A kitchen island is the centerpiece of many kitchens, serving as a gathering place and as a functional anchor for prepping, cooking, serving and entertaining. Working with a team of professional designers who are familiar with the many options available and how they can be customized, you can arrive at the ideal kitchen island design for your whole home remodel. Here are some considerations:
How will you use your island? Perhaps you are a baker who would like extra storage for baking trays and accessories. Maybe you’re a small family who wants space to do office work and homework at your kitchen island. Good design starts with knowing what function the design will primarily serve. The family in the Mid-Century modern home shown above loves to gather round their island on comfortable white vintage chairs for intimate family meals.
For those who entertain in their kitchen frequently or who plan to gather as a family for meals around the island, a larger island is often preferred. Those who use their kitchens for more functional purposes may prefer a smaller island. Choosing an unexpected scale is a design decision that brings visual interest to the room. The unusually small island in this nostalgic sunny yellow kitchen can be moved around the room, achieving a high level of functionality and navigation.
Materials and Colors:
There are hundreds of combinations of granites, marbles, woods and tiles to
choose from when selecting a kitchen island. Some decisions are practical: will marble stand up to the amount of kitchen prep you will be performing on a daily basis or would quartz be a better choice? Some of the choices are about style: do you want a natural look that would best be achieved with wood or granite? Color is a powerful design choice as well. The dove gray island in this fresh white kitchen is a significant centerpiece and helps to define the kitchen in the open
layout of the space.
Whatever the design of the kitchen in your whole home remodel, the kitchen island is a functional hub and gathering place to share with family and friends. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you through the process of remodeling your kitchen to encourage an enjoyable, stress-free experience.
Adding elements of wood to your whole home remodel creates a visual alliance between indoors and outdoors, instantly brings warmth to a space, and supports a sense of appealing solidity. Our design team enjoys discovering new ways to experiment with natural woods in whole home remodels. Here are just a few of the ways woods can make a difference in the style of your home:
Balance and Solidity
Wood helps to balance minimal lines and bright colors, as shown in this open kitchen and dining area. The tactile surface and earthy grains of wood ground a design with solid comfort.
Sense of Calm
Combining elements of water and earth is a design practice that evokes a calming sense of Zen in a space. This kitchen combines natural stone, granite with a waterfall effect, and woods in the cabinetry, floor and imaginative cooktop hood to create a feeling of Rustic Zen.
The natural, authentic look and texture of wood adds a homey feeling that invites touch. The live edge table in this kitchen was custom built from a found piece of rosewood.
Expressing your unique point of view is one of the most enjoyable parts of a whole home remodel. Working with a team of professional designers, you will discover a myriad of possibilities to make your home feel truly one-of-a-kind.
July 28th, 2014
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We are excited to see many glowing reviews for “The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space” by Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, a new book which includes several designs by Jackson Design and Remodeling. Released in June 2014, the 224-page hardcover is a step-by-step guide to creating your ideal kitchen. The book features more than 250 photos and 50 illustrations of kitchen layouts and covers 13 types of kitchens such as Color Creations, Open-Style, and Family-Friendly Hubs.
We enjoyed the creative process of working with Barbara Ballinger when she was drafting her book to select the kitchens she wanted to include from among our hundreds of designs. It is wonderful to see our work featured in this inspiring publication!
Learn more about The Kitchen Bible and read some of the reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Kitchen-Bible-Designing-Culinary/dp/1864705515
July 18th, 2014
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If you are drawn to the idea of experimenting with contemporary design in your whole home remodel, consider an open shower in your master bathroom. We recently completed this master bathroom remodel with an open shower for a young couple with a passion for daring color and design. They love their new room for its visuals and for its practicality as the design makes it easier for them to supervise their toddler during bath time! Here are some other advantages to an open shower:
A doorless shower creates more light and circulation in the bathroom. With fewer barriers in the sight line, the feeling of the room is expansive and clean. Open showers make a design statement that embraces the modern and imaginative.
Because there is no glass door or shower curtain in the shower, there are less tedious cleaning chores to do and your bathroom can have a sparkling effect of cleanliness.
With no doors or edges, an open shower has the additional bonus of easier access for anyone with mobility issues.
The nature of an open shower design requires careful placement of the fixtures and drainage to assure that water flows only where you want it to flow. Careful flooring selection is essential to prevent slipping.
Transforming your home and your lifestyle with a whole home remodel is an exciting exploration of color and materials when you work with a professional design team. An open shower washes away the ordinary for a refreshing perspective on custom bathroom design!
First impressions matter as much for your whole home remodel as they do in other areas of life. The entry is the first place where visitors will get a sense of the aesthetics and craftsmanship of your home. Here are some ideas for saying “hello!” with style in your whole home remodel:
The entry design should unify with the design throughout your home. An ultra-modern entry to a traditional home would be visually jarring and vise versa. Working with a professional team of designers, you can explore ways to set the tone for the design of your home at the front door. The doorway to this home blending mid-century and modern themes (shown above) hints at the imaginative design to be found within.
At the entry to your home you are welcoming visitors into your most personal space. Imbue the space with meaning by weaving your personality into the design. For this contemporary home in La Jolla Shores, the custom door was created with a window made from sea glass the clients collected on the nearby beach. Favorite pieces of art adorn the space in glowing niches.
When planning your entry, consider the entire impression including the landscaping leading to your front door. In our San Diego climate we are fortunate to live with greenery year round. Enliven the welcoming nature of your home with carefully planned landscaping for colorful appeal like the coastal garden shown below.
The most essential aspect of the entryway for your whole home remodel is that it expresses your own unique style and point of view. Transforming your home during a whole home remodel creates the ideal opportunity for considering how your home makes its first impression!
July 3rd, 2014
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Holiday weekends make a well-designed outdoor living area in your whole home remodel a real joy. The July 4th weekend is a festive opportunity to invite friends and family over for a few refreshing drinks and a tasty menu from the grill. Here are some of the options to consider when designing space for outdoor living in your whole home remodel:
Start with Space Planning
Your outdoor area and indoor area should be designed with an easy flow that makes navigation a breeze. Visually, you want to have some harmony between the spaces, while also creating distinction and a sense of place. Reflect upon how you will use the space and how the grilling area should relate to seating and sunbathing areas or a pool, if you have one. Practical considerations, such as selecting countertops and ground covering that will stand up to repeated use and exposure to the elements, are essential when it comes to designing space for the outdoors.
Choose Your Grill
With so many choices on the market, selecting a grill is really about personal preference. There are hundreds of grills to choose from, including wood, gas, charcoal or hybrid versions. Each type of grilling method has its own dedicated fan base. For this outdoor area we designed recently, the clients frequently entertain large groups. They wanted not just one grill, but two, along with several high-end accessories in an appealing poolside area that faces their beautiful natural surroundings.
Safety is essential when it comes to deciding where your grill will fit into the scheme of your outdoor area. You will also want to consider protection from the weather – both strong sun and long periods of rain here in San Diego.
Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can imagine and create a design that encompasses festive grilling along with other amenities for relaxing and entertaining in the outdoor living area of your whole home remodel!
June 13th, 2014
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In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we are celebrating this gentleman’s room in a 100-year old Tudor-style home. Our professional design team designed and built this room with devoted attention to period detail. An existing guest room was transformed into a room for the gentleman of the house to store, appreciate and care for his collection of antique guns and other treasured objects.
The design emphasizes bringing as much natural light into the environment as possible while keeping the overall tone of the room comfortable and subdued. Wallpaper in an elegant rust red with gold highlights is a backdrop to thoughtfully chosen pieces of furniture, an ornate rug, and distressed maple wood floors, all presenting a comforting masculine warmth. The home’s original windows were restored with new molding and given a fresh, clean update with window treatments that suit their historical surroundings. Cabinetry was meticulously designed to conceal the area where valuables, including an antique gun collection in a safe weighing almost 1000 pounds, are stored. Detailed wainscoting throughout the room establishes the design’s respect for the character of the home.
Entering this gentleman’s room with no modern technology but a dedicated attention to period detail and comfort feels like stepping back in time. Is there a room in your whole home remodel just for Dad? We hope this room is an inspiration.
During the last few years, our professional design team has seen an increasing interest in kitchens within open floor plans for whole home remodels, which encompass the kitchen, living room, family room and more. A kitchen that integrates with the rest of the living area presents many advantages. Here are some aspects to consider when planning your whole home remodel:
With a kitchen open to the living area of your home, it’s easier to interact with your family while preparing meals. Especially for families with children and homework, an open floor plan enhances daily family life. This kitchen was designed to comfortably accommodate three generations with several areas for interaction during mealtimes.
A space that feels like a “great room” rather than a series of separate rooms creates an area most conducive to circulating and socializing. In this kitchen for clients who often host large family events, the space is open from the front of the home, through the dining area and kitchen, and into the outdoor living area, creating a welcoming and functional floor plan.
In kitchens with few walls, space planning is critical. Appliances must be carefully placed and streamlined to retain the clean aesthetics of an open space and the efficiency of the kitchen. The most visually appealing kitchen designs conceal major appliances with cabinetry that makes the kitchen feel less like a kitchen and more like an integrated space in the open area.
Designing a kitchen in an open floor plan for your whole home remodel requires careful consideration. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the space planning that makes sense for your lifestyle.