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.
"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...
"My husband and I wanted to add a backsplash to our kitchen. Some friends recommended OHi. When we visited the showroom, Tammy showed us samples that might work based on photographs of our kitchen...
"We had OHi renovate our basement and are thrilled with their work. John and his team were great to work with. They always were there on time and had great ideas. Teri helped us with the design--and...
"OHi was very easy to work with. They had great ideas and were always available. Since we both work, they were flexible in meeting with us! We love our new kitchen and couldn't be happier!"
“Thanks to OHi for the great job on the lobby of the Metropolis Theater in Arlington Heights.”
Commercial Interior Remodel
"I have used OHi for flooring of all types. They are very efficient in getting the product, and pricing is fair. OHi has a wonderful selection, and all types of quality. I will continue to work with...
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