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Our story

Family-driven business

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Fortress Home owes its existence to the efforts of Vladimir Sr., his wife Maria, and their sons Vladimir Jr. and Andrew.

Vladimir Sr. spent years learning the masonry trade. He perfected his skills working in construction, and soon enough, he was managing entire construction projects. Having gained sufficient skills, he founded his construction firm in 1999.

Andrew, Maria, and Vladimir Jr. (left to right) in the garden near their house in Ukraine, 1998.
Next-generation builders: Vladimir Sr. and Andrew, cousin Yaroslav, and Vladimir Jr. (left to right) Ukraine, 1995.
In the blood: Vladimir Sr's father, Ivan (left), works with his colleague at a Ukrainian construction site in the early 1960s.

We are a family of doers

Our activities involve the entire process of real estate development without relying on contractors. Fortress Home experts are excellent in installing steel structures, window frames, and even wooden floors. We boast a workforce that includes in house carpenters and top-notch structural steel experts with over a decade of experience in their field. This one-stop-shop practice gives us the confidence to offer our clients a high-quality guarantee. Despite our lifetime experience, we go above and beyond relying on expertise. We understand that knowledge without caring would not get us where we are today.

We have spent years understanding and listening to the needs of the buyers to create safe and cozy homes; we do our work efficiently and apply the latest technologies to offer great value and longevity. You know we mean what we say because our hands constructed our family home!

Andrew, Maria, and Vladimir Jr. (left to right) in the garden near their house in Ukraine, 1998.
Next-generation builders: Vladimir Sr. and Andrew, cousin Yaroslav, and Vladimir Jr. (left to right) Ukraine, 1995.

We have spent years understanding and listening to the needs of the buyers to create safe and cozy homes; we do our work efficiently and apply the latest technologies to offer great value and longevity. You know we mean what we say because our hands constructed our family home!

Vladimir Sr. operates a bobcat at the construction site. Chicago, early 2000s.
Vladimir Sr. working as a contractor, /Chicago/, 1999. This was a critical point when he decided to start his construction business. Fortress Home was born shortly after that.
Vladimir Jr. poses on the side of a forklift he operated at the construction site, /Chicago/ 2006.

We share both celebrations and responsibility

Fortress Home's success can be attributed to our continued commitment to family traditions. There is profoundly ingrained trust and a commitment to the tasks at hand. Talk of current projects is even encouraged and practiced at the family dinner table during the holidays!

The BM building team reviews the blueprints before starting the 60-story project. Chicago, 1700 North Ave, 2020.

We are deeply invested in our projects and they often come up as topics of conversation at the dinner table during holidays!

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We build houses and relationships that last

Today, the Fortress Home Family consists of over 50 employees who feel like a big family. The majority of the employees have remained loyal since the start. It is a testament to the work we do and the treatment that our employees enjoy.

The Barabakhs: Vladimir Sr., Maria, Vladimir's brother Nikolay (upper row, left to right), Vladimir's mother Liubov, Andrew, Vladimir Jr., Vladimir's father Ivan (lower row, left to right). Lviv, Ukraine, 1989.

We build houses and relationships that last

Today, the Fortress Home Family consists of over 50 employees who feel like a big family. The majority of the employees have remained loyal since the start. It is a testament to the work we do and the treatment that our employees enjoy.

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Vladimir Jr., Vladimir Sr., and Andrew (left to right) gather with family at a restaurant to celebrate their 50th completed building. Canada, 2010.

We do everything together: Whether it is working, celebrating, or playing sports, we do it together. Our founder, Vladimir Sr., a passionate soccer player, started a tradition in the 1980s of playing the sport with family members. Since the inception of Fortress Home, the tradition has been extended to team members. The team spirit that helps us win soccer matches is instrumental in building the best houses.

This is our Chicago team that placed second in the Ukrainian immigrants' tournament.
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What makes us unique

How we build

We are self-sufficient at every stage

The elimination of contractors from the building process sets us apart from other developers. We handle estimates, planning, material sourcing, construction, home appliance setup, finishes, and design. We are a one-stop-shop for all your construction needs and manage to balance the quality, cost and timelines. We have a loyal workforce that operates on trust and respect.

We always meet deadlines

We comply with quality
standards

How we build

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