Granite vs. Quartz Countertops: A Comparison

According to industry experts, countertops, whether in the kitchen or bathroom, can take up at least 10% of your overall renovation budget. Homeowners know that these surfaces are going to be used daily, so they want to feel confident in their selection. Not only do countertops need to function for years to come, they also need to look great. And if the kitchen is the first thing people notice in homes, then a countertop is the focus of that kitchen. The design you choose for your countertop can really drive the...

Ten Inspiring Navy Kitchen Ideas

Adding navy blue to your kitchen space can provide an instant boost. This chic color is both uplifting and classic - perfect for mixing and matching with neutrals and accessories. It’s the best remodeling trend out there for making a room stand out. Adding fresh color is always a part of kitchen remodeling. Now, with an abundance of blue cabinet shades available, it’s easy to drench your cooking space with this beloved color’s happy and sophisticated vibe. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite navy kitchen cabinet looks to inspire your next...

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 friends...

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 continue...

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...

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 able...

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 -...