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. Now,...

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 resort...

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 of...

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, and...

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 sunrooms...

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 is...