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Decorating Your Deck and Patio

Decorating your deck or patio makes summers more enjoyable and outdoor entertaining easier! Just as with interior spaces, your outdoor rooms can help express your personality, encourage creativity, and promote relaxation. If you’ve just added a new addition to your home, check out these tips for easy style. Don’t leave seating for last! Before you get lost in the color and fabric choices - take a moment to think about practicality. As you would for any spot where people gather, select for comfort and ergonomics. Wait - ergonomics? Yep -...

The Latest Trends For Organized Kitchens

One of the big benefits of remodeling your kitchen: Getting organized! Seriously - when is the last time you heard someone complain about having too much storage? A space that’s customized to your needs can turn your least favorite chores into simple routines, and bring a lot more serenity into your life.  Let’s look at the most brilliant ideas for regaining counter space, reducing prep time, and turning your kitchen into an organized wonderland. These are the little tricks and clever designs that you’ll want to show off to your...

A Second Home Office? Yes!

Do you feel like you’re in a new relationship - with your house? Working from home in the last year has created a whole new way of interacting with your surroundings. At J&J Construction, we’ve heard from so many homeowners who are seeing their house in a new way - and realizing that it’s time to make changes that will improve their daily lives. One fresh remodeling trend is an idea we love: Second home offices. It’s an idea rooted in practicality, but loaded with potential! As couples and families...

Top Remodeling Trends for 2021

The way that we use our homes changed in 2020. Daily activities now can include work, virtual classes, working out, and more. Rooms serve multiple uses, there’s extra people sharing spaces all day long, and families have had time to really think about what we want from our spaces. As a result, it’s beginning to influence design and remodeling trends. Let’s take a look at some of the changes you’ll be seeing in 2021 and beyond! The new normal for many of us will continue to include working from home....

Maintenance-Free Decks

This is a great year to add - or update a deck on your home. The upside of the lifestyle changes that have us staying at home more? More time to enjoy your backyard, and the possibility of taking your remote work or school date outside. Here at J&J Construction, decks are one of our most popular projects, and we’re big fans of the new maintenance-free deck materials. If you haven’t been shopping for deck materials in the last few years, you’re in for a surprise. Composite decking products just...

Why Vinyl Flooring Should Be On Your Remodeling Checklist

If you were prepared to skip over vinyl flooring for your next renovation project, you’re in for some pleasant surprises. Resilient vinyl floors have been garnering fans right and left. It’s the most popular flooring trend right now - for a lot of reasons. At J&J Construction, we’ve found that it’s just the thing for Chicagoland homes, in particular (more on that in a moment!). Here’s the story on why it’s such a great addition to so many different rooms and lifestyles. If your idea of vinyl floors still looks...

Adding Multi-Purpose Spaces to Your Home

It’s a fact that 2020 has made some big changes in our lives. Work-at-home and Zoom meetings - schools switching to virtual classrooms - even kids that you thought had flown the nest for college are now rattling around in your refrigerator and staying up late. At this point, you may be wondering where you can get some extra living space. It might not be time to add an extra story to your home, but this could be the perfect reason to get that sunroom or 3-season room you’ve been...

Celebrate Sunny Days With Succulents

We see you, Chicagoland! You’re getting your sunrooms ready for warm weather, you’re spending more time working on your screened porches, and you’re making great use of those new kitchen windows and work areas that we’ve added to your homes.  The wonderful thing about new spaces like a J&J sunroom or room addition is all the new windows - and windowsills. But - they can look a little empty, now that everything is getting so lush outside. We can design the perfect room for your home, but plants aren’t included...

Sunroom Offices

Spending more time working remotely has changed up our thinking. It turns out that our home offices can be comfortable and customized - who knew? If you’ve been enjoying the change, let’s talk about moving your work area out into a sunroom. If you’re craving views, natural light, and a workspace that lets you have more than one teeny plant on your desk, it’s perfect. Sunrooms are a popular project with Chicagoland homeowners. They’re a great casual entertaining space, a light-filled retreat, and an all-purpose spot for a variety of activities....

Getting Ready For Summer Entertaining

Although a lot of our activities have been on hold this year, you can still get excited about Summer entertaining. If you’re looking forward to casual gatherings outside and reconnecting, check out our tips for the best season ever. It’s smart to keep safety in mind as we ease out of social isolation. The new normal means that hand sanitizer is in, and shared dishes might be out. Designating one bathroom for guests is a good solution, and allows for quick disinfection, if needed. Make the switch to paper towels for...

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