Meet the owners of Advance Design Studio.

Todd A. Jurs.

Founder and President, Master Carpenter
Director of Production, Construction Sales

Todd_OwnerStudying carpentry in high school and inspired by his father’s mechanic’s business, in 1992 Todd founded Advance Builders, Inc. which specialized in residential remodeling and custom home building. Under his inspiring leadership and direction, the then general contracting company was transformed in 2002 into Advance Design Studio, Ltd.; now providing full service Design and Construction.

Todd leads the company today with nearly three decades of carpentry, general contracting and project management experience. He has worn nearly every hat in the organization since its inception. His passion for building a unique company culture of unparalleled customer service is well known to his team and to clients. His commitment to making the “Common Sense Remodeling” experience remarkable to all who experience it is what makes Advance Design excel year after year.

An accomplished Master Carpenter himself, today Todd oversees our project management team, and handles construction sales. When interacting with clients, he works diligently to understand the specific objectives required to produce a successful project that meets and exceeds client expectations. An exceptional designer and creative problem solver, Todd is adept at trouble-shooting the most complex challenge in remodeling and construction.

His extensive industry expertise, hands on attitude, and reassuring personality comforts clients requiring a deep level of trust and connection. Of particular importance to Todd are inspiring relationships with his staff and trades teams, which form the integrity and personality of the entire company, affecting everything about how each project is completed.

“After all these years, the creative person in me still looks forward to the challenge of transforming a home into a place that truly reflects the heart of each homeowner. I truly enjoy people and look forward to watching their faces light up when they begin to see their dream come together. The satisfaction of knowing how we have contributed to the joy in their lives is what keeps me doing this year after year”, says Todd.

“The amazing growth and achievement of the talented people on our team motivates me continuously to pour into our people. I am constantly striving for innovative ways to inspire, motivate and coach them so they can reach their goals and experience the true satisfaction that comes from doing what they love successfully. I hope to make a difference in their lives”, says Todd.

Todd resides in Union in the house he built and later renovated in 2009 with his wife Christine, and children Austin and Savannah. He finds his peace in the slow process of building a performance race car from scratch, and enjoys teaching his kids how to build things.



Christine M. Jurs

Vice-President, Senior Project Designer,
Director of Communications

ChristineWhen Christine joined the company in 2002, she brought with her design and a passion for company development. With the expanded services of the newly revamped company Advance Design Studio, clients could now enjoy the process of developing projects from initial ideas through final project construction. Under Christine’s design and guidance since, the company has continuously expanded into its now current 5,000 square foot facility where clients can see, touch, and visualize products and designs.

Christine earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts / Architecture and Interior Design from Northern Illinois University in 1991. She came from the commercial design field, but presently finds her love in residential design. Today she oversees the internal operations of the company, working extensively to develop the team, company processes, and marketing. As the Director of Communications, she continues to work to develop timely and innovative client communication and processes designed to promote and facilitate the “Common Sense Remodeling” client experience.

Named in 2013 to the Advisory Board for the national Kitchen & Bath organization SEN Design Group, the industry’s largest Kitchen & Bath buying group, she has had the unique privilege of working to influence the development of Design and Construction processes in remodeling companies across the country.

“Our business has been constantly changing and growing each year. As a business owner I am repeatedly re-energized by the prospect of the next advancement in our company culture, our industry, and in challenging our team – seeing what new level we can aspire to next. I am motivated each time we make an advancement or learn something new that can improve a client experience, or allow us to offer an increasingly beneficial and challenging career experience to our team”, says Christine.

“As a designer, I am always looking at ways for our team to experience design, and be fulfilled as creative people. Recently at a leadership conference, I heard Ed Catmull, the leader of Pixar Studio’s say, “Art isn’t about drawing, it’s about learning to see”. This observation resonated powerfully with me because it’s exactly what we do here in design. Creating something out of nothing, transforming a space and being able to give it life for someone who’s been dreaming about this idea for years; it’s invigorating”!

Todd and Christine reside in Union with their children Austin and Savannah. Christine enjoys Sunday’s cooking and building memories with her kids in the kitchen she and Todd designed.


  • ★★★★★ "Advance design studio did a terrific job for us. We really appreciated how easy it was to work with them on a complex project of the complete remodeling of two bathrooms. They very capably handled all the details from design to project management to construction. It is a great group of people to work..." Review from Mike H. in Barrington Hills, IL - Jan 05, 2018
  • ★★★★★ "Phenomenal ! They're the only ones we will be having work on our home in the future ! We were so pleased." Review from Catie H. in McHenry, IL - Dec 18, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Partnering with Advanced Design Studio for our Kitchen Remodel was a wonderful experience. The entire process was professional, yet warm. Scott Christensen guided us through the design and selection process with helpful advice, utilizing his design and practical experience to create a kitchen that..." Review from Heidi J. in hmjess@hotmail.com, IL - Dec 11, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Here’s how good the Advance Design Team is...With Scott and the team from Advance Design, my wife won’t consider anyone else. I know that sounds crazy, but they are just that good!!" Review from Roger G. in West Dundee, IL - Dec 02, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Overall it was a very positive experience. Home design can be scary with so many average companies out there. Advance went above my expectations. We plan to use them again in the future." Review from Carolyn M. in Barrington, IL - Nov 13, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Outstanding customer service!" Review from Larry G. in Palatine, IL - Aug 28, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "This was our second remodel with Advance Design Studio. We are very happy with their work. We would highly recommend them to anyone in the area." Review from Barb W. in Hampshire, IL - Jul 24, 2017
  • ★★★★★ "Advance Design Studio put a second story addition on our home. We were able to live in our home during the renovation. We were AMAZED at how smoothly the project went. The crew is prompt, efficient, professional and as nice as can be. We have recommended Advance Design Studio,Ltd to many people...." Review from Debbie B. in Algonquin, IL - Jul 17, 2017
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