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2019 Oak Park Preservation Award


2018 Chicago Architects: Voted #6 of 15 Best Residential General Contractors in Chicago: 

Voyage Chicago:

Certifications and Awards

Best of Houzz 2018

Oak Park Preservation Award 2015 & 2011

Angies List  Super Service Award  2012-2015

Oak Park Calvalcade of Pride Award 2011



12/22/21 – Joseph Shields

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

We get so many compliments on our new garage! Element Worx did a great job guiding us through the process every step of the way. Great to work with and the finished product is incredible.


2/20/21 – Lori Weiss

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, 

Highly Recommend Element Worx! We just completed an outdoor addition to our almost 100 year old home. We built a deck, enclosed porch and new patio that look like they have been part of our home forever! Brett Williams is easy to work with, has good ideas and wonderful subcontractors with whom he works, is timely and responsive, and the quality of his work is excellent! We are already speaking with him about other projects on our home. Highly recommended- you'll be glad you chose Element Worx!


12/16/20 – Miriam Kopelow

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, 
Responsiveness, Value

Brett helped us create our dream patio! From start to finish, he was professional, communicative, and straight forward. His timeline was realistic and of the final product is outstanding. We LOVE it! HIGHLY recommend working with Brett for any project!

11/14/2019 – Anonymous

Brett helped with a major kitchen gut & remodel at our house. His initial proposal was thorough and the team worked fast and showed up every day. Brett was also very receptive to our comments and easy to communicate with. As in any project, small things came up but he addressed everything quickly. He made sure his team had everything they needed to avoid stalling the work. He took our feedback about cleaning debris in stride and respectfully. It was a real pleasure to work with Brett!

10/30/2019 – Laurie Nations

Brett Williams was a great partner to work with for our kitchen renovation and mudroom and family room addition. In addition to being a great project manager in terms of accurate budgeting and managing timelines and a skilled group of sub-contractors...he has an excellent sense of design. He was always available to answer  questions and talk through options and the pros and cons of different approaches. This is the second time we've worked with Element Worx (they did a master suite project in 2016) and I hope to work with Brett and his team again on future projects.

10/28/2019 – Michelle Jingst

Brett and his team did a fantastic job transforming our unfinished dungeon into a truly wonderful space for the entire family. They worked tirelessly, adding personal touches and custom carpentry at no extra cost. The project was finished on time and on budget and we could not be happier with the end result. I highly recommend Element Worx.

9/6/2019 – Laurie Bachrach

High quality work and has a great aesthetic sense. Did not stray from budget. Did our garage with a French drain and a dormer.


7/3/2019 – Eric Davis

When you start a project like a second floor addition, everyone loves to tell you what a nightmare it’s going to be. This was not at all the case with our project with Element Worx. The process was smooth and we are extremely pleased with the work. Brett and the Element Worx team did an excellent job. Brett is incredibly easy to work with and it felt like a true partnership. He was available, patient, honest and proactive throughout the entire project. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted, and Brett delivered it 100% while also lending his valuable expert advice along the way. Brett’s team was always friendly, efficient and never cut a corner. Everyone was clearly dedicated to ensuring we were happy with the end result– and we absolutely are. We will definitely recommend Element Worx to anyone looking for quality workmanship!

5/7/2019 – Bri Kellogg

We recently hired Element Worx to build a pergola and fire pit in our backyard. Brett took our ideas & input and made a truly one of kind design. We are very happy! ElementWorx was timely, budget friendly, and easy to communicate with.

3/6/2019 – Rachel Tesch

We were fortunate to be connected with Brett (Element Worx) by our realtor when we were contemplating renovations before purchasing our 100-year-old home. Brett is straightforward, trustworthy, communicative, creative, collaborative and most importantly does beautiful work. Over the course of the past 7 years Brett and his team have completed the following in our home: planned, designed and renovated our kitchen/family room, added a powder room, dug down and finished our basement (family room, added bathroom and laundry room), restored and rebuilt fireplace, replaced second story windows as well as numerous other small projects where Brett has just helped us out (because that is the kind of guy he is). Their work is outstanding and working with Brett throughout the design and build process is as stress free as renovations can get– if any issues pop up Brett is either onsite with his team or will be there in minutes. He is a partner in helping to bring a vision to life and has a great eye for layout and design. We have been beyond thrilled with every project and very highly recommend Element Worx to anyone in Oak Park.

2/16/2019 – Patrick Durgin

The sun room of our vintage home deteriorated beyond repair. The final nail in the coffin was when a pipe burst in the radiant heat system. It needed to be demolished, according to the structural engineer we had out to advise us. He recommended an architect who then recommended Brett at Element Worx. Brett realized the architect’s plan and made important recommendations that only improved the results. He is cost conscious, an excellent communicator, and really knows how to optimize the features and preserve the integrity of historic homes. He was also willing to advise us about other, unrelated issues in our home. He helped us find roofers when we needed to redo that, for example. And when we sprung a leak in another radiator in extreme cold weather this week, he offered to come down and take a look. He saw it was an easy fix and just fixed it. Bam. Problem solved. So he is a real neighbor, not just a contractor. I couldn’t recommend Element Worx more highly.

3/14/2018 – Katherine Nichols

We are VERY pleased with our new fireplace and built-in surrounding bookshelves. Brett was attentive and creative, helping us solidify our ideas for design and finishes. He noticed existing details in our home and suggested ways to make the new addition fit in seamlessly and match, as if it been a historical element and not a new build. He was patient with all our questions, not to mention friendly and punctual. His team did great work, were timely, and kept everything clean. We have gotten loads of comments from friends and family about how well the new fireplace/mantle fits into our home and style, and how it looks like it belongs there and could be original to the house. This is exactly what we were going for, and we couldn’t be happier with this project.


2/20/2018 – Beth Benedict

Love our kitchen and the stellar craftsmanship. Brett thought of great solutions for a pantry. His team was professional, timely and detail oriented. Couldn’t be happier!

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