If you’ve lived in the Chicagoland area for a while, chances are you know someone who has worked with OHi for something within their home. From carpets to kitchen renovations to second story additions, OHi has been improving our neighborhood one home at a time since 1900.
Christian Kautz began providing his community with carpeting in 1900, teaching his son Charles and grandson Ray everything he knew about the business. Christian and Ray even installed carpet for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933 and at the Drake Hotel upon its opening. In 1967, Ray and his wife Kathryn opened a storefront, Carpets by Ray & Sons, which resulted in a second store opening in Buffalo Grove in 1977.
Ray, a father of six boys, eventually employed his sons in his stores when they were old enough to work. He taught them everything, from the product, to the installation, to the importance of customer service and building relationships. As the business continued to grow and offer new services for our neighborhood, we changed our name to OHi and now specialize in improvements for the entire home, and commercial interiors for healthcare, multi-family housing, property management groups, and more.
Our family has been a part of Chicago’s legacy for five generations. We invite you to experience the difference of working with family, and allow us to play a part in yours!