Threaded with dramatic marble patterns or shimmering quietly in zinc, Precision Stone Designs' countertops are eco-friendly and backed by a one-year warranty. Slabs of granite, marble, quartz, and engineered stone—all available in about 200 colors—await choosy renovators, as does 3D design software that helps homeowners realize their design dreams. Technicians typically install countertops and cabinets themselves, but industrious customers can opt for customizable DIY packages.
Matt Puchalski set himself up early for a career in the arts, working as a framer at a nationally renowned studio in high school and enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. When his workplace unexpectedly went out of business, 20-year-old Matt shrewdly bought up the equipment and customer list, set himself up as the sole proprietor, and decamped to the safety of his parents' basement, where he balanced his coursework with the demands of a small-business owner. Matt's determination and hard work paid off, with streams of repeat customers and corporate clients paving the way for three subsequent business expansions and the company's current success.
A far cry from the shop's humble roots, the current studio shows off the talented staff's technical skill with projects such as a framed flat-screen television or 75-gallon aquarium. Technicians touch up and bring to life faded photographs with restoration projects, and the store's designers craft stunning framing compositions that decorate homes, corporate offices, and even the walls of the White House.
Now that he no longer has to juggle frame crafting and school with the rigors of owning his own business, Matt has time to return to his art, employing brilliant splashes of color to create impressionistic depictions of the stately granite structures, glistening skyscraper lights, and active volcanoes along the iconic Chicago skyline.
A licensed plumber with 11 years of experience, Tyler founded Lifeline Plumbing Heating And Cooling with his wife in 2010. Since then, the business has expanded to seven trucks manned by EPA-certified technicians. In addition to fixing leaky pipes and broken water heaters, they also install water treatment systems. These H2O-cleansing devices include ultraviolet disinfecting systems, which oust microorganisms.
The family that owns and operates Emerald Restoration & Cleaning Service draws on more than 22 years of combined experience to keep homes looking their best. Techs steam away grime from carpet fibers, deep clean grout and tile, and remove spots from upholstered furniture. Clients can also opt for regular maid service.
For more than a decade, the certified craftsmen at Haris Inc. Home Remodeling have seen home improvement projects through from start to finish. Before buildings are even hatched from their aluminum-sided eggs, they can provide services such as blueprint design, project development, and site evaluation, and oversee the construction process as well. If an existing space needs an update, the experts can erect a deck or porch, or re-design the rooms to the customers' specifications.
Grand Frame Inc, an Arlington Heights establishment since 1974, corrals more than 3,000 frames, posters, and display museum cases in its 8,000 square-foot space. Gary Grana, the framery's cofounder, holds two patents in framing technology and has passed his passion for the industry to several members of his family who now guide customers through framing options for sports memorabilia, wedding photos, and lovingly audited tax documents. In addition to carefully inspecting every project that goes through the shop, Gary's expert staff also doles out frame-hanging services to help complete customers' decor. Over the years, the store has continuously evolved its services by offering LCD TV framing and Grand Gone Green products, a signature line that embraces an eco-friendly approach to picture framing.