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Kitchen with a dark wooden stove hood. Part of a James Barton Design-Build Remodel
July 29, 2022 | Blog

Your Remodeling Design Questions Answered

Want to get started on that dream renovation but unsure what to expect? Our designers, Kayleigh Queoff and Sydney Monson, discuss the JBDB approach to remodeling your home. Your Remodeling Questions Answered 1.       What are the general steps in the design part of the design-build process?  Kayleigh…

July 12, 2022 | Interiors

Millwork 101: What You Need to Know About Wainscoting

For centuries, millwork has been an elegant way to add character to home designs. If you’re planning an interior remodel in the near future, consider adding this beautiful architectural feature. What is Millwork? Millwork refers to design elements made in a mill. This decorative, custom woodwork can include cabinets, doors, crown molding, and other features…

July 9, 2022 | Exteriors

Siding to Suit Your Home’s Style

New and refreshed siding enhances any exterior home remodel. But with so many options out there, which one is right for your home? If you’re unsure of where to start, the JBDB team is here to help. Today, the most common siding styles include: Vertical Siding Horizontal Siding (also known as Lap Siding)…

Blending Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces
June 29, 2022 | Exteriors, Outdoor Living Spaces

Blending Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces

There’s something extraordinary about soaking up these gorgeous Minnesota summer nights. As you look to spend more time outdoors, an indoor-outdoor space might be just the key. Bring bursts of sunshine and fresh air in, while still being able to separate the two areas if and when you want. Outdoor…

A kitchen with stunning granite countertops
May 25, 2022 | Blog

This Year’s Popular Paint Colors

Paint trends are constantly changing with the times, and this year is certainly no exception. After a few tumultuous years, we see an uptick in paint colors that promotes a calm environment. The Most Popular Paint Colors Right Now Here are a few of the most chosen paint colors we…

A completely custom kitchen and dining room from JBDB
May 6, 2022 | Blog

Countertop Trends to Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen countertops are often a key focal point of a kitchen. It’s where we prep food, host family gatherings, and sometimes even do homework! Let’s look at a couple of countertop trends to inspire your future kitchen remodel.  Kitchen Countertop Ideas  There are an array of countertops out there for…

A kitchen with three chairs placed at the island
April 27, 2022 | Blog

What to Consider When Choosing a Range Hood

A range hood can quickly become a focal point of your kitchen. Whether you use it as a gathering space for friends and family or prefer cooking solo, this element is crucial to eliminating odors, smoke, and heat in your home. Not to mention, the design contributes to your kitchen’s…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
April 13, 2022 | Blog

4 Ways to Get More Use Out of Your Spare Room

As we spend more time at home, homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to maximize space. Your spare room might be the perfect spot to double up as another household area—once it’s slightly reimagined. And the James Barton Design-Build Team can make it happen.  Try These Spare Bedroom Ideas If…

Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase Kitchen
March 22, 2022 | Blog

JBDB Featured in the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

Have you ever wanted to see our remodeling results up close? One of our recent transformations is featured in this spring’s Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! Friday, April 8th through Sunday, April 10th, from 12-6 pm, you can see how we helped two Plymouth homeowners shape the home of their…

A modern dining room with seating at it's large center island
March 15, 2022 | Blog

Ask a Contractor: What to Ask Before You Start Your Home Reno Project

Thinking about a home remodel? It can be hard to know where to start! To help you out, we sat down with our JBDB team to outline a few of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners as they embark on the home renovation process. Questions to Ask Your Remodeling…

Now is the time to get started on your dream home addition.
March 9, 2022 | Blog

Now Is A Great Time To Start Your Home Addition Project

Are you itching to start a new project or tackle your home’s renovation to-do list? Don’t let the cold winter weather discourage you from starting your home addition or home remodeling plans. Even in the cold and snowy Twin Cities, James Barton Design-Build can handle home remodeling at any time. The…

White kitchen with a pocket door.
March 3, 2022 | Blog

Is a Pocket Door Right for My Space?

If you’ve spent time looking at remodeling inspiration lately, you’ve probably come across the infamous pocket door. Known for their elegance and space-saving features, these doors are everywhere in interior design.  But how do you know if this stylish door is right for your remodel? Let’s take a closer look. …

Twin Cities Bathroom Remodeling Company
January 25, 2022 | Blog

5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Bathroom Hardware

While you might have clear ideas about your next bathroom’s shower, tile, and cabinetry you might be feeling stuck when it comes to fixtures. After all, these details usually come later in the planning process. However, if they’re thoughtfully chosen, the right bathroom hardware can bring your newly remodeled bathroom…

Kitchen with wooden floors.
January 13, 2022 | Blog

Floor Trends to Watch For in 2022

When was the last time you paid attention to your floors? Can you remember what color floor you have in your living room without looking? Your bedroom? Your kitchen?   If your flooring isn’t memorable, it’s time for a change. Flooring adds a whole new dimension to your home, especially if…

Gray and white kitchen after remodeling job was complete.
December 23, 2021 | Kitchens

Before and After: Burnsville Kitchen Gets a Fresh New Look

If you’re struggling with the size of your kitchen, you might think you need to invest in a complete overhaul. But the reality is that you can change the look and feel of your kitchen without disrupting the existing floor plan. We recently finished a kitchen remodel out in Burnsville,…

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December 9, 2021 | Interiors

How to Design a Beautiful & Functional Work From Home Office

For many of us, working from home is a trend that’s here to stay for the foreseeable future. Whether you need a home office remodel for working from home, running your own business, or even a central place to pay bills and store documents, there are many things you’ll want…

Kitchen with light cabinets and natural lighting.
November 30, 2021 | Blog

Love it Or Leave it: 2022 Design Trends

If you’re already anticipating a new year’s remodel, you’re not alone. And with interior design trends for 2022, there’s tons of inspiration to pull from. Today, our JBDB designers talk you through current and expected design trends to watch out for in 2022 and whether we would Love It or…

November 16, 2021 | Kitchens

Creating a Kitchen for Entertaining

Is there anything better than a delicious dinner party with your closest friends or family? If you love entertaining in your own home, you know people always gravitate towards the kitchen. Let’s check out how you can create a space that’s enjoyable for you and your guests. Best Kitchen Layout…

October 15, 2021 | Kitchens, Bathrooms

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Tile

Tile is one of the most sought-after materials when it comes to kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, as well as flooring. Not only are there a wide range of colors, shapes, and patterns, but tile is durable, water resistant, and easy to wipe down. But if you’ve ever looked on Pinterest…

Fireplace with bookcases.
October 5, 2021 | Interiors, Other

Smart Home Technology – The Future is Here

If a home renovation or house addition is on your list of 2022 resolutions, now is a better time than ever to consider integrating some technology into your home. Not only can smart home technology make your life easier, it can also save you money on energy bills and give…

Twin Cities kitchen with island.
September 22, 2021 | Kitchens

3 Benefits of a Multi-Zone Kitchen

Your kitchen has so many functions. It’s a space to make beautiful meals and for families to gather, from small day-to-day moments to big holidays. With more families cooking together and the steady increase of countertop kitchen appliances, we are seeing kitchen remodeling projects calling for multi-zone kitchens. Gone are…

Minneapolis home and deck remodeling
September 8, 2021 | Blog, Outdoor Living Spaces

Choosing a Fireplace: Gas or Wood-Burning?

During this time of year, you might be dreaming of your next outdoor project. The temperature drops mean it could be time to invest in an outdoor fireplace. This beautiful backyard element is perfect to warm up evenings with friends. But how do you go about choosing the best outdoor…

home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
August 26, 2021 | Interiors

Creating the Ideal Homework Area

It can be a struggle to get kids to finish (or start) homework. No matter where school is taking place this year, kids tend to do well with a specific area to study and work. A thoughtfully-designed homework station encourages concentration and organization, while establishing routine, an important element for…

A bedroom on the main floor helps with aging in place modifications.
August 11, 2021 | Aging in Place

Your Guide to Aging in Place

When you think about your future, do you imagine staying in your home long-term? If you are looking to age in place at your current residence, implementing an accessible home design can make the transition easier and more seamless. At JBDB, we can take your dreams to stay in your…

July 27, 2021 | Bathrooms

Design Your Perfect Master Bathroom

Have you been dreaming of designing a new master bathroom? If so, it may be the right time to make your dream a reality. Master bathroom renovations, along with kitchens, tend to be one of the bigger interior renovation investments in a home, so it’s important that you create something…

July 20, 2021 | Blog

Renovating for Comfort

Look around your home. How does it make you feel? Your home should be a reflection of you and your family. Comfort renovating, while not entirely new, has taken on a new meaning over the last year. If you’re looking to update your home, here are ways you can incorporate…

June 30, 2021 | Interiors, Lower Levels, Exteriors, Home Additions

4 Best Summer Remodeling Projects

With summer here, longer days and more free time offer the perfect opportunity to tackle some of the design projects still lingering on your to do list. Many can even be completed while you’re off at the lake house or on vacation, allowing you to take full advantage of your…

June 25, 2021 | Exteriors

Top 2021 Color Trends for Exterior Remodeling

Taking on an outdoor project like an exterior home remodel is a way to bring your unique style to your home while significantly increasing curb appeal. This starts with choosing an exterior home color. With endless color options, how can you ensure you select an on-trend, yet timeless option? To…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
May 26, 2021 | Home Additions

Your Guide to Starting a Home Addition Project

If you love your current home, but wish it had a little more space, it’s time to think about investing in a home addition. Expanding your home allows you to keep what you love, while adding some things off of your family’s wish list! If planning a home addition feels…

May 14, 2021 | Kitchens

Tips for Choosing Your Kitchen Backsplash

When planning a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of different components to consider. Cabinetry and countertops are both big design elements, but the kitchen backsplash is a key piece that can help tie your kitchen design together.  “Your backsplash is a great place to add some personality to your…

April 29, 2021 | Outdoor Living Spaces

Pergola Inspiration for Your Summer Backyard

We’re inching closer to patio season! If you’re ready for some sunshine and enjoy spending time in the backyard, adding a pergola might be the perfect complement to your outdoor space. Create an inviting space for friends and family to be together outside and get inspired with these pergola ideas!…

April 16, 2021 | Blog

How to Phase Your Renovation

Does the thought of a home renovation sound daunting? Do you think your budget may limit you from tackling the bigger projects on your to-do list? Breaking up a renovation project into phases helps make the overall process feel more manageable and streamlined. Break it Down One of the first…

April 1, 2021 | Exteriors

4 Steps to Starting Your Exterior Remodel

When it comes to the exterior of your home, it should match the beauty and warmth within it. If the exterior of your home is in need of some updates, you’re not alone! Not sure where to start? James Barton Design-Build can help inspire you to take your home’s exterior…

March 12, 2021 | Blog

Come Join Us for This Spring’s Remodelers Showcase!

We are so excited to share our recent Edina remodeling project at the upcoming Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! Though they loved the neighborhood, location, and school district, the Edina homeowners were ready to give their home an entirely new look. “The whole house was straight out of 1990, and…

Twin Cities Builders
March 11, 2021 | Blog

Home Improvement: 4 Outdoor Living Projects to Take On in 2021

Spring is on its way, and everyone is anxious to get outdoors! Believe it or not, now is the time to get your outdoor projects started. Check out these ideas for backyard projects for you to take on this year! 1) Outdoor Kitchens Instead of being stuck inside making a…

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March 2, 2021 | Blog

Add Character to Your Home with a Statement Entryway

Oftentimes, the entryway is a guest’s first glimpse into your home. While an entryway needs to serve a utilitarian purpose, it’s also a perfect place to make a first impression! Welcome people into your home with a space that reflects you and your family. JBDB’s designers, Kayleigh Queoff and Sydney…

February 10, 2021 | Blog

4 Styles to Inspire Your Basement Bar Renovation

Are you missing the time when you could have a night out with friends? Are you looking for a place to unwind at the end of the day? Incorporating a bar into your basement renovation might be the perfect solution. If you’re planning on finishing your basement or if your…

Kitchen with an island and stools.
January 28, 2021 | Blog

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Design Trends to Watch for in 2021

When envisioning a beautiful new renovation, many people dream of expensive, natural materials – from marble countertops to hardwood flooring. But with advances in technology, luxury vinyl flooring is putting some stiff competition against the originals. If you’re considering new flooring – whether it’s part of a kitchen renovation, bathroom…

January 5, 2021 | Blog

Love it Or Leave it: 2021 Design Trends

Many people are eyeing some home renovations as they head into the start of a new year. If you’re looking for some inspiration for ways to refresh your home’s design, our Twin Cities designers, Kayleigh Queoff and Sydney Monson, discuss some of 2021’s upcoming trends and whether they love them…

December 11, 2020 | Blog

4 Design Ideas that Will Transform Your Home Office Space

For many, working from home has become the new normal, and it seems as though it will continue to be the norm for the foreseeable future. If you’re struggling to feel focused or productive while working from home, the JBDB team offers some home office inspiration to help you out!…

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November 17, 2020 | Blog

Finding the Perfect Shade of Paint for Your Living Area

The perfect paint shade has the power to dramatically change the look of your living spaces! When planning a remodeling project, choosing the right paint color will help bring everything together. But with an infinite number of shades, colors, and gloss finishes, it can be intimidating to try and narrow…

November 9, 2020 | Blog

4 Kitchen Cabinet Design Trends to Look Forward to in 2021

This year, your kitchen has most likely seen more use than ever before. As one of the most-used places in the home, it’s important that it not only functions how you need it to, but that it also is a place that you enjoy spending time in. One of the…

October 22, 2020 | Blog

4 Benefits of Adding a Three Season Porch to Your Home

If the additional time we’ve all been spending at home has you wishing for a little extra space, know that you’re not alone! If you’re thinking about how to increase your living spaces without the hassle of moving, adding a three season porch might be a good choice for you….

October 12, 2020 | Blog

Dreaming of An Open Concept Living Space? Design Tips to Bring it All Together

In almost every renovation, homeowners are looking to take down walls and create an open concept floor plan for their homes. Open concept designs can make the same square footage feel larger and allow families to feel more connected. To make this trend of large, open spaces work for you…

September 29, 2020 | Blog

Home Renovation Projects To Tackle in 2021

2020 has been a year unlike any other! With all the changes to daily routines, in many ways, this year has helped point out some of the best features of our homes – and it has also likely highlighted areas that were in need of improvement. We recently talked about…

September 22, 2020 | Blog

How to Design the Master Closet of Your Dreams

Do you feel like you’re running out of space in your closet? Are you constantly digging wrinkled clothes out of piles on the floor, or finding yourself searching for your favorite t-shirt? A master suite should be a calm, relaxing retreat from the rest of your house—and that extends to…

August 27, 2020 | Blog

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel Your Basement?

Looking to gain some more space in your home? If you have an unfinished basement – or even just one that’s outdated – a basement remodel is a great way to get more use out of your home. So many factors determine how much it costs to remodel your basement,…

August 12, 2020 | Blog

Top 3 Home Improvement Projects to Tackle During Quarantine

It’s safe to say that 2020 hasn’t been the year anyone has expected – but the past few months have still brought some positives! For many, having additional time at home meant more quality family time. As many people have spent more time at home, homeowners are noticing – and…

July 29, 2020 | Blog

3 Stylish Ideas for Your Mudroom

Like laundry rooms, mudrooms often bear the brunt of a family’s messes—tracked-in mud, sports gear haphazardly tossed on the ground, stacks of mail—you name it! The mudroom is the crucial transition zone in and out of your home, which means it needs to serve the needs of your family. But…

July 13, 2020 | Blog

3 Designer Tips for Upgrading Your Bathroom Vanity

Your bathroom vanity might not get a lot of attention, but it’s a key element of any bathroom design—so why not give it the update it deserves? If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, the layout, tile, and fixtures often take center stage, but it’s important to determine what you need…

A kitchen with stunning granite countertops
June 30, 2020 | Blog

5 Tips to Create a Perfect Pantry in Your Kitchen Remodel

One of the biggest pain points for homeowners in their kitchen is storage – specifically, a lack of storage. And with the current trend of removing upper cabinets to create a more open feel, it’s crucial to be strategic about storage throughout the rest of the kitchen.  As you plan…

June 18, 2020 | Blog

Designers’ Favorite Gray Paints

Thinking of going gray in your house? There are plenty of options for gray paint – and it can be hard to know what will work best for your space. If you’re thinking of updating your living areas with gray paint, JBDB’s designer Samantha Schmitt shares some of her favorite…

Kitchen with multiple seating areas.
May 26, 2020 | Blog

Planning a Home Renovation? Tools for How to Set A Realistic Budget

Feeling the itch to update your home’s interior? You’re not alone! Planning a home renovation has plenty of benefits, from improving your home’s functionality and aesthetics to increasing your home’s resale value.  And though you might have a Pinterest board full of inspiration, one of the harder aspects of figuring…

May 8, 2020 | Blog

Before and After: A Luxurious Master Bathroom Transformation

An ensuite bathroom should be a place for homeowners to be able to relax and unwind. For homeowners in Inver Grove Heights, their drab, dated bathroom was begging for an update. Not only did they want a master bathroom that looked high-end, but they also wanted the practicality of a…

April 23, 2020 | Blog

Top Decking Trends for 2020: Create an Outdoor Space You’ll Enjoy All Summer

Warmer weather is finally on its way, and that means even more opportunities for homeowners to get out outside and enjoy the fresh air! While you may have been focusing on projects inside the home during the winter months, now is a great time to think about either adding a…

April 10, 2020 | Blog

Love It or Leave It: Kitchen Countertop Trends

There are so many things to consider when planning a kitchen remodel – from cabinets, fixtures, appliances, and tile. JBDB’s designers Emily Thull and Samantha Schmitt discuss some of the latest trends in kitchen countertops to help inspire homeowners for their next remodeling project. Trend #1: Thin Countertops Emily: Love it …

Twin Cities Kitchen Remodeling, Home Design
March 24, 2020 | Blog

Just a Trim! Three Unique Millwork Ideas to Add Character to Your Dining Room

With open concept kitchen designs becoming more and more of the norm, oftentimes less focus is given to the dining room. But a dining room can still be the ideal place for larger gatherings, special events, or even a traditional family meal. If you’re looking to make a statement in…

Twin Cities Basement finishing services
March 20, 2020 | Blog

Now Playing: Turning Your Garage Bonus Room into an Amazing Home Theater

If you have a bonus space above your garage that you’re thinking about finishing, why not make it the perfect place for friends and family to gather? A home theater is a great option for turning the bonus square footage above your garage into one of the most-used places in…

Kitchen with wooden floors.
February 28, 2020 | Blog

Customized Storage to Make Your Kitchen Work for You

Has your kitchen ever felt more like a place for chaos instead of cooking? Though the kitchen is the heart of the home, it also ends up being a place that collects so much of the family’s clutter.  If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, you have a prime opportunity…

February 18, 2020 | Blog

Love it or Leave it: 5 Bathroom Design Trends for 2020

If a bathroom remodel is on your list of things to do this year, now is the perfect time to start! After weighing in on kitchen design trends for 2020, JBDB’s designers Emily Thull and Samantha Schmitt share their expert opinions on what’s trending in bathroom design this year. Trend…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
February 4, 2020 | Blog

A Homeowner’s Guide to Exterior Renovations

When it comes to doing renovations on your home, the interior is often what comes to mind first. But the exterior of your home can say a lot in terms of curb appeal, too! And many times, since most of the time is spent on the inside of the home,…

January 31, 2020 | Blog

Love it or Leave it: 2020 Kitchen Design Trends

Thinking about updating your kitchen this year? JBDB designers Emily Thull and Samantha Schmitt weigh in on kitchen design trends for 2020, and whether they love each trend – or would leave it. Trend #1: Mixed Metals Emily: Love it  •  Sam: Love it This was an easy answer for…

Twin Cities Kitchen Remodeling, Home Design
December 17, 2019 | Blog

Timing is Everything: When to Start Your Home Remodel

If you’re thinking about starting a home remodeling project — whether it’s a home addition, adding a deck, or finishing a basement — you might assume that certain projects can only get started during spring or summer, when it’s warmer outside. But really, most projects can get underway at any…

December 10, 2019 | Blog

Thinking About In-Floor Heat? Here’s What You Need to Know

Chilly winter weather may make you want to cozy up and stay inside, but what if your home’s floors are frosty, too? If you walk into your bathroom, basement, or entryway and have to brace yourself for the cold floor underneath your feet, know that you’re not alone: “We definitely…

December 6, 2019 | Blog

Top Shades of Whites for Home Design — and How to Use Them

When it comes to painting a room, there’s no limit to your choices for paint colors. But if you’re trying to avoid decision overload by going for a simple white, however, you may need to think again. “The misconception of white paint is that white is white,” says JBDB’s designer…

December 3, 2019 | Blog

Project Profile: The Drury Family’s Kitchen Remodel

When the Drury family first bought their Eagan home, they knew right off the bat that the kitchen would need to be reworked. In its existing state, the kitchen was dark, cramped, and closed off from the rest of the house, making it feel dysfunctional and disjointed. To make the…

October 25, 2019 | Blog

Which Home Remodeling Projects Offer the Best Return on Investments?

There are plenty of reasons to begin a new home remodeling project. Maybe you’re looking to refresh your kitchen area with new countertops or cabinets, create a spacious master suites, or build your dream living space with an interior home remodel. What many homeowners may not realize is the opportunity…

Home remodeling, home renovations
October 17, 2019 | Blog

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

The kitchen always seems to be gathering place in any house. So, if your kitchen is starting to feel too small or outdated, it can reflect poorly on the rest of the house. Remodeling your kitchen may be the most effective way to upgrade and revamp your entire home. While…

Home remodeling, home renovations
September 30, 2019 | Blog

5 Creative Ways to Update Your Mudroom’s Design

The mudroom is an interior space that’s easily overlooked within a home’s design, as it’s often filled with old sneakers and jackets, or piled up with laundry. Today, top interior designers are tapping into this area’s full potential by transforming mudrooms into stylish and organized spaces, where families can enjoy…

September 18, 2019 | Blog

2019 Fall Parade of Homes Home Remodelers Showcase Home Preview

The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase gives you the chance to tour and view the designs of the Twin Cities’ most stunning home remodels of the year. James Barton Design-Build is excited to once again have one of our beautiful homes featured during this exciting weekend running September 27-29. This…

Minneapolis home and deck remodeling
September 12, 2019 | Blog

Enjoy the Crisp Autumn Air by a New Outdoor Fire Pit

As we say goodbye to summer and head into Autumn’s cooler weather, there’s no reason we can’t still enjoy the fresh outdoors on our backyard patio area. Gathering with family and friends around an outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows and enjoy time together during these fall days is a…

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August 23, 2019 | Blog

Master Suite Renovations: What You’ll Want to Consider

When updating your master suite, there are many different approaches to transforming a simple space into a room that is truly your own.  Whether you are looking to update your floor plan to accommodate an ensuite bathroom or a larger closet, or if you would like to rework your existing…

Finishing Your Basement with JBDB
August 9, 2019 | Blog

Finishing Your Basement? 4 Things You Need to Know before Starting

Finishing your basement can be a great way to increase the value of your home while creating a unique area the whole family can enjoy. Basement remodeling may sound like a massive undertaking, but with the right strategy and design, it’s not as intimidating to create a new living space…

July 19, 2019 | Blog

Creating a Porch Design You’ll Love all Summer Long

Sitting on a cozy front porch is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a beautiful summer evening. JBDB’s designers, Sam Schmitt and Emily Thull, provide some design tips on how to boost curb appeal and create a beautiful outdoor porch space for your family to gather! Getting Started If…

Remodeled bathroom with his and hers sinks and scalloped mirrors.
July 2, 2019 | Blog

Apple Valley, MN Home Remodeling Project Profile: The Buskes

Last spring, the Buskes were looking for an overall update to their upper level of their Apple Valley, MN home – especially their master suite area. The couple had previously used the JBDB team for their main level renovation, so when the time came to make additional updates, they reached…

June 7, 2019 | Blog

Ask a Contractor: What to Ask Before You Start Your Home Reno Project

Thinking about a home remodel? It can be hard to know where to start! John Miller, VP of sales and production at JBDB, outlines a few of the most frequently-asked questions he gets from homeowners when they are starting the home renovation process. Q: How long does a typical renovation…

Home remodeling, home renovations
May 24, 2019 | Blog

Which Countertop Material Suits You Best?

From quartz to granite, to butcher block and concrete, there are a huge variety of countertop materials you can use in your home remodeling plans. With an overwhelming amount of options, each with their benefits and drawbacks, it might feel impossible to know where to start! JBDB’s designer Emily Thull…

Home remodeling, home renovations
May 10, 2019 | Blog

Learn to Love Your Laundry Room

Let’s face it: laundry is a fact of life. Creating a designated laundry room, or relocating it to a different area of the house, can help lighten the laundry load. JBDB’s designer Emily Thull discusses some ideas on how to make your laundry space functional, practical – and even enjoyable….

April 30, 2019 | Blog

Energy Efficiency Updates Can Benefit Your Home & Save You Money!

Making energy efficient updates to your home benefits both you and the environment! There are plenty of ways to make changes to your home – big and small – that can make your home run more efficiently. From updating your windows and exterior doors to energy-saving tips on the interior…

April 12, 2019 | Blog

From Bland to Bold: Beautiful Bathroom Updates

While neutral, spa-like bathrooms can be a great idea for your home, a bathroom can also be the perfect place to try out a bold color, pattern, or new material. Whether it’s for a powder room or a master bathroom, if you’re looking to make an update to your bathroom…

March 29, 2019 | Blog

Get Ready for Spring with These Outdoor Living Spaces

Warmer temperatures are just around the corner – which means finally spending more time outside! Whether it’s adding a stunning outdoor kitchen, a custom pergola and patio, or a beautiful fire pit area, now is the perfect time to revamp your outdoor living spaces and make the most out of…

March 15, 2019 | Blog

Home Additions: Creative Ideas to Make a Better Space For Your Family

If your home is starting to feel cramped but you’re not ready to move, a house addition can be a great solution! From four season porches to living rooms to expanded garages and more, adding on to your home provides plenty of opportunity to create a custom space that will…

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March 1, 2019 | Blog

Kitchen and Bath Trends from the Las Vegas International Builders Show

The JBDB team recently went to the annual NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas. More than 100,000 people attended to see the latest in home products, from building materials to design finishes and the latest in home technology. JBDB’s designers Emily Thull and Samantha Schmitt shared their roundup of…

February 8, 2019 | Blog

Get a Preview of Our Parade of Homes Renovation Project!

The JBDB team recently did a kitchen renovation for the Iyer family, bringing some much-needed updates to the layout and finishes to their Edina home. The finished remodel will be featured in this Spring’s Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase. Take a look below for details on the project and a…

January 25, 2019 | Blog

Universal Design: How to Make Your Home Work For You

When a person is considering remodeling a home, oftentimes they’re thinking about improving their floor plan, updating design features, or expanding their square footage. However, it’s also important to consider ways to make your home work better for you now and in the future. Universal design during a home remodel…

Twin Cities Kitchen Remodeling, Home Design
January 11, 2019 | Blog

4 Design Trends for 2019 That Work for Your Whole Home

The start of a new year always brings a breath of fresh air – motivating people to start fresh and tackle new projects. If you’re looking to give your home some updates this year, JBDB’s designer Emily Thull has some design trends and tips that can freshen up your whole…

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January 3, 2019 | Blog

How Custom-Designed Pieces Can Make an Impact

Oftentimes, when people think about renovating their home, they’re thinking about the logistics: creating a better floor plan, bringing finishes up to date, or replacing worn-out items. But it’s just as important to remember that a home renovation is also the perfect opportunity to customize your home for your family’s…

December 14, 2018 | Blog

Spectacular Shower Ideas for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Is your bathroom dingy, tired, and in need of an update? Does your shower seem sad and worn out instead of spa-like? If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, here are some spectacular shower ideas for creating a stunning, relaxing environment right in your own home. Think Through Your Wish List…

home remodeling company, home design build team
November 30, 2018 | Blog

Warm Up with These Fireplace Design Ideas!

Whether it’s in a living room, lower level, or even outside, a fireplace is the perfect way to create a focal point in any space. With endless options available, it can be tough to know where to start! Here are some things to consider before updating your fireplace – or…

Kitchen remodeling
November 1, 2018 | Blog

Get Inspired by These Kitchen Island Trends

In almost any kitchen renovation, incorporating a kitchen island into the floor plan is high on the homeowner’s wish list. But kitchen islands, while high in demand now, weren’t always a coveted design feature. A History The kitchen used to be relegated to the back of the home, away from…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
October 19, 2018 | Blog

JBDB Home Remodeling Project Profile: A Master Suite Makeover

JBDB was recently contacted by a husband and wife who were looking to transform their small and cramped master suite into something updated and beautiful. The master bedroom had a very limited amount of space, and the adjoining master bathroom only allowed for a single vanity and small shower. To…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
October 10, 2018 | Blog

Are You Ready for Some Football? Prepare your home for Fall Gatherings

With the fall season upon us, cooler temperatures and cozy fireplaces are calling our names! If you’re planning on having people over for football games, potlucks, or holiday gatherings, here are some basement refinishing ideas to help you create the perfect space for hosting a crowd.  Make it a Destination…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
September 14, 2018 | Blog

Come See Our Work at the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase!

The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to tour local houses, see amazing home remodels, and get inspired for your next project! We recently renovated a family’s home in Farmington, and it will be featured in the upcoming Remodelers Showcase September…

Home remodeling, twin cities home remodeling
August 24, 2018 | Blog

Four Steps to the JBDB Home Remodeling Process

Making the decision to remodel your home is an exciting one. Once you’ve done your research and prepared your home for a remodel, you can start the actual remodeling process! Whether it’s your first home renovation project or your tenth, the design-build team at James Barton Design-Build has created a…

Bathroom design, modern bathroom design
August 9, 2018 | Blog

Six Tips to Prepare for a Home Remodeling Project

So, you’ve decided to remodel your home – that’s great! If you haven’t started yet, you’ll likely be spending hours browsing online and looking other homes, gathering inspiration for your project. Once you have an idea of what your home update will look like, it’s time to take the next…

Twin Cities home remodeling, basement renovations
July 20, 2018 | Blog

Bring Your Lower Level Up to Date!

Is the lower level of your home in need of an update? The lower level of your home is a prime candidate for creating a space that is perfect for the needs of your family. “We work with a lot of families and typically when a basement is being renovated,…

July 13, 2018 | Blog

How Visiting a Showroom Benefits Your Remodeling Project

With many home renovations, it’s helpful to look through popular design websites and magazines for ideas and inspiration. And even though it’s easier than ever to browse thousands of house renovation products online, there is still a huge benefit to seeing and feeling different materials and options in person. Getting…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation company
June 22, 2018 | Blog

Crank Up the Curb Appeal!

Though many homeowners put time into how the interior of their home looks, it’s sometimes easy to forget about how a house looks from the outside. A shabby roof, dated siding, or lack of character can all hurt the overall appearance of the house. If the exterior of your home…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation
June 7, 2018 | Blog

Storage Solutions for Your Home: Mudroom and Laundry Edition

It seems like you can’t ever have enough storage, but sometimes creating functional storage space can be a challenge for homeowners. In the final part of this blog series, we’ll be discussing smart storage solutions for the mudroom and laundry room. In our storage series so far, we’ve covered tips…

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May 25, 2018 | Blog

Storage Solutions for Your Home: Bathroom Edition

It seems like you can’t ever have enough storage, but sometimes creating functional storage space can be a challenge for homeowners. For the next few weeks on the blog, we’ll be discussing smart storage solutions in different areas of the home. Stay tuned! Storage is one of the most-requested items…

May 11, 2018 | Blog

Storage Solutions for Your Home: Kitchen Edition

It seems like you can’t ever have enough storage, but sometimes creating functional storage space can be a challenge for homeowners. For the next few weeks on the blog, we’ll be discussing smart storage solutions in different areas of the home. Stay tuned! Of all the spaces in your home,…

kitchen design and renovation
April 26, 2018 | Blog

Walk On In! A Guide to Flooring in Home Design

When it comes to flooring, having choices can be a good thing – but sometimes too many options can be more stressful than fun. If you’re thinking about doing a home remodel, kitchen renovation or a bathroom redesign, there are some important things to consider when choosing your flooring.  …

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April 9, 2018 | Blog

What is a Design-Build Company?

James Barton Design-Build has been providing homeowners with exceptional home renovations for over 20 years. But what does it mean to be a true design-build company? Voted as Remodeler of the Year in 2017, James Barton Design-Build employs our own designers, project managers, and carpenters. “Working with a design team…

win Cities home remodeling company, home design, twin cities home remodelers
March 15, 2018 | Blog

JBDB Home Renovation Project Profile: 2018 Remodelers Showcase

The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase is just around the corner, and we are so excited to have two of our home remodeling projects featured this year. Read more about these two projects, and then come see them in person Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25th from noon to…

Minneapolis home and deck remodeling
February 22, 2018 | Blog

Outdoor Remodeling Ideas: It’s Never too Early to Start Thinking About Spring

Even though chilly temperatures make it seem like springtime is far away, spring will be here before you know it! And believe it or not, now is the perfect time to get a jump on your home remodeling projects for spring. Below are three of the most popular outdoor living…

Twin Cities home remodeling company, home design, twin cities home remodelers
February 9, 2018 | Blog

Ask Emily: Q&A on 2018 Kitchen and Bath Trends from JBDB Home Designer Emily Thull

Springtime isn’t too far away, and with it comes the urge to make some changes to kitchens and bathrooms. We recently asked our own Minneapolis-based kitchen designer Emily Thull to weigh in on some of the kitchen and bathroom trends we’ll see this year. What kitchen trend from 2017 is…

Twin Cities home remodeling company, home design, twin cities home remodelers
January 24, 2018 | Blog

JBDB Home Remodeling Profile: The Strittmaters

The Strittmaters needed an updated, better-functioning kitchen for their family. As it was, the kitchen was separate and closed off from the rest of the Edina, MN home. The kitchen’s footprint and layout provided very little prep space and didn’t allow for easy entertaining. Another hurdle was that the home,…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation company
January 12, 2018 | Blog

Smart Home Technology – The Future is Here

If a home renovation or house addition is on your list of 2018 resolutions, now is a better time than ever to consider integrating some technology into your home. Not only does smart home technology make your life easier, but it can also save you money on energy bills and…

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December 28, 2017 | Blog

Winter Is A Great Time To Start Your Home Addition Project

Once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season dies down and the new year begins, you might have the itch to start a new project or tackle your home’s renovation to-do list. But don’t let the cold winter weather discourage you from starting your home additions or home remodeling…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation company
December 15, 2017 | Blog

Aging in Place: How to Make Your Home Accessible as You Age

After years of making memories and adding personal touches to a home, consumers often feel settled and want to stay in their home long after their families have been raised. To make that a possibility, it’s important to make a home accessible at any age. If you’re looking at a…

twin cities basement remodeling
November 22, 2017 | Blog

Prior Lake Home Remodeling Project Portfolio: The Strohs

Basement Remodel – A Stunning Cellar Deserving of the Finest Wines The Stroh’s are avid wine aficionados and have collected an impressive amount of wine thru-out their years together. Unfortunately, their Prior Lake home had no convenient place to safeguard and display their selection of hundreds of bottles. They came…

November 8, 2017 | Blog

James Barton Design-Build Named 2017 Home Remodeler of the Year

The JBDB team is honored to be named the 2017 Home Remodeler of the Year by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. Each year, the Home Remodeler of the Year award is given to a Twin Cities home remodeling company to recognize their commitment to the industry, service to…

October 27, 2017 | Blog

The Importance of Animals in the Office

At James Barton Design-Build, animals play a very important role in all our lives. Most of the members on our home remodeling team are pet owners and are proud to support our local humane society year after year. If you’ve ever visited our office, you will most likely be greeted…

Home remodeling company, twin cities home renovation
October 20, 2017 | Blog

The JBDB Home Renovation Team Volunteers at the Golden Valley Humane Society

For years, James Barton Design-Build has proudly donated and given our time to a number of causes throughout the Twin Cities that support the health and livelihood of animals waiting to be adopted. It’s safe to say that we are animal lovers. This should come as no surprise to any…

Twin cities home remodeling company, minneapolis home remodeling, twin cities home design
September 28, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Home Renovation Project Profile: 2017 Remodelers Showcase Homes

James Barton Design-Build is proud to have two homes represented at this year’s Parade of Homes Remodeler’s Showcase. The results of these home remodeling projects are stunning and we are excited for you to see them in person. Learn more about these home renovations below then visit our Remodelers Showcase…

Home design company, interior designer
September 20, 2017 | Blog

Q&A with JBDB’s Lead Home Designer Emily

Emily Thull has been a part of the James Barton Design-Build team for over three years and has helped bring the dreams of countless homeowners to life during that time. We recently sat down with her to learn more about her background in the industry, her home design process, and…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation company
August 25, 2017 | Blog

Unique Spaces You Won’t See in Most Home Remodels

What comes to mind when you think about home remodeling? Maybe it’s a kitchen transformation, a complete overhaul of a bathroom’s design, or simply installing new flooring? The home design team at James Barton Design-Build has certainly completed their share of these home renovation projects, and they’ve also had the…

minneapolis home remodeling and renovation company
August 11, 2017 | Blog

Join JBDB at the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

We are so excited to again be included in the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! This year, James Barton Design-Build is honored to have two of our home remodeling projects as part of the Showcase. Learn more about these stunning home renovations below and make plans to join us this…

kitchen design and renovation
July 28, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Home Renovation Project Profile: The Schile’s

The Schile’s home is a perfect example of how a home remodeling project can transform a house and a family’s lifestyle. With the help of the James Barton Design-Build team, the couple began envisioning how they could make better use of the space in their home. This dream eventually grew…

Minneapolis home and deck remodeling
July 14, 2017 | Blog

Transform Your Outdoor Living Space with these Backyard Design Ideas Before Summer Ends

Don’t let the Fourth of July in the rearview mirror scare you, there is still plenty of summer left. There are many sunny days and beautiful evenings left to enjoy the outdoors before the kids head back to school and the temperatures begin to fall. Make it easy for your…

kitchen design and renovation
June 30, 2017 | Blog

Home Remodeling Tips to Brighten Up Your Home This Summer!

With warmer temperatures and the sunshine finally here, homeowners are spending less time inside and more time outdoors enjoying the warmth and extended daylight hours. As Minnesotans, we know how precious these few months are and try to make the most of it while we can. But what if there…

Home renovations, minneapolis home design
June 16, 2017 | Blog

Welcome to the New JBDB.biz!

We are excited to announce that our redesigned website is now here! Please take some time to browse around and experience all the new features and enhancements for yourself. We feel that this new design accurately captures the James Barton Design-Build brand by letting the quality of our work speak…

April 26, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Hosts Blood Drive

James Barton Design-Build hosted a blood drive right here at our office! The blood mobile parked in our parking lot for the day and many people including past clients and others from the community, came to give blood. We were motivated to host this blood drive by a young man…

April 26, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Makes Donation to the Golden Valley Humane Society Dog Play Yard

For the last two years, the James Barton Design-Build team has donated landscaping bark for the Golden Valley Humane Society Dog Play Yard. Each spring and fall, JBDB helps spread fresh new bark around the play yard. Adding the new bark not only improves the look of the play yard,…

April 26, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Works to Benefit the Animal Humane Society

For the past six years, James Barton Design-Build team members and WoofDah (a local doggy daycare) have collected items to benefit the animals at the Animal Human Society. For a month each year, customers at WoofDah and visitors to the JBDB office are encouraged to donate items such as treats, toys,…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

Shari Leubner is Apple Valley’s Volunteer of the Year!

JBDB’s Shari Leubner was named Apple Valley’s Volunteer of the Year by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon in mid-December. The award recognizes the untold hours of time Shari donated over six months to help the Chamber switch to QuickBooks accounting software. Ed Kearney, AV Chamber president,…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

Local Remodeler Helps Ronald McDonald House Help Others

James Madsen and his team at James Barton Design-Build provided help to a popular institution that is dedicated to helping others. The residential remodeling firm provided updates for a family gathering room at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. The Ronald McDonald House strives to support and strengthen families during…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

JBDB and Builders Outreach Foundation Reach Out to Past Clients in Need

James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design Build of Apple Valley, along with the Builders Outreach Foundation recently reached out to the Siegel-Carlson Family, past clients of JBDB. Brady Carlson was born with a rare genetic disorder call Urea Cycle Disorder (OTC). The entire JBDB team, along with additional trade…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

James Madsen and Family Help the People of Haiti

James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design Build of Apple Valley, and his family recently returned from their trip to Haiti in December. They traveled to Haiti with members from BATC/Builders Outreach Program to build two homes for families who lost their home last January in the earthquake. A year…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

JBDB and Builders Outreach Foundation Volunteers Reach Out with the Wounded Warrior Project

James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design Build, along with additional BATC members, suppliers and vendors recently came together and volunteered their time to remodel a basement for the family of Wesley Cureton, a US Army Vet of 22 years who was injured in Iraq. “When we were asked to…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

JBDB Helps Collect Donations for Golden Valley Humane Society

“It was a perfect fit,” said Mary Jo Lageson, an employee at James Barton Design Build in Apple Valley, in regard to the donations collected for the Golden Valley Humane Society. “Woof Dah, a Doggy Daycare in Burnsville, became the perfect partner to help collect items for donation to needy…

April 12, 2017 | Blog

JBDB, BATC and Volunteers Reach Out to Local Veteran

“It was our pleasure to be a part of such a worthy cause,” said James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design Build. JBDB along with BATC and additional volunteers donated their time to renovate a South Minneapolis home owned by Iraq Vet Wesley Cureton and his family. After finishing phase…