Christian Kautz began providing his community with carpeting services in 1900, installing carpet alongside his grandson, Ray, for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. In 1967, Ray and his wife Kathryn opened a storefront, Carpets by Ray & Sons, which resulted in a second store opening in Buffalo Grove in 1977.
Ray, a father of six boys, employed his sons in his stores when they were old enough to work. He taught them everything, from the product, to the installation, to the importance of building meaningful client relationships. As the business continued to grow and offer new services for our neighborhood, we changed our name to OHi. Today, we specialize in improvements for the entire home, as well as commercial interiors for healthcare facilities, student housing, and multi-family housing.
Ray and Kathryn built their business with service at its foundation. That commitment carries through to everything we do today.
Even as other companies choose to outsource their work, we stay true to our roots and employ professional interior designers, product specialists, project managers, and expert craftsmen to ensure the highest quality possible with minimal sub-contracting. We work with the highest quality products, all available in our one-stop showroom. And we emphasize proactive communication that minimizes the need for reactive defense.
"I worked with OHi to remodel my master bathroom. Jeff K. was extremely easy to work with. At the time I was 9 months pregnant and he did everything he could to finish the project ASAP. I greatly...
"Tammy was a joy to work with. She listened to my requirements / desires and pre-selected samples that were all good possibilities, I wasn't overwhelmed with too many carpet textures and colors. She...
"I had a great experience with them!! Professional and genuine. The sales lady I worked with didn't have that stereotypical pushy- salesman attitude. She worked with me to show me products in my...
Elk Grove Village
"We contacted OHi at the recommendation of a friend who had completed a master bedroom/bath remodel when we began to determine what was possible with the outdated kitchen and inefficient floorplan of...
Remodeling & Additions
"I saw an OHi van at my neighbors house almost every day for about a month so I asked him what got done. He got a full bathroom remodel and said to give them a call if I was thinking about getting...
Elk Grove Village
"Fast and painless carpet installation. Very impressed!"
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) judges anonymous submissions across 17 categories each year, with OHi winning for Residential Interior Remodel. Winning projects are selected based on transformation, ingenuity, and problem solving. See The Winning Design
Out of around 98,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff, OHi was selected for the magazine’s annual list based on its high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in our community. Learn More
In the full-service remodelers category, OHi was ranked #126 across the country and #8 in the state of Illinois. Learn More
Home improvement companies are recognized on this annual list for their growth size and impact on the industry. Criteria include number of remodeling projects completed, services offered, and number of employees at the company. Learn More