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Remodeling Associates
4.9
from 119 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Allison M.
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Ron has done many home improvements for me over the years and has helped to make my home look great! He has done everything from electrical (changing all my lighting in my house and one of them was from a 2 story entry way Yikes!), plumbing ( new kitchen sink, garbage disposal and sump pump) to adding crown molding and glass to my kitchen cabinets and now they look custom. He is friendly, prompt, very fair pricing, very knowledgable in all home improvements and best of all he is a perfectionist. He will not leave the job until it is perfect and the customer is very happy. He did new tile in my mom's kitchen and now she loves him too! I've delt with many contractors over the years and really Ron is the best.

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DuPage Home Service, Inc.
4.7
from 125 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
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Phil L.
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We had a last minute need for a carpenter and dupage home services really came through. Not only was their carpenter able to come out on a Saturday morning, but he did an excellent job as well. And to top it off, the work came in under quote so they even shaved $125 off the bill. I would recommend them for any home repair job you may have. Outstanding!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike L.
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Jason built out a storage shed with sturdy shelving in our indoor baseball facility. The job was done on time and on budget. It turned out far better than we even imagined . I highly recommend Jason for carpentry work. Mike Law-President Batavia Youth Baseball

The Handiest Man
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Katie R.
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Kyle was amazing to work with - he created an entirely new stair railing and custom baby gates for us. He was fast, professional and did a beautiful job at a reasonable and fair price. He took on a job that no one else could/wanted to do. I highly recommend hiring Kyle - we will be working with him in the future and recommending him to all our family and friends.

Kosterna Construction
4.6
from 55 reviews
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
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I hired Kosterna Construction to do various drywall projects, including building the framing and insulating the walls. They also put in support beams where needed, built a sub floor for tile in the kitchen, installed an exterior door with frame, built frames/molding around windows, evened out a sloping floor/ ceiling. I was able to buy my own materials and paid them for the labor. They are very experienced in all new construction and remodeling. Very nice, reliable, easy to work with. I thought they did great work for a fair price and plan on hiring them for future projects! attached are some photos

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Advanced Floors
4.7
from 47 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn V.
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Michael just finished our floors and we are so very happy with the outcome. He worked with us to get the exact color and look we wanted, which was a bit difficult since we went with an almost custom color. Also, our floor boards are diagonal so we were worried the different rooms wouldn't be able to transition smoothly but nope, that wasn't an issue. The transition between rooms is seamless and you can't tell where we used to have carpet. So yes, I definitely recommend Michael's team. Our floors are perfect and we loved working with him.

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  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Theresa s.
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I am in love with my new backsplash done by Marek Construction! His wife Gracie does a great job setting up appointments and following up. I would not hesitate to use Marek again and to recommend him to others that need work done!

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VAC Group Inc.
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Benjamin W.
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Andriy Chaley was very accommodating in resolving our special need to change the configuration of one solid wood cabinet into two single cabinets. The cabinets were custom and very difficult to replicate or reorder. We appreciated the quick completion, availability and value. He allow us to continue with our kitchen remodel and not break the budget. We will definitely will contact Andriy for additional projects and provide referrals as necessary. Thank you from the Wrights!

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  • 26 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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James R.
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Dan created a custom built-in for our entryway with bench, shoe storage, shelves, and overhead cabinets. From the very start he was a pleasure to work with as we collaborated on something that would be one-of-a-kind and perfect for our space. His crew built the unit offsite in 5-6 weeks then assembled/installed in-home over several hours, and we couldn't be happier with the look, functionality, and high quality of his work. Will certainly recommend to anyone looking for built-ins, custom kitchen, or bathroom cabinetry. Thank you!

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Signature Home Construction
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer A.
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We are thrilled with how our small back deck and added custom built Pergola turned out. The team started when they said they would, and if it weren't for the temperamental Spring weather, would have finished the job EARLY, which has never happened... ever. Larry actively helped solve problems and over came any obstacles that unexpectedly turned up. The positive and uplifting attitude towards his work in craftsmanship and life, made it an overall fantastic experience. We look forward to working with Signature Home Construction again in the near future.

Damian Trim
4.3
from 28 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Mark L.
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Working with Jason was a pleasure, despite some delays due to weather etc he ensured the job got done as quick and reliably as possible. He was also very communicative for the entire duration. Lastly we are very happy with the quality of work, our baseboard/shoe looks great!!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Ann R.
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Andrew was awesome to work with. I was able to text him with questions when I needed, and he didn't mind. The job was done in the time he estimated and at the cost he quoted. Brandon was also really nice and worked hard. Overall, we are happy with the tile job and bathtub installation.

Zurek Construction
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel W.
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I worked with Zurek Construction on my kitchen remodel--Matthew and Wojciech--and they were outstanding! I have an old house with sloping floors and odd angles, and they were able to custom cut moldings and shelves to work with my unique space. They also worked with me to fit in cabinets that I had purchased myself, and to come up with a good, working design for the kitchen. They were punctual, hardworking and affordable, and are just great carpenters! I am grateful for their great work and will hire them again!

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Brad schiltz
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathleen E.
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Brad built custom shelves for me, very reasonable & very responsive.

  • 25 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Sybil F.
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Mr. Brown has been working on some projects for me and the quality of his work is great. He put some security doors in and they look good. The plumbing work I needed done was great. He’s professional and takes time to answer all your questions. I still have projects and would definitely recommend him.

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Christopher's ReModeling
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark M.
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Joel installed crown and light rail molding on our kitchen cabinets. Not only was he very responsive and his work excellent, he was also very fair priced. I will definitely engage him again and have introduced him to several friends for work they need done.

  • 15 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Antro P.
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Glenn did a wonderful job with painting work and some handy man stuff at my Condo. He arrived on time and was diligent to take care of the in very detail. In order to make sure that the job gets done on time, he had one helper - so that his customer is satisfied. I would recommend him fro any handyman related work around your house.

Chicago Wood Care Company
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Gena M.
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Eight years after my custom wood fence was installed, I found myself having to tie one of the fence posts to the tree in my backyard to prevent the fence from falling/flying away the next time a strong wind came along. Since the fence was originally custom built onsite, I knew that a cheap, store purchased fence fix was not going to maintain the existing aesthetic. Earl, at Chicago Wood Care Company, reached out to me directly conveying an genuine shared appreciation for “wood” as a material and the importance of its handling, characteristics, and aesthetic. Extremely accommodating, Earl was able to come out to the house early one morning before I left for work to view the fence and assess the problem. Earl immediately expressed a course of remedy and his confidence in himself to execute the repair. A quote arrived via email from Earl and a date was set to begin the work. Friendly, eager, honest, reliable, skilled/talented and trustworthy speaks to Earl’s person. The level of Earl’s workmanship is measurable by that of the highest standard. Earl was able to do the work without my having to be at home. This was very important to me. My fence never stood so straight and level as it now does. A recent high wind forecast didn’t give me a moment of worry. I thought Earl’s quote was fare albeit not the cheapest. This was just one of those things you need to pay a little bit more for to get the job done right while extending the life of a fence that will one day need to be replaced altogether.

D2O Army Construction
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Loukessa H.
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D2O Construction has remodeled a living space I am about to occupy. They also assembled furniture for me.

Hammell Homes
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jan G.
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Remodeled powder room, replaced back doors, and painted kitchen. Professional from contract to completion of job. I will definitely use them again.

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Candelario Buzo
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Gina M.
Verified review

Candelario was a pleasure to work with. I had been looking for someone to apply the glass tile backsplash in my kitchen and I'm very happy that he was the one to do the work. He is precise. He is clean (he cleaned each day before he left my house) and takes pride in the work he does. Each tile that needed to be cut was done perfectly. From the first day he started this job, he told me how long the job would take and how long he'd work on those days and that is exactly what he did. There were no surprises. I am so happy with the way my kitchen looks! I would absolutely refer Candelario for your next job!

Q & A

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Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

Do you tip cabinet installers?

In general, home service providers such as electricians, plumbers and contractors are professionals who don’t expect tips. They expect to do a job for you for the specific price they quoted. Of course, they may appreciate a tip for a job particularly well done or for which they’ve gone beyond what’s normally expected, such as completing the project early or under budget. Even better than a tip, it’s always appropriate to leave a positive review online after a good experience.

How much is custom cabinetry?

Custom cabinets can be built for any room, including bedroom closets and built-in armoires. Measured carefully and built precisely, custom cabinetry can increase storage and beautify any room. The national average for building custom cabinets ranges from $500 to $1,200 per linear foot. The cost is highly variable because there are so many styles, colors, glazes and other options. In general, the linear footage of the cabinets, the materials used to build them, and the cost of the labor will determine the cost. Solid wood costs more than plywood and wood veneer, and costs vary among different types of wood; maple and cherry cabinets are more expensive than pine. Glass-front cabinets can cost more, as can decorative hinges, handles and door pulls, which can cost $2-$45 each; choose carefully to stay within your budget and pull off the exact look you’re going for. Some carpenters also charge for installation, on average $100 per cabinet box. Additional molding and trim, such as crown molding at the ceiling, cost an average of $70 per 8-foot section, and adding finished ends to exposed cabinets averages $100-$200.

How much does it cost to have kitchen cabinets installed?

In any kitchen, the cabinets are the main focus, so you want to make sure new or replacement cabinets are installed correctly. A professional carpenter can properly, securely mount new cabinets to the wall; the national average cost for this service is $7,725, although the cost varies widely depending on the type of cabinets, their material and their size, and the accessories you add. A typical fee is $70 per linear foot to remove existing cabinets and assemble and install new ones; the cost is less if you do the demolition and removal yourself. Stock cabinets are the least expensive to have installed, ranging from $75 to $400 each; semi-custom cabinets range from $150 to $900 each; and custom cabinets cost from $500 to $1,400 each. Wood cabinets are more expensive than those made from plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and finished with a laminate. Wood cabinets range in cost from $80 to $160 per linear foot. Laminate-finished cabinets cost $35 to $75 per linear foot, on average.

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