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6. JenRL Design Studio
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General Contracting, Home Remodeling

Offers remote services
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Highland Park, IL
Whether you are looking to refresh a room, remodel your kitchen or bath, or build a new home, I can help you plan, design, visualize, and manage your project!   My goal is to help clients translate their design goals into more definitive plans for a successful project. This process may include creating 3D models and renderings, space plans, detailed drawings to facilitate construction, as well as research and specification of products and finishes to be used. My approach is educational - the better you understand the options, the better I can help communicate the technical details, keep you within budget, plus devise beautiful and functional design solutions. My experience working for developers, home builders and remodeling companies has provided exposure to the construction process first hand. Partnerships with local general contractors and architects allows me to provide a more seamless project design and management process. Ask me how I can help streamline your next project!See more
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Whether you are looking to refresh a room, remodel your kitchen or bath, or build a new home, I can help you plan, design, visualize, and manage your project!   My goal is to help clients translate their design goals into more definitive plans for a successful project. This process may include creating 3D models and renderings, space plans, detailed drawings to facilitate construction, as well as research and specification of products and finishes to be used. My approach is educational - the better you understand the options, the better I can help communicate the technical details, keep you within budget, plus devise beautiful and functional design solutions. My experience working for developers, home builders and remodeling companies has provided exposure to the construction process first hand. Partnerships with local general contractors and architects allows me to provide a more seamless project design and management process. Ask me how I can help streamline your next project!
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10. Follyn Builders & Developers
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New on Thumbtack

Home Remodeling

  • Serves Highland Park, 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
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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

Your burning questions: answered

What do construction project managers do?

Construction project managers help in all stages of your construction project, starting from the very first step. Typically paid a percentage of a total project cost, they are part of the design and planning process and help ensure seamless communication between the design parties and the construction team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, their scope of work includes preparing cost estimates, budgets and work timetables; interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals; reporting work progress and budget to clients; collaborating with architects, engineers and other construction pros; selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their tasks; responding to work delays, emergencies and other problems; and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations.

The work of construction project managers may seem very similar to that of general contractors, but there are some critical differences. One difference is that, unlike most general contractors, project managers are not engaged in the actual construction — they are onsite overseeing the work of subcontractors. Another key difference is that project managers are hired during the design phase, while general contractors are hired after plans have been made. The project manager is generally paid a percentage of the total project cost, while the general contractor is more typically paid according to the bid they gave to build your project.  

How do I find out if a contractor is licensed?

It’s important to know if your project requires work by a licensed professional, as licensing laws can vary by state, locality, and job details. You can find general licensing information online at the government websites that handle occupational licensing for a given profession in your state or location. Some states designate a project cost over which you have to hire a licensed contractor. To find qualified licensed contractors, search your state’s licensing board. For example, in California, the Department of Consumer Affairs operates a searchable database through the Contractors State License Board. In some states, contracting licenses are provided at a regional level. You can find links to specific databases on BRB Publications’ Occupational Licensing page. Red flags that a contractor may not be licensed or may be providing an expired or false license number are unreasonably low bids or a request for complete payment upfront. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How much does a project manager charge per hour?

You may choose to hire a construction project manager for your residential or commercial project. For the hands-on homeowner who wants to be involved in home construction but isn’t comfortable hiring subcontractors, a construction project manager can oversee these relationships and supervise labor. Typically, construction project managers charge a fee that is a flat percentage of the total construction project cost. This may range from 10 percent to 15 percent, depending on the company and the services they provide. This means a $30,000 home remodel project would have a construction project management fee of $3,000-$4,500. Hiring a construction project manager generally precludes the markup on subcontractor labor charged by a general contractor. The drawback to this choice is that, unlike a general contractor, the construction project manager won’t be financially responsible for the work of the subcontractors. For larger projects, you may hire a construction project manager who will also hire a general contractor. This provides the benefits of the general contractor along with the management services of the project manager, who will be on board from the beginning. The construction project manager will be involved in the design phase and work with the architects and the building crew, facilitating a smoother overall process.

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What is a contractor license number?

A contractor license number is proof that your contractor is operating their business legally, that they have the proper documentation required by your state or region, and that they are competent in their area of work (electrical, plumbing, construction, etc.). Licensed contractors should freely advertise their contractor license number. If not, you can request it before considering them for hire. You can also research your contractor using their license number. The database for your state will indicate the field they are licensed to work in; whether they are up to date on insurance, workers’ compensation and bonds; and whether they have any consumer complaints issued against them. If the licensed contractor you are hiring does not have employees, they are not required to carry workers’ compensation. Each state or region will have their own database for licenses, such as the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.  

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

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. 

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.

Does a general contractor need to enter my home?

Provided the project is located inside your home, completing the job would require a general contractor to enter your home. But if your project is located outdoors, a general contractor will likely not need to enter your home. Discuss your options with general contractors in your area before hiring.

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