Production Management

Justin Davis

VP Field Operations, Project Manager Interiors Construction, Master Carpenter

Justin_Production mgmtJustin is one of those natural born carpenters whose touch is gold wherever he works. Known to install an entire crown molding in one fell swoop, Justin’s talent is commented on by clients in a sort of “amazement” after watching him work. His motivations are perfect joints and miters whenever it comes to especially cabinetry and fine woodwork.

When managing projects, Justin’s ability to work through any challenge on a project is unparalleled. Clients simply love having Justin in their homes, becoming instantly comfortable with his calm personality and appreciating his process and skill. Project timing, planning, and control; in projects under his care and supervision no detail goes unaddressed. His ability to produce projects from start to finish is smooth, his relationships with clients and trades are notable, and the end product is nothing short of the best possible.

Justin has been a carpenter since he was 15 years old, and has been sharing his talents with Advance Design first from 2002-2004, after which he ventured out to run his own contracting business. As he began to appreciate the complexities of all aspects of remodeling, he returned to Advance Design in 2006 to apply his talents, producing some of our company’s best projects since. His experience and dedication to the company is seen in the field practices and systems developed during his tenure here that our staff employs daily to give homeowners the Common Sense Remodeling process they most appreciate us for.

“There is a sense of pride and gratification when standing back and looking at what was created after a project is complete. This is why I love what I do, and being a part of Advance Design has given me the opportunity to work on amazing projects and meet great people”, says Justin.

“I am privileged to be part of a leadership team who values each unique contribution by every person on the team. I came back to Advance Design because I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself, and I love being empowered to make the right decisions to make clients happy, and to grow, inspire, and develop the team of talented carpenters entrusted to me. I can’t imagine being anywhere else”.

Justin lives in Woodstock with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys operating RC helicopters and taking amazing aerial photos.


DJ Yurik

Certified Lead Carpenter, Project Construction Manager

DJ_Production mgmtAs a Certified Lead Carpenter and Project Construction Manager, DJ’s mantra of “do it right the first time” is evident early on in any project. With extensive knowledge and experience in construction, he has a keen ability to problem solve on the fly; a talent necessary to manage the complexities that can arise quickly on any renovation project.

His goal on every project is to maintain the strictest of schedules in order to meet with a completion goal, while still allowing for flexibility with each client who may want to make a change or add something mid project. Clients appreciate that his greatest strength is in communication, as his calm demeanor is contagious to all who work with him; always maintaining control and perspective.

“I came to Advance Design after doing my research, because I saw that they had a positive environment that would allow me to grow and truly do my best work. I’ve since experienced the positive attitude and “can do” atmosphere cultivated by leadership, and lived out through the team I work with every day”, says DJ.

“Project Management in remodeling is quite possibly the most difficult job there is when it comes to pulling off a smooth renovation. After being a part of this team and learning to implement Common Sense Remodeling, I honestly can say I can’t imagine working anywhere else both for my own good and for the clients I serve”.

DJ brings experience in all phases of the residential carpentry and construction industry since the year 2000. A master carpenter, he has also achieved the Certified Lead Carpenter designation by the National Association of Remodeling, and completed the full coursework and certification for Lead Safe in the state of Illinois. He was involved in a project that won the National Preservation award in 2014, and lead carpenter for a project that made the cover of Chicago Home Remodeler Magazine. He joined the team at Advance Design in early 2015 and is making a direct impact as a Lead Carpenter and Project Manager.

In his spare time he enjoys time with his wife and three girls in Roselle, and enjoys cross fit, boating and fishing.


Dave Nagorzanski

Project Manager, Master Carpenter

Dave’s biggest talents lie in managing people and projects. Having worked in the construction field for over 20 years, Dave truly likes interacting with people, and is all about efficiency in getting it done. You may find him managing your project, applying his carpentry talent, mentoring carpenters, and spreading his good nature as he goes. Clients of all personalities find themselves instantly at comfort with Dave, able to ask any question and receive a thorough response with a smile, and a wonderful accent!

Dave began his career in the 1990’s as an AutoCAD designer with a wood products company, machining parts and building custom cabinetry. He advanced into a position teaching AutoCAD, transitioning an engineering department away from hand drawing into a fully computer design supported organization. His precise mannerisms today stem from his early years doing detailed work necessary to design and build very specific designs with efficiency and success.

In 2004, Dave created his own design and construction company along with his father who oversaw the financial operations. Dave developed and ran all facets of the company and grew it into a thriving remodeling business for 13 years. Shortly after his father’s retirement, he decided to close this chapter of his life to seek a position with a successful and growing company that espoused the same set of values he upheld in his own company for many years.

“I couldn’t believe it when I met Todd and Christine and Advance Design. I didn’t think there was a company out there with the same beliefs I valued so much, and the opportunity I have been given here to continue to do what I love has been nothing short of a huge blessing to me and my family. Closing my own company was a difficult decision, but knowing that I have such a great team to work with at Advance Design makes me more excited about the future than I thought possible,” says Dave.

Dave resides in Ingleside with his wife and four children. After being a small business owner for many years, he is looking forward to getting more balance in his life so that he can spend more time with his growing family!


Jason Johnson

Project Manager, Lead Carpenter

Jason_Carpentry specialistAs a project manager, you will see Jason working in various capacities at Advance Design. He is extremely personable, an excellent communicator and is willing to go the extra mile for all of his clients. His carpentry skills also give him the flexibility to frame additions and major renovations, as well as complete interior work, fine mill-work and cabinetry detailing.

“Working with Advance Design I have had the privilege of meeting so many great people, and hearing their stories. The team has been great at fostering my talent, in a company that values contribution and clearly stands head and shoulders above the industry average”, says Jason.

“I always say that life is not that difficult when you surround yourself with good hearted people, keep family first, and enjoy all life has to offer. If you do that, everything will fall in place”.

As part of a residential framing crew during a high school work program, Jason knew his talent was literally in his hands from early on. In 2003, he attended college and studied business, but ultimately he returned to doing what he loved; carpentry work. Jason’s done it all from framing, exteriors, windows and doors, to finish carpentry and installation. He believes firmly that the end product shines when a carpenter takes pride in fine finish work, and has honed his talent in this area as well over the past six years. He joined the team at Advance Design to further exercise his talent in early 2014.

Jason resides in Wauconda, with his long time wife and young daughter. He hails from Michigan but has been a resident of Illinois since 2006. He is an avid outdoors man so anything involving hunting, fishing, golf and gardening – and he is game!


Ryan Larson

Construction Project Manager

Ryan’s passion for carpentry and residential remodeling translate perfectly into his role as Project Carpenter and Construction Project Manager. With his always calm demeanor, Ryan excels at client communication and is adept when planning and managing client projects from original walk through to day to day construction. His knowledge and construction experience support his role’s need for experience in residential carpentry and construction technique.

After exceeding in the building construction program in high school, Ryan knew he wanted to be a carpenter from an early age. He was especially endeared to residential construction as his class built an entire home during the course of the school year. After graduating high-school he completed his medical EMT, but realized after working an especially traumatizing ambulance run that it was not what he wanted to do.

Returning permanently to construction, he began a 10- year run with his own general contracting business at age 22, but left to work in commercial remodeling and maintenance of 25 buildings for several years following the recession. Yearning to return to residential remodeling, he finally was able to get in during an opening for his “dream job” here at Advance Design in late 2017.

“I came to Advance Design Studio because of their morals and reputation,” Ryan says. “I love Todd’s motto, ‘Are they happy?’, because it embodies everything I stand for. I am a family man, so I appreciate the family values of this company as well as the very tight knit nature of this team who has welcomed me heartily from the start.”

Ryan’s hands-on approach to project management puts him in constant contact with all his clients. Following his company mentor – Ryan does whatever it takes to make clients happy, and has an abundance of energy and know-how to make it happen. He really enjoys a challenge, whether it’s building custom furniture, custom cabinets, or customizing go-karts with his son.

Ryan currently lives in Palatine with his family. In his free time, he likes to attend his son’s soccer tournaments, ride and modify dirt bikes, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers.


  • ★★★★★ "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, 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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