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Custom steam shower installations from Chicagoland Remodeling Design & Build are top notch, professionally done with an unparalleled eye for detail.

Chicagoland Remodeling Design & Build, based out of St. Charles, IL is a s family business established in February 2009.  We are the complete remodeling and steam shower installation contractor who’s ambitions are to go straight to the top of the Chicagoland remodeling industry.  Although we are a relatively new company, our experience level is quite extensive.  As Co-Owner of this company, I have roughly 20 years of professional experience in the field and in the office.  I have a bachelors degree in Construction Management with a minor in Computer Systems.  I am the hands on type who can see a project from start to finish and is involved in every aspect of it.  We Specialize in home improvement projects which include custom steam showers, basement remodeling, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, additions, general contracting, custom homes, custom carpentry. We also do electrical, plumbing, painting, drywall, hot water heaters, sump/ejector pumps, decks, flooring, doors, windows, entertainment centers, additions, trim, closet organizers, garages, sheds, patios, siding and more.

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Our mission here at Chicagoland Remodeling Design & Build is to continue the growth of our business by doing right by all of our customers, vendors and contractors. We love seeing that one of a kind smile on a Home Owners face at the end of a project!

Chicagoland Remodeling Design & Build stacks up with the competition and surpasses it with competitive prices, second to none workmanship and a prompt/responsive TEAM!  We don’t have that spectacular showroom so we send our clients to our competitors spectacular showroom!  This way we let them incur all the overhead costs while we reap all the benefits and give you the better price.  Zero overhead = Great Pricing!  We work with all the same Vendors they do, but without all the headaches of a showroom and product/sample upkeep.  We work with you to get a price that fits your budget, value engineering to save you money, a schedule that works for you, and the finished product you dream of.  It is the little things that we do that goes a long way with our customers.

Our guarantee is what we stand for!  We take pride in every one of our projects, no matter what the size.  We give you quality that you can measure, and a finished product that will enhancement your home for ever.  Along with the warranties that each trade and product will have, Chicagoland Remodeling will put a “guaranteed” stamp on all their projects.  In today’s costly world, we will work with our client in any way that we need to get you what you want at the price you need.  Your satisfaction is our Business!


At Chciagoland Remodeling, bathroom  renovations are our specialty. On average, a female spends over 1.5 hours a day in her bathroom, YIKES!!! Lets give them the bathroom they need gentlemen!


At Chicagoland Remodeling, basement are our favorite.  It’s a  non invasive process and it gives you the most bang for your buck.  And ladies, your man needs to get away once in a while!


At Chicagoland Remodeling, kitchen remodeling is just fun.  Although it’s a tough and longer process for the homeowner to go through, it is the most rewarding.  Everyone likes to eat!


At Chicagoland Remodeling, custom built homes are the market we want to tap into.  It builds relationships for life and for a contractor we get the most satisfaction of any out of it!


At Chicagoland Remodeling, custom carpentry is personnel.  I spent a long time designing and building this table for my brother in law. Hopefully it sticks around.


Our most popular serviced areas have been, St. Charles, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Schaumburg, Winfield, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Geneva, Batavia, and more!!!


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How to build a custom Steam Shower

Custom steam showers are one of the most challenging remodeling projects you can do.  In preparing to build a custom steam shower you must be sure of a couple things  1). You have 2 open spots on your electrical panel to accommodate the power needed to supply the steam generator.  2).  You should have at least a 3’ x 5’ enclosure, preferably a 5’ x 5’ area.  3)  Be ready to go over budget.  

The first step in building a custom steam shower is to purchase the right size steam generator.  Steam generator sizing is determined by the amount of cubic feet it is to supply.  So for a 3’ deep x 5’ wide x 8’ tall steam shower, you would need a steam generator that is rated for 120 cubic feet.  Also, the type of tile you will be using will also play a role in sizing your steam generator .  I like to over size the steam generator a little bit so they heat up the enclosure faster and to extend the life of the generator. Once you figured out which generator is need you need to pick out the accessories.  There are really only 2 accessories that are essential to get the steam shower functional, they are the steam head and the timer.  I would recommend purchasing a steam head that matches your plumbing and one that has a dimple on the top side of it for essential oils.  As far as the timer goes, I would get one that is digital.  You can program it to the desired temperature you like instead of it constantly pumping out scorching steam with the manual type of timers.  

Once your ready to start construction your steam enclosure, make sure you have an area to put the steam generator.  I like building benches in my steam showers and installing the generator under the bench.  You will need to build an access door where ever you install the steam generator.  The first steps in the construction are to install all of you mechanicals… your standard plumbing for you shower and the plumbing for the steam generator… electrical for lighting in the steam shower, usually a 220v line for the generator and a low voltage line for the timer… I like to use a inline blower fan with an inlet and an outlet to create air circulation inside the steam shower to dry everything off after you are done.  Prior to closing off the walls, I would insulate them thoroughly to help keep the heat in and use a vapor barrier.  It’s time to close everything in with 1/2” durock on the walls and ceilings.  It is not necessary to pitch the ceiling, but the one downfall of not doing it is that water droplets will drip down instead of finding their way to the walls.  It’s now waterproofing time.  I like to use a paintable liquid membrane with fiberglass mesh for the corners/seams… 2 coats on everything please! It is now time to tile.  You will read that it is not wise to use stone in steam showers.  My opinion is that you are building a $10,000 + steam shower… it is wise to use stone, just don’t use green marble!  I recommend using epoxy adhesive along with epoxy grout because it is a higher quality product, it wont stain and water will not penetrate it like standard grout.  If you do decide to use a stone make sure you get the highest quality sealer available and re-seal 2x per year if used frequently.  Its now time to go glass shopping.  I would recommend purchasing 3/8”  or 1/2” thick glass.  Get ready for sticker shock, expect to spend around $600 or more just on the shower door!  If you have room I would recommend a louvered piece of glass above the door for extra ventilation with an exhaust fan near by to exhaust the steam.

A couple must do tips to make your steam shower most enjoyable… 1).  Build a 5’ bench that is wide enough for you to lay down comfortably on.  2).  Put the light that is in the enclosure on a dimmer to enhance the mood.  3). Use essential oils.  4).  Install a heated floor outside of the steam shower if in budget

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5 Health Benefits of a Steam Shower

Relax, clear your mind of the days stress and let the steamy scent of  lavender dissolve all your tensions away.   Imagine coming home to this everyday…It is as good as it sounds and more! The health benefits of melting stress away are worth the hefty price tag alone!  I was lucky enough to enjoy my own personal steam shower for a couple years in my townhouse until I sold it.  It is the one thing I miss the most about that place and is the one project I can’t wait to start at my new house.  Along with the health benefits are all the equity and awes you will get from family and friends.  The 5 health benefits of using a steam shower regularly are:

1).  The overall environment of calmness and serenity will clear your mind and relax your body

2).  The use of proper essential oils will help aid in healing or treatment of any condition or illness

3).  The sweat that your body creates will help aid in discarding the toxins from your body

4).  The steam and heat help soften and relax your skin, you biggest organ !

5).  It helps a woman feel relaxed, clean and energized = more sex

Those are my top personnel health benefits I experienced in using a steam shower.  My favorite part of the steam shower experience were all the different essential oils that are available and letting your body consume each one of them.  The one downfall I experienced with my custom steam shower was that my wife and I became addicted.  I hope this article will help push you over the top and make that call to Chicagoland Remodeling Design & Build to start your custom steam shower project!