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4 Tips on Putting Together Your Outdoor Living Space

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.

Budgeting for a Porch Project

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.

Owensboro Times: “More than 1,000 boxes of cereal donated, will go to local organizations”

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/


Press Release: J&R Construction Ranked #371 Remodeler in Nation


Ben Taylor, Marketing &

Communications Coordinator

J&R Construction

(859) 225-0162 – [email protected]




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.


9 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

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!

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer

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.

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

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

Your 2021 Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is slowly approaching. The weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining just a little bit longer each day, and it’s time to finally tackle the project we know has been coming… spring cleaning!

However, spring cleaning doesn’t have to feel like a dreaded task. If you’re someone who feels refreshed after de-cluttering and reorganizing your space, this project is perfect for you! Now is the time to toss or donate anything collecting dust in your home, so that you can open it up more and get it ready for the coming months. 

Before you begin your checklist, create a few different boxes or bins and label them based on what you want to do with your unwanted items. One can be trash or recycling, one can be storage, and one can be donations. This will help you to clean out your house in a detailed and organized way. Next, here is the detailed checklist to help you organize each room of your home and make the space feel fresh and new again!


The bedroom: This is a big one to tackle, as there are a lot of smaller spaces within the bedroom – your dressers, closets, nightstand drawers, etc!

  • Wash all sheets, comforters, and pillow cases. Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda for freshness, vacuum it, and flip the mattresses if necessary. This is something that not many people do, but a lot of dust can collect over time underneath your mattress, and flipping it can also give it a new, more comforting feeling. 
  • Vacuum carpets and shampoo them if needed
  • Dust and clean all ceiling fans, lights, tops of shelves, dressers, nightstands, etc.
  • Vacuum lampshades
  • Wipe down any vents and window tracts
  • Clean and wash any curtains, wipe down your window shades that are collecting dust 

Dressers, drawers, and closets: Here are some question to ask yourself when trying to decide what to toss and what to keep:

  • Have I worn this item in the last 6 months?
  • Does it still fit me the way that I want it to?
  • Does this item belong in my dresser or maybe somewhere else in the house?
  • Fold remaining clothes into small rectangles and place them face up. When putting items away in your closet, put your most-worn items in an easily accessible place, so that you don’t forget about them!

The bathrooms

Photo by Mahan Multimedia
  • Sort through your beauty products, hair products, etc. and think about which ones you actively use each day. A lot of them end up sitting around for months or years without use, and this is the main reason for clutter building up in bathrooms.
  • Take stock of your medicine cabinet. Clean it out, toss anything old or expired, wipe down the shelves, and return all currently used medicine in an organized and visible way. What you cannot see usually ends up never being used!
  • Create spaces for storage and places to hold small objects. Attaching something as simple as a magnetic strip to the inside of your cabinet door to hold all of your hair pins, tweezers, and nail clippers is a great trick to keep the space clean and organized. Use mason jars or small vases to hold other items like cotton swabs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, etc.

The living room

  • Sort through your bookshelves. Dust off all the nooks and crannies, check for any unwanted book or books no longer read, magazines, newspapers, and any other miscellaneous papers. You can donate your old books to a local library or school, and magazines and newspapers can easily be recycled.
  • Spot clean any furniture, try to remove stains and blemishes.
  • Wash any pillow cases, throw blankets, rugs, etc. These are items we easily forget about in our living room space!
  • If you have kids, consider donating any toys that are no longer in use, or maybe have too much wear on them
  • Take note of any extra decor. There is nothing wrong with having decorative items in your home! However, pay attention to which ones might be collecting dust on tables or shelves, as those are harder to clean around and are maybe taking up extra space. Think about how you want the room to feel after it’s been cleaned and re-organized. Are there any extra decorative items that you feel maybe you could part with, to help make the space feel more fresh and new?
  • Have permanent storage spots for small, everyday use items. Create a basket or bin that is designated to hold your remotes, chargers, game controllers, etc. and keep it in one spot where it is easily accessible every day. This will help you to avoid losing small items, and it will keep the space looking cleaner from day to day. 


  • Deep clean your oven and stovetop, wipe down the inside and outside of your microwave
  • Consider donating any old mugs, cups, or silverware that you no longer use. We often collect a lot of extra dishware that we do not need, and it sits in our cupboards collecting dust!
  • Sanitize and wipe down your sink, clean out the drain
  • Go through your pantry, organize it, toss any old or expired food, and wipe down shelves and storage bins
  • Clean all kitchen appliances, and clean underneath them too!
  • Scrub down counters, pay attention to all corners and edges that might usually get neglected
  • Dust tops of cabinets, top of fridge, freezer, etc.
  • Remove everything from your fridge, so that all items are visible and can be eaten
  • Defrost your freezer, clean it out in the same way that you did your fridge

Outdoor porches and decks

  • Vacuum or wash all surfaces of your porch or outdoor deck. A lot of debris, dirt, leaves, and other random outdoor clutter can build up throughout the fall and winter months.
  • Wipe down any fans or outdoor lights with cleaning disinfectant wipes
  • Clean the outside and inside of your windows with Windex or any type of glass cleaner 
  • Wash any outdoor curtains
  • Deep clean your grill or outdoor stove
  • Scrub down your doors and door handles
    Photo by Mark Mahan

Whether you’re cleaning your whole house top to bottom, or just trying to clear out one room, make this spring cleaning a time to “redesign” your space and make it feel new again!