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Reviews in Chicago for Installing Retaining Walls

Schmidt Engineering
5.0
Great follow up to initial phone call. Price for services was divulged ahead of time and good description of work to be done. Appointment was kept and the time spent to review issues and talk of remediation was very generous. We expect a report of suggested work to be forth coming and they have offered to recommend contractors to do the specific work needed.
- Paul V....
Betke Contracting
1.0
Long story short: With the job unfinished, I needed to hire an attorney, structural engineer and a new contractor. The absolute worst experience!!!!
- Aaron D....
Engikeering, LLC
5.0
In one word - excellent. Engikeering was immediately responsive, professional, thorough and clear in the description of what would and wouldn't be covered for us in a structural engineer inspection. The visit was the same. We appreciated the close attention to detail and the thorough readout on the house after inspection and within the well written report as well. We definitely recommend contacting Engikeering if you are in need of a structural engineer.
- Karen F....
Structural Dynamics Inc
5.0
Very professional and helpful! I received conflicting info. from contractors if one of our walls was load barring, and it was nice to have the piece of mind from a structural engineer to give us an actual answer! If your in doubt whether or not your wall is load barring or not, don't take the risk - call a structural engineer!
- Gwen R....
Structural Dynamics Inc
5.0
I contacted them here on Angies List. We had an appointment soon after. During the appointment he listened to what we needed, took measurements, gave advice, took notes and left. A few days later we had our pdf so now we can get our city permits. It was quick, easy, and painless.
- Coralie C....
MOSHE CALAMARO & ASSOCIATES
5.0
Moshe is awesome. I did a lot of research to find a structural engineer and called quite a few places. Moshe was very likeable on the phone and waited for me to call and confirm without being pushy. His price was about the same as everyone else so i can't complain. I liked that he had a flat rate, rather than per hour, which always makes you nervous watching the clock and makes me cynical that they may be dragging out the process in order to get paid more. I appreciate anyone who charges a flat rate, like Moshe does. He was prompt and friendly. He got straight to the issue (our home inspector showed him his concerns he had found in the attic) and jumped straight into the explanation of the problem. He showed us each area he was concerned about and attempted to put things in layman's terms for us to understand. He was very straight forward, did not mince his words, and gave us a direct professional opinion of his findings. He also gave us the option of requesting that he does not submit a report as that would cost extra. I like that he told us that upfront so we could decide if we wanted a written report knowing the cost in advance. I would recommend Moshe to anyone. He was professional, knowledgable, friendly and reasonable.
- Cory T....
Great Lakes Builders Inc
5.0
Mike was very professional and helpful and directed me to a structural engineer that could assist further. I was very worried and Mike really put my mind at ease. Thank you!
- Justin V....
Criterium Collins
4.0
We hired Criterium Collins on the recommendation of our real estate agent. They were punctual, professional, thorough, and matched their competitor's price. We would definitely use them again for structural engineering analysis.
- Joseph G....
Safeguard Waterproofing - Ram Jack Illinois
5.0
I hired him because they are the only company that would fix it from the outside and they are a structural engineering company. They were professional, prompt and returned my calls. Communication has been fine, you call them, they call you back and give you the information that you need.
- Catherine S....
THE STRUCTURAL SHOP
5.0
THE COMPANY WAS VERY PLEASANT AND RESPONSIVE. THE ENGINEER WHO INSPECTED MY WALL WAS HELPFUL AND OFFERED TO CALL THE HANDYMAN TO TELL HIM HIS FINDINGS.
- Radiah E....
K.ENG LLC
5.0
Mr. Karston was very knowledgable, prompt and professional. He came out to take a look at our porches, and within a few days submitted a detailed proposal for the required work. The only reason our association did not use his services was because the general contractor we ended up hiring worked with another Structual Engineering firm who was equally well rated on Angie's List. We would certainly use his services in the future, if needed, and have recommended him to another condo association who will also be doing porch reconstruction. The price he quoted for the work also ended up being $500.00 less than the firm that we ended up using.
- Celeste Z....
Kevin Lane | Architect
5.0
We got the drawings and specifications just as we envisioned our dream house to be. Kevin was able to work with us to set the architecture and materials to match our budget in building the house. We will start building the house soon and Kevin is in contact to assure all builds are according to specs. We are very happy with Kevin's work. Kevin also performed extra work effort in work by exporting the drawings to Google Sketchup, so that we can see the house in 3D.
- Alfred O....
Great Lakes Builders Inc
5.0
It went fine. They haven?t done any work yet, but they were good people. They were very efficient in calling me and keeping me informed.
- James C....
Safeguard Waterproofing - Ram Jack Illinois
4.0
As far as I can tell, it's ok. They did a great job. I have a 10 year gaurentee on the work. If needed, we would use them again.
- Michael M....
INGENII LLC
5.0
After being told by a foundation repair company that my house needed structural repair, I started to contact structural engineers. I was put in contact with Ken Floody by a company outside of Chicago. Ken was very quick to respond to my inquiry call and talked to me for 20 minutes about how houses in the Chicago area almost never truly need foundation repair. Ken was extremely knowledgeable and provided incredible amounts of information based upon his years of experience in the area. I was very grateful to Ken for taking the time to provide me the lengthy phone consultation. I would absolutely turn to Ken if I were to need structural engineering guidance in the future.
- Dennis P....

Retaining Wall Installation in Chicago

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5.0

(10)

Chicago, IL

Business Description: Here at AGGO Construction & Engineering, LLC, we are a locally owned and operated company that values honesty and integrity and treats your home as if it were our own. We offer a variety of quality home improvement services such as Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Framing, Deck Installation, Deck Repair, Metal Welding, Metal Fabrication, Sheet Metal Repair, Structural Engineering, and much more. You will find us to be competitively priced with close attention to the details of each and every project that we are involved with. We look forward to building lasting relationships and guarantee your satisfaction!
4.6

(8)

Skokie, IL

Recent Review: SHEFFEE LULKIN WROTE A REPORT OF HIS OPINION OF THE STRUCTURAL SITUATION OF OUR HOUSE. HE IS VERY BLUNT AND DIRECT, BUT I WAS HAPPY ABOUT THAT, I DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES. HOPEFULLY, I WON'T NEED ANOTHER STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, BUT IF I DO I WOULD HIRE HIM.
4.8

(185)

Franklin Park, IL

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Recent Review: EXCELLENT! One of our best experiences with a home repair firm. Our structural engineer had recommended Atlas, but we still got 2 additional quotes. They were the most expensive one by about $2K, but they worked with us to reduce expenses. Chris Heintz had the best company overview. He was persistent, but not obnoxious as another company called every day for 7 days. Will, the project manager, took over the job once we were scheduled. He was awesome! So nice, explained everything thoroughly. We left the guys here all day while we went to work. They were great professionals through and through. The work area was clean and safe at the end of the day. Will called a week later when he realized they didn't install a necessary piece by the drainage. They came out that day to make the corrections. My only wish is that Atlas offered more services!
4.9

(155)

Elk Grove Village, IL

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Recent Review: Mike was very professional and helpful and directed me to a structural engineer that could assist further. I was very worried and Mike really put my mind at ease. Thank you!
5.0

(9)

Villa Park, IL

Recent Review: In one word - excellent. Engikeering was immediately responsive, professional, thorough and clear in the description of what would and wouldn't be covered for us in a structural engineer inspection. The visit was the same. We appreciated the close attention to detail and the thorough readout on the house after inspection and within the well written report as well. We definitely recommend contacting Engikeering if you are in need of a structural engineer.
4.5

(85)

Franklin Park, IL

Recent Review: I hired him because they are the only company that would fix it from the outside and they are a structural engineering company. They were professional, prompt and returned my calls. Communication has been fine, you call them, they call you back and give you the information that you need.
4.1

(20)

Evanston, IL

Recent Review: When we had new windows installed in our house, we decided to upgrade our curb appeal by ordering curved front windows to match the arched lintels in our exterior detail. It seemed to be a simple matter of arching the drywall to match after the window installation. But our drywall contractor ran into a problem when he actually opened up the wall to do the work. The structural lintel inside was too close to the new top of the window for them to install the drywall. He suggested moving the lintels up a brick or two and said it was no big deal. Since it's an old house, 1876ish, and we live near the El, which can cause some movement, we decided to not take chances and get a second opinion. I called a foundation company that ranks at the top of Angie's List, and they told us the consultation was too small for them, but they gave us several engineer's names, including Moshe Calamaro. I called all of them, and Moshe was the most professional, prompt and knowledgeable when I discussed the problem. He asked if I needed drawings or not, and since drawings would cost more, I said no. He then said he wanted to come when the contractor could be there, too, so they could discuss the situation in person and he could make sure the necessary solution was understood clearly. He showed up on time and assessed the exterior and interior of the wall. He pointed out that the lintels had already been compromised and showed us where a row of arched brick had been chipped away from the tops of the windows inside, which we'd never known since it had been hidden by drywall. Given the age of our house and the situation, Moshe recommended installing a C-channel steel beam above the point where the new lintels would be put in. He said only after the C-channel was installed could the lintels safely be moved without shifting the bricks or causing cracks. He told the contractor exactly which C-channel to use, how long, how far apart the anchors needed to be and how high above the lintels it should be. He also drew a hand sketch with the specs for the contractor to work from. Our contractor was not super happy with the recommendation because it would mean more work on his part, and he thought it was unneeded. When he suggested that the C-channel might not be needed because our house is only brick on the first floor, so there would only be several rows of brick above the C-channel, Moshe just looked at him and said, "No. It holds the whole wall together." That sold us. Even though it cost us $1,000 more to have the contractor do it Moshe's way, we decided it was a good preventive investment. And although the contractor grumbled, the C-channel/lintel solution came off without a hitch, and we have total peace of mind in the structural integrity of the solution. Moshe was very professional, knowledgeable and prompt on the phone and in person. He also made himself available for questions if we needed to follow up and ask him anything. I would not hesitate to recommend him and would gladly use him again. He was great.
5.0

(3)

Wauconda, IL

Recent Review: Great follow up to initial phone call. Price for services was divulged ahead of time and good description of work to be done. Appointment was kept and the time spent to review issues and talk of remediation was very generous. We expect a report of suggested work to be forth coming and they have offered to recommend contractors to do the specific work needed.
4.7

(23)

Chicago, IL

Recent Review: Ken really knows what's he's doing. Very professional. I would definitely recommend him.
1.0

(2)

Mundelein, IL

Recent Review: Long story short: With the job unfinished, I needed to hire an attorney, structural engineer and a new contractor. The absolute worst experience!!!!
4.7

(42)

Sycamore, IL

Recent Review: Very professional and helpful! I received conflicting info. from contractors if one of our walls was load barring, and it was nice to have the piece of mind from a structural engineer to give us an actual answer! If your in doubt whether or not your wall is load barring or not, don't take the risk - call a structural engineer!
4.4

(10)

Oak Park, IL

Recent Review: We hired Criterium Collins on the recommendation of our real estate agent. They were punctual, professional, thorough, and matched their competitor's price. We would definitely use them again for structural engineering analysis.
4.3

(28)

Schiller Park, IL

Recent Review: THE COMPANY WAS VERY PLEASANT AND RESPONSIVE. THE ENGINEER WHO INSPECTED MY WALL WAS HELPFUL AND OFFERED TO CALL THE HANDYMAN TO TELL HIM HIS FINDINGS.
5.0

(2)

Chicago, IL

Recent Review: We got the drawings and specifications just as we envisioned our dream house to be. Kevin was able to work with us to set the architecture and materials to match our budget in building the house. We will start building the house soon and Kevin is in contact to assure all builds are according to specs. We are very happy with Kevin's work. Kevin also performed extra work effort in work by exporting the drawings to Google Sketchup, so that we can see the house in 3D.
4.3

(8)

Oak Park, IL

Recent Review: After being told by a foundation repair company that my house needed structural repair, I started to contact structural engineers. I was put in contact with Ken Floody by a company outside of Chicago. Ken was very quick to respond to my inquiry call and talked to me for 20 minutes about how houses in the Chicago area almost never truly need foundation repair. Ken was extremely knowledgeable and provided incredible amounts of information based upon his years of experience in the area. I was very grateful to Ken for taking the time to provide me the lengthy phone consultation. I would absolutely turn to Ken if I were to need structural engineering guidance in the future.
4.7

(11)

Riverside, IL

Recent Review: Ivan performed a very careful analysis of what materials would be required to replace wooden beams and posts (damaged by termites/water) in our basement with steel. He consulted with a structural engineer to verify the appropriate beam sizes to bear the loads associated with the house. His estimate came in significantly higher than another bid we had for this work, but his careful analysis has led us to consider using him for the project anyway.
5.0

(16)

Skokie, IL

Recent Review: Bret was very thorough. He looked at our house in its entirety. He was patient with all of our questions and concerns. He took the time to educate us about various things related to the structure of the house. He made excellent recommendations. We had another company come out prior to give us an estimate on repairs and by his assessments, we realized that the company was trying to pull a fast one. Would hire again.

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When we had new windows installed in our house, we decided to upgrade our curb appeal by ordering curved front windows to match the arched lintels in our exterior detail. It seemed to be a simple matter of arching the drywall to match after the window installation. But our drywall contractor ran into a problem when he actually opened up the wall to do the work. The structural lintel inside was too close to the new top of the window for them to install the drywall. He suggested moving the lintels up a brick or two and said it was no big deal. Since it's an old house, 1876ish, and we live near the El, which can cause some movement, we decided to not take chances and get a second opinion. I called a foundation company that ranks at the top of Angie's List, and they told us the consultation was too small for them, but they gave us several engineer's names, including Moshe Calamaro. I called all of them, and Moshe was the most professional, prompt and knowledgeable when I discussed the problem. He asked if I needed drawings or not, and since drawings would cost more, I said no. He then said he wanted to come when the contractor could be there, too, so they could discuss the situation in person and he could make sure the necessary solution was understood clearly. He showed up on time and assessed the exterior and interior of the wall. He pointed out that the lintels had already been compromised and showed us where a row of arched brick had been chipped away from the tops of the windows inside, which we'd never known since it had been hidden by drywall. Given the age of our house and the situation, Moshe recommended installing a C-channel steel beam above the point where the new lintels would be put in. He said only after the C-channel was installed could the lintels safely be moved without shifting the bricks or causing cracks. He told the contractor exactly which C-channel to use, how long, how far apart the anchors needed to be and how high above the lintels it should be. He also drew a hand sketch with the specs for the contractor to work from. Our contractor was not super happy with the recommendation because it would mean more work on his part, and he thought it was unneeded. When he suggested that the C-channel might not be needed because our house is only brick on the first floor, so there would only be several rows of brick above the C-channel, Moshe just looked at him and said, "No. It holds the whole wall together." That sold us. Even though it cost us $1,000 more to have the contractor do it Moshe's way, we decided it was a good preventive investment. And although the contractor grumbled, the C-channel/lintel solution came off without a hitch, and we have total peace of mind in the structural integrity of the solution. Moshe was very professional, knowledgeable and prompt on the phone and in person. He also made himself available for questions if we needed to follow up and ask him anything. I would not hesitate to recommend him and would gladly use him again. He was great.