By Carol Kinsley

May brings flowers and warmer weather to entice us outside. Is it time to add a deck, screened porch or sunroom to your home to get more enjoyment from the outdoors? Perhaps your deck just needs repairing or work to make it more visually appealing. Elevate your outdoor living experience by calling Bruce Wardwell, owner of JBS Construction in Greenwood.

Whether you want a cozy space just for the family or an expansive deck for entertaining, JBS Construction can bring your dreams to life. 

Make your dreams a reality by starting with a free 3D design tool on the company website,, where you can find your style, set your budget and design your own space.

As with all its work, the company uses premium materials and expert craftsmanship to complete a quality project at a great value. Financing is available for some projects.

Pictured from left: Jeff Baker, Shawn McIlroy, Bruce Wardwell IV (Dad), Kayla Ward, Scott Wagman, LB (Bruce Wardwell V)

JBS Construction has been remodeling homes and building new ones in and around Sussex County for more than 25 years. “Our excellent reputation and long list of satisfied clients attest to our superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, clear communication, honesty and integrity,” said Wardwell. It was with those qualities that he and his wife, Sharon, launched JBS Construction in 1997.

“We are a full-service builder with a wide range of experience,” Wardwell continued. “We can help you with all phases of new home construction or remodeling: finding/procuring suitable land, architecture and design, building your home, even landscaping your yard.”

JBS Construction builds a wide range of homes with nice amenities one would expect in more expensive homes — solid wood cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms, granite countertops and upgraded carpet padding, for example. The company was recently GAF certified and now can offer a lifetime warranty on a roof.

Whether an economical starter home, retirement home or a 5,000-square-foot custom home, each is built to high energy standards to save the customer money for the life of the home. 

“We’re budget-minded, and we cater to the locals,” said Wardwell. “We use products with the homeowner in mind, both for quality and ease of use. And if there’s something special you want, we can get it.”

JBS Construction is truly a local, family-owned and operated business. “We are all a big family. People tend to like that,” Wardwell said. 

Born and raised in Greenwood, Wardwell learned about construction from his father, helping build the family home as a youngster. 

Sharon handles the paperwork and takes care of the grandchildren so their parents can work in the business. 

Son Bruce, or “LB” for Little Bruce, does grading, site preparation work and grass planting. His girlfriend, Kayla Ward, works in the office.

Daughter Jessica Stanley, whose husband is in the military, answers phones and shows houses. “Once the drywall is hung, Jessica goes out to provide a woman’s perspective,” her father explained. “It’s easy for us to get caught up in the technical things. She does the nitpicking. It drives us crazy, but better to hear it from her than the customer. She’s persistent. She doesn’t let us forget anything!”

Long-time partner Shawn McIlroy runs the construction crews and personally oversees the work onsite. Scott Wagman handles sales.

In addition to many other employees, JBS Construction has more than 100 subcontractors who can be trusted to do the job right. “We made sure we surrounded ourselves with good people and went from there,” Wardwell said.

Sample house plans and a photo gallery are available on the company website. Wardwell said his team can build from scratch, from a homeowner’s plans they’ve drawn, from plans by a local designer or from plans off the internet.

“Our goal is to not only help you design and build your dream home, home remodel or addition, but to make the process easy and enjoyable for you.”

Many new homebuyers can get the final mortgage but find it difficult to secure construction financing. JBS Construction can help so ask for details if you need this service.

A lot of people think they can build a home themselves for less, arranging for contractors, making all the decisions alone and taking care of the paperwork, Wardwell said, “but we can do it at a profit and still save them money.” Most people don’t understand all that is required to take care of the details involved. “It’s like having kids,” he said. “Someone has to steer the boat in the right direction, 24 hours a day.”

Wardwell added, “My father taught me this: Of budget, speed and quality, you can have two of the three, but not all three. We specialize in budget and quality.” That said, it is worthy to note that the firm has built 80 houses per year for the last three years with an average build time of six months.

JBS Construction is updating its showroom at 8961 Greenwood Rd., in Greenwood, where clients can pick out everything needed for their project. For photos, inspiration and more information, visit

Wardwell said, “We are almost always available. So when you are ready to build or remodel your home, give us a call and let us show you how affordable that can be. Call 302-349-5705, to set up an appointment.”