Custom Design and Remodeling
License and certifications are the credentials that prove we know what we are talking about. These are a valuable sign of expertise compared to companies and individuals who do not carry them.
Not all general contractors have a license to be a general contractor! Actually, the State of Illinois does not require general contractors to have a license (only electricians, plumbers, and roofers).
We are licensed through the State of Wisconsin as a General Contractor. This means we had to pass an exam on residential building codes and other important areas that will make sure your project is done right the first time.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, badge holders with remodeling expertise will possess knowledge on remodeling project assessment; codes and regulations, and requirements for licenses, permits, and inspections. They will also have knowledge of creating, customizing and revising remodeling design plans, remodeling processes and estimates, construction methods and material costs.
About the NKBA: The NKBA is the world's leading trade association for the kitchen and bath industry providing tools, research, certification, and events to thousands of professionals. The National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade group that promotes professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has evolved into the premier association of designers, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, installers and other industry professionals. Visit www.NKBA.org for more information.
A Certified Remodeler (CR) designation proves the remodeling contractor’s superior knowledge, technical comprehension and skill in remodeling.
NARI’s CR program measures skill and expertise valued not only by other professional remodelers, but by consumers as well. Highly respected by those who have achieved the designation, the CR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct, and technical skills. In addition, they must also adhere to NARI’s strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NARI certification program assess the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in over 20 remodeling task areas including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trades skills required in remodeling your home.
Attaining this certification requires the candidate to have been working full time in the remodeling field for at least 5 years and passing a comprehensive assessment exam. Preparation for this exam takes up to 16 weeks of intensive study and self-examination. In addition Certified Remodelers are bound to abide by the NARI Code of Ethics and the NARI Standards of Practice.
About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more, visit www.RemodelToday.com or contact national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Ill., at (847) 298-9200.
The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) offers the only 3rd party assessment of installer skills and knowledge recognized by the Tile Industry. There are under 1,500 Certified Tile Installers nationwide underscoring the rigor of this credential.
The Certified Tile Installer (CTI ) Program is a National Standard for Tile Installation to ensure that ceramic tile gets installed correctly the first time.
Too often, consumers choose an installer or contractor based on price alone, which results in lost work for qualified installers and installation failures. Better to select based on competence and knowledge, wouldn't you agree? That's where certification comes in.
Certification represents a mechanism for consumers to know the level of proficiency of prospective tile installers and not rely on price alone for decision-making. By encouraging consumers to use only the best-qualified installers, the program help raise the quality of tile installations throughout the U.S. and ensures that tile projects are installed correctly from the beginning, remaining beautiful for years to come. Visit www.ceramictilefoundation.org for more information.
Living In Place professionals develop safer home designs and products that meet the needs of all residents and visitors in every home, while supporting their own business needs. You can find more information at LivingInPlaceInstitute.org and info@LivingInPlaceInstitute.org.
The Living In Place Institute™ is an educational organization devoted to increasing knowledge and awareness for professionals and influencers about increasing accessibility and safety in all homes, allowing current and future occupants to continue to live in place comfortably and safely regardless of their age or needs. There are approximately 126 million homes in the US. Very few of those homes were built with accessibility and safety features to allow all individuals to live in place comfortably and safely, regardless of their age or needs. Current building codes combined with current design principles and methodologies have not adequately provided an acceptable level of home accessibility and safety. Safety only in public areas, not private homes, has been increased through legislative actions, such as those associated with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). However, even ADA prescribed requirements are not comprehensive enough to allow for adequate personal safety in our homes
Home accessibility safety is not just for older adults and individuals with physical or cognitive challenges. Everyone is at risk without safely designed, built and modified home environments. However, because of the unprecedented increase and goals of the older population, home accessibility and safety has become a national human and financial crisis. Businesses need practical direction, knowledge and solutions to thrive.