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Part of Chicago’s Legacy for Five Generations

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.

Improving Our Neighborhood, One Home at a Time.

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.

An In-House Team of Expert Designers, Craftsmen, Project Managers, and Administrators

Get to Know Our Team

"I own a business and needed some major work done in a short period of time. Not only was OHi priced competitively, but their project management was first rate and quality of work was exactly what I...

Arlington Dog House

Commercial Interior Remodel

Arlington Heights

five-stars

Google

"OHi was the right choice for our whole house remodel! From the start through completion the construction process was well planned and executed. The entire OHI team from designers, project manager,...

Beth

Remodeling & Additions

Arlington Heights

five-stars

houzz

"OHi remodeled our house nearly down to the studs. They developed an open concept on the main level, replaced all the floors with beautiful hardwood or super-soft carpet, updated all the bathrooms,...

Victoria

Remodeling & Additions

Schaumburg

five-stars

Google

"I have used OHi several times over the last few years. They were excellent! John Kautz personally supervised my kitchen flooring renovation from planning to finish which required removing glazed...

Carl

Flooring

Elk Grove Village

five-stars

Google

"We used OHI to renovate our upstairs full bath. The design team (Mary & Sarah) was a dream to work with. The project manager (Jeff K.) kept us completely informed throughout the process. The entire...

Kimberly

Bathroom Remodel

Buffalo Grove

five-stars

Google

"I chose to work with OHI because they are a third generation, family-run business. Renovated my loft in the west loop, limited floor space and closets. My designer, Teri, provided excellent guidance...

Lori

Remodeling & Additions

Chicago

five-stars

Google

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Awards and Recognition

2018 NARI Remodeling Excellence Award

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

Daily Herald Readers' Choice Top Pick

OHi is proud to announce we have been named one of Daily Herald's Top Picks for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling and Flooring Company via their Readers' Choice poll. Learn More

2018 Big 50, Remodeling Magazine

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

Top 500 List, Qualified Remodeler

In the full-service remodelers category, OHi was ranked #126 across the country and #8 in the state of Illinois. Learn More

2018 550 List, Remodeling Magazine

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

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