About Us

Our Heritage

The name “Tartan” Builders was chosen not only out of respect for and in memory of our father, James McNaughton, but also represents a nod to our family’s rich tradition back through the generations to Scotland.  A tartan is a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan.  The color pattern of the tartan used in our logo is that of the Scottish McNaughton family tartan.

For more than three generations the McNaughton family has served the communities of Chicago as premier luxury residential and commercial property developers.  The Principals of Tartan Builders grew-up on the job sites of James McNaughton Builders, Inc., and returned to the development business shortly after their respective graduations from the University of Illinois.

In 2012, Tartan Builders, Inc. (TBI) was founded by brothers and Principals Ryan and Scott McNaughton.  Based out of the family’s longtime office, built three decades ago in Hinsdale, IL, TBI aims to continue the sound reputation and exemplary product affiliation with the McNaughton name.

Family pride and commitment to the company extends far beyond ownership.  Long-term affiliations with the trades and suppliers have allowed TBI to provide their clients with the value and quality they are looking for.

Our Vision

“To be the most respected and trusted luxury home builder, commercial property developer and property manager in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.”

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What We Value

Tradition of Trust • Impeccable Service • Innovative Design • Excellence in Craftsmanship

Building upon a rich family history of craftsmen, we join in a legacy of integrity, quality, and customer service rarely discovered in the construction industry.  Our number 1 priority is delivering excellence throughout the build process, developing a lasting relationship with clients along the way.  Our team of carpenters and subcontractors are experts in their fields, and share in our conviction for delivering excellence in quality material and craftsmanship.

A big part of our recipe for excellence includes serving our customer well; so much so it’s in our DNA at Tartan Builders, Inc.  This means delivering on what we promise, maintaining clear communication, and exceeding customer expectations in execution.  We strive to be the building contractor you wouldn’t hesitate to refer to friends and family—the ones you see more than twice a year.

We’re thrilled to see our customers’ eyes light up as the project comes together, and much more so when we hand over the keys.  We’ve found a mix of innovative technology and classical carpentry provide a blend that makes a Tartan build so unique and resonates deeply with even the most discerning client.

Innovation and creativity is nothing without sound execution.  As such, we strive for excellence with each build.  We’re confident that the quality and manner in which our team of professionals creates your new home / office / remodel will exceed your expectations, providing long-term enjoyment.

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Our Principals

Scott McNaughton

Scott McNaughton – Principal

Scott has been involved in the development and construction industry in Chicago for over 15 years. He began his career in the industry at James McNaughton Builders, and served in various capacities, including the role of Construction Manager.  In 2006, Scott began his own company, Scott McNaughton Development Group, Inc., a real estate development firm.  He went on to begin Tartan Builders, Inc. with his brother, Ryan in 2012.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ryan McNaughton

Ryan McNaughton – Principal

With over 13 years of experience, Ryan is a seasoned expert in the residential and commercial construction industry.  Prior to starting TBI in 2012 with his brother Scott, he held the position of Vice President at James McNaughton Builders as well as President of his own full service real estate company, Ryan McNaughton Holdings, LLC.  Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.