Apartment Rehab in Chicago

The owners of this apartment were getting ready to rent it out to new tenants. We helped them choose neutral colors, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, painted the radiators from gray to white, installed new shower tile and refinished the hardwood floors. The apartment now looks clean, modern and ready for new occupants – and we stuck to their economical budget!

apartment rehab chicago

apartment rehab chicago

apartment rehab chicago

apartment rehab chicago

apartment rehab chicago

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“Last fall we moved from a town home in Lincoln Park to a single family in Edgewater.  We hired Pam and her crew to paint and detail every inch of our town home as we were preparing it for sale. They did a wonderful job at a very fair price.  Based on that experience, we hired them again for a couple of painting projects at our new home. Again, excellent work, fair price and completed ahead of schedule. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend 4 Seasons to anyone I knew looking for paint work. I have also seen some of Pam’s landscaping work and it is amazing.” — Denny M., Chicago, IL (courtesy of Yelp)

First of all, THANK YOU to the many clients who have taken time out of their day to write us a review on Yelp. We truly appreciate you and your time!

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It is always such a privilege to be able to help our clients refresh and renew their homes, both inside and out. You can take a look at some of our past painting projects by visiting our “Painting Samples” page, Yelp profile, Facebook page or Pinterest boards. We try to have a little something for everyone!

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All of our painting contracts come with a free color consultation, which is helpful if you are unsure which color will best compliment your décor or how a color will really look once it’s dry. We have extensive experience not only with painting a room, but also stenciling and creating different textures. Give us a call or click on Contact Us for more information and to schedule your free painting estimate!

Meet the Artist: David Sugihara

Hinman (stones & David)

Tattoo artist, David Sugihara, designed and painted these stepping stones for a client’s garden just a couple of weeks ago.  It was such a pleasure to work with him and witness the surprisingly beautiful marriage between landscaping and the art of tattooing.  See the full post for more photos and a description.  Keep reading below to get to know this talented artist and all-around great guy!

How did you design these beautiful stepping stones?
For this project, our client wanted the “zen” and “om” symbols painted on the top surface of each stepping stone for a total of 17 stones. Since the stones were conveniently flat surfaced, I thought the most efficient way to achieve uniformity was to create a stencil and paint over it. To create the stencils, I used mylar stencil film and and cut them with an x-acto knife. Since the stones were intended to be placed outdoors, I used [black] all-weather paint so that the symbols would be able to withstand the varying Chicago weather conditions.

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How did you get interested in tattooing?
I first got into tattooing in 2012 when I was living with a buddy in AlbanyPark. One night, we were hanging out and he suggested that I should tattoo (whether he was joking or not, I don’t know) and that he would let me practice on him if I decided to. I was taking a break from school since I didn’t really know what I wanted to be doing, so I thought I might as well give it a go. I went online, ordered some very basic equipment, and tattooed his forearm the following week. I guess they say, “the rest is history.”

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What do you like about tattooing?
Besides the ability to create art on a human canvas, one of my favorite things about tattooing is the opportunity to interact my clients. Since many tattoos can take a few hours to complete, I get the chance to get to know the individual on a little bit of a deeper level. Tattoos are often very meaningful and personal and I feel honored that someone would be willing to let me be a part of that. People come from all walks of life and in the few years that I’ve been tattooing, I’ve been privileged to meet many great people and share in their experiences.

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What is your favorite kind of tattoo?
I enjoy doing tattoos of any style (Japanese influence, realism, etc.) but my favorite would have to be American-traditional. Something about banners and pin up girls never gets old. 


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David recently finished up an apprenticeship at a hole in wall shop on the south side of Chicago and is currently looking for a full time position at another location.

Garden Clean-up in Chicago

One of the services many of our clients like to take advantage of (especially around this time of year) is the garden clean-up or garden maintenance service.  This includes trimming of all shrubs and trees, weeding, raking and bagging of all debris.  4 Seasons never uses harsh chemicals and pulls all weeds by hand.  As a trained horticulturist, Pam will trim and train your plants properly so they will continue to flourish.

Below are the before & after pictures from a recent garden clean-up we did in the city.  Cost depends on the size of the project, so call to set up a free estimate!

[All photos courtesy of Jim Meacci]

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Norwood front path before

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Norwood front path after

A Whimsical Garden in Evanston

This client wanted a whimsical look for her front and side gardens. I began by replacing the swing seat and mulching the area underneath. On the left, we planted some Variegated Boxwood and Dogwood shrubs, Holly and Yarrow for color. I also planted Variegated Vinca around the front tree where it will look more like a hanging vine as it continues to grow.

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Hinman, full front

A friend and tattoo artist, David Sugihara, designed and painted the stepping stones with the symbols for “Om” and “Zen”. Aren’t they beautiful? The path leads to an area on the side of her house where I placed more whimsical elements of the garden, including a pinwheel sun and half-buried sink with flowers.

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I love a garden with a story, and this particular one had such a sweet history with memories of her children playing on the swing. Though they have grown, we kept those precious memories alive in her garden by replacing the old swing seat, making it usable once more, and keeping the area around it open, just as she had it when her children were young. Eventually, the whimsy of this storybook garden will be complete with the addition of a small library house, placed at the beginning of the path leading to the side area with the spinning pinwheel and archway.

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It may look a little bare now, but the beds will continue to fill in as the trees and shrubs continue to grow year after year. It was fun to work on such an interesting garden design, but I am mostly thrilled that the client enjoys her new garden.

[All photos courtesy of Jim Meacci]