House > Des Plaines
We transformed a drab unfinished basement in this suburban home into a warm, inviting multi-purpose room for entertaining and relaxing. Completely designed and built by Pres, the room features built-in surround-sound speakers and plasma TV; can lights; a floor surface for a pool table; and a bar with granite countertops, chocolate-glazed maple cabinets, porcelain tile floor, wine fridge and glass shelves supported by copper piping. A custom bathroom was also installed, including a ceramic tile shower with body spray units and other accessories.

House > Winnetka
The entryways from the patio into this unique older house needed a decorative accent and also a functional transition area. Pres designed complementary marble-and-granite mosaic floors, carefully laying each tile by hand for a striking overall effect.

Townhouse > Chicago
This fireplace was moved from a corner to the middle of the room to open up the space and more attractively divide the living room and dining room. Pres re-routed the gas line, built the drywall—including recessed shelving on the side for a plasma TV—and installed the slate. We also laid bamboo floors throughout the space.


House > Chicago
The owners of this old home wanted to renovate their woodburning fireplace to match their new kitchen. We covered the brick with ceramic tile in a pattern designed by the customer, and we later installed a wood mantel.

Two-flat > Chicago
This customer called on Pres to create a single duplexed unit out of two apartments. We re-routed the stairs and created one entrance for the two floors, which significantly opened and lightened up the space.

Condo > Evanston
Floor-to-ceiling slate in warm earth tones replaced a poorly mounted white mantel and molding to make the fireplace a stunning focal point in this combination living room-dining room. Before hanging the slate, Pres moved two outlets to the side walls and installed eyeball lights which will illuminate art hanging in front of the fireplace.

House > Glenview
Pres replaced old brick with slate on this living room fireplace to give the room a colorful, dramatic flair. New wood floors, brightly colored paint and lighting complete the picture.

House > Glenview
Formerly covered in carpet, these stairs were stripped and restained to accentuate the oak risers. Maple steps were added for contrast.