Welcome to Vision Design & Build, Inc. Online

        You have taken a very important step in adding onto or updating your home. Take your time and look around our site. You will find valuable information about me, my company and how easy the process can be.

NARI Certified Remodeler:

NARI Certifed RenovatorMore Information The Certified Remodeler (CR) designation is the most difficult of all NARI programs. It shows the contractors educational commitment to their clients.

April 22, 2004

USEPA Certified Firm:

EPA Certifed FirmMore Information As of April 22, 2010

 all contractors that work on pre-1978 homes must be certified in Lead Safe Work  Practices. This is for the protection of your children.

December 15, 2009

Green Certified Professional:

NARI Green CertifiedMore Information The Green Certified Professional (GCP) demonstrates my commitment to my clients and the environment. Using this knowledge I can insure a healthier home.

July 7, 2008


Whats New:

BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist.

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP Has completed the training and testing to become a BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. As a Building Analyst he is capable of conducting comprehensive testing and evaluation of your home and your appliances. These tests include blower door testing, CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) testing and infiltration measurements. For more information call 708-467-0944.

Updated: December 21, 2011

Current News:

Mighty House University

demoThe Mighty House Team will present the Mighty House University series of homeowner workshops begining October, 2012. The series of five classes are designed to familiarize homeowners with their homes and teach them to do everyday and special tasks like a pro. Topics will cover drywall repair, painting, tile installation and more. Go to www.mightyhouse.net or www.restoreelgin.org for dates and registration. Participants that complete all five classes will receive a certificate of completion. Course is free and held at Habitat for Humanitie's Restore in Elgin, 800 N. State St.

Updated: August 30, 2012

Recent Events:

Mighty House Radio Show

demoRich Cowgill, CR, GCP has joined the Mighty House Team! Listen to the Radio show on Saturdays, on 820AM or 99.9FM, 92.5 FM or 92.7 FM. Join Robbie Erhardt, Ron Cowgill CR, GCP, CKBR and Rich Cowgill, CR, GCP,  at 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Call with your home improvement questions. For more information www.mightyhouse.net.

Updated: October 16, 2012


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     About Vision Design and Build, Inc.

We specialize in Kithens, Baths, Basements and Custom Additions.

      Welcome to Vision Design & Build's website. You've made the first step in bringing the vision of your home a reality. While you are looking over the pages of the site you will learn not just about my commitment to you, the homeowner, you will learn about the process developed to turn your house into your dream home. With more people deciding they are going to stay in their exisiting home longer than ever before, the top projects to increase your comfort are kitchen and bath remodels amd offer a 72% payback. Exterior work that is popular is roofing and siding. This will increase the curb appeal of your home and return a respectable 64%.

     With the current economic conditions; choosing a good contractor is more important than ever. I am already a registered contractor with Chase Bank and Wells Fargo Home Lending. And, with rising energy costs why not have your home checked for efficiency while we're there?   

     What makes Vision Design & Build, Inc. different from other companies? The answer is simple. A small company that is happy to be a small company. I have been in business for more than 25 years. We are now celebrating more than 12 years of custom remodeling. We have always been specialists in creating kitchens, baths and additions that compliment your home. By not trying to grow into a large company, we have been able to deliver high quality, great service with your budget in mind.

     As a design/build firm I am able to reduce your costs by designing your project with your budget in mind. As you make selections of materials and finishes you are informed of the effect on your budget.

     By continuing my education, I demonstrate my commitment to bring my clients, the safest, most energy efficient, low maintenance and beautiful home in their neighborhood. I am currently the President of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Chicagoland.  I am a NARI Certified Remodeler and  Certified Green Professional. I am also and EPA Accredited RRP Trainer. And have just completed my Certifications as a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. That means I can conduct blower door testing and infiltration testing on your home and show quantatative results for the work I provide for you. I have been a volunteer member of the Illinois Lead Elimination Advisory Panel for IDPH for more than 4 years.

     I have conducted workshops at Habitat for Humanity of Fox Valley's Restore facility for more than 3 years. Workshops were held on the 2nd Saturday of each month during the fall, winter and spring months.  

     So, please, as long as you are here, take the time to learn how Vision Design and Build, Inc. can make your project as cost effective and worry free as possible. And, if by chance you don't see something here or you have a question, don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to learn more about Vision Design& Build, Inc.

Richard T. Cowgill, CR, GCP


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