We are very grateful to have been able to work with Joel and Freise Builders on our attic conversion. Joel was extremely helpful in the planning stage; suggesting an architect and proactively bringing in subcontractors to make sure the project was feasible within our budget and timeline expectations. His expertise and experience were great assets as we have never done a project like this before. When the project began, Joel continued to suggest ways to improve the design and was proactive in anticipating any problems that could come up. It was a huge help to keep things running smoothly. His skill and attention to detail, and those of his subcontractors, made for a functional and beautiful end product which we are delighted with. Along the way, Joel was great at communication, always available, on site himself every day or when any major work was finished, and did not cut any corners. Most importantly, he is a good person whom I trust. We could not recommend him more highly!
– Andy & Jessica Trenkle.
We would like to thank you for doing such a fabulous job on our third-floor attic renovation. We are extremely pleased with our new game room. We are grateful for the care that you took with this project, both in your work and in the supervision of the various sub-contractors (plumbing, electrical, hvac, asbestos removal, insulation). In particular, we appreciate your creative problem-solving (as when you had to figure out what to do with all those sinewy space-pack tubes), your openness to our ideas and the way that you incorporated original architectural elements from our home (such as the brickwork, the large arch, the pillars) into the design of the space. The end result of your workmanship is beautiful. We have gotten many compliments on the game room space.
– Jill Calian | Evanston, IL
A few years ago I asked Joel to rebuild the sagging front porch on my 100 year old house. He did a great job and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I next asked him to reconfigure the back door and to add a small deck. He designed the deck in a way that really adds to the beauty of the house and gives new, easy access to my yard, which I especially love in the summer. Joel has done other projects in my home as well such as painting the bedroom and adding cabinets in my kitchen. He tells me exactly what he will do, does it in good time, and his prices are fair. I know I can trust Joel to do a first-rate job at a good price. As a single, female homeowner, I place great value on this trust and can say with confidence that I highly recommend Freise Builders.
– Judith Wittner | Evanston Homeowner since 1968
We hired Joel to remodel our bathroom and couldn’t be happier with the results. Working with Joel and his team was a pleasure. Joel worked with us on the purchase and delivery of the materials and even managed to find a fan/heater/light unit with everything we asked for even though he was not sure such a unit existed. The tile work is excellent—the crew worked from a design that my husband sketched out and executed it beautifully! The quote was fair and included everything we requested and we paid what was quoted—all very straightforward. The job site was cleaned up each day so the disruption to our lives was minimal. Our project with Joel was the best experience we’ve had working with a contractor. We would hire him again in a minute.
– Becky Zwolinski | Evanston, IL
Great contractors! Can fix any problem big or small! From custom trim work to new fence posts in my yard, they are the best. Joel is ‘the house doctor’ Thanks for everything.
– Michael Brennan | Evanston, IL
We first worked with Joel on the major renovation of our 19th c. farmhouse, which contained many challenges. He assembled a top-notch team to deliver a high-quality project that exceeded expectations. And though we stayed in the house through construction, we can’t say enough about the care and responsiveness of the team. Joel brings such a high level of integrity while offering creative solutions and staying within agreed budget that we didn’t hesitate to consider him for additional projects - including a bath renovation that was built start to finish while we were out of the country. Six years after the original project completion, we remain so happy with the quality of construction that we’re planning another project at a new home with Friese Builders.
- David & Katherine
From the early planning stages, Joel was involved with helping us achieve our goals and with what many others told us was too small of a budget. He was instrumental in helping fine-tune our plans to maintain what we wanted and needed while bringing the project into an affordable budget zone. Not only did he work well with our architect, but over the course of the 6 month project, Joel and his team earned the respect of our neighbors. They are hard workers, whom we actually miss having around! The quality of workmanship is fantastic and we are enjoying our lovely ‘new’ home. Our project included building on a new kitchen, reworking the floor plan to include a new bathroom and extra bedroom, as well as repurposing the former kitchen area and remodeling our only existing bathroom. As with any project, there will be unexpected things that arise, but be assured that Joel will take them in stride and address them quickly.
– Chad & Stacy Huhn | Evanston, IL
Joel recently did a project at my house. Reliability and trustworthiness are important to me, and he did not disappoint. He does a good job answering your questions, he’s easy to reach on the phone, and the work was done right.”
– David Abels | Northbrook, IL
I met Joel in 2002 when I was having an addition built on my daycare in Evanston (Toddler Town). Joel was the Supervisor/Project Manager on the job. I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and knowledge. He offered reasonable solutions to issues when they arose and his attention to detail really impressed me. Since that time, I have done numerous construction projects on my home and business. He essentially gutted and remodeled my entire house, built my wife and I a new patio with a beautiful trellis and has continued to make repairs and update my daycare from time to time. I know that when I call Joel, he will be honest and fair and I will always be pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend Freise Builders.
– Angelo Nikolov | Toddler Town Daycare | Evanston, IL
Our board of directors recently hired Freise Builders to do work in our commercial medical office building. The job required a dismantling and reinstallation of drop ceilings throughout our 22,000 square foot building in order for our HVAC upgrade to take place. It was essential to have a contractor that we could trust so that we could ensure our tenants (all doctors) that their office was in good hands and their expensive equipment would be handled with care. The guys went out of their way to be helpful and friendly and worked with the utmost professionalism and efficiency. All of our tenants were impressed with how smooth the operation was handled. Freise Builders is a top-notch company and did a great job coordinating their efforts with the tenants, the building owners and all the tradesmen on the job.
– Michael R. Stohle, D.D.S., M.S. | Glenview, IL

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