Traditions Design Build LLC.

Traditions Design Build LLC.

15 years in business

About this pro

We have 20 years of experience with all aspects of new ground-up construction, land development, design development, municipal variance and permitting, partial/whole house remodels as well as other residential projects and light commercial construction.

We have never been litigated by any client, sub-trade or vendor nor have we had to litigate any client, sub-trade or vendor. We are fully insured as are any sub-trades we bring in. Any/all W2 employees are insured as well.

We transform un-used, unimpressive spaces into a vision of design and function. I have some of the best design professionals and trade-partners in the Fox Valley area.

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Elgin, IL 60123
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Initial meeting/consultation with clients. Discuss their ideas and candid discussion about bugetary guidelines and expectations. Depending on the size of the project sometimes we require a retainer as in working with new home construction projects to payment when work is completed as in hanging a new front door that clients already have/own on-site.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

OSHA 10 hour as well as 30 hour Construction Safety Certification.

AAS in Archetural design and space planning.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Internal rate per man-hour is $58. Outside labor [trade partners] based on scope of work an specific trade we hire in.

How did you get started in this business?

Nearly 22 year ago I started in new home construction and other major-scope residential projects.

What types of customers have you worked with?

End-user clients. [residential & commercial]


Small to mid-size builders.

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

109 Grove in Glen Ellyn, IL is searchable on the web. It was a custom one-off single family I developed on an in-fill lot. I designed many of the layout elements as well as all of the interior selections.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Are they a legal entity in Illiniois? 

   We are Illinois Sec. of State #02341611 since '07.

Do they carry Commercial Lines insurance coverage?

  We do, 2 million in aggreate coverage.

Do they know how to write a sub-trade scope of work?

  We do, I write a General Conditions for every project that     all trades must sign.

How do they insulate themselves and the client from Risk of Loss?

  I have every trade partner sign a Hold Harmless        Agreement as well as having us names as additional    insureds on their insurance policy for the duration of work. 

We also collect Lien Waivers from all paid trades/vendors to insure there is not an issue down the road.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

The 'cheap' guy is cheap for a reason. Legitimate contractors doing the same work have the same basic costs; these folks are usually with 2-5% of eachother's numbers. There are some factors that change this but the super-cheap outfit is a problem waiting for an excuse. We are not the cheap guy nor are we the highest prices 'boutique' shop.

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