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Testimonials

The only thing our Oak Brook home needed was a ground floor family room. Clairmont LTD impressed us during the bidding process presenting a complete package. This included a well-defined scope of work, schedule and project cost broken down by craft. They broke ground in mid-September and we celebrated the Christmas holiday season in the completely finished space. The work quality was excellent, only premium materials were used. Mark and his construction team managed a difficult project as site access was a challenge. Pat was able to deliver a quality project on time and on budget. The subs were fully supervised and the site was always safe, clean and secure. All permits were obtained inspections were completed as required. We couldn’t be happier with the results and will highly recommend Clairmont Builders for a remodel project or new construction project.

~ Bruce Smith

Pat Franz / Clairmont is the consummate contractor, who carefully crafted a comprehensive, cost saving update to my parent’s 1970 constructed townhouse, effectively converting a worn out vintage residence into a move in ready contemporary classic. The scope comprehensive and included clearing out the old, then installing energy efficient windows, mechanicals, fixtures and appliances, plus bringing utility services up to code. I’d hire them again!

~ M. Cihlar

I was recently transferred to the Chicago Area. My wife and I wanted something special, and found a home with “potential” in a great location in Hinsdale. The home needed extensive remodeling, both inside and out. We researched several area remodeling companies, and Clairmont, Ltd. came highly recommended, due to their attention to detail and ability to create amazing spaces. From the beginning my wife and I liked working with Pat Franz and his team. They understood what we wanted to achieve, and never tried to persuade us to go an easier route. Clairmont did a fantastic job! You can barely tell it is the same home. Thank you Pat!

~ Ken R.

Over the past seven years Pat and his team have made numerous improvements to our home. A new roof, new siding, custom cedar shutters, a new patio door, a breathtaking beamed ceiling with five inch oak crown molding, and out latest project new granite counter tops in the kitchen and powder room. All of the work was done on time and on budget. All the subcontractors were courteous and kept their work area clean and safe at the end of each day. We couldn’t be more pleased with all our projects and will continue to rely on Clairmont, Ltd. and Pat Franz for all our future home improvements.

~ R. Randal

After working with Pat Franz at Clairmont for our basement renovation and having such a good experience we knew who to choose when renovating the first floor kitchen/great room. Pat and all of the guys who work with him are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like I have a brand new house now, they completely changed the feel of my house and it now looks exactly like I built it myself. Can’t wait for our next project!

~ J. Hutten

My husband and I had never undertaken any remodeling let alone gutting our kitchen. Thanks to friends who had done so we were able to get great guidance on how to evaluate remodeling contractors. Thank God! After interviewing five firms we selected Clairmont and had an amazing experience. They had a very direct approach and sometimes told us things we did not want to hear. But once we witnessed the entire process from design to construction to completion we got it. We understood why things were done the way they were. We love these guys and we love our new kitchen! They are EXPERTS! Honest and forthright. When you do remodeling you are literally living with you select so do your homework.

~ Mary

Picture a pregnant wife. Actually picture a very pregnant wife and the wrong contractor tearing apart my house. It is February in Chicago and it is cold. Our room addition which started in October was supposed to be done by now. But all I have is a big hole next to my house with a new foundation in it. That is what four months of work got me. One cold February morning as I came down the stairs to the first floor I heard water running. A lot of water running. Walking down the basement stairs I discovered we were in an episode of the Titanic. There was at least two feet of water and it was still rising. Why? Our contractor when excavating had not protected water pipes near the outside basement wall and they froze and burst.

You can imagine the flurry of activity and emotion that followed. A neighbor seeing the commotion, inquired and immediately referred Patrick Franz of Clairmont. He met me that evening. The next morning the first contractor was fired and Clairmont was hired. The next day Pat started the cleanup and the construction – which now included rebuilding the basement. It was amazing! Totally amazing! I got direct answers to my questions, I got activity and best of all he and his people did high quality work. They saved my marriage and my family and turned my house into a show place. The people at Clairmont are true professionals. They are highly educated in building science and building processes. Remodeling, as I have learned, is so much more complex than new construction. Their uber-professionalism made the experience outright pleasant. Pat and his team worked around a newborn and a new mom, making changes in 50% of the rooms of our current house plus the two level addition we had started in October. Their attention to the finest detail, spotlessly clean work-site, creative, solution based management, and over-the-top thoughtful communication made ALL the difference. I have them perform at least one job a year on my house or other properties I own.

~ TGW

Pat Franz and his entire Clairmont, Ltd. team were exceptional. My husband and I are thrilled with the design but, most importantly, the entire remodeling process was smooth… thanks to Pat. He patiently worked with us to perfect a design that was both within our budget and met our desires. Even though a third-party designer made a critical measurement error, Pat was able to quickly think of an ingenious idea and executed on the new design immediately. We couldn’t have been happier with the professional, clean, and efficient crew also. We would eagerly recommend Clairmont, Ltd. for any and all projects.

~ Slifour

We met Pat Franz and his team from Clairmont shortly after purchasing our home. Having worked with builders and subcontractors in the past, Pat Franz sets a standard that few can meet. He treated our home like his own, was literally on call to answer questions and address any concerns, and inspired tremendous confidence with his technical knowledge and excellent craftsmanship. His attention to detail and pride in the quality of his work resulted not only in a great finished product but also meant that he was able to anticipate and spot issues before they became problems. Remodeling and renovation projects can be very stressful and the peace of mind that Pat provides is truly invaluable. He took such a personal interest in making sure that our job was completed to our satisfaction and to his high standards that he became like a part of our family. Even after the job was done he was an incredible resource, always willing to answer questions and provide advice. We would recommend Pat Franz and Clairmont without hesitation to anyone building, remodeling or renovating a home.
~ Cindy & David Randell

You can trust these guys. The best thing I ever did was tell them what my budget range was. Their number’s came in the middle of what I could afford. Then they gave me some options, like a menu, to choose from, offered advice with clear logic as to which may fit my needs and my home’s value the best. Now that I’ve lived with those decisions a bit, they were dead-on!
~ Jim & Barbara Hughes


In a remodeling/renovation project or new home you buy a process as much as you buy the end result. If you don’t understand that you’re probably in for trouble. Afterall, you are living in your home while the work is going on. The folks at Clairmont were totally on their game with our kitchen addition. They were on-time and on budget and always gentleman. My wife and I have done three renovations. This was the biggest and the most difficult of the three and we had the absolute best experience using Clairmont. They were extremely clean, safe, and real craftsmen. Their budget was the highest of all the builders we contacted, BUT on closer inspection, the other builders had not bid everything in the blueprint or bid it with the high quality components we wanted. In the end Clairmont saved us money, time, and substandard results.
~ Toni & Kevin Brenski

Pat Franz and his crew at Clairmont, have proven to be, time and again, the highest level of professionals in the home renovation industry. In my home, they have completed such major projects as a room addition, a full kitchen renovation, the remodeling of two complete bathrooms, and our entry/foyer area. They were accurate with their estimates, detailed in outlining the projects timeline and experts in implementation. They also provided creative design input which resulted in new spaces with a special flare – that also proved affordable. Clairmont is a great value when considering the comprehensive nature of their services and the efficiency with which they work.
~ Ann Grant

Clairmont was not the cheapest, nor were they the most expensive. Yet wow! Did they blow us away with knowledge and a wonderful bedside manner. We have small children and yet our home was kept safe, clean and organized. Our punchlist was small and our warranty claims nonexistent. They bridge the gap between being the kind of craftsman that can only come from years of experience and being modern scientists and technicians that can understand the new building science.
~ Dr. Fred & Barbara Luchetti