Our Process

Crooked Oak builds closets. You build home equity.

Mudroom Design

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At Crooked Oak, we believe in quality millwork, excellent customer service, and environmental sustainability. Our values, skill, and industry experience set us apart from our competitors and the low quality storage solutions offered by many home improvement outlets.

Free Consultation

The Crooked Oak Creative process all starts with your free consultation. Your home is your personal space and your sanctuary. When you consider giving us the opportunity to help you improve your home, we’re honored. That’s why there’s no call center and no long hold times. We’re eager to talk to you about making your home improvement goals a reality. We’ll schedule a visit to come to your home, at your convenience, at absolutely no cost to you. Crooked Oak is a small, local Chicago-area business. We don’t believe in pushy sales tactics or middlemen. When you schedule a consultation with us, one of our experienced designers will come to your home and explore all of your options to achieve the results you want at the right price. Whether you know exactly what you want and just need someone to listen and help you decide the right way to achieve the best results, or you need a little direction - we’ll be there for you every step of the way.


Once we have an idea of what you’re looking for, you'll be able to browse our project portfolio while we take all of the necessary measurements. We’ll then discuss the best and most cost effective building material options available. Whether you are looking for woods, laminates, hybrids or something a little more exotic, our local suppliers have a large variety of economically and environmentally-sustainable options. After discussing your options, sharing our thoughts, and listening to your feedback, the next step in the Crooked Oak process is creating the right design for your home improvement project. Within a week, we’ll present you with full-color three-dimensional drawings, complete with architectural views. At Crooked Oak, we believe in functional beauty. Every element of your custom design serves a purpose. We’ll go over those designs with you in as much detail as you’d like. Here are some sample three-dimensional drawings.
If you’re unhappy with any aspect of our design, we’ll make the changes necessary to suit your tastes. We’ll make as many changes to our drawings as necessary, completely free of charge. This is your home and your project. Each drawing should match your specifications. If it doesn’t, we want you to take advantage of our change policy. We also encourage our clients to be creative. There are no limitations to what our experienced designers and craftsmen can accomplish. We love a challenge.


At Crooked Oak, we love what we do, and we want you to love it too. Once you’ve approved our drawings, the creative process truly begins. As a small business, we believe in supporting Chicago’s local economy; everything is made in our shop with locally sourced materials and products. We also utilize environmentally-friendly and sustainable products and practices throughout every home improvement project. We pride ourselves on working with suppliers who share our commitment to the environment. Schedule a free consultation