About Us

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! 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.

The commitment to customer service Ray and Kathryn built as the foundation to our business carries through everything we do today. Even as other companies continually choose to outsource their work, we stay true to our roots and still employ professional interior designers, product specialists, project managers, and expert tradesmen all in-house to ensure the highest quality possible with minimal sub-contracting.

Our family has been a part of Chicago’s legacy for five generations. We’d love to play a part in yours!