Testimonials

“Peter and Kristen of PKPG Companies are the most knowledgeable, trustworthy and ethical individuals you will find anywhere. Working with them on building our custom home has been such a pleasure. We know first hand that this is not always the case…in fact, it is not all that common in the industry.Peter has incredible skills and ability, that are rarely found in a builder. His experience as Vice President of one of the largest US home developers has prepared him well. We give the highest praise possible for PKPG Companies.

We first recognized that Peter had a keen eye for the real estate market when he found a vacant parcel of land and successfully negotiated a super bargain in a prime location of Glenview, IL. He then “listened” to the ideas we had with respect to desired lifestyle, architectural taste, investment value, budget, etc. With that, he developed a comprehensive building plan and worked diligently with city officials on the approval process. His reputation and relationships with individuals were crucial in making this appear relatively seamless from our perspective, but it certainly required an experienced professional.

When initiating the actual construction, Peter was was totally transparent on everything. This made us feel very comfortable with the process and we have never been surprised by a hidden cost, up charge or anything. Additionally, he makes insightful opinions and recommendations about decisions to be made. We always felt fully informed and truly felt like we got the most for our money spent. After the final inspection and occupancy, Peter and his team have always followed up on touch ups and other details.

Peter and Kristen of PKPG Companies are guaranteed to be your best advocates when building and you will not be disappointed. We have been so lucky to find them. Our highest recommendation goes out for PKPG Companies.”

― John and Denise M

 

“We built our new home with Peter Canalia of PKPG Companies and the process was literally a dream. This is the second house we have built so we were coming in well aware that the process can sometimes be both exciting and also quite challenging. We were so pleased to find building with Peter of PKPG was a positive experience on all aspects from start to close. From the initial stages of bidding and selecting our lot to the day we moved in and after, Peter has been honest, helpful, trustworthy and extremely professional. The building process with Peter was seamless…from finishes and details selection, sticking to budget, answering any and all building/construction questions readily throughout the entire process, and keeping us on schedule to meet our move in date. It’s been three years now and our family is so happy in our new home. Friends and family (plus the random delivery person) always compliment how truly pretty our home is! Can’t imagine being anywhere else now. I would highly recommend anyone looking to build a new home of their dreams or update their current house to meet and work with Peter Canalia of PKPG.”

― Jennifer

 

“We met with Peter Canalia and PKPG Companies to explore building a new construction home. In the process of looking for the right lot, we stumbled upon our rehab project. We enlisted Peter Canalia to assess the property and advise if it was a feasible project based on his knowledge of the market. He assessed the property and worked with us to establish a renovation budget.

We decided to contract PKPG to perform the gut rehab of the property because of our trust in Peter and his honesty and integrity demonstrated throughout the planning/bid process.  From our initial meeting, we found Peter to be honest, up-front, and that he cared about the client. We never felt like we were being sold something or upgraded beyond what we intended.

Throughout the construction phase, Peter was flexible and able to make adjustments as the renovation progressed.  He advised us on ways to maximize our budget, was patient while we evaluated options, and kept us on point when ideas strayed from the budget.  Any concerns we had during construction were addressed quickly and professionally, and even in the months following the completion they return to check on us.

We get countless compliments on our house, and when we show everyone the before and after pictures the comments are typically “how did you have the vision”? Peter has a great talent to see the potential in an old house like ours and has quite a bit of fun in the process. Peter has become a good friend and resource for us through this process and have and would recommend PKPG to friends interested in building. ”

― Mr. and Mrs. M

 

“We recently finished a major overhaul of our kitchen and mudroom with PKPG Companies and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We decided to go with PKPG Companies after admiring their work in many local new construction homes. The quality and craftsmanship was evident to us in these homes as it now is in ours.

Having never taken on a home renovation before, we were unsure what to expect. It seems everyone has a horror story to share. However, PKPG Companies ran the project flawlessly from beginning to end. Peter came in to evaluate initially and gave us wonderful ideas, made a clear plan and, most importantly, a clear estimate. I want to say how happy I was throughout the process that the budget is clearly broken down and it is easy to see where each dollar is being spent.

The crew worked diligently to finish our project (ahead of schedule!) and I found them always willing to answer questions and working carefully and cleanly to protect the areas of our home not under construction. As I assume is common with the remodel of any older home, a few issues did arise. Peter, Daniel and the PKPG crew easily handled these issues and professionally solved any problems before we even knew they existed.
The finished product was better than I could imagine. We not only have our dream kitchen, but PKPG added thoughtful touches that I would have never thought of to give the kitchen a custom, high end look. I can’t say enough about Peter, Kristen, Daniel, Alison and everyone else at the PKPG team who created our beautiful new kitchen and mudroom . They are a wonderful team with a clear mission to effortlessly create beautiful, functional homes with thoughtful quality.”

― Kelly N.

 

Last year we purchased a home that was originally built in 1950 and had gone through multiple additions, with a tremendous amount of disjointed style. We had everything from an original 1950s pink bathroom to a Zen influenced style. We could see the potential, but we needed a partner to make it happen. That is where PKPG Companies came into the project.

We knew PKPG’s work. They had helped two of our friends build houses and we liked their style. PKPG was a true partner in the remodeling process, they understood our vision and with their creative imaginations took our vision to a level exceeding our expectations, but not exceeding our budget.

PKPG enlists the help of only the finest craftsman. Their construction manager was exceptional and the finish carpenters were amazing. We began calling the lead carpenter a magician, because he consistently turned our rough drawings and verbal descriptions into fabulous finished products. One example was converting a boring bi-fold door into a one of a kind reclaimed wood barn door. We replaced all the doors and trim in the house to create symmetry throughout. When we got to the bi-fold doors in the mud room, we realized they were custom sized and to have them made would have been ridiculously expensive for a mud room. That is when we thought of the idea of using some of the reclaimed wood we were using in other areas of the house to create a unique door design. We explained the idea to the lead carpenter one morning and when we returned from work that evening he has already created the fabulous doors. They are amazing. People constantly want to know where we bought them. This was just one of the many, many amazing ideas that came to be with PKPG’s help.

PKPG was extremely professional, they created a detailed budget and were completely transparent with respect to the cost of materials, labor, etc. There were no mystery charges or surprises. If we choose an item or finish that exceeded the initial budget, they were quick to let us know the impact and let us decide if we were ok with the increase. On the reverse side, they also suggested ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality or aesthetics. If they received a contractor discount for tile, granite, cabinets, etc., they passed it on and let us know the discount.

They also were very cognizant of our timeline and diligent on getting the project finished in the budgeted time.

We would not hesitate to recommend them to friends and family. If we ever go through another remodeling or new house project, the first company we will call is PKPG.

― Mark & Liz C.

 

We recently completed a new home construction project with Peter and Kristen Canalia of PKPG Companies. From beginning to end, our experience could not have been any better. The entire process from design through construction was highly professional and extremely efficient. Our home was finished on time and on budget. Pete and Kristen are hands-on builders with attention to detail. They build high-end homes of the highest quality. We highly recommend PKPG.

― Angelo & Marita T.

 

If you are considering building your own home, you need to have a conversation with PKPG or you are truly doing yourself a disservice. We completed and closed on our home from PKPG in early 2017. Pete and Kristen did an amazing job and were absolutely incredible to work with. They made picking out finishes extremely easy and offered excellent advice throughout the entire process. Every home builder should take a page out of their book when it comes to attention to detail, fair dealing, and level of craftsmanship. They are more than just builders–they are artists.

― Josh & Chelsie T.

When I began planning my project of completely redesigning my 2 restaurant’s and creating 3 in the same space at the same address, everyone said I was crazy, until I met and sat with Kristen and Peter from PKPG Companies. The very first time I met them at my then, Restaurant Michael in Winnetka, Peter immediately and without hesitation, began pointing out solutions to every problem I already knew would pop up. I knew almost instantly, that I would have another meeting with them as he offered this information with no strings and without question of my motives. The mutual trust was instant. Two meetings later, I signed the contract and it was the best professional decision I have ever made. Not only have they delivered 3 COMPLETELY different concepts from what I once had, they did so under budget and 3 days ahead of schedule. It was simply amazing to see it unfold. Peter never lost focus, Kristen guided all the purchasing with my designer and kept us under budget without one single compromise. Bryan, their project manager was a logistics marvel and Daniel, who as I have come to learn is a master carpenter, never flinched in the face of a ridiculously short time line. Every single sub contractor was a true pro and made their craft look like effortless art. They all worked lockstep with the village and me and never missed a step. There is not enough I can say to recommend this company with the proper accolades to do them justice. You will not find finer people or a more finely tuned and professional team than PKPG. The proof is in the pudding. Come see their work. It speaks better of them than I possibly could. An amazing experience across the board!

― Michael L.

We have worked with PKPG twice now – once 8 years ago to completely renovate the first floor of our home (new kitchen, new powder room, knocked down walls – the whole nine yards), and for the second time this past fall to gut three upstairs bathrooms. Peter, Kristen, Brian and the entire PKPG team were a pleasure to work with. These guys are consummate pros – they showed up on time, they left our house clean and they got stuff done when they said it would be done. Peter even designed the layouts for our kitchen and bathrooms. The best part was they finished both projects under budget. And they were so open and transparent with pricing. Kristen walked us through options for all the finishes so we could go a little nicer here, save a little money there, and basically feel in control of the entire process. We were truly blown away by the end result. Highly recommend!

― Daniel M.