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We worked with Ryan and his team on a project that finished our basement into an extended living space. The unfinished area was a challenge to work with given the ductwork, utility placement and changes in ceiling height. It required some creative thinking and a detailed plan to give us the desired layout we wanted and the variety of spaces we were focused on having. 

Ryan came with an open mind and was patient to hear our input and requests so he and his team could meet our expectations. 

During the project, we worked together to agree on specific details that helped keep the initial vision when coming across some unexpected challenges. 

Ryan was flexible with our needs and we had a common goal of trying to stay on time and within budget. While some things forced a longer timeline and some costs added up due to changes mid-stream, Ryan and his team were friendly, polite and respectful to work with while taking pride in their work. 

- Ryan L. St Charles, IL


I write this letter to recommend OC Ventures as a general contractor. My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ryan O’Connor on the renovation of our kitchen, mud room and powder room in the summer of 2016. We are very pleased with the outcome of his work, and we highly recommend him.


After interviewing several contractors, we selected Ryan because of his innovative designs, his high quality options for materials, and his overall demeanor.  We used Ryan nearly 10 years ago for a renovation in our condo.  During this process we learned most importantly that Ryan is good to his word. Ryan would not leave until both he and I were completely satisfied, with his standards being higher than my own. 


For our kitchen remodel, Ryan created several CAD drawings. He thoroughly discussed them with us, listened to our feedback and made revisions per our requests.  Ryan’s suggestions maximized our space and provided the innovative aesthetic design that other contactors did not provide.  I believe this is what Ryan prides himself on: not only quality, but the added details that others overlook, or are unwilling to create due to the time or difficulty to execute.   Additionally, he offered us many high quality options for cabinetry and countertops and guided us through the selection process. 


Ryan’s team consists of skilled tradesmen who deliver the highest quality. Ryan and his team were always very personable, friendly, responsible and professional. This was an important component to us as they spend many days in our house. Ryan and his team took special care to minimize the dust from trailing throughout the house. Overall, our job was completed with care and precision, and Ryan was not satisfied until we were completely happy with the results.


We are extremely pleased with Ryan’s work, and we highly recommend OC Ventures. We will use Ryan and his team again when we are ready for our next home renovation project.

-Bob Sallmann, Green Oaks, Illinois



After inteviewing other contractors to do a complete rehab of our kitchen, we selected OC Ventures to perform the work.  Their quote was the most economical and they committed to a quicker turnaround than other contractors.


Ryan and his team showed up on time the first day (and all other day) and their work exceeded our expectations.  They met their budge and time commitments despite significant challenges along the way.  Ryan personally communicated with our kitchen designer dozens of times to modify existing plans to address numerous unplanned setbacks.  His creativity and experience enabled him to seamlesly address these challenges and deliver a kitchen that was beyond our expectations.


In addition to doing what was asked of them, Ryan and his team went the extra mile to address numerous other requests.  As other minor issues were uncovered - some not even relating to the kitchen rehab - Ryan and his team addressed them without issue.


Finally outside of the work they performed, the OC Ventures team was extemely courteous to us, our family and all of the vendors which were involved in the process.  They were clean throughout the process as they ensured that their work was isolated to the kitchen - other areas of our house were left free of dirt, dust and damage.


Overall, our experience with OC Ventures was excellent. The cost was relatively low but the quality of the work was exceptional.  We have several other areas of the house we intend to address and we look forward to OC Ventures helping us with these requests.


Jack & Johanna Grange, Northbrook, Illinois



We selected OC Venture to handle the project of finishing our basement. We knew what we wanted in our basement but needed a contractor who could make our dream come true. We choose OC Ventures because Ryan was willing to do whatever was needed to get the end result we were looking for. Ryan's crew arrived on time and worked tentatively through out the project. They cleaned up everyday before leaving. We handed Ryan pictures of different feature we wanted in the basement and Ryan made it happen.....even when we thought it could not happen. Ryan saved the day and recommended a few changes to allow us to keep the options we wanted. As we progressed through the project Ryan brought in the needed trade specialist that our project required. Ryan has the tools, abilities and drive to deliver what we wanted. Ryan took the time and assisted us in find the right materials to get the finishes we were looking for. Ryan even worked in materials we purchased to allow us to make our own and put our touches on it.   We now have a dream basement that makes you feel like your anywhere but the basement. We use our basement everyday!!!!!

After the first experience, it was clear there was only one choice as to who would handle the remodeling project for our main floor. Ryan's guys installed our new wood floors, replaced a few windows, updated our wood trim through out the house and then worked hand in hand with my kitchen cabinet and appliance contractor. Ryan crew also installed a beautiful coffer ceiling. The woodwork and tile work was incredible. Once again Ryan's desire to exceed his clients expectations separates him from other contractors. We now have a house we are excited about raising our kids and meets our lifestyle.

Thanks Ryan!!!!!!


Charneskes, Hawthorne Woods,  Illinois



Ryan O'Connor has been a superb contractor for us. We have used Ryan for numerous construction and repair projects on our house and property over the past seven years.  Projects included complete kitchen remodel, two fully remodeled bathrooms including steam shower and extensive tile work, new hardwood flooring on entire first level including custom staircase, renovated garage system with epoxy floor and custom shelving, remodeled basement with custom kitchenette, extensive outdoor patio work with custom fencing and exterior lighting, paint and trim work throughout house.  


He has always completed each job quickly, efficiently and for an outstanding value.  Ryan has always brought professional and trustworthy craftsmen into our home.  This is very important to us, as we are a family with small children.  Each evening construction was cleaned up and our home was livable. 


We recommend Ryan and OC Ventures for any contractor work, and would be pleased to discuss his capabilities with anyone who wishes to inquire. 


Katrina and Justin Treutelaar, Libertyville, Illinois

Ryan and his team remodeled both our kitchen and bathroom this past year.  Ryan worked with us on the design and was able to keep us within our budget.  We are very pleased with how both projects turned out.  Him and his team were very professional and made sure that they cleaned up after they were done for the day, which we appreciated.


- Marisa Williams, Lake Zurich

My wife and I spent almost two years searching for a lake house in southern 

Wisconsin / northern Illinois.  We came across one that was being built by OC 

Ventures in Burlington, WI and fell in love with the look and craftsmanship.  After 

a couple of days, we put a bid in on the house and it was accepted.  


We began working with Ryan to finalize the main levels of the house and to have 

OC Ventures finish the basement to our needs.  Ryan was very knowledgeable 

and offered great suggestions on how to finish the basement.  With us being 50 

miles away, Ryan was very accommodating to meet with us during our busy 

schedules.  The finished product turned out great and we have enjoyed the last 

year in the house.


Ryan and his team were timely in getting any warranty work done.  Throughout 

the process, it was a pleasure working with OC Ventures and we would 

recommend them to anyone.


Jim and Tina Raap, Burlington, WI

After meeting with 6 contractors, Ryan O’Connor was able to provide a high value bid and came with great referrals.  OC Ventures did a fantastic job on our full home remodel.  They exceeded my expectations and were able to complete the project in just 8 weeks.  We updated our kitchen, three bathrooms, added a bathroom, new flooring, added new crown and baseboards, and painted the entire house to include ceilings and casings!  There were anywhere from 4-8 men working on our home 5-6 days a week – the resource commitment to our project was significant and key contributor to completing the job on time.  The results are fantastic and have made our house the home we always dreamed of.  Thanks Ryan!


Andrea Haan, Director, Allstate Insurance

It has been 2 years since our basement was beautifully remodeled by Ryan and OC Ventures. We are now ready to do our kitchen. He was the first person I called! He had some outstanding ideas on how to proceed and his pricing is always fair. No need to get more bids, as I already know he will do a great job at a fantastic price. When doing a construction project in our home, I value a reliable professional team that is approachable with ideas and comments as well as doing excellent work. This winning combination can be found with Ryan O'Connor and OC Ventures. I highly recommend this company!!

Mara Monte, Ivanhoe, Illinois


After shopping around several contractors to finish our our basement, we felt Ryan came in with the best price and could back it up with a great team of professionals doing very high quality work.  They finished the whole project in just under eight weeks and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. They even managed to remodel our master bath suite simultaneously when a pipe burst during the middle of our basement remodel. OC has done other small projects as well, maintaining the great prices with quality workmanship. Thanks guys!

Jeff and Amy Frantz, Green Oaks, Illinois


OC Ventures did such an amazing job on my kitchen! They turned an old, outdated kitchen into a modern space for cooking and entertaining family and friends!

Ryan and his crew came up with design and layout ideas to 

maximize space and get an up-to date look that I am very happy with. The crew was amazing, they showed up on time everyday, and cleaned up after each day.  I found them to be extremely professional and courteous. I have every intention of using OC Ventures for my next project!

Thanks to everyone at OC Ventures,

Ashleigh Grambo, Green Oaks, Illinois

OC Ventures, Inc. recently finished a complete bathroom and kitchen remodel, and also painted the entire two floors at our condo.  The finished product exceeded our expectations.  Ryan and his team were flexible with our schedule, trustworthy, and worked well within our budget.  They completed the entire project while we were away on vacation for 2 weeks.  For parts of the project my wife and I had an exact vision of what we wanted and the OC Ventures team executed our wishes exactly as asked.  For other parts of the project we relied on Ryan’s expertise and knowledge of design, layout, color, and construction.  I would not hesitate to recommend OC Ventures.

David & Sarah Surdyk
Lincoln Park, Chicago

Over the years, we have called upon Ryan, with OC Ventures, to do work such as two fully remodeled bathrooms, outside roofing and cedar work, pull down attic stairs, decking, paint, tile work, among many other odds and ends. We will continue to use Ryan as he has proved reliable, prompt, trustworthy and does great quality work. 
Corrine Jasper, Grayslake, Illinois

I would absolutely use OC Ventures for another house project. We've worked with them twice now and each time it's been close to flawless. The crew was very conscientious of my 3 little ones and pleasant to have in our home on a daily basis. The results were better than expected and left us eager for our next project!

Marni Sheehan

OC Ventures recently completed our full basement remodel into a beautiful space we are proud to have as part of our home. After years of remodels and building our most recent house, working with Ryan and OC Ventures was hands-down, the best experience we have ever had with a builder! We enjoyed having their team working on our home and are beyond grateful that the experiene was a positive one. The cost of the project was fair, their team was professional, and the finished product is a better version of what we imagined ourselves!

Ryan and his team were always on time and worked long hours ot meet our time frame.  They collaborated with us to custmoize design details that were important to us. Ryan also assisted in creatively meeting our design goals while staying within budget. He was able to follow-thrugh on the quote he had committed to us.

It goes without saying that we highy recommend Ryan and OC Ventures and intend on using them on future projects!

Scott & Trisha Cairns, Libertyville, Illinois

OC Ventures remodeled my kitchen and bathrooms at 1255 N Sandburg Chicago, IL. Ryan (the owner)  delivered far above my expectations. I wanted to stay in my budget but at the same time have  great eye popping results. Ryan the (owner) worked with me the whole time and even went into his own pocket to keep me in my budget and make my remodel vision come true. Both remodels look beyond my wildest dreams and every time family and friends come over I am overwhelmed with the compliments I receive. If you are looking for high quality work at an affordable price OC Ventures is your match. Extremely Satisfied Customer.

Sean Murnane, Chicago, Illinois











Ryan  O’Connor of OC remodeling finished my basement. Unbelievable job. Put a bathroom in. Built a beautiful wet bar and fantastic built-in bookshelves. Very good with all of the detail work. He also put windows in my upstairs den along with putting them in the basement. His employees were a joy to have in my home also. Never had to worry about them there with no one home. As a matter of fact I gave them a key to the house so they could come as early as they wanted. They also did a custom closet in the master bedroom. Any work I need done I would call Ryan.

Eric Burke

Gurnee, IL

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