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9 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

This post is an adaptation from, 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!

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer

This post is an adaptation from, 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.

Remodeling Demand at Highest Level in Years

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:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (A Remodel)

“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

Showing “Love” to your Home during the Winter Season

J&R Construction February Blog 2021                               

There are a variety of things that we can do to show “love” and take better care of the interior and exterior parts of our home during the chilly winter months. If you’re looking for new ways to keep your home safe, warm, and cozy this winter, here are a few tips that J&R would like to give you, to take for present and future winter seasons. 


Have your heating system inspected by a licensed professional. Do this to make sure that everything is running smoothly. The last thing that you want is for your heat to go out in the middle of a cold winter night!

In addition to this, you can also have your roofing and gutter inspected, to help prevent ice from building up and potentially damaging any exterior areas of your home.


Check and change the filters of your home, and vacuum and clean out all of your vents. Do this to avoid any debris buildup, and to keep the air that is circulating throughout the house, clean and fresh. Dust and debris is likely to build up during the winter months, so it is important to check and clean the filters to avoid any extra particles flying throughout your home. 


Keep your furnace running to protect your pipes from freezing. This is also to ensure that your home stays warm and insulated at all times. If you plan to leave for a winter vacation, set your temperature to at least 55 degrees or higher, to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities above freezing temperatures (since this is most likely the location of your water piping). It is also helpful to keep doors open throughout the house, to help heat circulate and warm all areas of every room. Often, drafts occur when doors shut on their own, and trap heat in individual areas. 


Photo by Mark Mahan Photography

Cover any outdoor seating. This is so that you can avoid potential damage, and increase the lifetime of your furniture! No need to buy any fancy furniture covers. All that you need are large plastic bags, or a roll of Partex Plastic and something (such as string or rubber bands) to tie and seal the bags to the furniture. If you are worried about any metallic items rusting or creating discoloration, cover them with some type of Vaseline or petroleum jelly to avoid this.


Seal any areas that might be letting in a draft. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a well-sealed home can be up to 20 percent more energy efficient. Most drafts usually sneak in from your basement or attic. For small leaks, you can use a caulking gun or foaming insulation to keep cold air from coming in. For larger drafts, such as underneath your doorways, something as simple as a towel, blanket, or draftstopper can seal the crack and prevent a drafty room. 


Do you have a fireplace in your home? Are you wondering how to clean it and remove any unwanted soot or build up? Mix a can of coca cola with 3.5 fluid ounces of all purpose household cleaner, and 3.5 quarts of water in a bucket. Scrub it only any sooty bricks with a sponge, and leave it to sit for 15 minutes. After it sits for that time, scrub it with a bristle brush, and sponge it down again with clean water. The more cola that you add, the stronger the solution will be. Try this trick out, and avoid spending too much money on getting your fireplace cleaned this winter!

Photo by Mark Mahan Photography



We at J&R Construction would like to wish you a safe and warm winter season, and hope that you are spending time taking care of your home, and filling it with love this February!

The Perfect Kitchen

The Perfect Kitchen

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the idea can be scary and overwhelming. There are so many different components that go into the use of your kitchen: the sink, the oven, seating, possible dining, pots and pans, storage, stovetops, the list could go on! And the options to customize every part of your newly-remodeled kitchen are endless, and always changing.

So how do you know where to begin?

Start by thinking first about what you do most in your kitchen. What are you doing every day in this kitchen? How do you work? What are your morning and evening routines like? Are you someone who likes to cook? Regardless of how you choose to use your kitchen, whether you enjoy nightly take-out or homemade dinners, you want it to be a space that is welcoming and comforting, while also punctual. 

Imagine yourself cooking your first meal, or entertaining others in the comfort of your home. When your home kitchen remodeling process is complete, what does the space feel like, look like, smell like, sound like? These are all things to consider and pay attention to when evaluating how you want you newly-remodeled kitchen to feel. 

There are several different components that go into creating and remodeling your “perfect kitchen”:


1. The Layout

If you are someone who spends most of your time in the kitchen cooking and creating new delicious treats for yourself or loved ones, you know the importance of the layout of the foundation. The layout preferences can be different and personal based on each individual needs. A popular setup that many people consider having is a “triangle connection” between the stove, sink, and fridge. These three parts of the kitchen should be in close proximity and easily accessible, as they are the three most used parts of the kitchen. However, more recently, this trend is not as popular. The biggest issue that clients focus on when designing their “dream kitchen”, is prep stations and work areas that are easily accessible and spacious. Prep stations can be personally customized and designed to meet each client’s expectation and vision. The placement of each work area does not necessarily have to match the “triangle connection” that many people assume. Our biggest concern when designing your kitchen is making it as enjoyable and spacious as possible for you.  Consider how your kitchen will flow into other rooms, specifically the dining room or family room. Again, you want your kitchen to feel welcoming and open to all who come into your home.

Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia                                     








2. Lighting

A well-lit kitchen is important, as it allows you to perform all necessary tasks in the space, but also creates a mood to warm and brighten the room. Different types of lighting can easily change the kitchen from a cooking space, to a place of company and entertainment. 

Photo by Mark Mahan
Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia







3. Storage

Often, when people want to remodel their kitchen, storage is one of the biggest reasons. You can never have enough room or extra space to store items in your kitchen! It’s important to take into consideration how you want your storage to look. There are a variety of different cabinet options, as well as drawers and customizable handles to go on each. This is one of the many ways that you can make your new kitchen look unique, as you are in charge of picking the styles of every detail that goes into your storage units. Have fun with it, and enjoy the process!

Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia

Take a look at some of J&R Construction’s past home remodeling kitchen projects here. We pride ourselves in customizing each space to look comforting and personal to each client’s preference. Our design team makes it their goal to listen to the clients’ visions for their home remodeling projects, and make those come to life. 

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you, for it is your business that is the future of our company. 

Re-designing Small Spaces in your Home

Thinking “big” in a small space

When you have a small space in your home, it is best to design it with the vision of making it feel as large and spacious as possible. When you are trying to maximize this space, think “double duty” with everything that you can. 


Making multiple uses of one item

Think of any items that you may have in your home that can be used multi-purposefully. Some examples may include an ottoman with storage space inside, sideboards with cabinets, or even furniture with storage functions. Simple additions such as these can create useful “hidden” space in your small room, to avoid taking up unnecessary space with extra items. 

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The less furniture, the better

When working in this smaller space of your home, the less furniture that you have, equals the better. When you have more items throughout the space, it creates the illusion that the space is much smaller, and feels much tighter and crammed together. If you limit yourself to only a few staple pieces in the room, it will create a larger, more spacious illusion.


Choice of Paint color

The color of paint that you choose for the small space plays a crucial role in how the space ends up feeling for you in your home. While white is the first and most obvious choice for a small room, due to its brightening hues and ability to create a larger illusion, it is not your only option!

Soft blonde- This color offers and adds warmth to any space, as it creates a comforting and home-like feeling. It can easily be paired with any neutral colored décor. A softly patterned rug would complete the look and offer a beautiful, yet simple, design for the comfort of your home. 

Photo by Mark Mahan

Dark grey or coffee brown- The dark grey offers a more modern, chic, almost sophisticated vibe and feel, yet it is still cozy and comforting to any eye. The coffee brown takes more natural light, and creates shadowing throughout the room that can also cause it to feel more spacious and open. 

Photo by Mark Mahan

Dark teal- Shadowing can actually be your friend when it comes to designing smaller spaces and rooms. Contrary to popular belief, painting a room with dark colors can hide the fact that it is so small. The darker colors create a perception of width and depth. 

Minty green- This classic color gives a beachy and spring-time feel that you can enjoy all year round in your home. Pair this with any cream-colored furniture to make it stand out, open up, and brighten the room even more.

Soft yellow- A color that is fun and full of life, but not too obnoxious or blinding. It is perfect for those who want a little bit of color in their home, but do not want to take up larger rooms such as a living room or dining room. This color could also be perfect for a child’s nursery or bedroom, as it presents a playful and happy hue. 

Super white- Though white may be a more basic color of choice, it is never a wrong one! Many whites have hues of blush pink of even olive green. However, the color super white, when painted across your walls, presents white in its purest and brightest form. When you paint your small space with a color as simple and luminous as this, natural light is reflected off of the walls and makes them recede, causing the small space to seem even larger– which was our whole goal in the first place!

Consider the feeling…

When spending time in this particular space of your home, consider how you want the room to feel. As you go about picking the wall colors, furniture, décor, and much more, ask yourself what kind of theme it is that you want to come to life in this space. What do you hope to gain from this space, and how do you intend to use it each day?

Lastly, do not be afraid to reach out for help. It can be challenging to make a design or vision come to life all on your own. Sometimes it is good to have a fresh pair of eyes to look at your work from a new perspective and help to offer friendly critique and assistance. 

Questions to ask a Remodeler, Builder or Contractor in Home Remodeling

choosing the right builder, remodeler, contractor for lexington, home remodelingFinding a Lexington or Owensboro home remodeling contractor who’s right for you is not as simple as picking up the Yellow Pages.  Did you know that most people spend more time shopping and buying a car than they spend on choosing a remodeling company.

1)    Are you licensed? Most states, yes Lexington and surrounding areas & Owensboro, KY., require contractors, even sub-contractors to be licensed. Make sure your contractor is properly licensed. Anyone can say they are licensed. If a contractor cannot produce a valid license, DO NOT HIRE HIM! This will save you more than you know.

2)    Do you carry general liability insurance?  Make sure your contractor carries general liability insurance. This type of insurance protects your property in case of damage caused by the contractor and/or his employees. The insurance company will pay for the cost of replacing, &/or repairing any damage that occurs.  Make the contractor prove it by having a certificate of insurance.

3)    Do you carry workers’ compensation insurance? Make sure your contractor carries workers’ compensation insurance. It protects you from liability if a worker is injured while on your property.  Be aware that if the contractor does not carry workers’ compensation coverage, you may be liable for any injuries suffered by the contractor, or any of his employees on your property.  If the contractor is a one-man operation, he can be exempt from having to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If he is doing so legally, he can provide you with a copy of his Construction Industry Certificate of Exemption from Workers’ Compensation. This is very risky for you though. If he shows up with a helper and the helper gets hurt, with no workers’ compensation insurance, you may have to pay the medical bills. If the uninsured contractor is sloppy about verifying his sub-contractor’s workers’ compensation insurance and the sub-contractor gets hurt, again you may have to pay the medical bills.  Bottom line, keep your investment safe & protected.

4)    Do you use sub-contractors and do you use a sub-contractor agreement?  This is EXTREMELY important, because you do not know these folks and sometimes do not meet them until it is time for them to do their part of the project.  Ask how long has the sub-contractor worked with the company.  Ask how the company verifies the sub-contractors insurance and if they use a sub-contractor agreement.  A sub-contractor agreement protects you and the company, ask for a copy.

5)    Are you a member of NARI or NAHB? NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and NAHB stands for the National Association of Home Builders. It’s always a good idea to consider hiring a NARI or NAHB contractor. In most cases, both organizations only attract conscientious contractors interested in bettering the industry and in weeding out unprofessional contractors. In order to become a member, the contractor’s background and references are thoroughly investigated.

6)    Are you a member of the BBB?  BBB stands for the Better Business Bureau.  The BBB goal is to foster a fair and effective marketplace, so that buyers and sellers can trust each other (“Start With Trust”). Many BBB services can be accessed online through their website.  BBBs gather and report information on business reliability, alert the public to frauds against consumers and businesses, provide information on ethical business practices, and act as mutually trusted intermediaries between consumers & businesses to resolve dispute.  ALWAYS check any company out here 1st.

7)    Do you guarantee your work? The contractor should guarantee his work for at least one year from date of completion. They should also include any warranties from the material used if applicable.

8)    Who will be in charge of the job? Make sure the contractor or his crew is on the job whenever work is being performed-especially if sub-contractors will be used, unless it has been communicated that the sub-contractors do not need to be supervised.  In some cases, sub-contractors come to do work with out a company representative present.  If you want the contractor or one of the crew there at all times, expect to pay for this service. The responsible party must be familiar with every aspect of your project. You cannot be worried about what is going on when you are not there.

9)    Will you provide me with written references? A good contractor will be happy to provide you with references. You should look for a well-established contractor who can give you several client (customer) references.

10)   How do you handle “dirty work”? Construction is dusty and dirty! It gets everywhere, especially if any sanding is being done. Make sure the contractor will make an honest effort to keep the dust contained, or notify you when the heavy dust generating operations will take place so you can place sheets over furniture or move sensitive belongings. Make sure the contractor agrees to sweep up & place all construction debris in a predetermined place at the end of every day.

11)    What else should I think about in doing a project like this?  Any good contractor will have at least 1 or multiple “Pre-Construction Meetings”.  These meetings should outline things like; gaining access to the site, dust, hours of work, pets, children, breaks, lunch time, staging of material, parking, preparing the space (what do I need to pack up, what will you move), conduct of workers, smoking issues, etc…

12)   How long will a project like this take?

13)   How many projects like this have you done in the past?  Will they let you visit past projects and talk with those clients?

14)   Can I see your vehicle?  This sounds weird, but if the inside of the contractor’s vehicle is trashed, it might be an indication of what your project will be like during the process.

15)   Bottom line?  Do you feel comfortable with this company?  Go with your gut.  A strong rapport and close communication with your remodeler will help make any job go well.  Home Remodeling & Building is a very personal process. The contractor you hire will be part of your home life for several weeks or months, so it’s important to make sure that your personalities work well together.

Contact Us for any further questions or thoughts on hiring the right professional for you project.

How to Speak “Home Remodeling”

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Home Remodeling in Lexington Kentucky and surrounding areas and Central Kentucky can be a challenge, especially if a contractor is speaking a different language.

Whether it’s a small cosmetic remodel such as replacing bathroom fixtures, bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, room addition, or a deck, finishing a basement, or even a major whole house remodel – understanding the terminology that your professional remodeler is using can be very helpful to ensure you receive the finished project that you envision. 

As you interview potential contractors, this glossary of common terms used by builders and remodelers will help you understand the language of your remodeling project — and it will help you avoid miscommunication with your contractor.

Allowance: A specific dollar amount allocated by a contractor for specified items in a contract for which the brand, model number, color, size or other details are not yet known.

Bid: A proposal to work for a certain amount of money, based on plans and specifications for the project.

Building Permit: A document issued by a governing authority, such as a city or county building department, granting permission to undertake a construction project.

Call-back: An informal term for a return visit by the contractor to repair or replace items the home owner has found to be unsatisfactory or that require service under the warranty.

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR): A professional designation program offered through the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council™. To attain the CGR designation, a remodeler must take a specified number of continuing education courses and comply with a strict code of ethics.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS): CAPS professionals have learned strategies and techniques to meet the home modification needs of home owners who want to continue living in their homes safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability level. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending education programs and participating in community service.

Change Order: This is written authorization to the contractor to make a change or addition to the work described in the original contract. The change order should reflect any changes in cost.

Cost-plus Contract: A contract between a contractor and home owner that is based on the accrued cost of labor and materials plus a percentage for profit and overhead — also known as a time-and-materials contract.

Draw: A designated payment that is “drawn” from the total project budget to pay for services completed to date. A draw schedule is typically established in the contract.

Lien Release: A document that voids the legal right of a contractor, subcontractor or supplier to place a lien against your property. A lien release assures you that the remodeler has paid subcontractors and suppliers in full for labor and materials.

Mechanic’s Lien: A lien obtained by an unpaid subcontractor or supplier through the courts. When enforced, real property — such as your home — can be sold to pay the subcontractor or supplier. If a subcontractor or supplier signed a lien release, then this lien cannot be enforced.

Plans and Specifications: These are drawings for the project, and a detailed list or description of the known products, materials, quantities and finishes to be used.

Punch List: A list of work items to be completed or corrected by the contractor, typically near or at the end of a project.

Subcontractor: A person or company hired directly by the contractor to perform specialized work at the job site — sometimes referred to as a trade contractor.

If you’re still looking for ways to “speak the remodeling language” with your contractor, check out one of our more recent articles here.

Renovating vs Remodeling vs Restoring


Are you familiar with the terms “renovating” and “remodeling” and “restoring”? Do you know the difference(s) between these real estate terms?

If you are a homeowner, you need to know. If you are working with a real estate professional, such as a home appraiser to perhaps tap into the increased equity in your home, be sure to tell your appraiser about any/all recent changes to your home, so s/he can incorporate those changes into the value of your property.

Let’s examine each term separately. 

Renovating” is a rather specific term, literally meaning “to make new again.” The term is (or should be) applied to cosmetic changesnew kitchen faucets, counter-tops or cabinet handles, interior paint…these are all examples of renovations. Renovations don’t normally require any structural work, and they are almost always less expensive and less time-consuming than remodeling.

Remodeling” means “to change the structure.” If you add carpeting, siding, and a ceiling to your basement (effectively making it a finished basement), that’s remodeling. An addition to your property is remodeling. When it comes to making changes like wiring, plumbing—or any sort of remodeling for that matterit’s important to let your real estate appraiser know every detail. Maybe the new paint isn’t as obviousand the wiring/plumbing is definitely not as obviousyet they are still expensive changes that can significantly impact the value of your home.

Restoration” and “renovation” are sort of opposites. Instead of renovating something older to make it look more modern, you restore it, making it look completely original. Put another way, you can perform an historic restoration, but not a historic renovationthat would be a contradiction in terms. Classic examples of restoration include: refinishing old wooden surfaces (wood moulding, wood paneling, built-ins, etc.); re-painting chipped or faded paint the same color of its original state; re-installing an original slate roof; or restoring double-pane windows back to single-pane. IMPORTANT NOTE: If your property is in an historic district, there may be mandatory codes that require restoration.

Each of these projects (renovating, remodeling, and restoring) involve great care and special attention to details. Attention to detail is what J&R Construction prides itself. We work with carefully and closely our clients to create that perfect dream space. We communicate in detail every step of the process along the way, so you are completely comfortable and confident and actually “Enjoy The Process.”

Call J&R Construction for all of your Residential needs!!