You don’t have to wear a tool belt to be a do-it-yourself home improvement artist. Being great at the logistics of locating discount materials is a crucial skill in completing projects at lower cost. And it leaves room in your budget for hiring pros whether carpenters or stone veneer masons.
Here are some useful local companies for budget renovation in metro Chicago communities. We’ve included store addresses and phone numbers to make shopping easier.
Flooring & Carpet
Home Owners Bargain Outlet
Crest Hill, 1693 South Plainfield Road, (815) 730-8340
Oak Lawn, 8716 South Cicero Avenue, (708) 423-4656
Waukegan, 2650 Belvedere Road, (847) 263-1612
Villa Park, 300 North Avenue, (630) 833-3200
HOBO’s outlet stores offer top deals on solid surface flooring, including tiles from ceramic to granite and hardwoods. Persist and you can find a great deal.
Floor & Decor
Arlington Heights, 600 East Rand Road, (847) 704-7071
Aurora, 307 South Route 59, (630) 449-1255
Lombard, 1000 North Rohlwing Road, (630) 613-1597
Skokie, 3300 Oakton St, (847) 983-2987
Countryside, 1 Countryside Plaza, (708) 937-1325
Gurnee Mills, 6100 West Grand Avenue, (847) 672-2023
Looking for a discount on laminate or vinyl flooring? Do you want to consider good prices on hardwood or many kinds of tile and stone finishes? You’ll find lots of choices here.
Chicago, 3312 North Lincoln Avenue, (773) 281-8800
Discover area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting from berbers to plushes at Rexx Rug. Enjoy free cookies as well as hundreds of flooring choices at their warehouse sales. Rexx also sells engineered and solid hardwood flooring.
Home Owners Bargain Outlet
HOBO sells a broad range of discounted building supplies, including cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. We listed all the locations above.
Builder Supply Outlet
Broadview, 2171 West Cermak Road, (708) 343-3900
In addition to in-stock kitchen cabinets at prices up to 60 percent off retail, Builder Supply sells a broad range of construction materials for DIYers, including countertops, doors, windows and flooring.
Bloomingdale, 279 Madsen Drive (the company’s outlet location), (630) 529-7600
Lincolnshire, 725 Milwaukee Avenue, (847) 478-1900
Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Center, (847) 675-9400
South Barrington, 100 West Higgins Road, (847) 783-1500
Wheaton, 303 East Front Street, (630) 668-7878
Toms-Price sells furniture at discount for all rooms in your home and for all tastes.
Chicago, 4433 North Ravenswood Avenue, (773) 728-3497
Nadeau’s motto is “furniture with a soul.” If you are searching for unique tables, seating, shelving and storage from around the world, this is the location for great deals.
Chicago (Lincoln Park), 800 West North Avenue, (312) 787-8329
If you want a hip, modern look at affordable prices, try Crate and Barrel’s CB2. You’ll find everything that is sleek and simple — from tubular outdoor furniture to minimalist dishware designs.
Fox Lighting Galleries
Chicago, 4240 West Lawrence Avenue, (773) 282-6300
Whether you’re looking for chandeliers, lighted ceiling fans or floor lamps Fox offers a broad array of choices at budget prices. The company’s website provides prices as well as product details for all its lighting.
North Star Stone
Libertyville, 1840 Industrial Drive, (847) 996-6850
Are you in the market for a new stone fireplace or a fireplace update? We offer well-priced materials and installation at North Star Stone, and invite you to make an appointment to visit our Libertyville showrooms. If you want to add distinguished looking stone exterior siding options to your Chicago metro home — from façade to garden walls — we can help you achieve the look you want within a reasonable budget. Contact NorthStar today for the kind of fireplace renovation Chicago residents love or any kind of stone siding project.