Latest News From J. Brothers Home Improvement

NARI of MN ACE Award Winner

We are very pleased to announce that J Brothers Home Improvement has received the 2011 Achievement in Consumer Excellence Award! This is the second year that the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI of MN) has offered the award. The award is given to Remodelers whose customers rank them high in… Read more »

2011 Kitchen Trends Part 2

Unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity over wine refrigerators. Tall pantries, lazy Susans and pull-out racks are still favorites but appliance garages are losing their appeal. When it comes to refrigerators, French doors have gained in popularity. Freezer-bottom models are still the favorite place for freezers, only 8% of designers in 2010 used freezer-top… Read more »

2011 Kitchen Trends Part 1

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) survey of more than 100 designers have listed seven kitchen trends and four bathroom trends for 2011. Following are the first two trends in kitchens and I will report on the other trends in upcoming weeks. Shaker style cabinets became the second most popular style by the end of 2010. Traditional style… Read more »

Earth Day is April 22nd

A simple way to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy costs:  replace regular light bulbs, as they fail, with compact fluorescent lights. The CFL’s can last up to ten times longer and they use 75% less energy!

Remodelers’ Showcase

We are excited to have our latest kitchen remodel project in the Remodelers’ Showcase! The show runs from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3. For those of you in the Twin Cities area, pick up a  Remodelers’ Showcase guide at a Holiday station and look for our project! You can also go to

Spring is coming!

Yes, spring is less than a month away! It doesn’t appear like that when we look outside, but spring is coming and it always does! Now is the time to start planning those projects you want done so you can enjoy our beautiful summer weather. J Brothers can make it easier by doing the work… Read more »

Ready your H-vac system for summer

I’d like to start this blog with a thank you for all the positive feedback we have received so far. I appreciate your responses and plan on using them to make my column better with each entry. So here we are in May and who doesn’t love to get their windows opened up and feel… Read more »

Time to check your gutters!

Today I start with a quote from Diane Ravitch. “A person who knows ‘how’ will always have a job. The person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss.” It reminds me of a television show called Holmes on Homes. This pro bono contractor helps people properly fix their construction problems. It’s a very good… Read more »

Welcome to our revamped website! I hope you enjoy it!

One of the new extras at our site is our first ever blog. My goal is to help pass on helpful homeowner tips that should help you avoid expensive repairs or replacements costs by providing tips on season orientated maintenance you can do all on your own. Well, here we are in April already! Personally,… Read more »