Choosing the right Builder Remodeler

This post is an adaptation from https://www.southernliving.com/home/decor/painted-floors & https://www.southernliving.com/home/bathroom/wet-room-bathrooms, not an original blog

 

Two Unique Trends from 2022

 

A couple unique trends that have been seen in 2022, according to Southern Living, are painted floors and wet room bathrooms. Now if you’re wondering what either of those means we’ve got you covered.

 

Painted floors

Paint on the floor sounds like a paint job gone wrong but, that may not be the case for long. Here’s what to know before you pick up a paint brush and paint.

When you think of painted floors you think sprawling porches, country homes, and cottages but it is something that is being used for more styles and the home’s interior as well. New takes on this classic design are making it a fun option for almost every style and space. One thing that makes this a nice option is it is a budget friendly one that is highly customizable. You can paint wood, concrete, and even laminate, though laminate can prove more challenging. But you do need to keep in mind that there is quite a bit of upkeep for painted floors.

If you’re feeling extra creative and bold you can even try to DIY a painted floor. Prep work is the first step. You’ll need to clear everything out of the room and then sand the surface to dull it before painting. You will also need to vacuum and mop the space then allow it to fully dry overnight. Lastly make sure to tape any molding or baseboards that you aren’t planning on painting. What exactly you use depends on what you’re painting but many are a latex floor enamel. Now make sure to follow all instructions and not over apply in a rush to finish, it really needs its drying time.

To upkeep just try to make sure it stays debris free to avoid causing scratches. Also a few well-placed rugs in high traffic points will help elongate the life of your painted floor. Now just to enjoy your own piece of art for years to come.

 

Wet Room Bathrooms

Open floor plans first became popular when it was used to combine kitchen, living, and dining spaces, now it’s making its way into the rest of the home. It’s currently making its way into bathrooms with wet rooms. A wet room is pretty much what you would think, a room that can all get wet. The biggest component is that the shower isn’t separated from the rest of the bathroom, this allows a spa like experience.

One main pro is that having less separation really makes the space feel larger. You literally have more space because you don’t have the walls and such blocking the flow throughout the bathroom. Though you will need to keep in mind that storage will need to be water resistant.

Accessibility is another great aspect to a wet room. Would it surprise you that the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home? This is an inevitability with age. But with wet rooms it is all the same level so nothing to step over. With less things being in your way it uncomplicates moving within the space.

Cleaning is easy in these spaces because of a single drain and water accessible from your shower head you can wet down and soap up the space whenever you feel like it. Now though tile is what makes it so easy to clean it can be an increased cost during renovation. It also helps cut down on the likelihood of mold issues because there isn’t as much humidity because it is all open, so you aren’t getting all that steam trapped in one small space. As the whole room is basically one big shower you won’t need to be worrying about leaks and water damage outside of your shower.

Though once you have a wet room you won’t really want to say goodbye it will be a feature that buyers will also enjoy.

 

Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or want some creative ideas on how to change your home, the design team here at J&R Construction is here to help.

Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia. This post is an adaptation from https://www.hgtv.com/design/remodel/kitchen-remodel/choosing-kitchen-countertops, not an original blog.

Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop

When choosing your kitchen countertop there are so many different options, but how do you know which is right for you?

Knowing that the countertop can be one of the most expensive portions of a kitchen remodel, you want to keep in mind popularity and affordability but also look beyond those. You’ll want to consider what is going to best reflect your style and be the right fit for how you want to use your kitchen.

The Pros and Cons

Granite comes in several grades (usually 1-5), patterns, colors, and thicknesses. Depending on the combination you choose this can cost anywhere from $25 a square foot to upwards of $1,000 a square foot. Another granite option to consider is Honed Granite, instead of a glass finish it gives you a soft matte look. But there are a couple things to consider for Honed Granit vs polished; it requires resealing more often, will stain easier, and it does cost more.

Pros

  • Due to the high-status of granite, choosing it will typically improve your homes resale value.
  • It is both heat and scratch resistant.
  • Low maintenance.
  • It is both natural and has a timeless appeal.

Cons

  • Due to its porosity it must be sealed occasionally as maintenance.
  • If it isn’t maintained properly you can end up with permanent stains.
  • Granite, though popular can often exceed budgets. But, if that’s a look you love you can go with something like quartz for less.

Quartz is often a popular choice. It is one of the hardest materials which gives it more durability and it will last longer than granite. Because they are manufactured the color and pattern combinations are limitless. They can even mimic the stone or granite look while giving you the benefits of quartz.

Pros

  • What you see in samples is what you will get upon delivery.
  • Mid-range cost.
  • No sealing is needed to maintain.
  • It is non-porous so resistant to stains and scratches.

Cons

  • The seams can be easier to see.
  • The consistence in pattern can make it look less like natural stone.

Soapstone is a natural stone that is both highly stain and bacteria resistant. It ranges in color from light to dark grey and will have subtle veining. It also doesn’t require sealing annually but regularly applying mineral oil will help disguise any scratches and enhance color depth over time.

Pros

  • Works for multiple design styles like modern, rustic, and traditional.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Non-porous.
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  • Doesn’t require sealing.
  • Stain-resistant.

Cons

  • Due to it being relatively soft, you can’t cut or drop things on it.

Marble is something that makes you think of elegant sculptures, but it can bring that same elegance to your kitchen as well. Marble comes in many textures and colors. It is one of the pricier options, though to get something for a better price consider Carrara marble. Being natural stone you do have to seal annually and it is a more high maintenance option so you need to take that into consideration. However, bakers have found marble countertops helpful if needing a cold surface to roll out bread or cookies.

Pros

  • Classic beauty with a high-end look.
  • Great option for bakers.
  • Multiple textures and colors.
  • Natural option.
  • Can add value to your home.

Cons

  • You need to seal regularly.
  • High maintenance.
  • Stains and scratches easily.
  • Very heavy.

Wood can be the finishing touch you need for a variety of different kitchen styles. It can go rustic with butcher block to classic with finished teak. Butcher block can add a lot of functionality for your food prep. Once you seal a wood countertop it is even sanitary to cut meat on and you can put your hot pots and pans on it because bonus, it’s heat resistant. A few varieties you can use are oak, walnut, maple, cherry, teak, and reclaimed wood. To take care of your wood countertops use mineral oil monthly and if you get a stain you can just sand it out and then re-oil.

Pros

  • Wood adds both beauty and warmth.
  • Variety of woods available.
  • Compatible with many different designs.

Cons

  • Must be sealed regularly to prevent staining.
  • You might need to refinish to combat wear and tear over time.
  • It is easier to damage than stone.

 

No matter what you choose or need, whether you are looking to add functionality, beauty or both to your home, the design team at J&R can help guide you in choosing the best countertop for YOU.

4 Tips for Setting Up Your Outdoor Living Space

  1. Use pieces that highlight your space, not take from it.

Maximizing space is key, you don’t want to feel like you are cooped up indoors when you’re enjoying the weather outdoors. So analyze your space and decide exactly what furniture you want and how much your space will fit.

  1. Continue your style outdoors as well.

It’s easy to consider your outdoor space as separate from the rest of your home, but tying the aesthetic of your outdoor space to your indoor space emphasizes your existing design and maximizes your square footage.

  1. Function is just as important as style.

Don’t waste space with pieces that won’t get used. Think about what you intend to do with your outdoor space and how you like to entertain. That should be the driving force behind your furniture selections.

  1. Durability is a must.

This one is simple, but often overlooked. When selecting your outdoor furniture, pick pieces that are weatherproof. That way, they can either be used or left in the winter, rather than stored.

This post is an adaptation from https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/outdoor-remodel/budgeting-for-a-porch-project, not an entirely original blog.

No two porches are exactly the same, especially when you are working with a design-build remodeler like J&R Construction. For this reason and more, the cost to upgrade an existing porch or add a new one varies widely.

Costs depend on what you prefer.  Factors like size and complexity play a large role and costs also vary region to region. A small and basic do-it-yourself porch project can cost about $5,000 to $10,000, but the budget for even a small porch project can go up quickly when lots of extras are included.

Things like lighting, hardware, architectural details and furniture add to the basic cost of the project. A major extra, like a large fireplace, can really drive up the cost of a porch, since it involves more materials and labor — and may require an upgraded foundation. When you work with a remodeler, labor costs also weigh into the cost of a porch, but likely mean less in maintenance costs.

A basic concrete-slab porch will be easier on the wallet than a larger screened-in porch or sunroom.

Prefabricated porches can be found for approximately $10,000 to $20,000, and expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 for a good-quality, medium-sized (about 16′ x 20′) porch with a floor and roof built by a contractor.

Large custom porches with lots of extras can easily top $50,000, so it pays to do your homework and planning. However, a custom porch is built to your specifications and requires less work in the long run. Companies like J&R offer warranties on their work, so you don’t have to worry about issues lingering. This ultimately is money back in your pocket.

by Ryan Richardson

OWENSBORO, KY (November 25, 2021) – More than 1,000 boxes of cereal will be distributed to local organizations thanks to a recent collection drive by J&R Construction and Thrivent. It’s the second year for the local cereal drive.

“We borrowed the idea from a friend of mine in Bowling Green, to benefit the community and have some fun,” said Ashley Profitt, J&R Project Designer. “It was on my heart to give back to the community considering the influx of people that go to food banks and shelters this time of year. What better way than to feed multiple people than with one simple box of cereal.”

A total of 1,036 boxes were donated and will be distributed to places such as the Daniel Pitino Shelter, St. Benedicts, Oasis, The Kings Table, Crossroads, and Church Alive.

“These organizations are so happy to see us and the way cereal puts a smile on their faces and ours is just unbelievable,” Profitt said. “We work with many trade partners and vendors in our line of business and it’s really fun to watch them step up to the plate to help us.”

Read the original article here: https://www.owensborotimes.com/features/community/2021/11/more-than-1000-boxes-of-cereal-donated-will-go-to-local-organizations/

 

CONTACT

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J&R Construction

(859) 225-0162 – [email protected]

 

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J&R Construction named to

Qualified Remodeler

 TOP 500 for 2021

 

LEXINGTON, KY (August 10, 2021) – Qualified Remodeler, a leading publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the U.S., has ranked J&R Construction as the No. 371 on its 43rd annual TOP 500 remodelers of 2021. Since 1978, the QR TOP 500 has tracked the industry’s largest and fastest growing companies. In 2021, the TOP 500 represented $13 billion in remodeling sales volume on 1.1 million jobs.

J&R Construction was chosen as a 2021 TOP 500 remodeler by the Qualified Remodeler editorial staff for meeting a set of criteria including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service.

J&R Construction is Lexington, Owensboro, and Central Kentucky’s leading Design-Build & Home Remodeling company. Design-Build is when a company has professional interior designers on staff to show you what your home remodeling project will look like, guide you in selections, and hand hold you throughout the project. Then having project managers, carpenters, quality craftsman, and trade partners build and remodel your dream.

“Based on Qualified Remodeler’s analysis, firms that are ranked on the 2021 TOP 500 are experiencing a boom in business. Firms that have made the list multiple years tend to share common attributes — strong revenues, a commitment to customer service, as well as leading sales and marketing programs,” said, Patrick O’Toole, co-owner and publisher of Qualified Remodeler. “These attributes helped put the firms on this list and contribute to their ongoing success in remodeling and home improvement.”

Additional information on the TOP 500 can be found on www.qualifiedremodeler.com.

 

This post is an adaptation from https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/cleaning-tips/a22652916/fall-home-maintenance-checklist/, not an entirely original blog.

Fall brings a lot of changes with it. It magically gets colder, leaves begin to fall, the holidays are suddenly right around the corner, and the air just feels fresher. These changes present several challenges to homeowners who may have spent more time at the pool than thinking about how to prepare for Fall (rightfully so)! Here are some simple ways to make sure your home is just as ready for a challenging as your stretchy pants are, come Thanksgiving time.

Clean, or possibly replace, your gutters.

Your gutters take a beating and if they’re clogged, you’re in for a world of hurt and dirty water in your home. So, clean them, and if necessary, replace them.

Check for leaky windows.

Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30 percent of heating energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But it can be easily fixed with some weatherstripping.

Pro tip: To check if you have a draft issue, close a door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, you need to update your weatherstripping.

Drain your outdoor faucets.

Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside spigots to prevent any water freezing. Not doing this can result to pipes bursting. No bueno.

Bring your outdoor furniture in.

It costs you money and time to set that outdoor space up, so if you want to get another summer season out of it you should store it in a garage or shed. If you don’t have anywhere to store the items, you should cover it in a waterproof furniture cover.

Fix any cracks in your driveway.

When water gets into cracks it freezes, expands, and can make the crack even bigger. Enough small cracks can turn into big cracks, and eventually the concrete can crumble. So, using concrete crack sealer, fill it up and be done with it.

Change your filters.

If your filters are clogged, it’s harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be which will increase your heating bills. Clean these filters monthly, not just before the fall, and thank me later. FYI: Disposable filters can be vacuumed one time before you replace it, and foam filters can just be vacuumed and not replaced.

Fertilize your lawn.

If you want to keep your lawn looking great in the spring and summer, you need to prep it for the fall and winter. Roots are still active when the grass isn’t growing, so applying fertilizer will prevent winter damage. Doing this will also help your lawn turn green faster in the spring.

Test winter equipment.

Seriously, just check it all now and make your life easier later. You’ll be really happy when you discover you need a new snow blower in the summer, rather than when you’re standing in the snow, and they’re sold out.

Change your batteries.

Once a year you should be checking to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working. Fall and Winter mean it’s time to “roast those chestnuts on an open fire,” lets not roast your blinds and couch because you didn’t catch a stray log!

This post is an adaptation from https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/clean-and-organize/get-your-house-ready-for-summer, not an original blog.

Clean the walkway
Pressure-wash the walkway, then replace damaged pavers or bricks, or just flip them over. If any pavers are sticking up too high, raise them, remove a little dirt, and drop them back in place. On concrete walkways fill in cracks with a masonry crack filler that matches the color of your concrete.

Spruce up the front door
Probe the weather stripping around the door with a screwdriver and caulk any post-winter gaps before tightening hinges that may have come loose due to shifts in temperature.

Prep the windows
Caulk any gaps in the framing and check that the mechanics are working by opening and closing each window a few times. Wash windows with a vinegar-ammonia solution first, then with water only. Dry with a squeegee.

Quick tip: Wash windows on a cloudy day. The sun may dry the solution too soon, leaving streaks.

Tidy up the flower beds
Clear out weeds and use a spade to redefine bed edges. Till the top inch or two of soil if it’s tightly packed, being careful not to disturb any bulbs below. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch.

Fill in the grass
Remove leaves and twigs and de-thatch dead grass with a metal rake. Ask for help choosing the right seed at a garden center, then apply it to bald patches or anywhere you want a thicker lawn.

Quick tip: Weed-killing fertilizer will work fastest if applied right before it rains.

Fix the sprinkler
Check for any winter damage, including broken heads and cracked pipes, by running your sprinkler one zone at a time. Any bubbling or geyser-like area needs a new head.

Clean out the birdbath
Empty the bath and fill it with warm water and ¼ cup of chlorine bleach. (Bleach is safe if you rinse thoroughly, but you can also swap it for 1 cup of white vinegar.) Cover the bath with a tarp or plastic bag, and let the solution soak for 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

Hose down the air-conditioning condenser
Shut down the power on the electric panel, then clear away any leaves or branches lodged in the unit. Wash down all the coils with a garden hose. If you find any chewed wires, call a pro to repair them.

Clear out the gutters
Clean leaves and debris from your gutters. The next time it rains, stand outside and look for breaks or leaks in your gutters and downspouts.

Repair the siding
If your house has wood siding or shingles, inspect for post-winter rot, repair the damaged areas, then touch up any faded stain or chipped paint. A nylon scrub brush and all-purpose cleaner should eliminate dirt and mold on engineered wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding.

According to a report by Qualified Remodeler the demand for remodeling services is at its highest level in three years. QR partnered with John Burns Real Estate Consulting to conduct the study that gauged remodeling demand in Q1 of 2021 against the remodeling demand in Q4 of 2020. The study found that the U.S. Remodeling Index was at a staggering 75.2 in Q1 (2021), up from 63.5 in Q4 (2020), where all levels above 50.0 are positive. Remodeling in the South alone is up 9 percent. So what does this practically mean for those seeking remodeling services?

Recently, J&R did this beautiful remodel of a kitchen and laundry room which included a pet shower requested by the client. This remodel took involved a lot of time and money, but look at the quality of work! This is the difference it can make when you pick a luxury remodeler that (1) knows what they are doing and (2) cares about you and your home.

The remodeling market is going to see an influx of new remodeling businesses looking to capitalize on this boom (a boom that Qualified Remodeler asserts will be here for the long haul). It is more important than ever to vet your remodeling contractors before deciding who to award the job. You want to go with an established company with a body of prior work that lines up with the vision you have for your home, not an unexperienced remodeler that may be experiencing their “growing pains” at the expense of your project. You may have to spend more money and time on your project than you thought, but it’s worth it to hire a remodeler that (1) knows what they’re doing and (2) cares about you and your home. Here’s where I sell you: at J&R Construction Services, we take  “Enjoy the Process” so seriously that it is our motto. We aren’t going to be the cheapest 90% of the time, but we have an impressive body of work, we care about you and your home (because it isn’t just a house), and we have your back after the job is done through our warranty program. Okay enough of the selling! Regardless of who you hire you don’t want to skimp when it comes to your home, so be careful as new remodeling companies enter the scene or you may end up regretting the process instead of enjoying it.

Read the study: https://www.qualifiedremodeler.com/u-s-remodeling-index-soars-to-75-2-signals-extended-cycle-of-big-project-spending/?oly_enc_id=0552E7082034G4U

“Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.”

– Eugene Peterson

Remodeling is not what you see on TV.

There is far more planning, far higher costs, and far more stress involved than what Ty Pennington and his crew on Extreme Home Makeover may convey. The process, when done correctly, takes a long time and having contractors in and out of your home for months is sure to lead to frustration. As exciting as the idea of a remodel is, the actual process can be taxing in more ways than one. That’s why it is so important to find an expert you trust. Trust and wise counsel lightens the burden because it leaves the decision making to you while the experts do the work. Ultimately, a general contractor’s goal should be to make the process as enjoyable as possible (the origin of J&R’s motto “Helping You to Enjoy the Process“) and to take into account the things you may not have thought of. Here are some things you may not have considered:

Your budget may disqualify you from certain contractors.

General contractors wear a lot of hats in the world of remodeling, but not all home remodelers are the same. When it comes to your project, you should expect that certain contractors only work with higher-end homes. That’s just the nature of the business, it is about income for the contractor and often they’ll refer you to someone better suited for your needs so everyone walks away happy.

Your timeline may be unrealistic.

Your home is important and it should be important to your contractor. This means your contractor may have to push deadlines back in order to meet your expectations. At the end of the day, you’d rather your home look and feel like home than to sacrifice that look and feel for expedience. Take your time! It will be worth it when you live in the home of your dreams.

  • Side note: This means you should plan your temporary housing accordingly.

Kids and pets may affect the remodeling process.

Young children and pets can make entering the home difficult. Pets generally don’t like strangers entering the home, especially loud strangers, and even if you trust your teenager to be home alone most company policies will prevent contractors from entering if an adult is not present.

Warranties are super important!

Make sure your contractor provides a warranty on their craftsmanship, otherwise you may be stuck with a mess of a project in a year and no one to hold responsible.

 

I know, I know. This sounds overwhelming, but I promise you: with the proper guidance by experienced professionals you can enjoy your remodel! Even the tedious parts will be easier. At J&R we put you first in all that we do, so if you are ready to make the leap, we would love to help you Enjoy the Process