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Our Glass Roof Was Featured on Houzz!

Article by: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Photo by JP&CO and Optima Homes – Discover traditional sunroom design inspiration Recently, the sunroom of one of our homes was featured by Houzz, a highly popular website that showcases the work of housing design professionals. Houzz wrote an article on glass roofs and the different things you should think… Read more »

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Fall in Love with a One-Wall Kitchen (from Houzz)

Take a look at these gorgeous one-wall kitchens and start looking at your kitchen with fresh eyes. Article and photos courtesy of Houzz.com. Please feel free to visit Samantha’s Houzz profile. Ways to Fall in Love With a One-Wall Kitchen Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Thank you for subscribing to the Perfect Place… Read more »

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Shopping for a New Home: Tips from the Pros

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you work in the new construction and remodeling business for as long as we have, you come across quite a few “problem homes.”  We’ve encountered cheap materials; poor construction; huge energy wastes due to leaky windows, lack of insulation, etc.; oddly configured spaces; poor lighting…the list goes on. When… Read more »

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Amazing Church-to-Home Conversion

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This Chicago home was converted from an old Methodist church. The design team kept many of the same details, incorporating them into an ultra-modern looking, family home. Cool project. Take a look! Houzz Tour: A Stunning Church Conversion in Chicago Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO… Read more »

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Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 2

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This post continues our look at the various pros and cons of homes throughout the decades. In the last post, we talked about homes from the 1900s-1970s and in this post, we’ll focus on homes from the 1980s through the modern day. 1980s Things got a little weird in… Read more »

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Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 1

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Homes Throughout the Decades: The Good, The Bad, and the Really Ugly Homes have changed a great deal from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Each era has its good features, its bad features and, yes, its ugly features! This guide can help you take some of… Read more »

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THIS WEEK: Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Starting this Friday: The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! The home we’re featuring in this year’s Remodelers Showcase is a basic rambler transformed into a two-story cottage. Wondering how we made such a seamless transition from one-story to two? Curious about adding “healthy home elements” to your house, like natural lighting,… Read more »

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Parade of Homes: Remodelers Showcase 2015

By Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We have a treat for you this year! We transformed a basic, one-story rambler into an elegant and functional two-story cottage! How did we make the seamless transformation? With sophisticated design, smart construction, and a clear vision. We focused on making a smooth transition from the existing space to… Read more »

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How to Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO According to the National Association of the Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, a kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, including cabinets, counters, appliances, and floors. In order to avoid skyrocketing kitchen renovation prices, we here at JP&CO and Optima Homes have always been extremely careful… Read more »