Heard on the Street

Key Dates

January 2010 A Street Builders, Inc. is certified by EPA to work on pre-1978 houses
March 2010 John Oetking becomes “Certified Renovator” by EPA
May 2012 John Oetking achieves NARI’s (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) “Certified Remodeler” certification
October 2013 A Street Builders, Inc. completes 1st custom home
June 2014 John Oetking achieves NARI’s (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) “Universal Design Certified Professional” certification
Jan 2016 John Oetking presented with the Meritorious Award from Chicago Chapter of NARI
Jan 2019 John Oetking presented with Distinctive Service Award from Chicago Chapter of NARI
Jan 2019 A Street Builders, Inc. earns 1st place award for a 3rd floor addition project in NARI’s “2018 Residential Excellence Awards Program” for a “Residential Addition in the over $250,000” category
Jan 2019 A Street Builders, Inc. earns 1st place award for a master bath project in NARI’s “2018 Residential Excellence Awards Program” for a “Residential Bath in the $75,001-100,00” category


“Dust control is a serious concern throughout the demolition and reconstruction process. A Street Builders sealed off the kitchen with a plastic door covering that allowed passage through a zippered opening. Also, and very important, a dust collector was used throughout the demolition and build process.” 

–Andy D, Western Springs, Kitchen Remodel

“John was patient and thorough in getting our project off the ground. He worked with us as we revised the scope of the project and worked out the tricky design details. One of John’s biggest strengths is his patience and calm nature. John didn’t get worked up even when “problems” arose (as they were bound to with a century-old home).”

–Carrie B, LaGrange, Kitchen Remodel

“We were very pleased with our new dining room. You spent a lot of time on budget and scope before we started any work. While this was very time consuming, it allowed the project to proceed smoothly with minimal disruptions. I would highly recommend this process to anyone looking at a renovation or remodeling project. Your crews were courteous, on-time and professional. In our experience, this is a rarity.”

–Jim & Nancy W, Burr Ridge, Dining Room Addition

“We lived in our home during a rather significant two story addition. John worked with the subcontractors and architect to eliminate the need to access our “living space” during construction. A significant amount of planning was required to pull this off. I would jump at the chance to deal with A Street Builders on another project.”

– Colin H, Western Springs, 2 story addition

“We had been planning to renovate our basement over the summer, but unexpectedly had to move more quickly than we had anticipated due to flooding in the spring. John stepped in right away and did his best to expedite our repair and renovations on a tighter schedule than we had planned. He handled a complex project with total professionalism, and adapted to our needs through the process as they arose. Unlike some horror stories I have heard from friends about unscrupulous contractors, I never once doubted that A Street would be anything less than excellent in terms of quality, timeliness, and trustworthiness. Furthermore, there were no cost overruns or add-ons that I did not specifically request. When complications arose, John handled them expertly.”

–Juliet F, Clarendon Hills, basement remodeling project

“What we were most impressed with was your attention to detail at all levels, from the estimates and timeline you prepared for the project, the preparation prior to each phase of the remodeling, your daily oversight, and the regular updates you provided. It was clear that the tradesman knew your expectation of keeping the site tidy especially when the work was done each day. We were so comfortable with your oversight that we left for our 10 day vacation in the middle of the project without a second thought of being away.”

–Lorey F, Western Springs, kitchen remodel

“From the beginning of the project to the end, we were happy to receive professional attitudes and workmanship from the A Street Builders team. We knew that we were working with a unique and responsible company when on one of the coldest days of the construction of our addition (during the framing), John arrived with additional insulation – I might add that this day was Thanksgiving day!”

–David and Lonnie G, Western Springs, 2 story addition

“From our first meeting with John through the many phases of our kitchen and sunroom renovation he was always very polite, considerate and attentive. His subcontractors were likewise. They took care to minimize the disruption and to leave the work site each day in as clean and livable a condition as circumstances permitted. While the renovation of such a significant portion of our downstairs living space was disrupted for several months we always saw progress. At some point the new kitchen and sunroom began to emerge and our excitement rose with it.

We highly recommend John to anyone thinking about home remodeling or renovation. From first meeting to final walk through to be sure everything met our expectations he was a gentleman and a professional who put the homeowner first in everything. Should we ever take on another remodeling project we certainly will call John.”

–Alfred and Patricia P, Western Springs, kitchen/sunroom remodel

“This letter serves as a strong recommendation based on the work that A Street Builders performed on my basement this past summer. The basement went from completely open and unfinished to beautifully finished, including a wet bar, exercise room, media room and full bath. In addition, John Oetking was a pleasure to work with throughout the project. In my opinion, every aspect of the work was of very high quality—carpentry, electrical, plumbing, wall board, flooring, tile and painting. Great attention to detail equated to high quality results. John was very sensitive to working within the budget and within the agreed upon timeframe. He regularly communicated the status of all aspects of the project. Everything was well thought out.”

–Gina P, Burr Ridge, basement remodel

“Considering that my master bath design was somewhat tricky due to space constraints, I have to say the outcome is quite grand. I now consider my bath to be luxurious with beautiful textures and choices that were made with your assistance. The stone flooring, bath fixtures, glass enclosure, and vanity are stunning.”

–Diane R, LaGrange, master bath remodel

“I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with our kitchen renovation. The results exceeded my expectations. While I was confident that you would do a great job, you went above and beyond by personally overseeing every aspect of the project. Your subcontractors also shared your desire to see that the job was done correctly in every detail. When I got back from work every day, I came home to an immaculate home, not a work site. You finished on time and on budget. That is something that is very rare these days. I would recommend you highly to anyone who needs home renovation and wants the very best.”

–Mike S, Western Springs, kitchen remodel

“We want to thank you and A Street Builders for the two projects you completed at our home. The renovation of the third floor has provided us with additional living space for our two sons as well as served as a private guest room in their absence. The kitchen project included giving you a very tight time line due to our daughter’s graduation party. We appreciated your openness to our needs and personal choices. Your response to our wishes has always been prompt and thorough. We recommend you for a job well done and wish you and A Street Builders continued success.”

–Bill S, Western Springs, attic & kitchen remodel

“John built our new home from the basement to the attic: and it turned out just the way our architect drew it up, and the way we wanted it.”

–Rosemarie and Bill L, Western Springs, custom home