Going the Extra Mile

Woody Allen was quoted as saying that “showing up is 80% of life”.  There are different variations of the quote but the meanings are similar.  It can be assumed that the other 20% is consumed with doing whatever it takes to stay under the radar.

As we start a new year of business we are grateful that this quote does not apply to the  contractors and suppliers who budget and plan our projects with us.

Over the course of a year a lot of planning and budgeting goes into projects that either we are not awarded or did not move past the initial stages.  Many of the projects we pursue are unique so this can be frustrating as weeks or months of planning implode when one of these jobs does not go forward.

Everybody we work with goes the extra mile when it comes to budgeting a project with us, even though they know there may be nothing specific in return.  The contractors and suppliers take conceptual designs and work with us to develop detailed project plans that we can submit with confidence knowing that we have all costs, scope and potential pitfalls identified to the best of our abilities.

All of us at Crown want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports us in our pursuit of projects through their time, knowledge and positive attitudes.

Owners and architects who ultimately work with Crown and our team of contractors and suppliers are rewarded with a well planned and successful project.

It is never too early to involve Crown Construction Contracting with a residential or commercial project.  We manage cost, schedule and quality from inception to completion.  Our experience is diverse and the contractors we work with are the best in the area.  Contact us at (219) 488-2400 or visit our Crown Point office.



The saying “you’re only as strong as your weakest link” was never more important than in the construction business.  The chain of those involved with a construction project starts with the owner and includes the architect, engineers, suppliers, subcontractors…too many to list.  It is the responsibility of the general contractor to maintain the integrity of the chain through planning, listening, empowering, enacting, documenting, accounting, communicating and following up on everything.

Concrete and framing design, submittals, fabrication and delivery are critical to a successful start of a project.  These and similar activities get the attention of the construction team because they are big links in the chain.  Everybody loves to watch a concrete pour or structural steel being hoisted into place.  There is a sense of accomplishment and it seems the project is good as done at this point, but generally this is not where a project fails.

We have seen large projects literally torpedoed at the end of construction by problems with smaller links like custom door hardware, tile and windows.  Nine out of ten problems or weak links like this can be avoided by the general contractor doing what he is responsible for and keeping the chain or team engaged from selecting material, verifying lead time, following up on order status to installation.  It takes the whole team to successfully complete a project; nobody wants to be a weak link.

T – Together

E – Everyone

A – Achieves

M – More

Our customers receive the personal attention that comes from working with a small business.  New clients immediately become part of a cohesive, driven team where all involved have success, cost and schedule as their top priorities.  Our staff includes highly educated LEED accredited professionals who are creative, current on the latest construction materials, methods and design and dedicated to our customers and community.

All of us at Crown treat every project as if it were our own.  We look forward to you stopping by our office in Crown Point, sharing plans for your residential or commercial project and hopefully allowing us to become a part of your team.

There are no weak links in our construction project teams!

Emil Turean, LEED AP

Principal Crown Construction

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There is a right and wrong way to do pretty much anything, and at Crown Construction Contracting we do it right and strive for continuous improvement.

On a residential development I was involved with years ago I marked out walls that were out of plumb and decking and stair treads that needed to be secured properly.  The response from the framer stays with me as he stated that the items would be addressed if they make the punch list…or it’s not a flaw if the homeowner doesn’t see it and it survives the warranty period.  He fixed it but only after tearing everything marked with orange paint out with a sledgehammer.

As we traveled around the country we have had subcontractors argue if we are building a Swiss Watch, and say our expectations are exceeding industry standards.  When it was all said and done the installations were right.

Our uncompromising attitude toward quality is right.  Add up all the attention paid to detail and the customer gets a great product.  It doesn’t matter if it is a house, restaurant, office or industrial building.  If the components are right and installed right the result is right and is also reflected in an on time and budget project.

Currently we work with some of the most experienced subcontractors in the area.  We make a great team as not only are we like minded in a business sense but we have the same uncompromising attitude toward quality.  We all watch out for each other and punch out the project as we go.  This attitude not only results in a great product but is somewhat self serving as it avoids doing things twice.  You know the saying about not having time to do it right the first time…

A friend of ours has a beautiful house in an upscale local development.  They investigated the builder, saw his houses, and contracted for a design-build project.  As you read this the wood floors are cupped throughout the first floor, drywall is water damaged in multiple locations and one room is infested with mold.  The culprit; poorly installed roof flashing and ice and water shield.  It is the things you don’t see that matter the most in construction.

Contact us or stop by our office to discuss your next project.  Our passion for excellence combined with our business ethics and resumes make us unlike any other contractor in the area.  Our staff includes highly educated, LEED accredited professionals who are creative, current on the latest construction materials, methods and design and dedicated to our customers and community.

Emil Turean, President

Crown Construction Contracting


Businesses and home owners in Northwest Indiana now have the opportunity to build their next project with the nationally acclaimed staff at Crown Construction Contracting, located at 560 N Indiana Avenue in Crown Point.  The knowledge gained from completing successful commercial and residential projects across 16 states including award winning locations on Chicago’s Mag Mile, combined with Crown’s business ethics, teamwork and motivation makes them unlike any other General Contractor in the area.

Crown’s team brings over 70 years of construction and management experience gained on projects including some completed under the most severe site conditions imaginable, with schedules previously thought unattainable. LEED accredited professionals with MS and BS in Business are on staff.  Field operations and in-house safety program are managed by Crown’s General Field Superintendent.

In addition to staying current on design, construction materials, means and methods, Crown has relationships with the most talented architects and designers in the area resulting in the premier construction team in NWI.

All projects, residential or commercial, are managed with the same unique approach that brought years of success to Crown’s past clients that include nationally recognized owners and architects.

Clients working with Crown Construction Contracting are immediately part of a cohesive team dedicated to the success of their project.  Communication of cost and schedule is current, clear and transparent.  All team members are held accountable and responsible.  Through on going strategic team management potential problems are identified and resolved minimizing impact on cost and project schedule.

For a successful project and to see how Crown Construction Contracting will add value to your next project visit them at their office, call or e-mail them.  Crown is also active on Facebook, Houzz and Pinterest.





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Crown Construction Contracting of Crown Point, IN Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Crown Point, IN, January 19, 2015 – Crown Construction Contracting of Crown Point, IN has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The High End Commercial Custom Residential Builder was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We really listen to what the client wants up front.  We figure out what their desired outcomes are, exactly what they’re looking for.” – Emil Turean, Principal

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Crown Construction Contracting among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Crown Construction on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/crownconstructionin/__public

About Crown Construction

Crown Construction is a Commercial and Residential General Contractor / Home Builder serving Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland areas. We specialize in high-end projects. We are a highly motivated team with proven success and impressive experience (www.crownbuilds.com).

We listen and we treat all projects personally, as if building for ourselves, resulting in budget conscious, honest and sincere relationships and successful endeavors.

Crown Construction Contracting excels when given the opportunity to be involved at the conceptual stages of a project. We pay attention to detail, plan every step, clearly communicate status of cost and schedule and meet critical timetables.

Services Provided by Crown Construction

Design Build, site analysis, pre-construction budgeting, construction management, general contracting. New home construction, residential additions and remodeling services.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com


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Character Above All

Ethics seem to be popping up all over.  Politicians are signing ethics agreements, schools are teaching it and contractors are building ethically.  Are there business ethics?  We believe the same as Peter Drucker that no, there are just ethics.

Our staff has worked at various companies and struggled with their cultures, which is why, being like minded, we are here.  We grew tired of hearing “it’s just business” and the end result being if the action made money than it was OK no matter the expense to others.

Looking back all of us at Crown credit our character that we bring to our jobs to our parents.  When we say we treat a customer’s projects and money like it was our own, we do, as it is our nature.

My first and strongest introduction to ethics was when I was very young and found an inexpensive ball in a large open field, not near any houses including my own.  As soon as my Mom saw it she said to take it back right where I found it as it was not mine and someone will be looking for it.  So I did.

This lesson has stayed with me for decades twofold.  One being if it is not yours and you didn’t earn it, then don’t take it.  Two being the beginning of my empathy for others thinking about how someone was missing the ball.  Combine this with the Golden Rule and you have the basis for the character that we at Crown share with our customers, families and throughout life in general.

We like an Inc. Magazine article “The Only Ethics Guide You’ll Ever Need” (http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/the-only-ethics-guide-you-need.html) that listed the following questions.  If an action in question fails any one of the tests, just don’t do it.

  • Is it legal?
  • How will it make you feel about yourself?
  • How do others feel about it?
  • How would you feel if your actions were made public?
  • Does the behavior make sense?  Will it hurt others?
  • Is it fair?
  • Will people in authority approve?
  • How would you feel if someone did the same thing to you?
  • Will something negative happen if you don’t make a decision?
  • (Our favorite) Would you do this if your mother was watching?

We’re not perfect and you can be sure that we have all have done things growing up that failed the last test, but all that has combined to make us who we and Crown are today.  We feel that our culture combined with our unparalleled construction and management experience makes us the best choice for your residential and commercial projects in Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.

Emil Turean, Principal

Crown Construction

Realtors Working With Architects and Contractors Makes Sense

Proper planning prevents poor performance applies to everything we do including purchasing property for a new house or an existing home to be remodeled.

Costs can escalate and dreams deflate when problems arise following the purchase of a property.  Zoning, well and septic, site conditions, existing structure constraints and building codes to name a few, not investigated prior to closing can create insurmountable issues.

Many if not all of the issues that can impact a home or property purchase can be identified and resolved early in the process by the realtor and home owner teaming up with an architect and contractor.

This group approach plays to the individual strengths of each member.  From the start budget, goals and ground rules are set that will continue through construction and turnover.  This type of process is transparent and results in all “having each other’s back”.

The architect along with the contractor will make sure the project is buildable.  The architect will work with the client to visualize their dream incorporating all their unique needs and wants and set a budget.  Together with the contractor he will work with the client to formalize the design within a detailed and inclusive budget.

Selecting a proven architect teamed with a contractor that will manage the total process and openly communicate cost and information is the formula for success for realtors and their clients.

Crown believes this is the only way to approach a project and our staff has been doing it successfully for over 20 years in the commercial and residential fields.  Most recently we have been fortunate to have worked with Bamesberger Architecture located in Valparaiso and been part of the creativity, passion, knowledge and accountability that Fred brings to everything he does.

Please feel free to contact us at info@crownbuilds.com or 219-488-2400 for more useful tips, and don’t forget to view our latest projects at http://crownconstructionin.houzz.com/ and


A Moment to Reflect and Remember


On a personal note, Crown would like to take a moment to remember those we lost on 9-11.  Sometimes it is easy to forget the terror we all felt the moment we were attacked, but it always seems to become real again once we hit September 11th each year.  We would like to pray for those families who lost a loved one and those who were injured during the attacks, as well as the military who serve and protect us every day and all police officers, firemen and women (and rescue dogs), and emergency responders throughout our wonderful nation.

My father, although he has passed, was a great supporter of the United States of America and was sad to be unable to join the military due to medical issues.  His parents as well as he, were immigrants from Germany who moved to Canada in the 50s and into the U.S. in the 60s.  He took pride in everything he did, and when he finally retired from Ford Motor Company, was proud to purchase a 1972 Corvette…a bit ironic.  To my dad, the Corvette was a piece of the American Dream and what inspired him to honor our servicemen and women within our country and overseas with the Stars and Stripes Corvettes Across America Tour ending at ground Zero July 4, 2002.  I am proud to have had such an influence in my life.  Here is to honor civilians and service members we lost as well as my dad, Rudy Regelin.


Patriotic Corvette Lovers Gather at Pentagon

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2002 – “The American eagle is sleek, fast and powerful,” a top Pentagon official said here today. “So is the American-made Corvette.”

“Just as the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., are symbols of our nation’s freedoms, so, too, is the Corvette in its own way,” he said to the audience. The Corvette fans had driven their vintage and new sports cars, bearing American flags, from throughout the nation.Ralph Newton, the Pentagon’s deputy director for real estate and facilities, spoke to about 100 Corvette owners gathered on the grassy knoll overlooking the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The Stars and Stripes Corvettes Across America caravan came to Washington to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and at New York’s World Trade Center. The group came to show their patriotism and support for the nation’s military and the war on terrorism.

“I’m sure people out in the hinterlands and through the cities that (the caravan traveled) were inspired and moved by this showing of patriotism,” Newton said.

Since the attack, he noted, American citizens have demonstrated their tremendous support in many ways. “It truly helps the people here in this building to heal emotionally to know that so many people really support and believe in the work that we do here,” he said.

From the Pentagon, the Corvettes headed for New York, carrying an American flag from the Pentagon to the World Trade Center. Another 200 Corvettes were slated to join the caravan along the way to take part in a July 4 parade across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The patriotic caravan was Rudy Regelin’s idea. The manufacturing engineer from South Chicago had driven his 1972 red Corvette in a hometown parade a few weeks after the terrorist attacks. When the parade was over, he and his wife went for a 200-mile ride still bearing a large American flag on their Corvette.

“Everywhere we went, we got applause and salutes and cheers and thumbs up signs,” Regelin recalled. “It was quite emotional for us.” Afterward, he said, “a thought started to germinate. What if we did something like this coast to coast?”

He put his idea out to the 35,000 members of an online Corvette chat group, corvetteforum.com, in December. “People just jumped on it leaps and bounds and said, ‘Yes, let’s do this.’ It just grew from there.”

The Corvette caravan began June 20 at the Peace Arch in Blayne, Wash., on the U.S.-Canadian border. The route went down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco and then cut across the country on a southern route. The caravan grew and shrank throughout the trip.

“People would travel with us for two hours, from one stop to another or from one overnight to another as work and time permitted,” Regelin said. “There have been over 2,500 active participants en route. I imagine, when all is said and done, we’ll have in excess of 3,000 participants.”

The group also decided to raise donations, so they created a Web site and took suggestions on how the money should be used. People wrote in that they didn’t want to “sink the money into a black hole that has huge administrative costs and where we’re not sure that the money will ever really be useful,” he said. They wanted to do “something tangible.”

The Corvette enthusiasts chose from among donating the money for a rescue vehicle, to the firemen’s children’s education fund and for rescue dogs. “In the final tally,” he said, “the majority voted for rescue dogs.” To date, the group has raised about $12,000.

Regelin pointed out that the cross-country caravan and fundraising are purely grass roots efforts. “We’re a cross section of the country tied together by the Corvette bond,” he said. “What we did was come together to say that we respect our military, we respect our government.

“We don’t have any professional management in this event,” he said. “There’s no large corporate sponsorship. There’s no real political backing of any kind. We’re just everyday kind of people and we’re using the Corvette network as a venue to display our patriotism and our respect for the military and pay homage and honor to those that passed on 9-11.”

Valecia Parker, known as “Chee Chee,” was one of those who pulled into the Pentagon south parking lot in her brand new, electron metallic blue Corvette. Parker’s a civilian employee in Army personnel management, the offices that were the epicenter of the Pentagon attack.

“I lost a lot of friends, including three members of my church,” she said. “I was helping one of the young women — she was an Army specialist — plan her wedding. That’s real hard.”

At the time of the attack, Parker recalled, she had about 30 miniature Corvettes lined up on her desk. They were all lost in the inferno. When she returned to work, coworkers had placed new ones on her desk to welcome her back. Deciding it was time for the real thing, she picked up her new car on June 30.

Parker, who now works a part-time schedule, said her love for Corvettes drew her to the rally. “I’m here for my coworkers who didn’t make it and for those of us who did make it,” she said. “We’re striving every day just to make it day by day in the building.

“It is really hard,” she added. “There are times when we walk through the building and we see people that we worked with – we know it’s not them, but we see people who look just like them and it’s so hard. I wanted to support my comrades as well as hopefully, my new family, the ‘vette family.”

After parading their cars past the Pentagon, the drivers and passengers gathered for a flag exchange ceremony. Regelin presented Newton with a U.S. flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol in April and then was carried cross- country by the Corvette drivers.

“Escorting this flag gives us an opportunity to tell the world, we’ve healed but we’ve not forgotten,” retired Air Force Lt. Col. Doug Webster, a local Corvette owner, said in an address to the group.

“This flag represents the common bond those in the Pentagon share with the World Trade Center in New York City,” he noted. “In a larger sense, this flag is also a symbol of a much broader bond shared by all Americans. Sept. 11 affected the citizens of this country more deeply and more broadly than perhaps any other single event in our lifetimes.”

The terrorist attacks were a “stark reminder that maintaining our way of life does not come without cost,” Webster said. “As we celebrate our freedom tomorrow, we shall also be remembering how much we owe to all of you in the Department of Defense.”

On behalf of the Defense Department, Newton presented Webster a U.S. flag that flew over the Pentagon. The Corvette caravan drivers will escort the flag to New York City and present it to the mayor.

The Pentagon’s exterior has been rebuilt and work continues on the interior, Newton said, but the nation’s emotional scars will only be healed when the American public knows the terrorists that perpetrated these acts have been brought to justice.

“We realize that all Americans were affected by these acts,” he said. “Your bringing these wonderful vehicles and this gift to the Department of Defense today is a great tribute to your patriotism and your support for the defense of our freedoms.”

As the Pentagon official prepared to present the flag, everyone cheered when he held it over his head and said, “Stars and Stripes forever!”

Article courtesy of: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=43684

Amanda Regelin

How to avoid potential disasters when building your home without a GC…

and possible consequences when you choose to DIY


Why hire an architect, designer or builder when you know what you want, and you know how to do it (or have some friends who are willing to help)?  Go ahead and start building!!!

Please don’t, for your own sake.  Are you aware of the local and national building codes?  Are you or your friends versed in civil, structural, mechanical, or electrical engineering?  Will you feel confident that you won’t be electrocuted because your home is not properly grounded?  How do you feel about paying out a large settlement to a friend who is hurt on your property?  If you are comfortable with any of these situations, you have more guts than anyone I know.

Please DO – Go through the proper channels and have your building inspected by the proper authorities (see permit point below) and built by the experts!

Building without a permit might sound like a great way to avoid delays in starting construction.  Plus you get the added bonus of not needing those pesky inspections that are holding back your moving into your dream home.  DON’T DO IT!!!  Building departments not only adhere to most local and national codes, but some may have their own requirements to hire contractors and subcontractors that are licensed and insured within the municipality (and state licensed in some cases).  Unless you want a big fat STOP WORK ORDER, we suggest playing by the rules for your own protection.  Permitting and inspections go hand in hand with doing things right (as noted in the above section).


  • Sourcing materials from multiple locations may end up with different lots (tile or flooring may not match even though the manufacturer is the same)
  • Tiles may lay uneven, have bad cuts, or large grout joints. In shower situations, leaking may occur if all proper steps are not completed
  • Ordering cabinetry from a big box store without a designer can leave you with cabinetry that does not fit (especially if the framing and drywall is not plumb and square)
  • Framing is not properly designed for loads on flooring or roof. This is not only an architectural issue, but a structural one that is unsafe!
  • Fixtures may not line up with electrical or plumbing in walls and floors leading to bad or awkward layouts. Ordering foreign fixtures online may have different connections that are incompatible with the S.

Amanda Regelin, Sr. Project Manager (Residential and Commercial Divisions)

Please feel free to contact us at info@crownbuilds.com or 219-488-2400 for more useful tips, and don’t forget to view our latest projects at http://crownconstructionin.houzz.com/ and



Proper Backfilling Is The Unsung Hero Of Residential Construction

Excellence in contracting is achieved by contractors who pay attention to all details; including the unglamorous ones that no one else pays attention to, like backfilling.

Backfilling, if done improperly can lead to problems like basement wall cracks and water leakage which can start during construction and continue long after it is complete.

There are four basics to proper backfilling:

  • Protecting the foundation from damage during backfilling
  • Placing proper backfill material
  • Compacting the backfill material
  • Grading to slope water runoff away from the house

The best way to protect the foundation wall from the pressures and potential damage caused by backfilling is to begin after the basement floor slab and first floor deck are in place.  The slab and deck will support the walls against the inward pressure created by the backfill material being placed.  An alternative to this is to brace the walls once they have reached proper strength.  Bracing the walls allows for early backfill and easier accessibility to the house for carpenters to begin framing.  Applicable bracing design and local codes apply.

Proper backfill material that restores the equilibrium of the moisture system is the goal.  Design drawings, engineering standards and local codes are to be followed and heavy, moisture laden and expansive materials should be avoided.

Proper backfill material that is placed in thin sections of 6” lifts and vibrated or compacted in place will minimize future settlement, which leads to drainage problems.  Larger sections of say 24” when compacted from the top can appear satisfactory on the surface, but only the first 8”may be adequately compacted.  Compacting in thin sections by qualified operators takes more time, but is time well spent.

Sloping the grade away from the house per local building code combined with downspout splash blocks are one of the most effective means of avoiding basement water issues by diverting water away from the house.

Properly supervised and correct backfilling maintains the integrity of a residential foundation and together with a proper drainage system works to keep the basement dry long after construction is complete.

Reference: Bartley, R.T.B. (1991).  Backfilling Basics: Backfilling the wrong way often costs more than doing it right.  The Aberdeen Group

Emil Turean, Principal, Crown Construction

Please feel free to contact us at info@crownbuilds.com or 219-488-2400 for more useful tips, and don’t forget to view our latest projects at http://crownconstructionin.houzz.com/ and