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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...

The Latest Bath Trends For Your Home

Thinking about updating a master bathroom, guest bath, or powder room? If you’re not working in the industry, you may not be aware of all the latest trends. The latest and greatest in bathroom design isn’t all about colors and tiles - there are also some less-obvious touches that up the luxury level. A good soak in a steaming hot tub will always have appeal. Now, however, the focus on personal relaxation has moved over to the shower! Showers today can deliver experiences that you could once only find in...

Virtual Consultations Offer Safety and Convenience

We’re open for business - with your safety in mind! While some things remain uncertain, J&J is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We are taking a number of steps, in accordance with CDC guidelines, to continue to serve you in the safest way possible. Our team understands that spending time at home can help our clients gain perspective on what is truly important in their homes. With more time to pinpoint what isn’t working in each room, homeowners are able to finally make the...

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,...

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