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...

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....

Decorating Your Deck and Patio

Decorating your deck or patio makes summers more enjoyable and outdoor entertaining easier! Just as with interior spaces, your outdoor rooms can help express your personality, encourage creativity, and promote relaxation. If you’ve just added a new addition to your home, check out these tips for easy style. Don’t leave seating for last! Before you get lost in the color and fabric choices - take a moment to think about practicality. As you would for any spot where people gather, select for comfort and ergonomics. Wait - ergonomics? Yep - the...

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...

A Second Home Office? Yes!

Do you feel like you’re in a new relationship - with your house? Working from home in the last year has created a whole new way of interacting with your surroundings. At J&J Construction, we’ve heard from so many homeowners who are seeing their house in a new way - and realizing that it’s time to make changes that will improve their daily lives. One fresh remodeling trend is an idea we love: Second home offices. It’s an idea rooted in practicality, but loaded with potential! As couples and families spend...

Top Remodeling Trends for 2021

The way that we use our homes changed in 2020. Daily activities now can include work, virtual classes, working out, and more. Rooms serve multiple uses, there’s extra people sharing spaces all day long, and families have had time to really think about what we want from our spaces. As a result, it’s beginning to influence design and remodeling trends. Let’s take a look at some of the changes you’ll be seeing in 2021 and beyond! The new normal for many of us will continue to include working from home. Prior...

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 thinking...

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 -...