Top 10 Carpenters in Gurnee, IL

Porch Pro Headshot KEY Construction And Maintenance
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(342)
Founded in 1989 KEY Construction and Maintenance is a family owned business. We focus on quality, professionalism, as well as customer satisfaction. We have worked throughout Illinois. We also have experience in storm and flood damage. We spent time in New Orleans during Katrina as well as Houston...Read more about KEY Construction And Maintenance
Founded in 1989 KEY Construction and Maintenance is a family owned business. We focus on quality, professionalism, as well as customer satisfaction. We have worked throughout Illinois. We also have experience in storm and flood damage. We spent time in New Orleans during Katrina as well as Houston...Read more about KEY Construction And Maintenance
Porch Pro Headshot Bisaillon Brothers Handyman and Remodeling
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(24)
"Had a few projects around my home and office I needed completed. Gave them a call and they showed up ready to work and with shoe coverings! I found that very rare amount contractors/handymen. Wrapped everything up and even took out our kitchen garbage for us on his way out! Just an great experience...Read more about Bisaillon Brothers Handyman and Remodeling
"Had a few projects around my home and office I needed completed. Gave them a call and they showed up ready to work and with shoe coverings! I found that very rare amount contractors/handymen. Wrapped everything up and even took out our kitchen garbage for us on his way out! Just an great experience...Read more about Bisaillon Brothers Handyman and Remodeling
Porch Pro Headshot Vp Construction
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(23)
"Our family is 100% satisfied with the services we received from VP Construction. They did a complete renovation of our existing home and added an addition. The owner assisted us through the entire process beginning with financing, design, engineering, and construction. He was attentive to our n...Read more about Vp Construction
"Our family is 100% satisfied with the services we received from VP Construction. They did a complete renovation of our existing home and added an addition. The owner assisted us through the entire process beginning with financing, design, engineering, and construction. He was attentive to our n...Read more about Vp Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Acer Construction, LLC.
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
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From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to Painting and repair transformations. Acer Construction will go the extra mile to make sure that your project is everything you hoped it would be within the budget you plan on. Our professionals have the diversity of experience and exceptional skills to deliver...Read more about Acer Construction, LLC.
From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to Painting and repair transformations. Acer Construction will go the extra mile to make sure that your project is everything you hoped it would be within the budget you plan on. Our professionals have the diversity of experience and exceptional skills to deliver...Read more about Acer Construction, LLC.
Porch Pro Headshot Carpentry Plus You
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(49)
Hi, it's Thomas. Although our experience has over twenty two years, we recently have merged on the Porch platform in order to meet you! Reviews are available on our website as well. Carpentry Plus You is a quality driven company dedicated to every detail of your project from start to completion. We...Read more about Carpentry Plus You
Hi, it's Thomas. Although our experience has over twenty two years, we recently have merged on the Porch platform in order to meet you! Reviews are available on our website as well. Carpentry Plus You is a quality driven company dedicated to every detail of your project from start to completion. We...Read more about Carpentry Plus You
Porch Pro Headshot Nistler Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(11)
Nistler Carpentry has specialized in commercial and residential rough framing and trim carpentry since 1994. Our expert craftsmanship, work ethic, and honesty has made us a leader in the Northshore and Chicagoland area
Nistler Carpentry has specialized in commercial and residential rough framing and trim carpentry since 1994. Our expert craftsmanship, work ethic, and honesty has made us a leader in the Northshore and Chicagoland area
Porch Pro Headshot Farrell Quality Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(7)
Farrell Quality Carpentry is a carpentry company located in Wadsworth. They provide services such as deck repair, custom closet design, ramp installation and more.
Farrell Quality Carpentry is a carpentry company located in Wadsworth. They provide services such as deck repair, custom closet design, ramp installation and more.
Porch Pro Headshot Overhead Door Company Of Metro Milwaukee
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Overhead Door Company Of Metro Milwaukee, based in Cudahy, is a garage door specialist that provides garage door opener installation, garbage disposal installation, and garage door repair.
Overhead Door Company Of Metro Milwaukee, based in Cudahy, is a garage door specialist that provides garage door opener installation, garbage disposal installation, and garage door repair.
Porch Pro Headshot Alpine Skylights & Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
(23)
Larry is a VELUX Certified 5 Star Skylight Specialist. He has specialized in skylights for over 25 years. His reputation for quality craftsmanship and service is upheld in every job he completes. Alpine Skylights is fully insured and is a State of Illinois licensed roofing contractor. Our service ar...Read more about Alpine Skylights & Carpentry
Larry is a VELUX Certified 5 Star Skylight Specialist. He has specialized in skylights for over 25 years. His reputation for quality craftsmanship and service is upheld in every job he completes. Alpine Skylights is fully insured and is a State of Illinois licensed roofing contractor. Our service ar...Read more about Alpine Skylights & Carpentry
Porch Pro Headshot Dave Pennell
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Interior exterior carpentry No job to small
Interior exterior carpentry No job to small

Frequently asked questions about carpenters

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions — for as long as people have needed shelter to live in, there has been some form of carpentry. Today, carpentry has become a very specialized trade and most carpenters have a niche. The hallmark of all types of carpentry is that carpenters are experts in working with wood. There are some small exceptions to this for buildings that use steel studs or other types of metal framing, for example. However, for the most part, when you think carpenters, think wood.

  • Rough carpenters – Rough carpenters are one of the first trades you'll have on-site if you’re building a house. Their expertise is in the overall structure and stability of buildings and the big-picture aspects of building a home.
  • Framing carpenters – Framing carpenters are the pros responsible for putting up the base structure that will become the interior and exterior walls of a building. Framing carpentry goes hand-in-hand with rough carpentry, however, framing is often seen as a specialized skill.
  • Jointers – Joint carpentry involves putting together floor joists that create the surface you'll walk on once it's finished.
  • Cabinet makers – Carpenters specializing in cabinetry are extremely skilled at fine woodworking and excel at precise and detail-oriented work. They are some of the last carpenters that work on a project because cabinetry is a part of the finishing process and is generally one of the last things that are installed.
  • Finish carpenters – similar to cabinet makers, finish carpenters are responsible for the finer details that are not structural but make up the parts of your home that you'll see daily. Finish carpenters will be the ones to install your trim, wood flooring, railings, and handrails and are also sometimes referred to as trim carpenters.

Have they done the work being requested before?

This is an important question that can often be overlooked, with potential clients assuming that all carpenters work on all types of projects. As we discussed before, carpentry has several specialized skill sets, so it's important to make sure that any carpenter you're considering has worked on your type of project before.

Are they examples of their work?

Carpenters near you will have pictures of past projects they've done that they can share with you. The building process is impressive, and the change from beginning to end can be staggering, so these proud tradespeople will likely have work they'll be happy to show you.

How much experience do they have in your type of project?

This ties into the first question, however, it’s a bit more detailed. Many clients have fallen into the trap of only asking basic questions, like “Have you done a project like this before?” and failing to follow up with, “How many times?”

In many cases, it may not matter if a carpenter has only done a certain type of work once or twice, but it could make a huge difference if your project is complex — and that’s not something you want to find out mid-project.

Are they licensed (if necessary)?

Many municipalities will require permits for carpentry work, depending on the scale. These permits are only applicable if a certified carpenter will be doing the work. In addition, your carpenter may need to have a Red Seal in carpentry to obtain the correct insurance.

Are they insured?

There are three different types of insurance that carpenters will need to carry to conduct work safely. These are general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation insurance.

Don't be shy about asking a carpenter you're thinking of hiring for proof of the appropriate insurance, and be wary if they can't provide documentation.

The short answer to this question is that a carpenter isn't always a builder, but a builder is most often a carpenter. Don't worry — we’ll clarify what that means below.

Carpenter

As we discussed above, there are many types of local carpenters who specialize in one or more distinct areas of carpentry. Depending on where you are in your construction process, multiple carpenters who are experts in their niche may be needed.

Builder

If a construction professional refers to themselves as a builder, they are likely saying that they are a general contractor or a construction project manager who can take more of a full-scope approach to your project. Most builders are carpenters by trade but have expanded their skillet to encompass more of the building process.

It can be a bit confusing because carpenters do build things, but when someone is referred to as a builder, it generally means that they are experienced in integrating multiple stages of construction and tradespeople on one project.

However, this is definitely a bit of a gray area. Make sure to clarify what type of professional you’re working with when you vet tradespeople, so you know exactly what their specialty is.

A carpenter is absolutely the right tradesperson to build a beautiful, sturdy deck for you. Depending on what you're picturing for the finished product, however, you might want to look at bringing in both a rough carpenter and a finishing carpenter.

Rough carpenters are experts at putting in the proper foundation to make your deck safe and secure, as well as grading the ground below and ensuring adequate drainage. They'll also be the best people to advise on what types of materials the structure of your deck should be made of, including foundation, stairs, and railings.

It’s important to note here that in most municipalities, you’ll need a permit to build a deck. Your carpenter will need to be licensed to have the expertise and certification to apply for the proper licenses.

Once the structure of your deck is complete, a finish carpenter can give your project a different level of polish and aesthetic appeal, putting that final touch onto your new deck.

If your vision of your new deck involves built-in seating or an outdoor kitchen, a finish carpenter will also be the best tradesperson to help you bring your unique space to life.

Many rough carpenters are very skilled at finishing, and others don’t prefer to do finishing work, so it’s worth it to ask upfront.

Licensing for carpenters can be complicated. Not everyone who refers to themselves as a carpenter is a licensed carpenter, handypersons often do carpentry work. Only some states require carpenters to be licensed for specific types of work.

In many cases, licensing is required in order to ensure that a carpenter has an adequate level of knowledge and experience. There are plenty of unlicensed carpenters with a wealth of experience and talent, but the licensing process is a way for employers and clients to feel secure that a tradesperson has a standardized level of knowledge and experience. Most licensing programs require four years of work experience and the passing of a certification exam.

Below, we’ll go through some common questions and misconceptions to help you untangle the licensing web.

States that require carpenters to have licenses

Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah have state-level requirements for carpenters to be licensed to do certain types of carpentry work. While each state has its own list, some common types of carpentry often require licenses:

  • Millwork
  • Framing
  • Structural work
  • Cabinetry
  • Installing metal studs or framing

When can you hire a carpenter that does not have a license?

In some cases, lighter carpentry work on non-structural areas of a home doesn’t require a carpenter to carry a license. This may also mean they don’t have the proper workplace insurance, so make sure to ask those questions and weigh the risks accordingly.

Locations that fall outside city or municipal regions may have fewer restrictions on building permits. If you’re confident, you can have a non-licensed carpenter do structural work. This varies by location, so research the rules that cover your property before agreeing to have any work done.

Carpenters are integral to the home-building process, and their various areas of expertise are what allow the vision of a home designer or structural engineer to go from vision to reality.

If you’re unfamiliar with the home-building process, you may be surprised at first to learn that, in many cases, one carpenter does not handle the entire process. Particularly on large or complex projects, you’re likely to have several different types of carpentry experts. Beginning with rough carpentry to create the foundation and structure of your home, you’ll bring in framing carpenters for the exterior and interior walls, joint carpenters, roofing carpenters, and finish carpenters and cabinetmakers.

Depending on your location, finding the right carpenters near you can be simple, or you may have to look at bringing in the right pro from a larger city or town.

Other trades will need to work alongside carpenters during the building process. Homes are built in many layers and stages, so you can expect to have several trades working simultaneously at certain times.

Here’s a list of other trades you’ll need to build a house:

  • Machine operator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Gasfitter
  • Drywaller
  • Septic installer

Recent reviews for Gurnee Carpenters

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What a horrible experience my partner and I had with VP Construction. There are no words to describe our experience except to say it was filled with headaches. What I can say briefly, is that we hired them after speaking to the owner Keith Venturi and...

- Chris L
196166

They did a great job on by deck repair and sealing our new cedar fence

- Keith Venturi
429311

Did a bad job throughout our workplace. Would not recommend VP.

- MinYoung Chang
516665

Very good service. I like them, so happy to work.

- Hanna Evans
196168

We are currently working with Keith in designing are new remodeling project. The service todate has been very easy and even fun. Jeff Arlington Heights

- Keith Venturi
303406

The owner of VP Construction (Mr. Keith Venturi) is a liar and a thief. I simply can not begin to explain the nightmare this guy created in our home while we were doing some upgrading and basic remodeling. He is a horrible person and the work he perform...

- Melissa A
412273

They did very sloppy work at our office. We didn't do our research (check other online reviews for this clown Keith Venturi, owner of VP Construction) and we are paying a heavy price for it our mistake in hiring them.

- Mohammad Hamad
335774

VP Construction performed a renovation of our office.  This is a full service company that assisted from design to completion.  I was impressed with the customized service we received and the attention to detail.  I would recommend this company for your n...

- Jim Harrold
442714

They did a bad job for us at our office. Dishonest owner/manager (Keith Venturi). Please look somewhere else.

- Thomas C
319014

My family had a TERRIBLE experience with VP Construction and the owner, Keith Venturi. He outright lied to my elderly aunt and ripped her off. Who does that? Keith Venturi, that's who! AVOID this scum.

- Brett Jacks
342884

Heed my warning. We had a terrible experience with these guys. We are considering filing in small claims court to retrieve our deposit. We had to rip out what they installed and have it fixed. This occurred last year and we are glad to put this headac...

- Chris L
385217

Scroll through the reviews here and you'll see the positive ones were left by the owner himself, Keith Venturi. This does not not surprise me or my co-workers, since he did some work on our office. Very sloppy work.

- Leslie S

All Carpenters in Gurnee, IL

Porch Pro Headshot JP AND SON CONSTRUCTION
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Kobez Co.
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
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Porch Pro Headshot Dimas Construction
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Patrick A .Finn, Ltd.
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Awarding winning design build firm with over two decades of home building and remodeling experience in the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, we’ve built, renovated and remodeled well over 450 homes. Our skilled team is dedicated to true craftsmanship and flawless design. We take each project f...Read more about Patrick A .Finn, Ltd.
Awarding winning design build firm with over two decades of home building and remodeling experience in the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, we’ve built, renovated and remodeled well over 450 homes. Our skilled team is dedicated to true craftsmanship and flawless design. We take each project f...Read more about Patrick A .Finn, Ltd.
Porch Pro Headshot JTK Midwest Services Company
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
JTK Midwest Services is a full property management company. Licensed & Insured in all Services offered. We provide full services from complete interior remodeling to custom landscapes. Open 24hrs 365days 1 (630)559-5462
JTK Midwest Services is a full property management company. Licensed & Insured in all Services offered. We provide full services from complete interior remodeling to custom landscapes. Open 24hrs 365days 1 (630)559-5462
Porch Pro Headshot B-Handy Property Maintenance LLC
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
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B-Handy Property Maintenance specializes in interior and exterior painting.
B-Handy Property Maintenance specializes in interior and exterior painting.
Porch Pro Headshot TJ's Handyman Service
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
We believe in providing high quality work for a price easy on your wallet. We can confidently handle and home improvement project you'd like done.
We believe in providing high quality work for a price easy on your wallet. We can confidently handle and home improvement project you'd like done.
Porch Pro Headshot Juern Construction Co
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
We have been proudly serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1993. Providing quality carpentry, concrete, and paving for your home or business.
We have been proudly serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1993. Providing quality carpentry, concrete, and paving for your home or business.
Porch Pro Headshot K&N Handyman Services LLC
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
We specialize in quality and Efficiency! Great Rates for Quality Well Done Work! Give us a call for your Free Estimate
We specialize in quality and Efficiency! Great Rates for Quality Well Done Work! Give us a call for your Free Estimate
Porch Pro Headshot Are construction corp
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Strictly Pro Carpentry, Inc.
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
I am a carpenter contractor that has a background in both residential and commercial remodeling and restoration. Some of the specialties that I focus on are built-in cabinetry, kitchen cabinet installations, interior and exterior door installations, closet systems and decorative moldings.
I am a carpenter contractor that has a background in both residential and commercial remodeling and restoration. Some of the specialties that I focus on are built-in cabinetry, kitchen cabinet installations, interior and exterior door installations, closet systems and decorative moldings.
Porch Pro Headshot MA Carey Group
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
We are a GC firm wit in-house carpenters. We can do design and all your building needs.
We are a GC firm wit in-house carpenters. We can do design and all your building needs.
Porch Pro Headshot ciao-handyman
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois
Our goal is to provide customers the highest quality service at an fordable price.
Our goal is to provide customers the highest quality service at an fordable price.
Porch Pro Headshot Fig's General Construction
Carpenters
Serves Gurnee, Illinois

Latest projects near Gurnee

Recent projects booked on Porch
Gurnee 60031
Deck Construction
Start Date
Within a month
Service requested
Build new deck
Plans, drawings, or blueprints
No, but I know what I want.
Deck size (SQFT)
250 to 500 square feet
Surface and railing material
Wood
Deck structure material
Wood
Structural features
Something else
Supplemental additions
Deck lighting, Something else
Material provided
No, pro must provide the materials