Announcing the Winners of the 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards

April 21st, 2014
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2014-awards-press-release-badgesWe are excited to announce the winners of the 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards! The fifth annual blog competition featured 46 of the best blogs in the industry across six categories. This year’s voting was neck and neck, with winners determined by just a handful of votes in some categories.

Our 2014 Winners:

Architecture: Mod Design Guru
Construction Business: Building Blox
Remodeling: 7th House on the Left
Interior Design: Freshome
Green: Matt Risinger
Microblog: Garrison Hullinger

Winners receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog.

“It was rather close near the end, so we weren’t sure how things would end up,” said Ashley Brown of the Remodeling blog category winner 7th House on the Left. “It’s wonderful that the contest gained so much more exposure this year. We’ll be sending a portion of the winnings to Habitat for Humanity. We’re so thrilled to be able to do that and it makes the excitement of winning even sweeter!”

The contest continued to grow in reach and popularity, with votes from more than 135 countries.

“We doubled the number of votes received last year, and the Remodeling and Architecture categories were so close it was literally neck and neck until the final votes were tallied,” said Todd Jackson, President of Jackson Design & Remodeling, “This really just points to the significance of these bloggers within the industry and serves as a testament to their hard work and dedication in providing reliable information and inspiration to homeowners across the country. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!”

Read more about the 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards and winners here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest this year! Stay in touch with us to hear news about the 2015 awards.

Celebrating 25 Years in Business with Our Community

April 10th, 2014
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baseballIn 2014, Jackson Design & Remodeling is celebrating 25 years in business by giving back to our community in 25 ways. Instead of the typical anniversary logo and mailing labels companies sometimes use to communicate their milestones, JDR decided on a more creative and purposeful approach. Our entire team is participating in this effort, a confirmation of JDR’s commitment to meaningful contributions in our community.

So far, we have participated in a wide range of activities, including:

#1 Project Smile Walk/Run: Fundraiser for Orphan Relief for Typhoon Halyan victims

#2 San Diego Blood Bank: Blood donations during a supply shortage

#3: The Princess Project San Diego: Donation of prom dresses and a ladder

#4: Encinitas Little League: Opening Day donation

#5: San Diego Crew Classic: Team support of beloved San Diego event

Read more details about each community activity and follow our progress here. We are excited to share the good work and important missions of community organizations around San Diego with you!

Let the Outdoors in for Spring! Connecting with Outdoor Living in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 25th, 2014
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ljsSpring has arrived and it’s time to let the outside in! Creating unity between your indoor and outdoor spaces is an essential element of whole home remodels, particularly in San Diego. Here are some ways our professional designers have helped clients with creative ideas for indoor/outdoor living in their whole home remodels:

Anderson4Innovative Technology: The massive glass doors in the Contemporary California home above unify the interior with the private Zen courtyard. With the touch of a finger, the doors can be opened and closed and can be made more private by closing their built-in blinds.

Custom Sizes: In this modern kitchen, the window was custom designed in an extra long width to let more light into the space.

bairdImaginative Design: Accordion style doors with glass walls lead to the spacious deck of this contemporary home, creating an immediate connection with surrounding nature. Working with an experienced design team, you will discover how to embrace your home’s surroundings.

Indoor/outdoor living connects us with light, air and nature. Welcome spring’s arrival with these fresh ideas for your whole home remodel!

Toast to the Irish at Home! Add a Bar to Your Whole Home Remodel.

March 17th, 2014
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LoveBarAs you raise your glass this St. Patrick’s Day, reflect on how lovely ‘tis to have a bar in your own home for entertaining and special occasions. If you enjoy welcoming friends and family for gatherings and special occasions, a bar is a convenient and inspiring element of your whole home remodel. Consider the following when planning for a bar in your home:

How Will Your Guests Gather?
Consider where you would like to place your bar. Does the living area or the kitchen area make more sense? If you use an outdoor living area to entertain, you may want to plan your bar so there is both indoor and outdoor access. Also think about whether or not you want to accommodate seating.

OCBarStoring Libations and Accessories
A centerpiece bar requires excellent organization to keep your living area clutter-free when the bar is not in use. Working with a professional designer, envision which liquors and accessories you will likely use most often to plan the best storage and display methods.

Make it Memorable
A bar is one area of your whole home remodel where dazzle is always appropriate. When you are entertaining guests, your bar will be a conversation center; make it a conversation starter! Luxurious materials, atmospheric lighting and a welcoming layout set the stage for memorable design.

Our team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore a compelling layout and discover the details of materials and textures that will make your home bar a showcase central gathering point.

Design Details: Decorative Tile in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 11th, 2014
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TileStairsThe intricate details of a whole home remodel distinguish your home with character and beauty. Our professional design team has developed sources for many unique design elements to help you achieve your personal vision for your home, including an array of tile. Over the years, we have experimented with innovative uses for tile in a myriad of materials, colors, sizes and patterns.

Here are some interesting ways we have used tile in whole home remodels:

Custom Tile in Unexpected Places: The intricate custom designed stairs shown here were inspired by the client’s travels around the globe. Each pattern and color represents a fondly remembered destination. The client and designer reviewed hundreds of hand-painted tile patterns and tested dozens of combinations to achieve a functional work of art for the home. Stairs are just one example of unexpected places in a whole home remodel where tile can be used to make a vivid impression.

FireplaceMetallic and Glass Tile: Metallic and glass tiles create a warm, hypnotic glow that subtly intrigues or powerfully dazzles depending on where and how they are used. We have explored metallic tile in several areas, including powder rooms and as an element of kitchen backsplashes. This fireplace backsplash was created from a mosaic of iridescent glass tile placed meticulously by hand.

SinkTileHand-painted Tile: Because of our San Diego location, we have designed several historic homes with Spanish-influenced origins. Our designers have diligently restored bathrooms and kitchens to their original glory with hand-painted tile work that enhances its historical surroundings. This closeup shows detail of tile work in the master bathroom of an early 1900’s Spanish Revival home where we created several intricate patterns of tile in a visual theme that was carried throughout the home.

If you are inspired to experiment with tile as a design element in your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you to imaginative choices for any room in your house.

Creating a Soothing Sanctuary in Your Whole Home Remodel

February 28th, 2014
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bath1   A relaxing and luxurious master bathroom is an essential component in a whole home remodel. Our professional design team works with each client to develop the elements most desired to create a space that will feel right for your lifestyle.

Here are some of the design choices involved in creating a soothing sanctuary in your home:

Sumptuous Showers
Today’s showers are larger and more customized than ever before. The design of your shower starts with a choice of showerheads with a variety of functions from massage to misting. Custom body sprays make each shower a new experience. Digital controls allow each family member to have their own personal settings for the shower.

Relaxing Bathtubs
Think about where in your bathroom you most want to linger during a long, relaxing soak. If you have a view to take advantage of, a long bath is even more luxurious. Choose from free-standing or built-in bathtubs to suit your personal taste and the aesthetics of your home.

bath2Storage, Mirrors and Lighting
To keep your space serene, you will want to plan for maximized storage to minimize clutter. When you use your master bathroom to get ready for the day or an evening out, a distinct area with well-planned lighting and mirrors will help with a smooth and organized transition.

Soothing Materials and Colors
The color palette you select will be most satisfying if you base your choice on how you will most often use your master bath and which colors most appeal to you. Some respond to an energetic palette while others prefer more soothing tones. Carefully selected materials with interesting textures and surfaces make your master bath feel like a unique retreat from the ordinary demands of the day.

bath3There’s nothing like a personal spa at home to make every day life a little more pleasurable and energizing! When planning your whole home remodel, working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals makes the process enjoyable and stress-free.

Voting is Now Open! Vote Today for Your Favorite Bloggers in the 5th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards.

February 26th, 2014
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BA14NomineeBadgesVoting is now open for the 5th 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 place only one vote per category, per person.

We’re excited to get started! Last year we had some close contests with voters from all over the world. This year we anticipate even more participation as word spreads about the contest.

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 11th. Winners will be announced on April 16, 2014.

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 2014 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.

Make Your Whole Home Remodel Chic and Cozy with Fabulous “Fur”niture

February 21st, 2014
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2cdf24aed404b18fb4b4d49f487f0debOur design team has noticed a renewed interest in fur accents on furniture and home accessories. Fur shows up in every environment but is particularly popular in modern and contemporary designs where its warmth softens spare spaces.

Here are some ways to experiment with fur in your whole home remodel:

Fur Throws
This is the place to start if you’re a little hesitant about decorating with fur. Choose a place in your living area for one large, dramatic piece to casually throw over a chair or sofa.

Fur Blankets
Fur is both romantic and practical in the bedroom. Drape a large fur blanket on your bed for instant glamour.

Fur is a stylish accent to chairs and other seating throughout the home, even in the office. We’ve seen it on chairs, stools and chaise lounges.

For inspiration about decorating with fur, visit Jackson Design and Remodeling on Pinterest and see some of the photos we have gathered on our Fabulous “Fur”niture board! Our professional design team works with each client individually to discover interests and explore new trends as we design and build whole home remodels for every style.

Only One Week Left to Place Your Nominations for the 5th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

February 8th, 2014
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BA14NomineeBadgesExcitement is building as the number of participants grows in each category. Nominations close on Friday, February 14th.

We are excited to announce the 5th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards, our tradition of recognizing exemplary blogs in design and remodeling. The 2013 Blogger Awards generated an unprecedented level of participation with close, exciting contests and votes from 79 countries. Our awards highlight the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog (Facebook, Twitter) categories.

The JDR Industry Blogger Awards 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, celebrate innovative communication and inspire our clients with the latest ideas in home design.

Nominate your favorite blogs for any of the following categories:

Best Blogger: Architecture

Best Blogger: Interior Design

Best Blogger: Remodeling

Best Blogger: Construction Business

Best Blogger: Green

Best Blogger: Microblog (Facebook, Twitter)

The blog that receives the most votes in a category will be the winner of that category. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display.

Awards Schedule:

Nominations Open: January 24th, 2014
Nominations Closed: February 14th, 2014
Voting Open: February 24th, 2014
Voting Closed: April 11th, 2014
Winners Announced: April 16th, 2014

Nominate your favorite blogs here!

2014 Design and Remodeling Trends for Your Whole Home Remodel: Part III

January 29th, 2014
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This week is the final installment in our three part review of design and remodeling trends we see taking hold in 2014. If you are planning a whole home remodel, exploring trends is a fun way to expand your imagination when it comes to possibilities for home. Thoughtfully balancing trends with your own personal style and practical needs for your home is a creative task that a professional designer is trained to guide you through. Your designer will help you find ways to express your personal vision for your whole home remodel so that the final design is one that feels authentic and comfortable, enhancing your lifestyle in ways you may not have imagined.

Part III: 2014 Design and Remodeling Trends

Today’s wallpaper offers limitless possibilities and personal customization is a growing trend. Wallpaper works in all kinds of spaces and for any style, from traditional to contemporary and all the variations in between.

Glitz and Glamour
Glitz and glamour are back with bling! All metallics have been making a comeback over the past few years and now they will be joined by glass, crystal and acrylic elements.

Color Contrast
Dark walls with white trim, enlivened with vibrant hues in furniture and accessories, will be a dramatic visual theme this year.

Barn Doors
Barn doors are available in an array of materials with interesting hardware and work in every environment from the ultra modern to the traditional. We continue to see them as popular elements in home design, from the weathered appearance of repurposed woods to the sleeker presentation of black, red or white painted wood.

Experimenting with trends adds personality and appeal to your whole home remodel. During the design build process, you can experience the creative thrill of working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals to see your dreams for your home come to life.

See Part I here.

See Part II here.