About us

Chestnut Homes, Inc. is dedicated to the business of constructing well-planned, high quality and competitively priced residential and commercial developments in the Chicago metropolitan area. Hallmarks of our company include superior management, environmental leadership and a culture of attention to details.

Most new home purchasers do not judge overall quality based on the materials used or even how the home looks. These things are certainly important, but the real measure of a home purchasing experience is whether your builder delivers on their promises, with no surprises. It is our philosophy and mission to do exactly that.

John Barcelona
John BarcelonaPresident and CEO

For John Barcelona it has never been about just selling homes or office condominiums. On the residential side, John has always focused on carefully constructing homes, brimming with amenities, on unique pieces of property. The focus is on creating an environment that families will love calling home.

John says, I travel all over the Chicago area, looking for land with something extra: stands of trees, scenic water views, open space or rolling terrain. I look for outstanding locations, near transportation, close to parks and recreational areas.

Since the 1980s, John has been helping bring buyers together with their dream homes. He began his career as an attorney representing builders and buyers. In 1987, John formed The Woodhill Corporation with two partners. Several thousand happy homes later, John Barcelona achieved his lifelong dream of building and developing his own communities when, in 1996, he created Chestnut Homes, Inc., which is located in Burr Ridge, IL.

The same integration of location, design, and construction efficiency is seen in the residential remodeling projects that the company has undertaken in the Chicago suburbs. The company has expertise in land acquisition, entitlement and development. It provides consulting and construction management services for banks, investors, and other development firms in both the residential and commercial sectors.

We hope that the realization of John’s dream makes it a little easier for you to achieve yours. Welcome home.

Douglas J. Rzepka, Vice President of Operations

Since spring 2006, Douglas J. Rzepka has worked with Chestnut Homes, Inc. coordinating all aspects of the company’s business functions. Previously, he was responsible for design, costing, sales, client relations, and construction supervision while he served as a Vice President of Operations for MLC Development Company. While at Fiduccia & Company, Inc., he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and provided design, pricing and construction oversight for luxury homes ranging in size from 3,600 to 16,000 square feet. Prior to these positions, he provided rehab services to apartment building and condominium owners in Chicago. In addition, he directed construction for Waveland Homes, LLC, a start-up real estate investment company, and for Moskal Development Company in bank work-out operations.

Mr. Rzepka holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with concentrations in marketing and finance from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Art degree from the University of Chicago. His Bachelor of Science degree was granted from Ball State University.

Our team of experts

In addition to the strong day-to-day management, there are several groups who will be a key part of the development team. These include architects, interior designers, land planners, advertising, public relations, legal and accounting. These parties will be selected based on past performance and the needs of the individual developments.