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Fair Oaks Contractors came to our rescue in the fall of 2016 after our first contractor skipped town with our money and left our upstairs an uninhabitable gutted shell.  We had interviewed several contractors but chose Fair Oaks based on quality of workmanship that we had seen on another of his projects, as well as, John's "can-do" personality.  John was very sympathetic to our situation and patiently worked with us to ensure that we received the best work at a good price. Fair Oaks finished the work in the fall of 2017.  John not only finished the conversion of our brownstone two-flat into a single-family home, but more importantly restored our faith in contractors.  Thanks to John and his team, we now have a beautiful 2nd floor (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) complete with two custom vanities, custom built-in window seat, custom transoms with crown molding and a sitting area in the master bedroom. 

Thank you, John and Brad!  We are forever grateful to you and your team!


Bill G. and Robin S.

Chicago, IL 

We have been customers of Fair Oak Contractors for about five years. The projects John Gruszka and his team have done for us range from building shelves in our garage to building a media cabinet in our family room to refinishing our basement. No matter what the size of the project John and his team treat every project as a priority. In addition to being a great general manager John is also an exceptional cabinetmaker. We are extremely pleased with all the cabinetry he has built for us which includes: a media cabinet, kitchenette, daybed, bookshelves and a bathroom vanity. John and his team are reliable, accessible, professional, neat and pleasant people to be around. They deliver high quality work on time and on budget every time. While most people dread home renovation projects we’re looking forward to our next one with Fair Oaks Contractors 


Kara and Sean Casten

Downers Grove, IL

Thank you so much for the fantastic job in our basement. You’ve given us a space which we will thoroughly enjoy for as long as we live here. We especially appreciate the time you took to work with us as we figured out our design ideas. You allowed us to design in a very personal way which makes the space even more a part of our home.

This has been, by far, the most enjoyable contractor experience we have ever had. We have had work done by the big design/construction firms and, also, by smaller, one-man businesses. What you offer is a far better experience from start to finish. Most important, I think, is the fact that you were on site every day, performing the actual work, which allowed us to communicate to you directly what we were trying to accomplish each step of the project.

I could go on for many pages, but suffice it to say, WELL DONE!!

Many thanks,

Nate & Jill

Downers Grove, IL 

We were renovating our entire kitchen. We had hired a designer to help us thru this process. Once the drawings were completed, we bid the job to three different contractors. The designer had worked with and recommended all three of the contractors. I met with each contractor to review their bid. Fair Oaks was in the middle and I got along instantly with the owner John. We signed the contract. Best decision I made. They started on the date selected and the job moved very well. If there were any problems John took care of the issue right away. John, the owner, provided a number of suggestions to improve the project. Everything was completed and the performance of Fair Oaks and their subcontractors was excellent. When the job was completed there were no little items to be followed up on. It was great.

Since the kitchen we have renovated two bedrooms. hallway and most importantly two bathrooms including the master bath. We don't bid out the work we just call John and give him the plans. John and Fair Oaks Contractors are honest and excellent contractors to work with. Highly recommend.


Steve & Laura