Recognized as one of Chicago’s premier building and remodeling contractors, New Explode Construction specializes in custom home and commercial construction and renovation, as well as residential and construction remodeling. The company prides itself in its strong contingent of quality subcontractors, suppliers, and specialists and in the fact that it is consistently on-time and on-budget.
Attention to detail, organization, and professionalism are N.E.C.s hallmarks, regardless of whether the project is large or small and are the reasons why N.E.C. projects consistently pass inspection the first time – a claim that very few construction companies can make.
For more than 16 years, we have been changing and inspiring lives and fulfilling dreams by building and renovating Chicago homes and businesses. Along the way, we’ve cultivated strong personal relationships and built trust because of our company’s exceptional craftsmanship, assured use of advanced materials and technologies, and our philosophy of socially responsible building practices.
Listening to and communicating with our clients is the starting point of every project. We focus on keeping clients aware of the progress at every stage and strive to maintain open and honest communication for the duration of the project. Our team of professional planners, designers, and carpenters is available to help our clients from the beginning and until the customer’s needs are completely satisfied. Only then do we consider the work finished.
President and Co-Owner
Sebastian is the driving force behind every single construction at New Explode – and the heart behind our brand.
A Romanian native, he studied civil engineering and construction at one of the country’s top universities before bringing his skills to the U.S. in 2005. He honed his talents specializing in framing for restaurant chains throughout the South. From those early stomping grounds of Florida, Atlanta, and Tennessee, he ventured north to Chicago and quickly earned kudos for his professional expertise, vision, and integrity.
In 2006, Sebastian founded New Explode Construction (NEC) with his wife and business partner Ioana. Today NEC’s award-winning team brings together Chicagoland’s top general contractors, carpenters, and design specialists to build custom luxury homes using innovative, ecofriendly materials. Sebastian considers his clients and employees the company’s greatest assets, treating both with the utmost care and respect every step of the way.
When he’s not building your dream home, Sebastian is a devoted father and husband who loves to play tennis, obsess over sports cars, and take long bike rides with his family.
Ioana is the operations powerhouse and strategic mastermind behind everything we do here at NEC. A recognized leader in the high-end construction industry, she brings her creative vision and savvy to all aspects of the company’s business development, financial management, team building, and leadership.
Since 2015 Ioana has served as president of Savos Rental/NEC Chicago, a multi-unit residential and commercial property management company known for its high tenant retention rate and excellent customer experience. She also leads ASIS Investments, an angel investment company to fund promising entrepreneurs.
A Romanian native, Ioana holds multiple leadership roles in the Chicago community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Fundatia Zalauani la Chicago and Romanian United Fund, as well as the Excellence Committee for Rondout School. A devoted mother and wife, she also enjoys taking her family around the world for travel adventures , a good book, and her zest for Peloton classes.
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