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What the Home Renovation Shows Aren’t Telling You

Ever wonder how the home renovation reality shows achieve those amazing results on such a small budget? There’s nothing like a happy ending, and that’s why it’s so satisfying to watch marathons of remodeling shows. They take ordinary houses and make magic happen at incredible speeds. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that they don’t tell you, and that can set homeowners up for some big disappointments when they first talk to a remodeling contractor. There are some sneaky reasons that their budgets don’t translate to the real world. Here are 4...

The 5 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes

Starting a home remodeling project is always momentous. For most people, it involves living with the work in progress - not to mention lots of decisions, excitement about the changes, and hopefully, a final reveal that makes everyone happy. J&J started out in 1992 with the goal of creating extraordinary results for our remodeling customers - all while eliminating stress. We asked our team what the most common customer mistakes are when undertaking a single-family home renovation project. Before you start your journey of looking at paint samples, mood boards,...

Make it a Green Spring in Your Kitchen!

One of the best parts of a kitchen remodeling project is adding your personal touches to the fresh new space. With Spring in the air, and maybe more time at home right now, we thought we’d present some inspiration on how to decorate your gorgeous new J&J kitchen with greenery and style! Here in Chicagoland, there are plenty of opportunities to find and grow plants from early Spring on. We suggest inspiring your inner chef and softening up your window sills with an indoor herb garden. If you’ve never been...

Screened Porches and Sunrooms

One of the best things about warmer weather in Chicagoland? We’re going to have to say that it’s getting to spend time out on your screened porch or sunroom! Even when the weather isn’t quite perfect, these rooms let you enjoy the outdoors and natural light earlier and more often. Whether you have one now or are thinking about adding one to your home, we’ve assembled some of the best ideas on how to enjoy and prep your space in the Spring. Space for plants is a big bonus in...

Bathroom Tile Guide

For anyone ready to update a bathroom, tile may not be getting all the consideration it should. Here at J&J Construction, we’re constantly surprised at the new ideas, finishes, and looks that our suppliers bring us. Porcelain that looks like wood, and wears like iron? Subway tiles in every color under the sun? Metallic finishes? Wow! Since it’s possible to finish out a bathroom in tile on practically every surface, we thought we’d share some of the latest trends and examples. Cool and Easy Blue is always a classic for any bathroom...

Organizing Small Bathrooms

How is that one of the busiest rooms in your home was designed to be so --- small? Bathrooms never have enough storage, it seems. There are a lot of items that live there, each important, each taking up space, and multiplying with each family member. From towels to toilet paper, shampoo to shaving cream - it’s all necessary. But where does it all go? When you’re dealing with standard bathroom layouts, space really is limited. Countertops fill up quickly, and cabinets - well, are there ever enough? Smart organizing...

Top Paint Colors For 2020

If you’re getting the itch to start some new home updates, you’re not alone! Major paint companies, designers, and trend-watchers know this, and roll out (see what we did there?) the hot new paint colors every January. Although some of the new colors are chic updates to classic hues, some may surprise you! Ready to get inspired? Let’s look at the top new paint colors for 2020! Classic Blue for All! Pantone Color Institute named Classic Blue as their Color of the Year. They’re known for their accuracy in predicting the...

Twice the Impact in this Two Bathroom Renovation Project

Renovating two bathrooms in one project is a brave step!  At this Aurora, IL residence, the homeowners were ready to make big changes in their master and hall bathrooms. J&J Construction partnered with the couple to create both new rooms - each with a cool, serene take on the latest colorways and materials. The end results? All of the above, now with streamlined efficiency and layouts that work beautifully. Goals: At the time of renovation, these bathrooms were serviceable but outdated. Updating the cabinets, bringing a sense of openness to...

Kunz Addition – Part 1

Michael and Maxine Kunz fell in love with their 1960’s Spanish Revival home from the moment they laid eyes on it. With the open floor plan and copious amount of natural light, they knew this was going to be their family’s forever home. But how were they going to make this unique 4-bedroom homework for their growing family of 5? That is when a conversation with her mother led Maxine to make the call that would help solve all their problems. Before photo of the house. Michael and Maxine reached out...

The Pros and Cons of Converting a Standard Tub into a Walk-In Shower in Naperville

Bathtub to shower conversions are among the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling today, and walk-in showers are often on the checklist of features prospective home buyers seek. On the other hand, permanently getting rid of a bathtub can be an intimidating decision to make during your bathroom remodel in Naperville, IL. Today, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this conversion. The Pros: Showers Are Used More Frequently Perhaps the best argument for converting your standard tub into a walk-in shower is a purely practical one: most Americans utilize...

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