has been involved in the construction business for more than 12 years. With experience in building supply sales, landscaping, and construction trades at many levels, I am a well-rounded, easy to work with contractor with an eye for detail. I truly enjoy the creative process needed to help customers realize their construction needs and dreams.

We specialize in General Contracting, custom homes, new home construction, remodeling, additions, siding, decks, garages and window and door installation.  We primarily work in Galena, the Galena Territory, Eagle Ridge, Elizabeth, Apple Canyon Lake, and most of Jo Daviess County.

Unique and beautiful trim can bring warmth and beautify any home. We are especially proud of our trim work talents, and take care to make sure every detail is our client's desire. We have extensive experience on projects in the beautiful Galena Territory area, as well as the surrounding areas. With all of our projects, our goal is to provide the best quality of work in a timely manner.

Since starting my own company I have felt the need to learn more about energy efficiency, as it is not a big concern for many builders in our area. We strive do other things that will help in making your house energy efficient such as:      

  • Use energy star rated windows from Marvin
  • Use quality exterior doors.
  • Caulk large gaps in plywood and underneath each wall, plate, and where walls meet. We will use 3-4 more cases of caulking than most of our competitors, just to stop infiltration.
  • When installing Tyvek housewrap, we will try to have seams only where needed. Then we will tape all of our seams with Tyvek tape. This all helps to keep air from infiltrating your home.
  • Use Vycor weather barrier tape to flash and help stop air infiltration around windows.
  • Insulate radiant heated floors thoroughly. Example: Many houses in this area have radiant heat in their floors; most of them do not insulate properly. They are insulated on the bottom but not on the side of the slab. We will insulate the side of the slab so you are getting the highest efficiency possible from your boiler.
  • Install a fresh air exchanger in your new home. These units bring in fresh air and pull out the stale air, without sacrificing heating and cooling loss.
We use only top quality products from our local lumberyards, which in return gives us access to the highest quality of service available for us and our customers.

Our goals are:

  • To do the highest quality work.
  • To be proud of each job at its completion.
  • To take care of our customers before, during, and after each project is completed.
  • To make sure every detail is finished.
  • Absolute customer satisfaction.

Whether your job is big or small we will take great pride in doing the best job possible. Our attention to detail is unmatched, so give us a chance, and we will take care of the rest!

We would love the opportunity to work with you on your project. Please contact us via e-mail or phone to discuss your building dreams.


Josh Ries

Josh Ries Construction, Inc.
1-815-291-8795 | PO Box 105| Elizabeth, IL 61028