How to Prevent and Manage Frozen Water Pipes

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Chicago is no stranger to below freezing temperatures during winter months. During these times, it is important for homeowners to understand the significance of routinely checking their water pipes to be running properly. As the water freezes, it creates an enormous amount of pressure within the pipes, eventually leading to completely frozen, or worse, burst pipes. Our experts at Cobblestone Development warn that even the slightest crack in the pipes can lead to a significant amount of water release which, in turn, is a significant amount of money out of your wallet. Continue reading

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Why the Time to Renovate your Kitchen is NOW

The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) was released last week by the Joint Center, indicating a positive growth in this year’s home remodeling market. The question is; why are people renovating now? Research Analyst for the Joint Center, Abbe Will comments that “lean inventory levels of homes on the market seem to be helping the home improvement industry… coupled with an aging housing stock and deferred expenditures during the recession have owners catching up with delayed remodeling projects this year.” But where does one start when one forgets? Let’s start with the heart of the home, your kitchen. Continue reading

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Out With A New Deck

Out With A New Deck

This year’s long bitter cold winter has kept many of us indoors, feeling cooped up and in high anticipation for warm weather to revel outdoors. As we settle into the Spring/Summer season we are planning activities that will let us enjoy the warm weather to the fullest.

For many of us, our decks will become our preferred space to be and will represent an added living space. A deck is the perfect way to extend your indoor routine outdoors; you can have breakfast, read the morning paper, and take in the sunrise to start your day, and at dawn its ideal for family dinners and entertainment. Decks are lasting longer, and one of the reasons involves the growing selection of decking material available in the market. Continue reading

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You’re Invited To Visit Bill Conforti At His New Showroom On The Same Site Where He Began 25 Years Ago

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Here is proof that what goes around comes around.

For nearly three decades, Bill Conforti made 3064 to 3070 N. Clybourn Ave. the home of Siding-1, Windows-1, and Cobblestone Development.

After Siding-1, Windows-1, was sold in 2012, the property was redeveloped in 2015 and is now the new showroom and headquarters of Cobblestone Development. Conforti’s Cobblestone Development is focused in two areas: exterior home improvement such as windows, siding, porches, and decks and interior renovations including kitchens, baths, basements, and additions. Bill also offers his Mission Statement: “Cobblestone Development, Inc. is Chicagoland’s premier provider of quality products and services to ensure our customers receive the finest improvements to the interior and exterior of their homes.” Continue reading

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“What ever happened to that Siding-1 building on the corner of Oakley and Clybourn?”

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Bill Conforti stood across the street from the demolished 3066 North Clybourn construction site. He was more than a little emotional when he considered that he had spent 28 years developing his Siding-1 Windows-1 Exterior business, and constructing the company’s headquarters on that site. The current property will now be the home of a new condominium building.

The iconic Siding-1 structure and the adjacent building were owned by Bill Conforti and sold to accommodate the new condo development. He opened another office in the next building for his Cobblestone Development construction company.  He said,

“I actually formed Cobblestone Development 21 years ago with the goal to remodel and build quality homes from the ground up.”

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Remodeling Market Growth

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A recent study conducted by the Economic Modeling Specialist Intl (EMSI), a firm that collects labor market data from sources to help us understand the connection between economies, people, and work ­­­— predicts a minimum 4 percent growth in remodeling projects between 2011-2014 (Gregorski). Continue reading

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We Moved!

Cobblestone Development has moved up! We’ve relocated to a new location on the 2nd floor of 3064 N. Clybourn Avenue (Honorary Bill Conforti Way) in Chicago. We have more room and a larger staff of experts to help our customers get the highest quality at a great price for their home and commercial renovations. 

Our president, Bill Conforti, founded Cobblestone Development in 1995 based upon the solid values of price, quality, and service. He maintains: “After thousands of remodeling projects, I’m pleased that most of our business comes from our satisfied customer referrals.” We are a BBB Accredited Business with A+ Rating and 203k Certified contractor specializing in award-winning full-scale commercial and residential remodeling. Cobblestone Development is proud to have served Chicago and surrounding suburbs for over 20 years. Continue reading

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Raising Rentals Market

The rentals market is experiencing an exciting boom in demand, most noticeably in Chicago’s North Side. The recent article “Why rents are rising on the North Side,” featured in Crain’s Chicago Business tells us that demand is not keeping up with Chicago’s booming downtown rental development but demand is raising in north side neighborhoods where few apartment developments are being constructed.

CIMG1100Chicago based Cobblestone Development (properties management), Judy Newbold along with her husband Bill Conforti, own 15 buildings in the Chicago’s North Side. Mrs. Newbold says that with the raise in demand she has been filling vacancies in a shorter period of time, particularly with renovated rental units that are rehabbed and have modern amenities. Tenants are also signing year long leases instead of month-to-month, making the first round of rental season a successful one for Cobblestone Development.

With top of the line amenities it’s no wonder tenants are sighing longer leases, but where did this influx of renters come from? Continue reading

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