Remodeling Your Historic Home in San Diego: An Overview of Styles

swimhouseSan Diego has a notable heritage of historic homes in a variety of styles. Our professional design team carefully studies historical design to bring educated creative inspiration to whole home remodels for historic homes. If you are one of the proud owners of these distinctive properties, you understandably do not want to compromise the rich tradition of your home’s architecture. However, you may need to remodel to create more room for a growing family, or otherwise adapt your home to better suit your needs. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals gives meticulous attention to the remodel of your historic home. Here is an overview of the historic styles most commonly found in San Diego.

Victorian: Includes Eastlake/Stick, Queen Anne, Shingle
General characteristics:

  • 1860-1900
  • Vertical, ornamented, asymmetrical
  • Floor plans generally tight, sectional, and include many rooms
  • Created during the age of rapid industrialization

Craftsman: Similar to Prairie, Bungalow, “Arts and Crafts”
General Characteristics:

  • 1905-1930
  • Horizontal, low gable roofs; front porch with accentuated tapered posts
  • Articulated wood work and heavy exposed beams/rafters
  • Cozy, human scaled spaces
  • Created during boom of the industrial era and people feeling a loss of landscape

swimkitchenSpanish: Includes Mission, Monterey, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Eclectic
General Characteristics:

  • 1890-1955 // present
  • Most vernacular style to Southern California
  • Curved archways, stucco or adobe surfaces, terracotta tile roofs
  • Accentuate relationship to exterior space
  • Many subtypes: Mission, Spanish Eclectic/Spanish Colonial, Monterey, Pueblo Revival

Mid-century Modern: Includes Ranch, International, Bauhaus
General Characteristics:

  • 1920-1975 // present
  • Very simple, geometric designs
  • Flat roofs, open plans, industrial materials
  • Focuses on simpler, non fussy design with little to no ornament – “throwing away the past”
  • Mass produced post-war

pl_houseProperly remodeling historical homes requires expertise in design and craftsmanship, as well as thorough knowledge of city requirements. Whether your home is historical in nature or registered with the Historical Department under the Mills Act, you can rely upon Jackson Design and Remodeling for the experience, knowledge and design mastery necessary to assure that the integrity of your home’s original design and character is preserved.

 

Open Your Home to Spring: Ideas to Connect Your Whole Home Remodel to the Outdoors

3_4679711_36351-103With spring’s arrival, how well the design of your whole home remodel connects with the outdoors becomes paramount. Having ample light and circulation in your home, along with a sense of nature, makes your space feel more comfortable and inviting. Here are some ways to bring the outdoors in during your whole home remodel:

Balance Color and Light
A professional designer brings expertise to the task of planning space and choosing materials that bring inspiring color and light to your home. This earthy green kitchen welcomes the lush backyard area into the space with a series of windows and doors that make the view an integral aspect of the design. Vibrant green tile and countertops echo the hues of surrounding nature.

10_3914868_30566_110Frame Your View
Working with an architect and designer for your whole home remodel, you will discover ways to best orient your space to your surroundings. This French Country kitchen was designed with a window over the sink that looks out on a pretty flower garden and a quaint gazebo.

22_6922665_vt53060-122Create Space for Renewal
This award-winning master bathroom was designed with large windows that provide privacy while also letting abundant light into the space. A connection with nature soothes the senses and inspires time devoted to relaxation.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you will be inspired to explore how your whole home remodel can best connect with your natural surroundings. With spring officially underway today, we are looking forward to more sunshine and fresh air both outdoors and indoors!

A Home for All Seasons: Planning for Universal Design and Aging-in-Place During Your Whole Home Remodel

March 13th, 2015
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HauskitfavoriteUniversal design and design for aging-in-place are trends that have continued to grow in popularity over the past decade. We’ve found that even our relatively young clients are taking the future into consideration when planning their whole home remodels. If you’re planning to live in your home for a lifetime, thoughtful design for the future makes sense. Whether you’re anticipating your own needs or those of an aging family member, keep the following in mind:

Universal Design and Aging-in-Place Design Can Exist in Harmony with Beautiful Aesthetics
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Clients sometimes worry that adding elements of universal design to their living space will make their home seem clinical and take away from the overall beauty of the environment. With the right design build team in place, this absolutely does not need to be true! Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals has years of experience with integrating aging-in-place and universal design elements in your whole home remodel with functionality, style and subtlety. See our award-winning universal design kitchen here.

It’s Never too Early to Think About Aging-in-Place
Even if you’re in your 30’s or 40’s, or your parents are still easily living independently, if you’re planning a “forever home,” why not include design elements that will make your home easily livable for decades to come? Simple decisions such as non-step entryways, wider doorways and passages, westlakebathand extra open floor space are perfectly in accordance with modern design while also providing the flexibility you or a loved one may need in the future.

Universal design and aging-in-place simply means design that works for everyone. Whether you are planning for the future to adapt to the changing lifestyle needs of yourself or an aging relative, or remodeling to better accommodate the current abilities of people in your home, our expert team can help make your environment more comfortable, functional and beautiful.

Spring is Almost Here! Plan for Outdoor Living in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 6th, 2015
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maglaqueoutdoorSpring’s arrival is almost upon us and here in San Diego we’re lucky enough to welcome spring with wonderful weather and homes that embrace outdoor living. If the recent local climate has you daydreaming about how your natural surroundings could be more appealing, here are some elements to consider:

Planning for Your Lifestyle
An outdoor area that makes sense for your lifestyle starts with smart space planning. How will you most often use your space and which elements are most important to you? A professional designer can help you determine the best placement for the essentials of outdoor living, such as an outdoor kitchen area, a fireplace, seating, and more.

zellEntertaining with Ease
The most welcoming outdoor spaces feel like natural extensions of your home. A design planned for easy navigation between your interior and exterior is essential if you love to entertain.

Shelter from Sun and Rain
Space should be planned with different types of weather in mind, accommodating for sun and shade, day and nighttime enjoyment. Shelter, from a full enclosure to a simple umbrella, gives you a more comfortable and flexible space.

schnackoutWhether your focal point is an outdoor kitchen, a comfortable deck, or an expansive backyard, a thoughtfully designed outdoor space for your whole home remodel adds luxurious relaxation and pleasure to your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you create your own unique vision for an outdoor living space that makes the most of San Diego living.

Keep Your Options Open: Open Shelving in Your Kitchen Remodel

February 27th, 2015
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linhoffmanEarlier this year, our professional design team recognized open shelving in the kitchen as one of the 15 top design and remodeling trends in 2015. We love the way open shelving balances appealing form with practical function. Here are some advantages of open shelving and what to consider if you’re planning on trying this option in your kitchen design:

Personalize Your Space:
Open shelving makes a kitchen feel more warm, lived in and comfortable. Whether your kitchen style is traditional, transitional, contemporary, or some combination of the three, you’ll welcome the way open shelving personalizes your space.

meyerMake Your Kitchen More Efficient:
Open shelving makes it convenient to find and access what you need. From plates and serving bowls to tools and gadgets, whatever you decide to store on your open shelving makes it faster and easier to get work done in the kitchen.

Display Treasured Collections:
Whether it’s vintage dinnerware, handmade pottery, or colored glass, your collections become an artistic element in your kitchen when you display them on open shelving.

wellsOne of the most enjoyable aspects of a whole home remodel is being open to new ideas! Working with a professional designer, you can discover the ideal combination of open shelving and cabinetry to make your kitchen express your unique personal style.

Voting is Now Open! Vote Today for Your Favorite Bloggers in the 6th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards.

February 23rd, 2015
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10384535_10153135299073336_3392476176889509624_nVoting is now open for the 6th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Vote for your favorite blog here! You can vote for one blog in each category: Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog. (Please note that votes will be verified – please place only one vote per category per device.)

We’re excited to get started! 2014 was an amazing year for the Blogger Awards, with a ground breaking level of participation from around the world and exciting races to the finish in several categories.

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2015.

The nominees that receive the most votes in each category will be the winners. Winners will receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog.

Jackson Design and Remodeling has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for 25 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The 2015 JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.

Happy Chinese New Year! Find Inspiration for Your Home in the Year of the Wood Sheep

February 20th, 2015
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34_6318094_48643_35Chinese New Year, the Year of the Wood Sheep, began on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The sheep is seen as feminine, or “yin,” and corresponds with the Western zodiac sign of Cancer, which is the sign of home, family and roots. The sheep is also seen as an aesthete – artistic, creative and tasteful. Here are some ways to find inspiration for your whole home remodel in the traditions of Lunar New Year:

Clean out the Old: Traditionally, the home is given a thorough cleaning at the start of a Lunar New Year. Take a close look at objects you’ve been hanging on to that you no longer respond to or need, such as a painting you don’t like or furniture you never use. After removing this old energy from your home, walk around opening windows and letting in fresh air!

hollandCheck your Home’s Systems: Fix any issues with your plumbing or electrical systems and make sure all your light switches and bulbs are working. Electricity is related to good “qi” or energy flow, according to feng shui experts. Repair anything broken, especially appliances or gadgets.

Add Green to Your Space: Each Chinese New Year corresponds with an element (wood, fire, metal, water or earth). 2015 is “wood” which is also seen as plants. Reconnect with nature by filling the empty spaces you created while de-cluttering your space with beautiful greenery.

woodtableLet Your Inner Artist Shine: The Wood Sheep is creative and artistic and loves beauty. Try your hand at a personal art project this year and you may be surprised by the results! Share your art in your home with the family and friends this harmonious year attracts. Our design team can help inspire you with art projects or find ways to creatively display your favorite art pieces.

Gong Hey Fat Choy! We wish you a wonderful Wood Sheep year with inspired energy for your whole home remodel.

Romantic Design in Your Whole Home Remodel: Make Your Master Bathroom a Luxurious Pleasure

February 14th, 2015
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magbathValentine’s Day is a natural time to take a look at how you can bring luxurious pleasure to your master bathroom design when planning a whole home remodel. Here are some elements to keep in mind as you dream about a date with your ideal master bathroom!

Space Planning: The award-winning master bathroom shown above was designed to take maximum advantage of spectacular ocean views. A free-standing tub is positioned to create a lovely vantage point, inviting long, relaxing baths. Whether your bathroom is by the ocean, surrounded by greenery, or looking out on a downtown cityscape, careful space planning is essential to making the most of your space.

perrybathMaterials and Color: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a relaxing bathroom doesn’t have to be neutral! This master bathroom in a home inspired by mid-century modern design pleases the senses with luscious yellow tiles, alternating between glossy and matte finishes. Next to the sleek free-standing tub, a simple shelf is the perfect place for soothing candlelight.

Make it Unique: You’ll create a lasting relationship with a master bathroom that feels uniquely yours. This tranquil retreat below was designed around the ancient concept of a Japanese soaking tub.

ocbathHowever you envision your dream master bathroom, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore the best ways to arrive at your ultimate space. We help you express your personality in your home and fall in love with your master bathroom design!

Balanced Textures: Pairing Rustic and Industrial Elements in Your Whole Home Remodel

February 6th, 2015
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rusticmodernkitchenWe love experimenting with new trends and interpreting them for our clients. One trend we’ve seen grow in popularity recently is the use of rustic and industrial elements balanced together for appealing visuals in kitchen designs and whole home remodels.

Rustic elements, which bring a warm authenticity to your space, include reclaimed woods, knotty woods, natural stone or brick, and earthy, organic materials and colors. Industrial elements are often metal, especially unfinished or salvaged. Exposed pipes, and design features that include tin, steel, aluminum or iron, distinguish industrial design.

murphy_closeupPairing both rustic and industrial elements is sometimes referred to as “urban rustic.” The style can work anywhere, not just in an urban loft, but it does take some experience and skill to pull it off successfully. A professional designer can help you arrive at the balance that works best for your personal taste. A rustic industrial juxtaposition requires discipline when accessorizing, as overstuffed furniture, fussy window treatments, or the wrong flooring underfoot can distract from the overall effect.

schnack_upcloseJust like playing with bold color, sometimes it’s best to experiment with a design concept such as rustic industrial in one room of your home first, before using the aesthetic throughout your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps you achieve the personal expression you desire in your space and makes every trend feel personal and unique to you. Read more about 2015 trends on our Pinterest board and follow us!

Think About Your Sink: Sink Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

January 30th, 2015
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hollandisnkYou might be surprised to learn that when you are choosing what to invest in during your kitchen remodel, the sink is an important appliance on which to splurge. A sink is one of the most used areas in your kitchen and a high quality, durable product is essential.

Quality Materials: If an under-mounted sink fails because of low quality materials or installation it can be troublesome and expensive to remove and replace. For an under-mounted sink, you need 16-18 gauge stainless steel with proper insulation or your sink could rattle or give off a tinny sound when other appliances are in use.

6_6922585_vt53060-106 (1)Space Planning: Most of us prefer a sink with a window if at all possible in the kitchen layout. Imaginative space planning orients the room for the best possible view of your surroundings.

Style: Farmhouse-style apron sinks continue to be a popular choice. Available in several styles and materials, an apron front sink can work in almost any style of kitchen from contemporary to traditional.

denisonsinkSpecial care with each element gives your home character and enduring appeal. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore ways to express your unique style in your whole home remodel, with every detail – including the kitchen sink!