After - Addition & renovation in 2007-2008
“My wife and I purchased a home and decided to undertake a complete renovation with an addition. We interviewed a half dozen contractors, reviewed their portfolios and spoke with their references. We had seen some of Packey A’Hearn’s work before we met him and were impressed by the level of detail and quality craftsmanship. After meeting Packey, we were struck by his honesty and passion for his work, we were confident that we could trust him with our project. We were also attracted to his business model. There would not be multiple jobs with multiple contacts. He would be our contact from start to finish.”
An inviting entry – the added roof protects the mahogany door and visitors from the elements.
Front foyer and new stairs
Family room & fireplace before
Family room & fireplace after - This is the same fireplace with the opening modified, the hearth extended, stone cladding, and a new mantle.
Family room looking towards the front foyer to the left and kitchen to the right
Extension of master bedroom/sitting room
Master shower is also a steam shower.
“Packey was very competitive on price and helpful in saving money without compromising the job along the way. I can truly say that Packey was looking out for us and not himself throughout the job. Once our job was underway, the job site was always impeccably clean and organized. Packey was informative without being pushy and completed the job as promised on time. He over-delivered on every occasion and made several small upgrades without us even asking."
The original home was built in the 1960s in Naperville’s Saybrook neighborhood. The renovation included a 2-story addition on the back and 2nd story over the garage, new siding, roofing, windows and doors, re-locating some interior walls, and all new wall and floor finishes for the entire house. The interior was completely gutted so all the insulation, most of the wiring and most of the plumbing is new. The 1st story work included a new kitchen, family room, mudroom, powder room, stairway, and heating and finishing the garage. The 2nd story work included a master suite, which is over the garage and extends into the new 2nd story part of the addition, 2 new bathrooms, and laundry room. New bluestone front porch and back patio, and some landscaping were also part of the project.
The main roof of the original house was beefed up with the new back gable and flat roof area being built over it. The “widow’s walk” is above the sitting room off the master bedroom. The mudroom below at the back entrance is also the entrance from the garage.
“One of the most difficult aspects of a major renovation is selecting the right contractor. The root of this decision is trust. As a homeowner you sort through an endless supply of contractors that are capable of completing your project, you must decide who you can trust with your vision and your budget. Selecting a contractor is a little like selecting a heart surgeon, you wouldn’t just open the phone book and pick the cheapest one.”
Itching to fire up the grill, but comfortable inside for now…
“Packey has the knowledge and experience to successfully guide you through all aspects of a renovation, both large and small. For example, we handed him a picture of how we wanted an existing fireplace to be reworked and I’ll be damned if it didn’t look BETTER than the picture we gave him. He does incredible finish work and pays great attention to the little details. If you look at a lot of renovations like we had, you will see that details make or break the job. Packey is top notch.”
A mix of contemporary and traditional details
Kitchen after - Relocating the powder room to the other side of the kitchen [not shown] helped enlarge the kitchen. The dinette area is also part of the addition. The kitchen includes white oak flooring with a contemporary finish, painted maple cabinets, granite tops, tiled backsplashes, and a white-washed fir ceiling.
Whirlpool tub with access panels below
“Our home renovation was very complex and involved numerous sub-contractors. Every member of the team that worked on our project did so with the highest level of craftsmanship. More importantly, they all showed a tremendous amount of respect for Packey.
I’ll end by saying I am a VERY particular person (ask Packey) and I was very happy with every aspect of the job he did for us. I would encourage you to call any of Packey’s references and discuss in detail what a great job he does and why he is the person you should select for your renovation.”
Todd & Deidre Mick