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Alternative Home Solutions

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Address: 800 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016

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Services Offered

Type of Jobs:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Manufacturers:

      • Armstrong and Nafco flooring
      • Wilsonart “no drip” countertops
      • Hurricane strapping


  • Architectural Services
  • Basement Remodeling
  • Commercial Construction
  • Custom Home Building
  • Design/Build Services
  • General Contractor
  • Green Building
  • Kitchen Remodeling
  • New Home Construction
  • Room Additions
  • We work in

  • Cicero
  • Arlington Heights
  • Evanston
  • Palatine
  • Schaumburg
  • Waukegan
  • Elgin
  • Chicago
  • Berwyn
  • Skokie
  • and more...
  • About Us

    Six years ago, Mike Mazer combined his 36 years of industry experience with an amazing construction team to create Alternative Home Solutions. Providing custom homes, home renovation and commercial construction in the Chicago area, this superior builder can boast over $800 million in value for private clients, as well local and national organizations.

    By choosing Alternative Home Solutions as your Construction Manager, you’re choosing a company that has distinguished itself among thousands of others in its class. AHS is a Certified Graduate Builder and is also a member of regional Home Builders Associations and the Better Business Bureau.


    Alternative Home Solutions was founded in 2000 by president, Michael Mazer. With over 36 years of experience in the construction industry, you can feel confident about his vision for your home and ability to direct and manage the entire AHS building team.


    Alternative Home Solutions is renowned for its custom built homes, additions and large commercial construction projects.

    Unique Services

    To provide customers with the best in personalized service, AHS offers the following programs:

    Green Build Program
    Building new homes or commercial spaces with 3 ojectives in mind:

    • Conserve Natural Resources
    • Increase Energy Efficiency
    • Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Alternative Home Solutions encourages qualified customers to act as their own builder through the Owner/Build program. This choice can help many homeowners save on expenses, particularly by cutting down on labor costs. Keep in mind, the amount of money you will save is affected by the size of your project, land costs and your own abilities.

    Energy Star Program
    This build program is centered around energy efficient solutions for your home. Not only can you save money but you can also do your part to protect the world around you. The government has approved over 35 high efficiency products for the Energy Star program, while still promoting quality, comfort and design.

    Special Feature of Alternative Home Solutions

    Commercial Construction

    Alternative Home Solutions will gladly consider any commercial construction plan. As a testament to their experience and results, the AHS team recently completed a $3.6 million restaurant project in Elgin, IL and will likely construct additional facilities at future locations. AHS will work directly with your design team or provide in-house design services to meet your needs. This contracting specialist will take all necessary measures to stick with your construction plan, solicit competitive bids for materials, select additional contractors and commission your facility.

    Special Feature of Alternative Home Solutions

    New Home Construction

    As a low-volume builders of new homes (taking on only 6-8 projects a year), Alternative Home Solutions can offer your home the time and attention it requires. The AHS team can act as a general contractor or offer a comprehensive construction program that includes the initial planning sessions, computerized design, job estimates, construction and even post-closing services. Most importantly, you'll be well informed and included in every step of the process.

    Special Feature of Alternative Home Solutions

    Room Additions

    If your current lifestyle is outgrowing your living space, Alternative Home Solutions can design a renovation or addition plan that matches your unique needs and preferences. Some examples of AHS' past work are guesthouses, kitchens, bathrooms, wine cellars, theater rooms, room additions and more.


    Yes, We Have Licenses


    • Certified Graduate Builder(CGB)

    Liability Insurance

    Yes, We Have Liability Insurance

    Workers Compensation

    Yes, We Have Workers Compensation


    • National Home Builders Association
    • Home Builders Association of Illinois
    • Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago
    • Better Business Bureau

    Financing/Payment Options

    • All American Financing Services (IndyMac Bank)


    "Very professional planning (quality and performance standards in writing, detail-oriented also toward neighbors regarding potential inconveniences), during remodeling very attentive, worked really with us (4 children & a big dog) to accommodate our needs as we were living 'on the jobsite'. Within budget, and provided all the papers (lien waivers etc.) and documents automatically. Very pleasant experience, plan to continue working with the company. in the future, recommended to neighbors."
    L. Sahelijo
    Green Oaks, IL

    "I have known Mike Mazer for eight years and have benefitted from his building expertise on one previous job, and have seen three other projects (an addition/rehab and two new homes). I am constantly impressed with his timeliness, building expertise as well as his attention to budget and detail— and one extra element you don't often find in a contractor: good taste along with a grety eye for design. I will be meeting with Mike Mazer in one more to make plans for an addition to our current home."
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith
    Libertyville, IL

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