GuildQuality’s 2017 Guildmaster Award Honors LaMantia Design & Remodeling

LAMANTIA DESIGN & REMODELING OF BROOKFIELD, IL RECOGNIZED AMONG THE TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE LEADERS IN THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

GuildQuality’s 2017 Guildmaster Award Honors LaMantia Design & Remodeling

Chicago, IL, 2/03/2017 LaMantia Design & Remodeling of Brookfield, IL received a 2017 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry.

Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of 600+ eligible applicants, LaMantia Design & Remodeling is one of 300+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care.

In determining which businesses received the 2017 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates, and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

LaMantia Design & Remodeling achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality.

About LaMantia Design & Remodeling:

www.LaMantia.com LaMantia Design & Remodeling is a full-service design & remodeling company that has been building in Chicagoland and the surrounding communities since 1973.  Founder Tony LaMantia attributes the continuous success of his family owned company to the collaborative efforts and attention to detail shown on each project by his team of award-winning designers, architects, skilled craftsman and in-house team.   Mr. LaMantia has been a guiding force at the helm and continues to do so by combining the integral roles of leader, mentor and colleague to his team members.  Mr. LaMantia has instilled within the company, a pride in workmanship and the drive to exceed client expectations.  Most recently, the LaMantia Design & Remodeling team has announced that they will be moving in March 2017 to a more spacious 13,000 SF showroom in Hinsdale, Illinois in order to better accommodate business growth and future development.

About GuildQuality

Over 2,300 residential construction professionals rely on GuildQuality’s customer satisfaction surveying software to help them deliver exceptional customer service and get the recognition they deserve for their commitment to quality. Join GuildQuality’s community of quality today and see your company through your customers’ eyes. For more information about GuildQuality, visit www.guildquality.com.

For more on the 2017 Guildmaster Award and qualifications, visit www.guildquality.com/guildmaster/.

 


Quality, Honesty, Fairness

Andy LaMantia, Tony LaMantia, and Mike Gacek. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER/JWC MEDIA
Andy LaMantia, Tony LaMantia, and Mike Gacek. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER/JWC MEDIA

 

Article featured in Hinsdale Living Magazine.

It’s a very different world than when Tony LaMantia first opened the doors of LaMantia Design & Remodeling 43 years ago. In this day and age, of Pinterest boards and popular home remodeling shows, clients have a deeper understanding of everything that goes into a remodel, they have a more refined sense of the design that appeals to them, and they have a much higher expectation for quality workmanship. Those heightened stakes have only helped to solidify the stellar reputation of LaMantia Design and Remodeling, since they’ve been operating at the highest level with the best quality materials since they entered the industry in 1973.

“I’d say more than 75 percent of our business is from referrals,” says LaMantia, the founder of the company.

Is there higher praise for the work done by a family business than decades of referrals in a competitive marketplace? Their A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website speaks to that same devotion to quality, as does hearing from just one of their many happy clients:

“We are in love with our new kitchen!” says a letter from past clients Kim and Steve Dlugo. “It could not be any more perfect. From the design to the materials to the ease of construction, it is easy to look at our kitchen with great appreciation to the entire LaMantia organization. Everyone was so patient with us and our millions of questions. Their patience helped us alleviate any nervous feelings we had. We always felt comfortable and well informed. The team truly cared about the project as much as we did and it shows in the final product. We miss you guys.”

The LaMantia award-winning design team is made up of licensed architects, degreed interior designers, accredited kitchen and bath designers, and many dedicated, considerate tradesmen.

“Every phase of a project is handled by our team,” says LaMantia. “You don’t have to juggle various aspects of the job because we’ll assign a design team and a project manager for you. They’ll work side by side with you throughout the design layout and material selection processes and will stay with you until the project is complete. Your project manager will keep you abreast of all the details along the way.”

The process of working with LaMantia Design & Remodeling is easy and has been refined by decades of interaction with satisfied customers. First, clients meet with a design consultant for a free consultation to discuss the project, the desired budget, and the time frame. The client’s ideas are turned into sketches, interior and exterior renderings, and floor plans before they visit LaMantia’s 8,000-square-foot showroom to shop for materials that perfectly fit their concept. Financial options are considered, and LaMantia has relationships with several banks in the area offering the lowest interest rates. After the client approves the blueprints and LaMantia takes care of all the necessary permits, a construction superintendent arranges the ordering and scheduling and the project begins. Clients are kept in the loop throughout the entire process up through the inspections, cleaning, and walkthrough. Every job comes with a full five-year guarantee.

“Our success has been built on quality workmanship, excellent service, great employees, and treating our customers with honesty and fairness,” LaMantia says.

LaMantia Design and Remodeling is currently located at 9100 Ogden Avenue in Brookfield, 708-387-9900, as of January 1, 2017, their new showroom will be located at 20 E. Ogden in Hinsdale, 630-663-9900, lamantia.com.


Coffered Ceiling Sets the Stage

The project began as a Master Bathroom renovation. As the bathroom design and material selection moved along, the very satisfied clients, decided to have the award-winning LaMantia team of Jackie Prazak and Katie Suva, CKD, CBD move into “kitchen mode”.

Although the working triangle of the kitchen was locked into place, the visual renewal has been tremendous. While perusing Prazaks’  portfolio, the client’s admired a coffered ceiling from a previous project and with this direction the new design began to take shape.

To accept the planned Family Room Coffers, Prazak slid a wall into place between the two rooms; this wall not only offered the necessary capture for the ceiling structure but was also  dressed with an expansive arched and elaborately moulded opening, adding yet another detail to the design of the entire space.

With the backdrop of the space designed, the kitchen details of creamy painted cabinets, 2” thick Iceberg quartzite counters, glassed splash tiles, specialty wired cabinet glass and over sized carpenter milled wood hood corbels set the stage for this fabulous finish.

With this marvelous finished product, it’s evident that  LaMantia not only creates a beautiful kitchen, but we take the design to the next level. Most contractors are capable of replacing your cabinets and countertops, but with designs of this quality, it’s clear the LaMantia designers will take your project far past the ordinary and create a completely new experience within your home.

About The Designers

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Jackie Prazak

Years with LaMantia: 18
Years in the Industry: 23

Jackie Prazak has been working in interior architecture for twenty-two years. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Jackie enjoys guiding customers through the materials selection process, always aiming for beautiful and functional spaces for homes. While she enjoys this process, her main goal is to build trusting relationships with clients to ensure they have a pleasant experience with LaMantia.

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Katie Suva – CKD, CBD

Been with LaMantia since 2004
Been in the Industry since 2004

Katie Suva has been working in interior architecture for ten years. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture Columbia College in Chicago. She has also received her CKD and CBD certifications through the NKBA. She is a resident of Downers Grove and a mother of three. Katie specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodels. She is an award winning designer, having won many 2014 NARI Remodeling Excellence Awards, and many others which you can see below. Katie has been working with LaMantia since the beginning of her career, and seen as a very appreciated part of their team.


Shower Re-Location Proves to be the Winner

Surprising how quickly this happens, but this stunning 15 year old Hinsdale home was ready for some new looks. Enter LaMantia’s award winning designer, Jackie Prazak and, as it always does, the beauty followed her in the door.

There had been others presenting ideas for change, but when Prazak, with the help of Katie Suva, CKD, CBD, shared her possibility of the new walk-in shower location, the clients knew they had found both the contractor and the designers they wanted to proceed with.

Prazak felt relocating the shower location would capitalize on both the entry view and the angles of the volume ceiling. With her presentation, Prazak was able to “virtually” take the clients to the bathroom, position them outside the glassed entry doors, and display the view of the new shower.

Prazak’s  plan for the new bathroom layout also included removing the visual weight of the large drop-in tub and re-inventing the linen closet to appear as a tall furniture chest nestled into the original closet space. The soft white/soft grey combination of tiles and paint colors played off each other perfectly when mated with the rich darkness of the chosen woods and finishes.

With the new bathroom layout and material selections finalized, the client’s decided to move this winning team directly into the kitchen! Kitchen story to follow soon…

About The Designers

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Jackie Prazak

Years with LaMantia: 18
Years in the Industry: 23

Jackie Prazak has been working in interior architecture for twenty-two years. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Jackie enjoys guiding customers through the materials selection process, always aiming for beautiful and functional spaces for homes. While she enjoys this process, her main goal is to build trusting relationships with clients to ensure they have a pleasant experience with LaMantia.

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Katie Suva – CKD, CBD

Years with LaMantia: 10
Years in the Industry: 10

Katie Suva has been working in interior architecture for ten years. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture Columbia College in Chicago. She has also received her CKD and CBD certifications through the NKBA. She is a resident of Downers Grove and a mother of three. Katie specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodels. She is an award winning designer, having won many 2014 NARI Remodeling Excellence Awards, and many others which you can see below. Katie has been working with LaMantia since the beginning of her career, and seen as a very appreciated part of their team.


LaMantia Design & Construction Wins 2016 Nari Contractor of the Year Award

LaMantia Chicago Project Wins Second Award

LaMantia Design & Construction, Inc. has been named 2016 Contractor of the Year Regional Winner for Residential Addition Under $100,000. This news arrives just days after Nari of Greater Chicagoland bestowed a similar honor on the same project. By enclosing an existing open front porch on this Chicago home, LaMantia architect, Gail Lowry provided the clients with the Foyer they so desired. The need for the Foyer may have been the driving force that brought the clients to LaMantia, but the architectural details that were employed to dress the recreated façade were the icing on the cake!

See more of this project here!


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Cabinet Over-Bridge Becomes the Solution

Our clients felt removing the wall between their Kitchen and Breakfast Room was what they needed to do to have the kitchen of their dreams. With the guidance of LaMantia kitchen designer Gina Mazzone, CKD, CBD, aided by Annessa Zaharis, NCIDQ, the quest for the new kitchen space began. During the design phase, with the space completely drawn, the wall was removed and our clients could truly be “in the space”, thanks to the outstanding software that was utilized. The larger open room did not quite hit the spot the clients were expecting.

After several approaches were considered and drawn, the final decision was made to remove the wall, extend a Peninsula between the two spaces and then create an over-bridge with cabinets to soften the transition. The end counter-wall cabinets of the bridge were glassed both sides to allow the eye to easily travel from one space into the other, further enhancing the openness.

Mazzone’s NKBA kitchen and bath education is the source that guides her while designing. Her decision to slide the Kitchen/Laundry Room entry over allowed a clear traffic path to develop alleviating interference to the cook.  The new door location also created space for a mini-tech desk at the end of the double oven elevation. Since the Laundry Room is entered from the garage, the work station is the perfect place to drop briefcases, keys, cell phones, laptops, chargers, etc. The lower cabinet was fitted with file space so, ultimately, this small space has become an organized hub of activity just steps inside the house.

The existing misshapen Pantry, encumbered with a plumbing chase, was carved out to allow the new refrigerator placement. The new Pantry space, although smaller, was completely fitted with roll-outs and built-ins to access every square inch.

Zaharis became the lead when it came to cabinetry details. The kitchen is now appointed with decorative turned legs and toe boards, arched valances, staggered heights and layered mouldings.

Our clients have said that without the ability to “virtually see” the space and all the cabinetry drawings, prior to construction, they definitely would have ended with a much different result…and one that, quite possibly, would not have given them as much joy. With the new lighting plan and layered cabinetry details this open space has become a joy to come home too.

 

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About The Designers:

Gina Mazzone

Gina Mazzone CKD, CBD

Years with LaMantia: 12
Years in the Industry: 14

Gina Mazzone has been in the design field for twelve years specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and room additions. She attended the International Academy of Merchandising and Design and also received NKBA certification in kitchen and bath design. Gina is an award winning designer and has had projects published in multiple midwest magazines. Gina is passionate about finding design solutions that meet the individual needs of her clients. Being a firm believer that ‘form follows function’ which guides her in creating designs to be aesthetically pleasing and enhance daily living for her clients. Her number one priority is always her clients. She is there the entire way through the remodeling process offering insight, overseeing their fixture and material selections, oversight and communication of timelines and budgets,  and a strong commitment that the finished project not only meets but exceeds their expectations. Gina has been with LaMantia for twelve years and is a valued member our team.

Annessa Zaharis

Annessa Zaharis, NCIDQ

Been with LaMantia since 2013
Been in the Industry since 2004

Annessa Zaharis has been working in the field of interior design for nine years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis. She has always had passion for design and architecture, but truly fell in love with it when she made it her career. Working with clients and making their dream spaces a reality is one of the most fulfilling feelings for her. Clients are her first priority and she will strive to make sure every aspect of their renovation runs smoothly.


2015 NARI Chicago Remodeling Excellence Award Winners

LaMantia Design & Construction is proud to announce we have, once again, won design awards from the Greater Chicagoland Chapter of Nari. The five awards range across most every aspect of the outstanding work that LaMantia is capable of achieving. The awards include a spectacular renovation to a Hinsdale kitchen, a whole house rebirth in Western Springs, a lower level build-out in Burr Ridge, an outstanding front addition to a north side Chicago home and a first floor remodel in Riverside that included relocating a Powder Room to gain the real estate to enlarge the kitchen of a beautiful old home and take a home built in the early 1900’s into the 21st century.

Kitchen Remodeling Hinsdale

 Residential Kitchen $100,000 – $150,000. Click here to read more about this project

Kitchen Remodeling Riverside

Residential Interior $75,000 – $100,000. Click here to read more about this project.

Burr Ridge Basement Remodeling

Residential Basement over $100,000. Click here to read more about this project.

Kitchen Remodeling Burr Ridge

Residential Interior over $150,000. Click here to read more about this project.

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Residential Addition Under $100,000. Click here to read more about this project.

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Pictured from left to right: Gail Lowry, Gina Mazzone, Andy LaMantia, Jackie Prazak, Katie Suva


Warmth and Character Conquer Failure

LaMantia architect, Gail Lowry, found a complete failure of the exterior materials of this home when first visiting the property. The existing EIFS (Exterior insulation finishing system) had failed and required complete replacement. Most all of the failures of these original systems, some of them dating back to the early 1960’s, were based on water infiltration problems which caused damage to buildings resulting in costly repairs and replacement.

Black mold and wood rot, caused from both poor caulking and lack of drainage at installation, prevailed over a good portion of the exterior surface. The damage was so extensive it required removal of, not only the existing cladding, but also the plywood sheathing, insulation and several window sashes.

Lowry took this renewal opportunity to infuse the façade with many new details; her vision was to softly convert the home to present an English Country style with more welcoming scale.  The front entry to the home was both lowered and arched; the arch being a repetition of other areas while the lowered entry created a sheltering effect to the front door. Appropriate English character is evident in details repeated throughout such as cedar shutters, gable vents, brackets and scuppers.

An “old world” craftsman was employed to hand stucco the entire façade in a custom color and pattern. Stucco samples were prepared and our client’s final choice was a loose free style pattern. Charming replacement garage doors and exterior lighting coupled with the new, warm, inviting color pallet brought this home to a complete new existence.

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Revisions Equal Incredible Additions

Wait till you see what LaMantia Design and Construction can do to reinvent your existing home! A new home isn’t always the answer when you are disgruntled with how your house is working (or not working) for you!  

You may just need to revise your existing space to accommodate your family’s evolving needs. The client’s came to us with great questions and LaMantia designers Jackie Prazak and Annessa Zaharis, NCIDQ had tremendous solutions and then some!

Since the Kitchen and Family Room were essentially one room, the homeowners wondered if the two rooms could somehow be made more separate, yet still one space. They also said they needed the kitchen to be more efficient…was there, maybe, room for an Island?

Prazak took their requests for a more efficient space one step further when she suggested replacing the Family Room windows that overlook the backyard with sliding glass doors and adding a deck. Storage is always an issue in every remodel and to address this need Prazak suggested relocating the desk area and creating a double door closet for coats, boots, backpacks, etc.

A wide arched opening between the Kitchen and Family Room was the solution to the separate, but still “one” issue. The arched opening was an existing design element within the home and Prazak developed the idea to accommodate the requested division. The opening not only gave the two rooms a soft line of demarcation, but also offered space for the two elevations of Kitchen cabinetry to nestle into.

The new corner placement of the range provided the NKBA required landing space on either side while the long stretch of countering on the sink wall offers both prep and work areas. The Island has now provided in-Kitchen seating for all the meals for this busy young family.

 All these revisions, plus a well-thought through lighting plan with several levels of light, add up to a spectacular new home. Our clients are thrilled with all the “new” spaces they gained both inside and outside their home.

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10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season

Fall is here! Check out these 10 Fall Home Maintenance tips courtesy of freshome.com

1.) Examine your roof/gutters/downspouts for debris:

Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it.  Clear leaves, dirt, and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.  Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.

2.) Examine the grounds of your property:

Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping or falling accident.

3.) Change the filters in your home:

If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.  Clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months.

4.) Still have leaky faucets? Repair them now:

Before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Most likely the time and money spent now to fix will be less than a broken pipe in the dead of winter!

5.) Prepare your fireplace:

For some people they use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter months.  Discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney.  If the air is becoming cold, close back the damper after cleaning. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.

6) Drain your hot water heater:

If your live in an area with hard water extra amounts of sediments could be building up in your tank.  Now is a perfect time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank as well. If your hot water heater is extremely old or is rusting considering a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.

7.) Check windows and doors for drafts:

The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.  Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

8.) Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture:

Once you have taken your last plunge in the pool this summer, power wash outdoor furniture and cushions.  Once dry, store cushions in dry area to prevent cracking, and fading over the fall and winter months. One spring comes along next year, you will be pleased that you stored them and they’re ready for use!

9.)Have garden power tools serviced:

Once your grass begins to enter the dormant stage, take your lawnmower, trimmer, and other tools to get their blades sharpened and fluids recapped off. In the market for new garden power tools, buy now when the season is almost over… you will find great deals!

10.) Take care of your irrigation/lawn needs:

Depending on where you live, the climate for your lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked.  Consider having an irrigation service professional fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. If you want to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage, don’t forget to fertilize. Visit your local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.

Enjoy these days of summer because they are going fast! Before you know it we will be getting ready for the holidays.  Use these ten tips to help you get a jump start on your fall home maintenance, your home will thank you!