We built a 6000 square foot custom home in Long Grove with Heartstone in 2009 and we had a great experience!  The builder helped revise our architectural plans to meet our needs.  He made valuable suggestions, including adding technology and state-of-the-art materials in our house.  The building process was well-supervised and completed on schedule.  The builder has stood behind his work, and we have hired Heartstone for several projects and upgrades since the house was completed.

We are very happy with the finished product and would recommend Heartstone without reservation!

-Sagerman Family



Steve and his team are 100% accessible, they are kind and compassionate and always wanted the best for us when we were building our home.  We have been living in our solid and awesome home for over a year and are still able to reach out and utilize Steve and his team whenever we need them for questions, etc.

-Reaven Family


I had the distinguished opportunity to work with Steve Melnick and Heartstone Custom Builders in building our custom home.  Steve Melnick is comprised not only with an extensive knowledge in the building industry, yet most importantly, Steve offers a detailed, educational, and enjoyable experience to your home build.

My wife and I hired Heartstone Custom Builders after interviewing with multiple customer builders. After our very first meeting with Steve, we knew we found our builder as he engaged us throughout his entire process with comfort and ease. Steve was very confident in his approach and capability to our project which was extremely important to us. We put our trust and MONEY in the hands of Heartstone Custom Builders and Steve gave us a beautiful home in return.

Building a custom home is new for everyone. Remember, it is the first of its kind when you build a custom home. Nobody has the house you are building, the trades have never built this house before, and you are truly left with a “one-of-a-kind” home and experience. With that being said, Steve Melnick is as professional as they come in handling any obstacles throughout construction. He will guide you throughout your build navigating through turns and overcoming any bumps with the utmost respect and dignity.

Steve has a way with people left to be desired by many. Steve’s expertise, desire, and compassion in building our custom home made the overall experience that much greater than most builders could have accomplished. He is truly hands on with his clients and he is always available to answer questions and deflect concerns that arise. My wife and I would most definitely recommend Heartstone Customer Builders for your next custom home or remodel.

I can say from personal experience, “Steve Melnick puts the “HEART” in Heartstone Custom Builders”.

-Burkhalter Family



Steve was amazing! I needed renovation done quickly and he jumped right in and helped turn an average home into a really special one, and made it seem easy. His crew was great. They were always there when they said they would be, they clearly knew what they were doing, were efficient, respectful and neat. Steve was there every day to oversee anything going on, and if there were any problems along the way, I never felt them. His direction and suggestions were always very helpful and turned out to be right on. It was obvious he cared and wanted me to be happy, and I AM!

– Burstein Family


Working with Heartstone Custom Builders to remodel my kitchen and bathroom, was a pleasure! Living through the construction was not a problem at all. They were clean and timely. Client service was excellent providing great communication and suggestions. It was so nice to have a headache free remodeling experience!

– Kossof Family


We could not have asked for anything better from Heartstone Custom Builders. After significant research and meeting multiple builders, we chose Heartstone to build our new home in Barrington Hills. Definitely a smart decision for the start of a large project with a tight timeline. Steve is knowledgeable, flexible and his pricing was both competitive and honest. His subcontractors were great, especially the rough and finish carpenters. The detail of the woodwork in our home is exceptional thanks to their imagination and talent.

The result is a beautiful home that exceeds all of our expectations that was built on time and on budget (the only overages were things that we added to the project ourselves). Don’t get me wrong – building a new home is a lot of work and even with the best planning, things don’t always go exactly as you planned but at every step Steve had solutions and, even helped to mediate disagreements when my husband and I had different opinions. After living in our home for the past 2 years, we have not had a single problem of any significance. I would not hesitate to recommend Heartstone to anyone building a new custom home and, if we build again in the future, we will definitely use Steve.

– Krzysko Family


Heartstone was great to work with. We had bought an old seventies-looking home in foreclosure that needed a lot of work to get it looking fresh and new. It also came with a lot of structural issues that were the result of a number of additions / updates over the years done by bad carpenters who cut a lot of corners. We had wondered what we had gotten ourselves into after living in the house for a few months through the winter. Heartstone came in and transformed the home completely, touching almost every wall (inside and out). They addressed all of the structural issues as they arose and delivered by the promised move-in date. It’s absolutely amazing this is the same house. It looks incredible!

– Sandburg Family


I used Heartstone Custom Builders for a total renovation in my second bathroom in my home. Steve was such a pleasure to work with as well as his staff. It came out exactly as I envisioned it.
I would definitely use him again. Very clean and professional.
I would highly recommend him to anyone.

– Gottstein Family