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Why Leader?

Leader Builders Corp. has been a household name in Chicagoland since 1988. Build quality of our projects is legendary, design is cutting edge, and our customers return to us with multiple projects over the years, refer their friends and family, and give us great reviews, but it takes a deeper look under the hood to figure out what is the source of this success.

There are no secrets, many time tried systems have been developed over the years in business and designed to control the quality of our product as well as our process.

In remodeling a great project starts with the accurate estimate. At Leader Builders Corp. we have developed a proprietary software which gives us high accuracy of the estimates which permit us to stay competitive by reducing markups. We built another software application for project management and client relations. We maintain detailed to-do lists for our field management personnel which synchronizes with the portable devices on the job. We also use top of a line project scheduling software to ensure coordination of our construction trades with materials ordering and other project we conduct during the same period. Read more...

In the remodeling industry delays are rarely caused by factors beyond the builder's control. A typical example of a construction delay is a work delay caused by custom kitchen cabinetry not being delivered on time. Of course manufacturers are always giving projections of their lead times and usually pad them a little, so manufacturer is almost never a problem here. The problem usually is in builder not ordering these times on time. Same things often happen with crews which may be in high demand. Good plumber or a mechanical contractor will need to be scheduled several weeks in advance and you want to work with the best. The solution is quite simple and it is surprising that not many remodelers do it: You have to work backwards - first you determine when during the project's calendar will be the earliest time when you will need this long lead time item and subtract that lead time in order to find the date on which you need to place the order for it. It can be done in many different ways, but using the scheduling application is the most accurate, quickly modifiable and will save your production manager a lot of time. At Leader we have project scheduling templates for various types of projects, for example a room addition will have quite different schedule from an interior renovation involving a kitchen remodeling. Even two different addition projects can have completely different scheduling templates, for example two story addition at the back of the house, involves concrete foundation and usually electrical service relocation or upgrade, while second floor addition does not have concrete, but it requires removal of existing homes roof and framing in the intervals that permit the crews proper taring of the job in order to protect the finishes in the existing portion of home during the rains. Hide this.

In our design process we work with our client every step of the way and we do not move to the next step without client approval. While the design is being developed the project is being prescheduled for construction trades, so when the design and building permit are completed, we can ensure that we have the crews available to start on time. Read more...

Project development and design stage should be the most enjoyable part of the process, this is after all the time when you get to shape you initial need and dream into a specific vision that will get turned into reality in the building process. The better the vision, the more successful the final outcome. That is why it is extremely important to get it right. Here is how we do it at Leader Builders. Our initial consultation is always more of a brainstorming session with all kinds of ideas being explored. We also acquire the information we need about your home. Next comes our solution to the problem you gave us. It comes with a very specifying construction budget proposal, which is presented for your approval. We discuss both and make changes, then once they are approved, we start designing. Hide this.

Similarly there is no mystery in quality of the actual construction. Our personell is trained and informed, incentives are in place to keep good people working for Leader for years. There are rules, quality standards and supervision. We tend to retain employees who can work independently and genuinely care about what they do and whom they do it for. True pride in the job well done is a huge part of our culture. At Leader we tend to build things stronger, more reliable and certainly better looking than codes and standards require. Our workers often comment that it's too bad that all this great structural, mechanical, electrical work is going to be covered by finishes and never seen again. Why it is meant a a joke, there is some truth in the fact that our clients most often don't get to see some of the work that we are to most proud of. Read more...

Codes and inspectors aren't perfect. Virtually none of the items mentioned in the following paragraph will ever be called for by the city or village inspector, but they can sometimes be crucial to longevity of the hose as well as it's comfortable usage. At Leader Builders we have developed over the years standards for various construction details where quality matters the most. It starts with protection of existing finishes using multitude of innovative products like electrostatic plastic wrap to cover up carpets, zip up barriers to isolate conation areas. During construction we use protective materials for newly installed tubs in order to protect them during walls and tile installation. Then we have standards for framing starting with using engineered lumber like LVL beams and TJI joists wherever practical, we often size our joists and rafters larger than required, we ensure construction adhesive application while installing plywood and wallboard. We have a separate set of standards ensuring our substrates and roughs working with the finishes properly. For example we always use cement sheet in wet wall areas, we provide latex waterproofing membrane prior to tile installation and we install all our tile on cement adhesive only. We may be unique in using the special method for building custom tile shower bases which ensure proper water drainage from the cement slab under the tile and help preventing mold growth. While the method isn't difficult and the products are readily available, we aren't aware of any other remodeler using it. Finally we have our complete sets of standards for interior as well as exterior finishes culminating with roofing proper usage of ice & water shield materials, proper flashing and venting products ensure long years of enjoyment by the client. Hide this.