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7. Follyn Builders & Developers
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  • Serves Chicago, IL
We are one of Chicago's leading builders of select, unique, single family homes, condominiums, 2-flat to single family home conversions, single family home renovations and single family home additions! Every individual custom home is the most important home - because it is your home. Our goal has always been and continues to be; to build incredible homes with beautiful design, outstanding function and unparalleled quality. Contact us to build your new home, as your general contractor we will help you realize your dream of a home that is exactly what YOU want. Custom home builders should do exactly that - build a home customized to YOU. We do NOT follow the cookie-cutter method of custom home building, you know the homes we mean, they look exactly the same as the next door neighbors except for the siding color. Not the custom houses we build. We believe that neighborhoods are built one home at a time and Chicago is above all, a city of neighborhoods. We are proud to be a Chicago new home builder and build each home to exacting specifications. We are proud to offer our unique designs and services as a custom home builder and new home general contractorSee more
We are one of Chicago's leading builders of select, unique, single family homes, condominiums, 2-flat to single family home conversions, single family home renovations and single family home additions! Every individual custom home is the most important home - because it is your home. Our goal has always been and continues to be; to build incredible homes with beautiful design, outstanding function and unparalleled quality. Contact us to build your new home, as your general contractor we will help you realize your dream of a home that is exactly what YOU want. Custom home builders should do exactly that - build a home customized to YOU. We do NOT follow the cookie-cutter method of custom home building, you know the homes we mean, they look exactly the same as the next door neighbors except for the siding color. Not the custom houses we build. We believe that neighborhoods are built one home at a time and Chicago is above all, a city of neighborhoods. We are proud to be a Chicago new home builder and build each home to exacting specifications. We are proud to offer our unique designs and services as a custom home builder and new home general contractor

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What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

How do architects work?

Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

How do architects charge for their services?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Reviews for Chicago builders
Landri M.
Working with David was a very pleasant experience! He is very talented and will go back and add anything you may have overlooked. He's informative and knowledgeable with building codes and permits. He's also quick and affordable. Had a very pleasant experience from start to finish.
Terra Architects, Inc.Terra Architects, Inc.
Stephanie K.
Alumni Builders did an amazing job building and designing our addition. It’s exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier. All workers were on time, professional and polite, and truly did outstanding quality. We’ll be using these guys on a few more house projects/remodels. If you’re looking for a contractor you won’t be disappointed using Alumni! Dan is fantastic at walking you through every step and taking the stress off you’re plate!
Alumni Builders IncAlumni Builders Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Goran and his team did an exceptional job on my renovation project. I recently purchased a condo in an old building (100+ years old) and wanted a fresh look. Goran executed my plan beyond my expectations. He replaced all trim around doors/windows and baseboards which required custom wood work across the entire house due to uneven planes. He removed an old permanent wall unit surrounding my fireplace and repaired the walls. He painted the entire condo and went above and beyond to fix unexpected obstacles that arose throughout the job. I highly recommend Quality Home Repair Specialist for any job.
Quality Home Repair Specialist LLCQuality Home Repair Specialist LLC
Ritu K.
We are so excited to have found Paul for our apartment remodel. He is very professional, detail oriented, will go beyond what all the other general contractors said they would do and work with you to accomplish all your goals. He takes responsibility for the tasks he has agreed to do and sees it to completion. Our building has very strict requirements and he has ensured that all of these are satisfied. Where everyone else said ‘no’, he said ‘yes’! Our apartment is not done yet but we’re super excited to work with him and will post photos of before and after! If you’re looking for a contractor to actually listen to you, quote fair pricing, be dependable and make this task stress-free, don’t look else here! We are going to use his company for our residence and each of our companies as well. Thank you Paul!
Builders Construction Company, Inc.Builders Construction Company, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Overall I would say that our experience with Thom was great! His pricing is really reasonable compared to others out there and at the start of the process he really sits with you to work everything out. He came to our house multiple times to go over plans and pointed us in the right direction when we were getting overzealous.. Getting permits is always hard--and that took longer than expected for a small project like ours. I wasn't thrilled with the fact that his expediter hadn't realized that the city guy assigned to approving our permits had been fired which was the big hangup. (How did I find that out and he/she not?). There have been some very minor flaws in the plans as we've gone through the building process--which I am sure would have been corrected had we brought them to his attention. In the long run we had a great experience and would recommend him to anyone that wants someone to get the job done without the snobbery and intimidation of some of the other teams out there.
Thomas Budzik Architecture PCThomas Budzik Architecture PC
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