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Remodeling and Home Design

Becky, Loop

"Mitch and his team have done a fantastic job. After consulting with us, they provided design ideas, laid out a detailed budget and plan, and selected outstanding materials and finishes. The old flooring was replaced, the entire apartment was painted, a new fireplace and mantle were installed and the closets were finished within just a few weeks. As with any construction project, there were some hiccups along the way (some issues with the painters, the old flooring took a little longer to remove than planned), but Mitch was very easy to work with, stayed on top of the subcontractors and maintained good communication throughout the project.

We are very pleased with the outcome and are now having Habitar/Stratagem design and carry out a kitchen remodel as well as some work in two of bathrooms."

Gregory, Gold Coast

"(I) used Stratagem (and their design firm Habitar) for a significant reconfiguration of a bathroom, closets and a hallway into an upgraded and expanded bathroom and a walk-in closet...

...They were professional from start to finish and also handled all communication with the building management which was key because I live in California. Hannah was the designer and Brandon was the project manager. The plans were accurate, the bid was detailed and there were no significant change orders. Periodic updates were provided via email. I have referred them to others and will likely use them when I reconfigure and upgrade my kitchen."

Steve, Lincoln Square

"The project was done exactly according to our agreed schedule and the quality of the craftsmanship is excellent.  The fireplace install was particularly intricate and difficult, and it turned out great. We had a problem with one of the replacement A/C units, and it was taken care of.  No arguing, no issues.  Everything looks great and works great."

Kelly, Glenview

"Had an excellent experience with Stratagem. Though they did not come in with lowest quote initially, they came with a strong recommendation from a neighbor. Work was done in a timely fashion. The men who worked on our project were polite and cleaned up every night. When project was complete both Mitch and Brandon followed up to make sure all of my needs were met. Love my beautiful new main floor. Was pleased with under budget final price. Will tell all my friends and will use them again for future jobs."

Monique, Bucktown

Their work is absolutely amazing & professional!...
...Since we moved into our house approx 2 yrs ago we have had a total of 8 rooms painted (all different colors).  Half of those were darker colors.  We have white baseboards and a white ceiling, so any flaws would be noticeable, and there none.  Also, I'm a clean freak & they kept everything covered while working & left no mess behind.
Vidal, who gives the quotes & schedules, is very courteous, friendly and professional as are all the painters.  I believe they've all been with the company many years.  And Mitch, who I believe is the owner of the company is great to work with as well.  They will work with you to get the job done when you need it too.

I look forward to working with them again & could not recommend them more."

Jennifer, East Lakeview

"We worked with Habitar and Stratagem to design and build/install a wall unit. We needed something functional (for barware, bottles, and personal photos, etc.), modern and baby-proof. Hannah was our designer and she was understood what we wanted right away. She was very nice to work with, very collaborative and she turned things around quickly."
 

"When it was time for construction we really didn't have to lift a finger. Habitar and Stratagem handled everything from project management through installation (including electrical stuff.) The end result is better than we ever expected. Its a real focal point in our home, a show piece. :) We did end up spending more than we anticipated initially, but we wouldn't change a thing - the work is worth every cent, and we'd recommend Habitar/Stratagem to friends and family in a heartbeat."



Chris' Kitchen

Chris, Chicago

"I absolutely love my new kitchen!! The design is unbelievable and the workmanship is simply outstanding. I can't believe that 5 days ago I was standing in my old kitchen and tonight I'm in my new one."

Haki's Fireplace and Built-Ins

Haki, Chicago

"Habitar [Design] and Stratagem [Construction] designed and built our fireplace and bookshelves. The result is worthy of a design magazine."

Tom, Chicago

"A lot of builders had ideas but Kapan really helped us make choices and pulled them together in a way that the other builders could not. But it wasn't just the design which was great and captured what we wanted, Mitch's team and Krzyzstof made it happen. The craftsmanship was excellent... They exceeded our expectations. I give them a 10 out of 10."

Tim and Lisa, Chicago

"We love our new fireplace. The design was great. It was very easy to work with Habitar. Mitch made sure they stayed on schedule. They did what they said they were going to do. The craftsmanship was exceptional. We're very pleased to work, and that's the truth. We've been telling everyone."