Overview

Chicago has always been home to innovative architectural style and experimentation. From its world-famous Chicago bungalows and two-flats to the grand greystones and sweeping skyscrapers of the Loop, Chicago is a perfect hub of design and building innovation. The Windy City has made a great impact on the residential contractors serving Chicago and the surrounding areas. They are some of the most innovative thinkers and builders doing the most prolific work in the country.

Our list of the 15 best residential contractors in Chicago are rated for their years of experience in the field, their professional recognitions, and their ability to make creative contributions to Chicago’s already rich body of home design and construction.

Whether you’re looking to make small changes to a home you love, envisioning a great remodel with a fresh new palette, or desiring an entirely new home build, these home improvement contractors understand the dos and don’ts of remodeling and construction. They are dedicated to timely and open communication and provide the highest level of expertise to make their client’s home improvement dreams a reality.

Top General Contractors

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Frank Ponterio

Principals:
David Larkin

Address:
770 N Church Road, Unit A, Elmhurst IL, 60126

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About Frank Ponterio

Since its founding in 1994 by David Larkin, DAL Builders has been helping homeowners in the Chicago area build, renovate, and remodel their homes to perfection. From historic classic homes in Barrington to celebrity mansions in Lincoln Park, they have built and remodeled thousands of homes and understand the intricacies of home construction. They are an A+-rated Better Business Bureau firm serving Chicago, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, and Kenilworth.

In one of their home designs, they incorporated a reclaimed wood accent wall in the living area that serves as a partition and a focal point for the room. They added crown molding, recessed lighting, and warm wood floors. A greyish olive wall color warms the room, and a beautiful iron and wood banister wraps around to the second floor. Another home remodel project features an open and spacious design with vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, and a fireplace with a detailed white mantle. Attractive wood floors and an ornate crystal chandelier complement the airy design.

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Chicago Master Maker & Builder

Principals:
Peter Majchrowski
Tom Bugaj

Address:
Chicago, IL

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About Chicago Master Maker & Builder

Peter Majchrowski and Tom Bugaj are friends and business partners from Poland. With the combined the skills they’d acquired back home, the duo started Master Maker & Builder in Chicago. Their fine craftsmanship training lends itself to their current home designs and allows them to build a strong returning clientele. They specialize in high-end designs and custom millwork for home building projects of all sizes. The firm serves the areas of Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Burbank, Chicago, Evanston, and Schaumburg.

Their Eugene project includes a stunning kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and a large island with an abundance of seating, cooking, and entertaining space. It also offers the perfect glass-doored cabinets for easy access to glassware, and stunning mini chandeliers over the kitchen island that create elegance and warmth.

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Domain Construction LLC

Principals:
Adam Piser

Address:
325 W Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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About Domain Construction LLC

Domain Construction is a licensed, bonded, and insured Chicago general contractor committed to building sustainable spaces. They take on home remodeling projects big and small, and they work in residential, retail, office and industrial spaces, including green construction projects. Adam Piser, president and CEO, founded Domain in 2004. He has personally been involved in the development, construction, and management of over one million square feet of real estate. Previously Piser worked for a brokerage firm in New York City, selling luxury properties throughout Manhattan. He then moved back to Chicago and founded Domain, a full service real estate, design, and construction firm.

The company has been featured in LUXE Magazine and in Sophisticated Living. One of their home designs, called the “River North Loft,” is a stunning example of industrial and glamorous design elements coming together to create a dazzling space. It is an open concept living space with a white marble kitchen island, and it incorporates color with a blue wall and red brick accents. Exposed piping and beams coupled with shiny light pendants make this home of opposites a thoughtfully executed design.

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Old Towne Custom Builders

Principals:
Allen Drewes

Awards:
Home Builders Association of Illinois President’s Award.

Address:
5N765 Crane Rd, Saint Charles, IL 60175

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About Old Towne Custom Builders

Old Towne Custom Builders is a home builder/remodeler with an in-demand emphasis on energy conservation. They offer levels of performance for a new home or remodel using knowledge obtained from their US Passive House Builder certification. Fittingly, their motto is “Energy Efficiency Through Building Science.” Led by Allen Drewes, Old Towne Custom Builders has built homes with the winning combination of beauty and energy efficiency. The company performs jobs ranging from $200k to $1.25M. They are a Passive House Certified Builder and recipients of the 2015 Home Builders Association of Illinois President’s Award.

In one of their expansive home designs, a sweeping stairwell leads up to the second floor. A family room with tall windows floods the space with natural light. A master bath with a soaking tub is positioned just right in the corner of the room, surrounded by large windows, and a gorgeous kitchen is outfitted with a breakfast bar.

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Hogan Design and Construction

Principals:
Brian Hogan

Address:
21 North 6th Street, Geneva, IL 60134

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About Hogan Design and Construction

From an early age, Brian Hogan, owner of Hogan Design and Construction, has been aware of what makes people happy. He had his first hunch about his social aptitude for contracting work when he worked with other contractors who did not honor commitments or return phone calls. Hogan Design and Construction was created to exemplify the better alternative. This goal has kept their customers happy and has garnered them industry-related awards. They were named among the 2016 Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50.

One of their stunning home remodels includes reclaimed wood accents throughout the house, including along the face of the kitchen island and on a bathroom wall. This warm accent adds a modern and inviting element to the home design. Other features like beautiful wood beams and an airy open floor plan with large windows and glass doors invite the beautiful outdoors in.
Impeccable design and construction elements are featured in another home remodel by Hogan Design. A white kitchen crafted with crown molding above the cabinets, a cleverly disguised range hood, stainless steel six-burner stove, and a spacious custom-built kitchen island with ample seating complete this luxurious space.

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MAW Chicago LLC.

Principals:
Scott R. Sevon
Michael Nagel

Awards:
CAPS National Certified Aging In Place Specialist of the Year Award,
Multiple HBAGC Crystal & Gold Key,
March National Remodeler of the Month Award,
NAHB Graduate Master Remodeler of the Year Award,
HBAI Remodeler of the Year Award,
NAHB Build-Pac Trustee

Address:
830 West Northwest Highway, Suite A, Palatine, IL 60067-2377

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About MAW Chicago LLC.

With over 80 years of experience, the MAW Chicago team knows just what to do no matter the size and scope of your home remodeling project. The firm is led by Scott R. Sevon, whose father ignited in him a passion for construction at a young age. Under Sevon’s leadership, his firm specializes in building, remodeling, home renovation, and new construction. They pride themselves on their ability to plan perfectly, and to design and budget your project to your complete satisfaction.

MAW Chicago has won countless awards, including the 2015 CAPS National Certified Aging In Place Specialist of the Year Award; the 2015 Multiple HBAGC Crystal & Gold Key; and the 2012 March National Remodeler of the Month Award. They also received the 2011 NAHB Graduate Master Remodeler of the Year Award and the 2011 Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) Remodeler of the Year Award, and they were a 2016 NAHB Build-Pac Trustee.

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S.N. Peck Builder, Inc.

Principals:
S. Neil Peck
Marcia Hundt

Awards:
NAHB Gold Key Award for Whole House Remodel,
Silver Key Award

Address:
1647 West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612

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About S.N. Peck Builder, Inc.

S.N. Peck Builder creates exceptional spaces that enhance lives while delivering the highest level of customer service. They are a residential general contractor in Chicago specializing is residential remodeling, kitchen and bath remodeling, and home additions. They have served the Chicago area since 1982. Led by S. Neil Peck, they also have expertise in green and sustainable construction.

The company received the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Gold Key Award for Whole House Remodel and the NAHB Silver Key Award for Kitchen and Bath Remodel, and they made the list of Remodeling “Big 50” from Remodeling Magazine. They are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP Certified, EPA Lead-Safe Certified, and a member of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They are also a 2013 Better Business Bureau Complaint Free Award Recipient.

Their Lincoln Park home remodel is an example of using color to enhance the charm and draw of a home design. The home includes a swirling staircase with a wooden banister that wraps around a deep, blood orange wall. Color is used again in the kitchen, with high-gloss orange cabinetry.

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Nottingham Builders

Principals:
Lee Norton

Address:
23372 Lake Cook Road, Deer Park, IL 60010

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About Nottingham Builders

Nottingham Builders has been building incredibly high-quality, picture perfect homes with the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail for the past 35 years. Led by Lee Norton, Nottingham Builders specializes in energy-efficient homes, green building, home extensions, home remodeling, architectural drawings, new construction, and much more. They have successfully built spacious, custom homes on five acre lots, all the way to smaller homes on the lake. Their construction costs range from $50,000 to $10M.

Their exceptional home designs incorporate large windows, grand ceilings, swirling staircases, beautiful moldings, and delicately detailed fireplaces. One design incorporates a deep blue living area with a built-in wine bar, recessed lighting, and rich wooden floors. Another home features a spacious bathroom with three arched windows and a central tub housed in a custom-built tile enclosure. A third home has a grand stairwell that opens up to the east and west wings of the residence, in a gorgeous curving design.

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DJK Homes

Principals:
Dan Kittilsen

Awards:
Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Gold Key Award,
NIHBA ICON Award of Excellence Silver Award,
ICON Award for Best Home

Address:
26108 Stewart Ridge Drive, Plainfield, IL 60585

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About DJK Homes

DJK Homes has lead the way for the last 30 years building and remodeling homes with the highest level of attention to details in design, performance, quality, and craftsmanship. The company’s motto is “The Difference is… in the Details!” DJK also leads the way in building sustainable, high performance, and healthy homes throughout the Chicago suburbs, including Naperville, Plainfield, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, St. Charles, Oswego, and surrounding areas. The company is led by President Dan Kittilsen, whose love for construction began at a young age. He first ventured into masonry for a local company and worked his way up, and he has been in the building industry over half of his lifetime. Kittilsen handles overseeing the operations and sales process to ensure that each project is handled with a unique and personal experience.

Under Kittilsen’s leadership, the company has accomplished many feats including building two of the very first homes to achieve 100% Net-Zero status in Naperville. Both homes have received high levels of recognition thru LEED Platinum level and NAHB Green Emerald certifications. The company has also received a 2016 and 2015 Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Gold Key Award; a 2013 NIHBA ICON Award of Excellence Silver Award; and the 2010 ICON Award for Best Home Under $500k, among many others accolades and awards. One of their stunning remodels features a family room with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. A fireplace with a modern wood panel facade extends up to the ceiling. The sheer length of the fireplace makes the room feel grand. The room also boasts cozy wood floors and a contemporary geometric light fixture.

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Element Worx

Principals:
Brett Williams

Awards:
Angie’s List Super Service Award,
Oak Park Historic Preservation Award,
Oak Park Cavalcade of Pride Award

Address:
212 N Harvey Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302-2333

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About Element Worx

Worx builds smart and thoughtfully conceptualized spaces full of high-quality finishes and modern, clean designs. The contractor’s motto is, “We don’t just rehab houses — we create homes.” Element Worx is dedicated to creating homes that combine today’s modern amenities with an eye for important details. They believe each home has a specific individual personality, and they strive to let that personality shine through their designs.

Led by President Brett Williams, Element Worx won the 2012 and 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, as well as the 2011 Oak Park Historic Preservation Award and the 2011 Oak Park Cavalcade of Pride Award. They are also an A+-rated Better Business Bureau residential contractor.

Custom woodwork was used in one of their stunning remodels. An expansive breakfast bar is accented by meticulous woodwork. The double-level space includes spacious wood floors, a modern stone fireplace, recessed lighting, high ceilings, and tall windows for natural light.

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Foster Design Build

Principals:
Bob Berg

Address:
2661 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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About Foster Design Build

Foster Design Build was established in 2009 as a small family business with the sophistication of large firm. Founder Bob Berg’s mission was to give Chicago a full-service, boutique design-build firm for handling all the details from concept to creation. Berg founded FDB after spending over 20 years in the construction business. FDB is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and both the Chicago and national chapters of the US Green Building Council. Foster Design Build was featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times among other publications.

FDB’s remodel of 2022 N Dayton is nothing short of spectacular, with high coffered ceilings, elegant lighting, and warm wood floors. A hint of dark accents, such as the dark wood banister, the black framed fireplace, and the black trim windows give this space an extreme sense of elegance and grace.

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Scott Simpson Builders

Principals:
Scott Simpson

Awards:
Make it Better “Best Green Builder” Award,
Historic Preservation Awards

Address:
1529 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

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About Scott Simpson Builders

Scott Simpson Builders is a Chicago area and North Shore architectural and construction firm founded in 1994 by Scott Simpson. Simpson always loved working with his hands, and he founded the company after attending Loyola University and majoring in psychology. The contractor specializes in the construction of new homes; historic renovations; and eco-conscious, green building projects. Over the years they have build over 100 homes in the communities of Chicago, Evanston, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, and Winnetka, among others. SSB was awarded the 2016, 2015, and 2014 Make it Better “Best Green Builder” Award, as well as 10 Historic Preservation Awards. Scott Simpson Builders has Illinois’ second ever LEED Platinum Certification and Glenview’s first LEED Gold Certification.

The Scott Simpson team was approached by a client who had plans for a condo remodel that would have been too expensive to execute. With their in-house architects, they were able to devise a more budget- and timeline-friendly approach. The new plan included floor-to-ceiling glass walls, beautiful built-ins, and free flowing transitions from one room to the next. The generous open spaces throughout the layout allow the condo to fill with light and provide stunning views of Lake Michigan.

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A. Perry Homes

Principals:
Tony Perry

Awards:
Lakeland Builders Association Award,
LUXE Interiors + Design Gold List

Address:
1220 Washington Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

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About A. Perry Homes

A. Perry Homes calls themselves “dream builders.” Tony Perry dreamed of building homes as a young boy. As an adult, he traveled extensively throughout Europe to study architectural details of historical buildings, and he often incorporates what he learned into his designs. Innovation and process improvement is always present in their work. The firm received the Lakeland Builders Association Award for Best Overall Layout and Best Kitchen. They made the LUXE Interiors + Design 2015 Gold List, and Tony Perry was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business section, among many other publications and awards.

The before-and-after photos of A. Perry Homes’ remodeling projects are great examples of the power of their spectacular remodels. Lackluster spaces are transformed into luxurious and functional homes. For a project titled “Fairway Elegance,” they transformed the complete look and feel of the house by doing away with outdated cabinetry, revamping old banisters, and removing walls from cramped areas to create a modern, open, and highly elegant design

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Orren Pickell Building Group

Principals:
Orren Pickell, CEO
Lisa Pickell, President

Awards:
Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago – Best Custom Builder Award,
Crystal Key Award,
Platinum Key Award,
Interiors Chicago Best Custom Builder

Address:
1799 Willow Rd., Northfield IL 60093
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About Orren Pickell Building Group

Orren Pickell Building Group is one of the premier home-builders and remodelers in the Midwest. With 40 years of experience, he and his firm understand the dilemma many homeowners face when they love their home but have outgrown its size, or have simply grown tired of its aesthetics. One thing Orren Pickell knows for sure: remodeling is a cost-effective alternative to moving or building a new home.

The company received the Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago – Best Custom Builder Award in 2018, a Crystal Key Award and a Platinum Key Award, among countless others. Orren Pickell was named “Best Custom Builder” by Interiors Chicago.

Orren Pickell renovated a Gold Coast mansion to perfection with an overall classic aesthetic. The residence features beautifully ornate fireplaces, a sweeping staircase, a gorgeous wood enveloped study, and a wine cellar. Detailed molding design accents including crown molding, one-of-a-kind sconce lighting, and recessed lighting make this mansion remodel truly spectacular.

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Nicholas Design Collaborative

Principals:
Peter Nicholas

Awards:
AIA Chicago Small Project Honor Award,
Home Book Design Excellence Silver Award for Remodeling,
One of Build Direct Magazine 15 Best Architects in Chicago

Address:
509 N Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Website | info@nicholasdc.com | 312.243.7799

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About Nicholas Design Collaborative

Peter Nicholas established Nicholas Design Collaborative, a small architectural firm committed to high-quality design in 1989. In 2001, after experiencing many projects with uneven craftsmanship and construction management by outside contractors, Nicholas formed a Design-Build entity, NCA Build, Ltd. in an effort to ensure the quality and economy of the architectural design work produced by Nicholas Design Collaborative.

This method of construction delivery has proven over the years to give the client a higher level of service and a better quality project by having the Architect control both design and construction for an integrated solution. With a more significant presence at the construction site, the architect-builder has better control over the way details are executed, insuring that the materials and methods that have been specified are followed and built correctly.

Through the years, NDC has demonstrated the ability to meet their clients’ needs and produce award-winning designs. The firm has won multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter for both Small Project and Distinguished Building Awards, the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Licensed Architects, the National Association for Registered Architect and the Chicago Home Book. They have also been featured in several publications including Luxe Magazine, Crain’s Chicago, GA Houses, Chicago Tribune, Trends Ideas, Curbed Chicago, Curbed National, Chicago Architect, Chicago Home Magazine and The Contemporist. The firm been recently named as one of Build Direct Magazine’s 15 Best Architects in Chicago, Expertise’s 2018 – 20 Best Architects in Chicago and Chicago Architects Top 10 Design Build Firms in Chicago.

NDC is currently finishing a new home adjacent to the campus of the University of Chicago for a professor and his family and also will be starting a new home this summer in Wilmette for a professor couple who teach at Northwestern University. Both homes feature floor to ceiling glass, strong connections between interior and exterior spaces, energy efficient design and green material selections. Both houses are modern in design, but mindful of the more traditional surrounding homes in both scale and material.

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