Luxuriate in Long Weekends: Designing the Outdoor Living Space in Your Whole Home Remodel

HansonoutdoorLong weekends are a time when you truly appreciate having a welcoming outdoor living space to entertain friends and family. If you love to entertain outside, here are some ideas to keep in mind for the design of the outdoor living space in your whole home remodel:

Layout and Space Planning
The best design starts with careful thought given to how and when you will most often use your outdoor space. Will you cook often, or mostly entertain poolside? Do your gatherings tend to include families and small children? Would it be fun to watch sports on TV outside with a wellstaylorlarge group? Will you relax outside at night, or mostly during the day? Our professional designers help you imagine how you will use your space to arrive at the most effective layout. Starting with the focal point of your space, we help you select the elements that will work best for your lifestyle, from kitchens and BBQs to seating areas and surfaces.

Integrated Design
The design of your outdoor living space should be thoughtfully integrated with your interior, both functionally and visually. An easy flow between inside and outside is essential when you’re entertaining. You want a look that is distinctive, yet unified with the overall design of your whole home remodel.

poolballVersatility and Individuality
While we’re lucky to be able to enjoy our outdoor living spaces in San Diego more than in many other parts of the world, you’ll want to your outdoor living space to provide some shelter from the elements, either architecturally or with accessories. It’s also important that your space reflects your personality with elements that make it feel unique to you, such as creative lighting, bold colors, or artistic materials.

Inviting friends and family to enjoy an outdoor living space together is the ultimate in California living. With a memorable and unique space to entertain in your own backyard, you’ll want a long weekend every weekend!

Register Now for Our Free Design and Remodeling Seminar: Saturday, May 16th

May 13th, 2015
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unnamed-1If you’ve been considering a remodel, our popular and free Design and Remodeling Seminars are an ideal place to gather knowledge and inspiration for your plans. Join us on Saturday, May 16th to learn about how design build remodeling works for a whole home remodel, kitchen remodeling project or custom bathroom design. Space is filling up quickly … register here today!

1Our seminar introduces you to valuable information about remodeling and gives you one-on-one access to our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, including our company president, senior designers and architects. Seminars are held at the Jackson Design and Remodeling Design Center, home to our stunning kitchen and bath showroom, an exciting space where you can see and touch the latest trends in remodeling. We recently updated our Design Center showroom with several new vignettes … you can be among the first to see the new designs!

Topics Include:
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• Remodel or sell? Is remodeling the best option for you?
• Design ideas that are functional to make the most use of your living space
• Choosing a contractor: What to look for? How to hire one?
• Introduction to a variety of materials, their applications from granite to quartz and more!

Our seminars are free and take place in a lively and engaging atmosphere … don’t miss out on this unparalleled way to learn about the remodeling process from start to finish! The next free remodeling and design seminar is on Saturday, May 16th, from 10am to 1pm. Learn more and register here.

Luxurious Spaces for Mom: Designing Space for Relaxation in Your Whole Home Remodel

May 8th, 2015
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wells_bedIn celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we are inspired to take a look at ways to integrate luxurious spaces into the design of your whole home remodel. After all, Moms need some time to relax and rejuvenate every day, not just on Mother’s Day!

Peaceful Master Bedroom
Sometimes what Moms need most is a good night’s sleep. Restful slumber is encouraged in rooms designed with soothing calm in mind. A tranquil color palette and clutter-free layout encourage quiet time in your master bedroom.

maglaqueSerene Master Bath
Is there anything more seductive than a long, hot bath? One with a view is even better! Natural light, sumptuous materials, and careful space planning in your master bathroom design surround hard working Moms with well-deserved luxury.

Inspiring Outdoor Space
Nature is one of the most restorative spaces for all of us. Fresh air and sunshine can energize Mom’s spirit like nothing else. When planning your whole home remodel, professional designers and architects help you envision ways to increase the indoor/outdoor living potential of your home and create memorable outdoor living environments for relaxing and entertaining.

himmeloutdoorFor Moms and their families, planning luxurious spaces in your whole home remodel brings a spirit of beauty and wellness to everyday life. All of us at Jackson Design and Remodeling wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!

Natural Beauty Shines Through: Organic Elements and Textured Natural Woods in Your Whole Home Remodel

April 27th, 2015
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maglaquefloorWelcoming organic elements into our whole home remodels is a way to connect with the calming influence of nature. Shapes inspired by nature make interiors feel fresh and full of life. Textured woods, particularly reclaimed woods, celebrate the visual appeal of natural imperfections in today’s fast-paced, technology-focused world. Here are some ways to add natural beauty to your whole home remodel:

gregoreklrStructural elements: The beam in this artistic living area was selected in a lovely reclaimed wood with intriguing texture, an eye-catching accent in a space that balances contemporary design with an Old World Spanish influence.

Wood Floors: One of the most popular and practical places to introduce natural wood in the home is with wood flooring. The living space in this hillside home is a sweeping expanse of light and elegance, underlined by beautiful cherry wood flooring with large planks, an extra dark stain and an oil finish.

Design elements: The custom-made “live edge” table in this Natural Modern kitchen was based on a piece of found rosewood the clients discovered. Its organic shape echoes the home’s surrounding forestry.

plaoutdoorYou can experiment with organic elements and textured natural woods in every room of your home. The key is to understand how to balance natural and organic elements with the overall look and feel of your space. A professional designer can help you identify your goals and desires and find the most exciting ways to bring them to life in your whole home remodel! Organic elements and textured natural woods are two of the trends our design team predicted for 2015. Take a look at all of the trends on Pinterest and follow us!

 

April Showers: Luxury Master Bathrooms for Your Whole Home Remodel

April 17th, 2015
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wellstaylorWe all crave the destination spa experience at home and one must-have element is a luxurious shower. An environment designed with meticulous detail will relax and energize your body and spirit every day. What is the ideal design for your shower? Our professional designers work with you to customize your options as you plan your whole home remodel. Here are some of the most appealing design features for the shower in your master bathroom design, along with design decisions to consider:

Scale and Layout:
Showers are getting ever more spacious, with ample room for special features including seating and storage. A professional designer can help you with space planning for your bathroom, determining the ideal place in the room to take advantage of natural light, or help you use your existing space most wisely for the largest possible shower. One option we’re seeing more of is the open shower, which is a thoroughly modern way to create a sense of openness and freedom in your bathroom.

perryshowerShowerheads and Body Sprays:
Rainhead showers evoke the pleasant sensations of a spring downpour with a thoroughly drenching experience. Handheld fixtures are both visually appealing and practical, allowing you to directly spray exactly where and how you need it. A mist-spray showerhead is soft, tranquil and relaxing. Many of today’s showerheads also offer options for low-flow to conserve precious resources. For luxurious pampering or attention to sore parts of the body, body sprays provide a memorable hydrotherapy experience. Some are built discreetly into the shower wall to save space, while some are built for maximum adjustability.

dhshowerCustomization:
The trend in showers today continues to be variety and customization. A typical luxury shower now has a fixed showerhead, plus several body sprays, all with the option to adjust stream and spray styles. To create a memorably personal experience, custom designed showers allow for preset sprays, aromatherapy, temperatures, music, steam and water use.

Showering your master bathroom with luxury is an investment you will appreciate every day! Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can bring the spa experience home with your own personal signature of style.

Tax Day is Coming! A Well Designed Home Office Makes Every Task More Appealing

April 10th, 2015
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plofficeTax day is always a little more pleasant when you’re entirely prepared! A home office makes organizing paperwork and completing computer tasks more efficient and less stressful. Whether you choose to create a separate room for an office in your whole home remodel or find a place within your existing home to strategically place a workspace, here are some ideas to keep in mind:

1. Organize Your Workflow
The layout of your home office should be determined by how you will most use the space: are you working at home quite a bit or is the office mainly used by the kids during homework time? Will you be spending most of your time at a computer or writing at a desk? Lighting design is particularly important in an office space where you may want to add brightness to certain task areas. A professional design team can help you choose the space plan that makes the most sense for you and your family.

murphy2. Promote Your Focal Point
Is there a view in your home you would like to take advantage of for your home office space? Perhaps the focal point in your office will be a striking piece of furniture or art. A visual focal point helps define the overall look and feel of the room.

3. Put Seamless Design on the “To Do” List
If your office will be part of another room such as a living room or kitchen, it’s important that the design seamlessly integrates with the overall design of your home. An option to conceal your work area when it’s not in use is an hinrichimaginative option that optimizes space and flexibility.

A home office with thoughtful design and beautiful details can make a significant difference in your lifestyle. Collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover the elements that make work seem like fun in your new home office!

We’ve Entered the Final Stretch! Vote for Your Favorite Blogs Today in the 6th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting Closes April 10th, 2015 at 4pm PST.

April 3rd, 2015
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10384535_10153135299073336_3392476176889509624_nThe 6th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards have generated incredible excitement and more participation than ever before. 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 category per device.)

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.

JDR has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for over 25 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. We’re hoping that the JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of our favorite bloggers, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and keep our clients informed about the latest trends in home design.

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

March 27th, 2015
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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

March 20th, 2015
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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.