After Dark: Lighting Your Outdoor Living Space

navarra2A truly exceptional outdoor living space is designed to welcome guests day or night. Thoughtfully planned lighting is essential when you’re entertaining during the evening outside. A professional design team understands the importance of lighting and can help you consider the details when you’re planning an outdoor living space for your whole home remodel.

himmelIn the expansive space shown above, used often at night to entertain large groups, the lighting was planned for task, mood and accent. Layers of lighting create a magical sense of drama that can be adjusted throughout the evening.

Wall sconces, such as those surrounding this appealing outdoor space with a pool, offer flexible illumination of overall space and help to delineate one area from another. Uplighting elements defines architectural details. Artfully placed lighting navarra1emphasizes design and materials, such as the rustic beauty of the bar’s stone in this outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens and eating areas require levels of task lighting to ensure safety and comfort.

Lighting can be designed with a smart system you can easily control as the sun sets and the stars arrive. Working with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your outdoor living space can be a beautiful oasis at all hours.

Announcing this Year’s Winners! 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

April 20th, 2016
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We are excited to present the winners of the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards! This year we had more engagement than ever in the history of the awards, with closely contested categories. The awards continue to gain popularity and reach and we are inspired by the talented bloggers who participate each year.

There is one winning blog in each category: Architecture, Construction Business, Remodeling, Interior Design, Green, and Microblog. Winners receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog.

2016 Winners – 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

We extend our thanks to all of the nominees who participated this year and helped make this our most action-packed contest yet! JDR has been a pioneer in the design build remodeling industry for 27 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The JDR Industry Blogger Awards bring additional recognition to the best blogs in the business, while supporting JDR’s efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.

Stay in touch with us to hear news about next year’s awards. 

Taxing Weekend? An Appealing Home Office Makes Work More Enjoyable

April 15th, 2016
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hinrichThe tax deadline on Monday means some of us will be working at home over the weekend. If you have a well-designed home office, any task is more efficient and less stressful. Here are some ideas to add to the to-do list for your home office:

Plan Strategy
How will you most often use your office at home? Do you tend to spend most of your time online? Will clients be visiting? How much storage do you need for files and supplies? Do you need another work surface in addition to your desk? When you address these questions with a team of professional designers at the beginning of the design process, you can develop a design strategy that works best for you and your work patterns.

murphyreadingPromote Efficiency
Natural light is essential for productive and efficient workdays, while layers of lighting inside cover the hours after daylight. Carefully designed lighting will help you avoid fatigue and feel energized and focused on your work. Consider your workflow and where items should be placed; in an office that tends to be smaller than other rooms in your home, smart space planning is critical.

plofficeEncourage Teamwork
Your home office should work well with others when it comes to the overall design of your home. With thoughtful design, your home office can feel personal and inspirational to you while still integrating with the design in the rest of your home.

With more of us working at home than ever before, home offices have become an important element of planning a whole home remodel. Collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you can have an appealing space that makes your daily tasks more productive and enjoyable.

Only a Few Days Left … Make Your Vote Count! Voting Closes on April 15th at 4pm PST.

April 12th, 2016
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The 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards have generated exciting engagement and more participation than ever before. Votes continue to pour in as we enter the final days of the contest. Make your vote count and see your favorite blogs win – place your votes today! Vote for your favorite blog here.

Voting closes on Friday, April 15th at 4pm PST! Vote for one blog in each category:

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Remodeling
  • Construction Business
  • Green
  • Microblog

Please note that votes will be verified – please place only one vote per person, per category, per device.

Winners will be announced on April 20, 2016. You can visit this page to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 15th, 4pm PST. 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 27 years. Our company values innovation and excellence and we believe in discovering, embracing and promoting those values throughout the industry. 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.

No Fooling! There’s Only 2 Weeks Left to Vote for Your Favorite Blogs in the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Voting Closes April 15th, 2016 at 4pm PST.

April 1st, 2016
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The 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards have generated exciting participation this year, with first place changing hands in several categories. Votes continue to flood in and we are excited to see such a close race as we enter the final days. Make your vote count and see your favorite blogs win – place your votes today! Vote for your favorite blog here.

You can vote for one blog in each category:

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Remodeling
  • Construction Business
  • Green
  • Microblog

(Please note that votes will be verified – please place only one vote per person, per category, per device.)

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 15th. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2016.

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 27 years. Our company values innovation and excellence and we believe in discovering, embracing and promoting those values throughout the industry. 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.

Welcome Spring with Indoor/Outdoor Living in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 18th, 2016
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outdoordiningSpring arrives this weekend, fresh with inspiration to start anew. When you’re planning a whole home remodel, integrating indoor/outdoor space (one of our design team’s Top 2016 Design Trends) is a decision that expands your home’s living space and enhances your lifestyle. Here are some ideas to explore:

Smart Space Planning
How will you most often use your space and which elements are most important? Indoor/outdoor living for entertaining large groups will be planned differently than space designed for quiet retreats or small family gatherings. The number of people who will typically congregate in the space determines the ideal size. A professional designer can help you visualize your dream for your home.

navarraeveningNight and Day Entertaining
When you love to entertain, easy navigation between your interior and exterior is essential. You’ll also want to plan your design to accommodate both daytime and nighttime events by considering shade elements, water features, lighting, and heat sources such as an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

wellsoutdoorChoose a Focal Point
Whether your focal point is an outdoor kitchen, a garden, or a deck with a view, choosing a focal point for your outdoor space creates a more appealing and welcoming design. Working with a professional designer, you can explore the possibilities for your particular space.

Connecting with nature calms the mind and is good for overall health and wellness. 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.

A Greener Home: Sustainable Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

March 16th, 2016
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bird1As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things green this week, we’re taking a look at some of the elements that encompass green homes and sustainable design. Our design team named sustainable design as one of their Top 2016 Design and Remodeling trends. If you’re interested in integrating green and sustainable design in your whole home remodel, here are some ideas to keep in mind.

lee2Green building strategies help to preserve the environment for future generations and make life in your home more comfortable and healthy today. Sustainable and green design principles can be incorporated into any style of whole home remodel, from traditional to ultra-modern.

Green Design:

  • Conserves natural resources.
  • Uses water and energy wisely for long-term savings.
  • Uses healthy products and incorporates sustainable materials.
  • Improves indoor environmental quality.
  • Builds high quality, durable structures.
  • Reduces and recycles construction and demolition waste.
  • Facilitates ease of responsible use and maintenance.
  • Creates livable, vibrant communities.

Sustainable design and green design share many of the same qualities and are often used interchangeably. Sustainable design can be distinguished by features such as:

  • bird3Simple, site-specific design that integrates with its natural surroundings.
  • Reused, recycled, and long life building materials.
  • Recycled, upcycled and vintage pieces integrated in interiors.

A green, sustainable home creates a sense of connection with your natural surroundings, your community, and the world. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals is committed to helping you create your dream green home. Whether you want to integrate green features incrementally, or as the primary focus of your whole home remodel, we can help.

Voting is Now Open! Vote Today for Your Favorite Bloggers in the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards.

March 5th, 2016
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Voting is now open for the 7th 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 person, per category, per device.

Each year, the Blogger Awards delight us with emerging and established blogs, enthusiastic followers and lively interaction. In 2015 we experienced an unprecedented level of participation with close races to the finish in several categories. Now in its seventh year, our contest continues to achieve reach and influence.

Winners will be announced on April 20, 2016. You can visit this page to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 15th, 4pm PST.

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 27 years. Our company values innovation and excellence and we believe in discovering, embracing and promoting those values throughout the industry. 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.

Place your vote for the JDR 2016 Industry Blogger Awards here!

Read more about the awards here.

 

Color Your Mood: The Psychology of Color Theory in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 4th, 2016
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greencolorEverything in your whole home remodel has a color and every human being has a deep emotional response to color, conscious or subconscious. When you’re working with a professional designer, it’s important to understand the psychology of color theory as you make decisions about your home. Color theory is composed of practical guidance about color mixing and the visual effects of color combinations. While each individual will have a unique response to color, here are some of the emotions different hues typically inspire:

Red: Energy, passion, action, daring, ambition, determination. Red is a good color for a dining room to stimulate conversation and liveliness.

Orange: Heat, joy, social communication, optimism. Orange is best used as an orangecoloraccent color or in a room like a home office where you want to inspire creativity.

Yellow: Joy, intellect, optimism, cheerfulness, friendliness. There’s nothing like yellow to communicate happiness and welcome in any room. Yellow is the easiest color to get wrong; tone down the yellow you are attracted to by a couple of shades.

Blue: Peace, trust, tranquility, loyalty, confidence, integrity. Cool and calming, blue works well everywhere but particularly in bathrooms and bedrooms.

Green: Life, balance, growth, harmony, healing, safety. Like blue, green works in almost any room in your home, particularly in spaces where you want to promote a feeling of nurturing peacefulness.

yellowcolorPurple: Imagination, royalty, wisdom, creativity, magic. The favorite color of 75% of children, purple can be great for a kid’s bedroom or playroom. It also communicates drama and sophistication for any room in the home.

Pink: Romance, love, nurturing, sensitivity, compassion. Not just for little girl’s rooms, pink is a creative shade for any space where you want to elicit calm.

White: Freshness, purity, simplicity, light, cleanliness. White is used throughout homes to emphasize a sense of openness and clarity.

Black: Sophistication, mystery, power, formality. With careful consideration, black in small doses can be used in interesting ways, such as kitchen cabinets or appliances, on floors, or in high gloss shelving and other accessories.

When you work with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals for your whole home remodel, choosing colors is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the design build process. Blending personal preferences with the science of color theory and the expert guidance of a personal designer for your space helps you discover the hues that best express your style!

Nominations Close Today! 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

February 19th, 2016
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We are excited to announce the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awardswhich recognize exceptional design and remodeling blogs. Each year, the Blogger Awards delight us with emerging and established blogs, enthusiastic followers and lively interaction. In 2015 we experienced an unprecedented level of participation with close races to the finish in several categories. Now in its seventh year, our contest continues to achieve reach and influence. Nominate your favorite blogs today! Nominations close on 2/19/16.

Our annual awards highlight the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog categories.

Jackson Design and Remodeling has been a pioneer in the design build remodeling industry for 26 years. Our company values innovation and excellence and we believe in discovering, embracing and promoting those values throughout the industry. 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

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 2016 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display.

Awards Schedule:

  • Nominations Open: January 29, 2016
  • Nominations Closed: February 19, 2016
  • Voting Open: February 29, 2016
  • Voting Closed: April 15, 2016
  • Winners Announced: April 20, 2016

Give your favorite blogs a chance for even more recognition! Nominate blogs for the 2016 JDR Industry Blogger Awards today!