010
Skycrest Homes LLC is a full-service construction company in the Chicagoland area specializing in semi-custom and custom home designs that reflect its clients’ unique lifestyles and interests. A Skycrest home is guaranteed to exceed its clients’ expectations for remarkable craftsmanship. The firm provides everything from architectural planning and design to engineering and material selection, with pride in construction as its hallmark. Each Skycrest home is truly one-of-a-kind due to the staff’s meticulous attention to detail.
The firm provides a critical service in assisting homeowners with the expertise required to build, expand, and maintain their homes. It is also committed to ensuring the job’s success by being on-site most days until the project is completed and making itself available according to its clients’ schedules.
As an Illinois licensed real estate agent, founder Dan Beniek has an extensive background in the local real estate market and can assist homebuyers in selecting the best location to meet their exact needs. In addition to his years of experience as a real estate agent and homebuilder, Dan is also a licensed CPA, ensuring that the custom home is built on time and within budget.
935 W Randolph Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607
Core Remodel LLC is a locally owned, boutique full-service remodeling and restoration firm serving downtown Chicago, the North Shore, and the Western Suburbs. Its area of expertise is completely remodeling an entire condo or single-family home, specalizing primarily in new kitchens and bathrooms. The firm provides high-quality design, material selection, and functionality on those projects.
Core Remodel will work with clients throughout the entire process, which includes the initial no-cost consultation, the estimate and design review, the material selection, pre-construction meetings, walk-throughs, and daily and weekly written updates.
Leading this BBB-accredited firm is Joe Chiavaroli, a graduate of Ohio State University in construction management. Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago has also featured the firm’s works under Mr. Chiavaroli’s supervision and guidance.
1500 N Halsted, Suite 209, Chicago, IL 60642
JATES Construction Inc. has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential remodeling and construction. The firm enhances the home remodeling and construction experience while providing quality that will be appreciated for many years to come. The company also remodels kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, roofing, and siding—anything clients need updated or remodeled in their home, the firm can handle.
All of its clients’ design, installation, and remodeling queries are addressed by one of JATES Construction Inc.’s experienced and professional design specialists. The firm works directly with homeowners to beautify and increase the long-term value of their homes.
Founder Antonio Farias started his career in construction at a young age, working for his family’s construction company, where he held every position. He is now deeply invested in all operations at JATES Construction, serving as a strong leader for the team while always looking for new ways to improve, broaden, and share his passion with anyone in Chicagoland who is ready to transform their space.
Antonio works alongside Marco Farias, who has spent his entire life in the construction industry, doing various jobs for his family’s company. He is most enthusiastic about the design phase of construction and enjoys collaborating with clients to ensure that they receive excellent collaboration, comfort, and understanding throughout the remodeling project.
Icon Remodeler Chicago
212 North Carpenter Street, # A1/A2, Chicago, IL 60607
Icon Remodeler Chicago is its clients’ trusted partner in bathrooms, kitchens, and basement renovations. The firm meets clients’ specific needs while appealing to their style. It is a fully licensed, insured, and bonded full-service contractor that offers unrivaled expertise and professionalism in all aspects of design and installation.
The firm’s goal is to make the remodeling and renovation experience as risk-free and stress-free as possible while also ensuring clients receive unrivaled service in collaboration, responsiveness, and attentiveness. All of this is made possible by Tom Slaga’s leadership and the expertise of the rest of the team at Icon Remodeler Chicago.
Clients of Icon Remodeler Chicago can expect outstanding quality, attentiveness, and affordability. The firm’s craftsmanship is combined with the staff’s dedication, and the result is excellent customer service. As a result, Icon is one of Chicago’s most trusted remodeling and renovation contractors.
1574 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
JAR Corp. is Chicago’s premier general contracting firm. It aims to improve all facets of its clients’ homes through ground-up construction, complete renovations, interior and exterior painting, custom finishes, and maintenance services. Clients from Chicago’s Gold Coast and North Shore have been completely satisfied with their improved homes for nearly 30 years.
JAR Corp. takes pride in providing customized solutions for complete kitchen and bath remodels. The firm can transform any space, regardless of the client’s vision. No request is too big, small, or imaginative for its team, especially under Jonathan Rubenstein’s direction.