Your Guide to Kitchen Sinks

During a kitchen renovation, you’ll reach the point when you need to decide on a kitchen sink. Seems simple enough, but this actually proves to be one of the more difficult choices for homeowners. There are a variety of materials, sizes, and mount options. Style is critical, but function is everything when it comes to selecting your kitchen sink. Your sink needs to be durable, and something you can live with for years to come. Your kitchen sink is going to get constant usage. Therefore, consider your material choice carefully. The most...

How to Avoid Costly Renovation Mistakes

We’ve all been there. You’re standing in your outdated bathroom and start thinking about the possibility of a renovation. Your mind starts whirling with ideas: paint colors, lighting options, countertop material, and more. You dream about the end result. But homeowners know that making dreams a reality takes a plan, a budget, and a professional to guide you. Before taking a sledgehammer to any counters or removing floor tiles, it’s imperative that you think before you act. Remodeling can be a major headache if done improperly. Without a plan in place...

Your Guide to Bathroom Lighting

Lighting is critical to your bathroom design. When considering a bathroom install or renovation, be sure to think about the overall aesthetic you hope to achieve as well as your particular space requirements. Enter a bathroom with properly placed lighting and you’ll notice the room feels larger, taller, and more impressive. Bathroom lighting choices can draw attention to quality design elements, bring energy into a space, and create a functionality necessary for one of the most used rooms in your home. Bathroom Lighting 101: There are three types to consider as you...

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...

Tile Pattern Inspiration for 2022

Using patterned tile is a surefire way to add the zhush to your home’s interior. Mixing up sizes, shapes, and even the direction of tiles can transform even a small space. Floors, showers, and backsplashes are ideal locations for a tile update. Our J&J design team uses all sorts of tile in our customer’s projects. Although we mention the details in our Project Spotlights, we wanted to share some of the latest pattern inspo to help activate your imagination! Pop in Some Color Although the trend towards light, bright, and neutrally colored rooms...

Aging in Place with Comfort and Style

A growing trend in Chicagoland is “Aging in Place” home renovations. Sometimes, they’re a project to accommodate a parent or relative who still has independence, but would rather live with their family. For others, adding accessible design features to an existing home allows them to remain there as they grow older. The concept of “accessible design” can be broad when you’re designing a room addition, addressing bathroom or kitchen remodeling, and adding updates to your current home. Every situation is different, of course - and it can be difficult to navigate...

Why Hire a Design-Build Firm for your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel?

When you’re ready to make your renovation plans happen, you’re faced with a critical decision: Do you do it yourself, manage it yourself, or hire a design-build firm? If you’re not familiar with the last option, let us explain what they are - and why it could be your best choice. Design-build firms handle both construction tasks and design for their clients, and it’s an efficient, practical solution for Chicagoland homeowners. Read on to find out how this type of working relationship can make every part of the remodeling process much...

Why Basement Bathrooms Are So Popular

Basement bathrooms are becoming a popular remodeling project - it’s likely that you know someone who decided to add or remodel a lower-level bath this year. Whether a smaller powder room, or a fully-featured guest bath, these additions bring many advantages to Chicagoland homes. Don’t feel limited by lower ceilings required by building codes, plumbing considerations, or lack of windows! A professional contractor (like J&J) knows all the ins and outs of working with finished basement spaces, and will be full of great ideas on how to maximize light, find more...

Renovate or Move?

It’s a seller’s market out there in Chicagoland - have you noticed? The latest numbers are pretty scary if you’re looking for a new house. As of April median home prices had risen 20 percent compared with a year ago, and the average home spent just 20 days on the market before selling, according to Redfin, the real estate site. So, what’s a homeowner to do in our area? Wait and see? Stress out over bidding battles? Or - making some changes in your current home could be the best option....

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...