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What burning questions do you have about design-build, home remodeling, and Patrick A. Finn? Our remodelers answer some of our most commonly asked questions to give you a better look into our design-build process and company.


Do you have a question you don’t see here? Let us know!

Call us at (847) 358-4133 or contact us online.


How many years have you been in business?

We’ve been in business since 1991. In that time, we’ve worked on well over 750 homes!

Do you offer financing?

Yes! We have a financing partner who can help you determine what type of financing would be best for your project. Click here for more financing information.

Does your work include any sort of guarantee or warranty?

All Patrick A. Finn materials and labor are covered under a full warranty for 1 year after completion of your project. Various material warranties extend beyond that timeframe. If there is ever a workmanship issue, even beyond the warranty period, we’ll do everything we can to resolve it for you.

Why do you require a phone call before we meet?

Remodeling is an extensive process. With such variety in project scopes and needs, it’s important to make sure that we’re the right fit for one another. In order for both of us to adequately judge whether there is potential for a working partnership, we do require a phone call prior to the meeting.

Do you provide free estimates?

During our initial appointment at your home, we can discuss similar projects and help you determine a ballpark for your project based on our experience and previous projects. However, to get an exact price, we must first design the project. Read more about free estimates here.

Where is your office?

Our office is located at 1212 W. Northwest Hwy., Palatine, IL 60067. Turn into the parking lot off of Sterling and Northwest Hwy, enter through Door 1. We’re the first door on the left.

When are you available to meet for an appointment?

We are available for appointments throughout the day into the early evening Monday through Friday. Typically, we do not set appointments on the weekends or on holidays to ensure a healthy work/life balance for our team. Visit our contact us page to get the conversation started!

How do I know what to budget for my remodel?

It’s difficult to determine what to budget for a remodel without having gone through similar work in the past, so it’s normal to be unsure of what to budget for your project.

While every project is different, we often encourage homeowners to review Remodeling Magazine’s Cost v. Value Report for the Chicagoland area. This will help give you an idea of what various projects cost. In our experience, most remodeling projects fall close or into the upscale range.

What if my project and budget don’t align?

For many, remodeling a home will be one of the largest investments they make in their life. Often times, potential clients have a variety of projects to complete in their home, but are on a limited budget.

We often create a “master plan” for homes, with the ultimate goal to build out the project in phases. Creating this master plan allows us to ensure that the final home will feel well designed and cohesive.

Will you install materials that I have already bought?

Unfortunately, we do not work on projects where material is already provided. We have attempted this in the past, which leads to schedule issues when products arrived damaged or late or need a unique installation method.

When we provide the materials, we can rely on our vendors and trade partners to stand behind the quality, timely delivery, and receiving the appropriate product information. This process and these relationships save time and money throughout the project.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, we are licensed and insured. This provides protection for us as a contractor and you as a homeowner. Check out our blog post on the importance of licensed professionals in your home.

Why do you use subcontractors if you have in-house carpenters?

Our carpenters and subcontractors have different responsibilities and skill sets. Each subcontractor specializes and is licensed in their unique trade. Our subcontractor partners ensure the highest quality and safety in relation to their trade. Each of them has had a working relationship with us for years and has passed a background check. We’ll only allow the highest quality professionals into your home.

How will I know my project is on schedule?

We use a project management software called Co-Construct which houses a schedule for your project. You have 24/7 access to this schedule which is updated throughout your project. You are also given weekly updates of what to expect each day for your project.

Communication is key to a successful remodeling project and Co-Construct helps this significantly. To see what Co-Construct is like, visit their website www.co-construct.com.