Chicago - based general contractor specializing in residential and commercial remodeling and construction.

A.J. Hassan
Sebastian is an excellent a partner and always delivers superb service. 
I have worked with Sebastian and his NEC team now on three rehab projects and have been thrilled with my experiences. Sebastian is an extremely knowledgeable general contractor with a solid team of professionals and sub-contractors that deliver quality work from beginning to end. Whether the job is big or small, he is reliable, hard-working, trust worthy and always fair with his pricing and with any thing that comes up along the way as things do on any job. He's easy to work with and also a great collaborator and problem solver on the job. I can't say enough good things, I highly recommend him and his team!
My wife and I hired Sebastian Micle, a general contractor and president of NEC. The job included the removal of the old kitchen cabinets and wall tiles and the installation of new ones. Sebastian even went with us to Home Depot and helped us pick out the new tiles. The project also included a new granite counter top. Sebastian had a stone contractor come to our house with samples. 

Sebastian Micle is a very calm and knowledgeable professional and has surrounded himself with a crew of hard working and knowledgeable employees.
Donna Wiegel
I had a basement bedroom renovation, and accepted bids from 3 Chicago companies. New Explode's bid was by far the best, and Sebastian had the most innovative and creative ways to design the bathroom and refinish the ceiling, walls and floors. He made everything possible, and best of all, affordable! I thought I would only be able to have a half-bath, but he installed a full bath by utilizing all the space effectively. I am in the process of scheduling him to return for an estimate on another project, and I can't rate him highly enough.
John Stachulski
I hired New Explode Construction for two 2 projects on my condo, my basement and my bathroom. After they completed my first project hiring them for the second was a no brainer. They have great attention to detail, timeliness and bringing recommendations to the table. They are also very trust worthy and honest which is important when investing a lot of money in projects and leaving them to work in my home during the day while I'm at work. I will definitely use them again for future projects and have recommended them to family and close friends.
Kate Hanson
What a fantastic company to work with! Sebastian, the owner, came right out when I initially contacted him about taking a look at and giving a quote to install my remodeled kitchen's backsplash tile. He then went to the tile shop on his own time just to make sure he completely understood what the job entailed before giving me an estimate. His quote was very fair and I appreciated his timeliness so I hired him. Once the tile arrived, Sebastian and a few of his employees started the project right away and worked for two, long straight days to complete the tile in our kitchen and butler's pantry. While working, the gentlemen were very aware to consult with me whenever any type of question would arise. Upon completion, Sebastian made sure to check with me to see if the job was done above and beyond my expectations before leaving. What a wonderful guy and great company to work with! Not only would I hire them again for any project, but would highly recommend New Explode Construction to anyone I know.
Sebastian and the New Explode Construction Inc. team were fantastic to work with on our main bathroom renovation project. They took the time to meet with my wife and I to explore all possible upgrades, themes, palates and textures. They also accompanied us as we met with various suppliers, using their professional relationships to get us the best products at the most economical prices. As for the actual construction project, they used their experience and creativity to transform our outdated, crowded bathroom into a modern, elegant, spacious bathroom while managing our budget, time and personal preferences. 
All in all, New Explode Construction Inc. far exceeded our expectations and raised the property value of our condo unit!
Michael Gremley, June 2014
New Explode Construction Saved the Project!
I don't write many reviews and did so this time because Sebastian Micle, Owner of New Explode Construction, went above and beyond the call of duty. I tried to save money on some electrical work as well as a kitchen & bathroom remodel. The original contractors made many mistakes and left the place a mess. I had a tight deadline and New Explode came in and fixed all the work and then proceeded to perform several other improvements to my condo. Sebastian stands apart from most of the contractors I have worked with because he has the highest integrity and will always give you a fair and honest assessment of the situation. More importantly, his word is his bond and he always stands behind his work. I give him my unconditional recommendation and will be using him for my projects in the future. Michael Gremley CEO, VoicePrism
Gabriela Macavei
I am writing this review about what started as a journey to find a contractor that was trustworthy and knowledgeable because I have had no experience in doing any remodels in the past. I was afraid I would find someone who would take advantage of that lack of knowledge. But then, I came upon New Explode Construction thanks to my new neighbor and took a chance. From first meeting with Sebastian Micle, I knew I was going to be OK. He knew exactly how to articulate how it would look and the costs and was totally fair and open with me regarding what it would take to get this done. I was taking an old bathroom with a small shower that we were not able to use for our family and turned it into a dream bathroom custom fit to our family. In fact, that seemed to go behind their thoughts on everything that went into that bathroom which was nice to know they cared beyond it just being another job. Through the whole process they were available for any questions at any time of the day and always got back to me with answers. Sebastian's crew is very professional and all the crews working on a daily basis were so kind and nice. I am already asking them for estimates on new projects around the house and trying to save the money to get them back because their work and professionalism is incredible. I would highly recommend them for any work you have from the smallest things you have to pet projects, to whole home remodels. Sebastian is fully dedicated to his customers and business and puts his heart into his projects.
Thanks again, New Explode Construction, for an awesome experience.
You will for sure hear from us again!
Anthony Reitz
Sebastian and his crew did a super job on my house. Any more work I need on my house I will definitely be using New Explode. Sebastian is easy to get a hold of, easy to talk to and professional at the same time. He is knowledgeable and can also give great ideas if need be. I've recommended New Explode to my family, friends, and coworkers. They have already done work on my mother's house.
Lorina Pop
I got the pleasure of working with Sebastian and his team from New explode Construction, to remodel the kitchen of my new home. Start to finish, from responding to my request for a quote to installing the last cabinet door handle, Sebastian was professional, punctual, responsive, courteous, mindful, accountable, and I could continue on with the list. Sebastian is the best contractor to work with and NECChicago pricing is very competitive. Sebastian was extremely mindful of my needs and requirements, especially with my budgeting concerns. After giving several pointers on how I could keep costs down without sacrificing too much on quality and looks, I decided to have Sebastian demo the old kitchen, and install a new kitchen. His bid was very competitive. I had two other bids to consider, also professional and received rave reviews, but it was Sebastian's professionalism, responsiveness and patience with my inquiries that won me over. Sebastian also offered some creative ideas, regarding some of the plumbing that I had going on and was able to fix some plumbing issues that were not included in his estimate. Sebastian and his team were punctual, arrived on time on all of the days for demo and installation. They brought their own blankets to layout over the floor, thereby protecting my newly installed flooring. Sebastian was very proficient in installing the kitchen, taking him and his team just two days for 18 boxes and butcher-block countertop. At the end of each day, the team swept the floor before heading home. I also appreciate this attention to detail: he was able to align all the doors and drawers and the placement of the handles were right where I wanted them. Hands down, 5 solid stars! I look forward to the day I can call Sebastian out for my basement project and I also already referred him to my friends.
John DeAngelo
I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the basement remodel done by Sebastian at New Explode Construction INC.. Sebastian, it was such a pleasure to work with you and your team. I didn’t worry about anything! Everyone on your team was so nice and professional. The craftsmanship of the work done is exemplary! You have a wonderful group of individuals working for you and it is obvious that they have great leadership. Thank you for giving me back half of my house!
Wei Biao Wu
I enthusiastically recommend Sebastian Micle of New Explode Construction INC for the construction and rehab work.  It is a very challenging job to find a good general contractor with good price and quality.
In 2008 we purchased an old building at the Hyde Park area, and that building needs a substantial amount of rehab work. At that time we had no knowledge and experience on rehab, only know that the water of rehab business can be quite deep: you could spend huge amount of fund, and the work could be done poorly.
To rehab our building, we have interviewed about 10 general contractors (including Sebastian), and we asked them the following questions: what projects they have finished; the planned timeline and the actual finish date; how to prepare city inspections; the budget control issue; choice of contraction materials; choice of sub-contractors; among others.
Based on the inputs from the 10 general contractors, we decided to hire Sebastian. He has an educational background in engineering and a good past rehab and new construction experience. He very carefully checked the building condition and recommended things to be done, according to the priority. Given out budget, he carefully wrote an excellent proposal on what goals can be achieved, and the timeline of the project.
We are glad that we made the right decision. Sebastian successfully completed the project and passed City inspections. Representative of our lender (a local community bank) came and was also impressed by Sebastian’s project. Due to its good quality, we easily rented it out: the tenants like the building. During the one-year warranty after the project, Sebastian paid close attention on the building. Due to the excellent rehab work, the maintenance is quite easy.  Sebastian carefully performed the rehabbed project as if it were his own property. 
With the successful experience from our first building, we purchased other properties, and the rehab projects were also carried out satisfactorily.  
Caitlin Hofherr, Founder & CEO- Alter Ego Concierg
As a staffing & concierge firm, we cannot and do not take the process of referrals lightly. We refuse to allow any vendor to work in our clients home unless we can say, with the utmost confidence, that they are the very best in their field. New Explode Construction is one of a very select list of vendors that we refer to our clients, and I have never had to think twice about the work that he will perform. Sebastian has proven to be nothing less than an absolute perfectionist in his work, and I can rest easy knowing that he will succeed with any project or client he takes on. He is what you would want in a vendor and especially a contractor- he is diligent, reliable, courteous, efficient, sincere and innovative. He has formed a fantastic team with the same qualities so that his service and company remain consistent no matter who you are working with on a particular project. Sebastian and his team have exceed expectations on any client's project we have referred them to--residential and commercial remodels, repairs and routine maintenance, structural additions, installations—the list goes on. I cannot say enough wonderful things about NEC—we are so lucky to work with such great vendors and look forward to future projects together.
Raymond Ellitch
I must say that my experience with New Explode Construction was outstanding. Sebastian and his entire crew did fantastic work and the price was extremely reasonable. Sebastian kept me informed of everything being done all along the way as there were several unforeseen improvements and upgrades that needed to be added due to poor construction that had been done in the past. The additional cost of these add-ons were kept to a minimum and they were well worth the cost. My wife and I couldn't be happier and will definitely call on Sebastian and his crew again if we ever decide on another project.
Ligia Florescu & Radu Apostoaia
New Explode Construction delivered to  us great customer service, quality workmanship  and cost effective solutions to meet all our requests  for our two flat renovation.  The work has been done on highly professional level. Results exceeded our standards and expectations.
We would be proud to recommend New Explode Construction  as an extremely professional and reliable contractor.
Helen Ye
One of the best decisions we made while building an addition to our home was hiring New Explode Construction. The team completed high-quality construction that was on schedule and on budget-turning a major renovation into an enjoyable and satisfying project.
In July 2008 we sought bids from a number of contractors to extend our home by building a new basement, kitchen, family room, and master bedroom with bath. We choose to work with Sebastian Micle based upon his competitive bid, outstanding references, and most importantly, his , friendly and reliable communication skills.
The work that followed was superb. Sebastian worked directly with the architectural plans (provided by his architect) and he expertly guided us through by asking questions, flagging decision points, and offering suggestions as we went. He tracked the schedule meticulously.
The project stayed on schedule and we were given ample "thinking time" when major decisions needed to be made. All of the subcontractors hired by New Explode Construction were excellent craftsmen and courteous professionals.
In addition, Sebastian was a pleasure to work with. He was always available to answer questions, and his easy-going manner and extensive experience took the stress out of home renovation.
New Explode Construction takes great pride in its work and it shows. In fact, we have hired Sebastian Micle as our General Contractor for all 5 of our investment properties. We were completely satisfied with New Explode Construction and highly recommend them to all of our friends.
Martin Moderi
Sebastian did excellent work on our home remodeling project - he overcame several unanticipated obstacles, stayed within budget and on schedule, and came up with several innovative ideas to improve overall results.
Martin Moderi
Michael Gremley
Sebastian is one of the rare breed of contractor's that provide great results, on-time and for a great value. However, that is not what I respect most about him. The project turned out to be more difficult than any of us thought and he honored the price without saying a word. I highly recommend Sebastian.
Rob Himes
Sebastian and his team installed hardwood floors in three rooms on the third floor of my home. Demolition (removal of old flooring) and installation of new went without a hitch. Especially challenging was the color matching of the new floor with the existing wood flooring. Very satisfied with results and would recommend for future work.
Leon Zingerman
We were very satisfied with New Explode Construction. From the start of the demolition of the foundation, to the interior finishing work, all of Sebastian's employees and sub-contractors were very professional and courteous. We also appreciated how Sebastian Micle went out of his way to be sure everything was going as planned with the project. Even on holidays, he answered all of our questions and emails. Sebastian was also very instrumental in seeing that the sub-contractors fulfilled their obligations in a timely manner.We would definitely call Sebastian and New Explode Construction in the future for any building project and we would also highly recommend New Explode Construction to anyone who is considering any kind of a remodeling or construction project.