Local brothers build first home as Tartan Builders in Western Springs

Tartan Builders, Inc. of Hinsdale recently completed its first custom home in Western Springs.

The brothers, Ryan and Scott McNaughton, both residents of Western Springs, lead the residential and commercial construction company. Tartan Builders, Inc. is deeply rooted in the construction industry. The family-owned and operated company was founded in 2012 based upon principals learned and a strong foundation built decades ago by their late father, James McNaughton of James McNaughton Builders, Inc.

The new completed home, located on Grand Avenue in Western Springs, was purchased by the homeowners as a speculative home, with a majority of the design already in place. The 3,300-square-foot home has five bedrooms. It features custom, mill-built stairs with wrought iron railings for all four levels, a chef’s kitchen with sub-zero and Wolf appliances, marble baths, a stone family room fireplace, among other high-end and energy saving features.

The Doings Hinsdale
October 4, 2013

Tartan Builders Can Repair Your Flood Damaged Basement

With the severe storms that have hit the Chicagoland area, many homeowners are witnessing first-hand the effects of the heavy rain inside their homes, primarily in their basements.  Hinsdale based Tartan Builders, Inc. (TBI), a leader in the residential and commercial construction industry can provide flood repair services to those that were directly affected by the significant rainfall.

TBI will take the following steps to salvage a flooded basement and restore it back to its original state:

1. Coordinate with a service master or equal contractor to remove damaged carpet, flooring and drywall.

2. Bake the basement with box fans and heaters to eliminate any mold and dry out the basement.

3. Redrywall, reinsulate, repaint, install new trim and doors.

4. Install new carpet and flooring

5. Incorporate new preventative measures for future storms.  For example, add additional sump pump and pit, install battery back-up system, clean out and rod window wells, look at potential swales and install gutter downspout bubblers.

“Basement floods don’t have to be disastrous,” said Ryan McNaughton of Tartan Builders, Inc. “In fact, a quick response to your flooded basement can salvage your home and significantly reduce the time it takes to get your home back to normal.”

Western Springs Business Association

May 2013, Page 2


Business Profile: Tartan Builders

Scott and Ryan McNaughton learned a lot working for their dad, Jim McNaughton — especially since he wasn’t one to play favorites with his sons.

“It’s not like we started here and we were the head of operations,” Ryan said. “We were at the bottom of the totem pole and that was a great learning experience.”

Even before that, when they were in high school and college, Scott remembers the two of them sweeping out basements, picking up yards and shoveling snow.

“That really shows you from the ground up how a construction and development company operates,” he said.

That foundation is serving them well as co-owners of Tartan Builders, which celebrated its first anniversary last month. The brothers, who each owned their own companies and continue to do so, formed Tartan about a year after they lost their father in December 2010. He had owned James McNaughton Builders for more than 30 years.

“We wanted to come out with something fresh and a new brand and maintain the McNaughton name,” Ryan said.

In their first year, they have completed about 10 projects, ranging from small bathroom renovations to building a spec home on Grand Avenue in Western Springs, which they recently sold.

They think business will only improve as the market continues to gain momentum.

“We do find things are improving quite rapidly,” Ryan said “We are bidding probably two to three projects every week. What we’re seeing is people who are going to stay put where they bought and facelift the house or they are looking to build lots and buy now.”

Over the next five years, they hope to develop their brand and build their reputation.

“We want people to say, ‘Those guys know what they’re doing’ or ‘They build beautiful homes.’ We want the same reputation Dad had,” Ryan said. “That’s what we strive for.”

And they plan to earn that reputation the same way their father did.

“I found that the most important part of our business, in my opinion —and Dad was so big on pushing this — is the quality of the materials you use. In our business you don’t get far using cheap products that don’t work and are ineffective,” Ryan said. “It’s a referral-based business. You can’t cut corners with quality and with the trades that you use.”

Integrity, service, following through and treating people fairly are also critical, Scott said.

“Once you lose your reputation, it’s very hard to make it up,” he said.

The McNaughtons, who grew up Hinsdale and now live in Western Springs, said they don’t limit their work to projects of certain sizes or in certain geographical areas. They currently are bidding on a remodel
for a 5-by-7 powder room.

“You never know where a small project like that can lead,” Ryan said.

They are happy to have their mom, who helped found James McNaughton builders, pitching in.

“Mom comes in and helps with color and selection for any spec projects,” Ryan said. “She’ll take out pictures from Home and Garden magazine of cool kitchens.”

The fathers of young children (Ryan has a 2-year-old daughter and an 8-month-old son; Scott’s twin son and daughter are 2), the two are working to build a company they can pass on to the next generation.

“It’s a family business,” Ryan said. “Scott and I would love nothing more than for our sons and our daughters or a mix of them to take it over once the brand grows.”

“Business Profile: Tartan Builders”
by Pamela Lannom
The Hinsdalean, p. 14
February 28, 2013

Tartan Builders Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

January marked the first anniversary of Tartan Builders, Inc. (TBI). Brothers, Ryan and Scott McNaughton lead the residential and commercial construction company, based out of the family’s longtime office built over 30 years ago in Hinsdale. The company attributes this milestone to the strong foundation built decades ago by their late father, James McNaughton of James McNaughton Builders, Inc.

“We bring the same values our father taught us through the yearsto our business,” said Scott McNaughton. “We strive to combine distinctive design,superior construction materials and techniques with quality craftsmanship.”

Over the past year, TBI has embarked on over 10 projects, ranging from small bathroom renovations to complete gut rehabilitations as well as building a new single family home in Western Springs. For more information on TBI, please visit www.tartan-builders.com, or call 630-655-3920.

Western Springs Business Association
February 2013, Page 4