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.
"When we decided to remodel our master bath and closet, we went with OHi because several of our friends had been happy with their work. It was a perfect fit for us. Designers came over to see the...
"Our carpeting was quite old and matted. As we are getting older, our biggest concern was moving all the furniture out and getting new carpet. John came in measured and assured us they would take...
Elk Grove Village
"OHi knows home improvement!!! Great tile, lighting, cabinet, floor, etc. selections. Love John, Sarah, Cheryl and everyone at OHi. Courteous, prompt and professional from start to finish! No...
"OHi sent me a postcard and I attended a kitchen remodel seminar at their showroom in Elk Grove Village, IL. I had attended several other companies seminars in the past but felt right at home at OHi....
Elk Grove Village
"From start to finish OHi was a pleasure to work with. From the first meeting with John and Teri to the last walk through everyone was fantastic. They listened to all of our concerns and were able to...
"My husband and I recently purchased our first home in December of 2014. With the costs of closing and furnishing our new home, our budget for home remodels and repairs for our first year was limited...
Remodeling & Additions
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