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What’s Your View for the New Year? Planning with Perspective for Your Whole Home Remodel

December 31st, 2014
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lrThe end of one year and the beginning of another naturally causes us to reflect on the past and dream about the future. When some of the space in your home is specifically designed for contemplation, peace and inspiration are easier to find. When planning your whole home remodel, consider how your view influences your daily perspective and overall mood. Here are some examples of our projects that thoughtfully integrate the view:

Embrace Natural Surroundings
The design of the seaside condo shown above highlights the natural beauty of the condo’s spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Glass doors facing were built with three-foot panels from the middle and overlap, allowing for a 12’ opening to capture ocean breezes.

ColonialCoastal5Keep an Open Layout
This Colonial Coastal kitchen is a study in meticulous nostalgic design, balanced with a layout open to the dining and living area that allows the entire space to be filled with natural light. An emphasis on the surrounding nature defines the “coastal” in this classic Colonial-style design.

Live and Entertain Outdoors
This urban contemporary loft includes an expansive roof top deck with a spectacular vista of downtown San Diego. Day or night, this open space encourages indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

roofA new year brings new possibilities, especially in your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you discover ways to significantly enhance your lifestyle with innovation and enduring style for your whole home remodel.

Put it Away with Aplomb: Pantry Design for Your Kitchen Remodel

December 19th, 2014
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pantry1There’s something truly comforting about the enduring tradition of a kitchen pantry. A roomy pantry in your kitchen design makes for a clutter-free, organized space that is a joy for cooks and those who like to keep things clean and streamlined. Here are some ideas for pantries when you’re considering one for your whole home remodel or kitchen design:

Scale Up
The European-inspired pantry in the modern kitchen shown above is so large, it’s like having an extra “mini-kitchen.” There’s plenty of room for storing dry goods and other ingredients along with small appliances, which keeps the rest of the kitchen clean and neat. With the extra space for food prep, last minute tasks before welcoming guests can be easily accomplished and then simply concealed by sliding the pantry doors closed.

pantry2Add a Pop of Color
In the otherwise subdued palette of this seaside kitchen, this pantry adds a creative surprise of color with a fresh blue that is only revealed when the pantry doors are opened. A pantry is a fun place to experiment with brighter hues before trying them in other areas of your home.

swimpantryIntegrate with Style
The double pantries in this historic Spanish-style home honor the character of the original design while offering modern convenience. Double pantries make it easy for the client, an enthusiastic chef, to organize and access an abundance of ingredients and supplies.

Storage can be stylish when you work with an expert team! When planning your kitchen remodel, remember how much a pantry can add to the functionality and  appeal of the space.

Make a Difference for Needy Children this Christmas with Our 10th Annual Toy Drive

December 9th, 2014
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ToysforTotsOur 10th Annual Toy Drive in partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation helps make the holiday season more meaningful for needy children. We encourage your participation!

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to children who might otherwise go without. Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Our annual Toy Drive is a wonderful way to contribute to less fortunate families and practice the true spirit of the season. If you would like to help us share holiday joy with needy children in our community, please bring an unwrapped gift to our office between now and December 19th and stop in to say hello!

A Toast to Earthy Reds: Marsala Named Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

December 4th, 2014
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img_pantone_color_of_the_year_2015_press_releaseDescribing their choice as “subtly seductive” Pantone named “Marsala” its 2015 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, said that the 2015 color of the year “Enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Interested in how you could use the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year in your whole home remodel? Marsala is a more natural choice for interiors than some of Pantone’s recent colors of the year, such as Radiant Orchid in 2014 and Tangerine Tango in 2013. It’s an elegant, warm and subtle tone that could be used throughout your living space as a unifying accent color. Marsala could work especially well with accessories such as accent rugs, upholstered furniture and other textured surfaces.

Color choices in your whole home remodel are one of the most exciting aspects to explore. When experimenting with color, try starting with accessories or smaller spaces. When you are ready to express ideas in your home with creative color, our professional design team can help!

Make a Big Impression in a Small Space: Powder Rooms in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 21st, 2014
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schnackpowderWith guests arriving for the holidays next week, your powder room will be used more than usual. When planning your whole home remodel, don’t forget to give the small space of a powder room the thoughtful design attention it deserves. Even a small room can make a lasting impression on guests. Here are some ways design makes a difference in your powder room:

Colors and Patterns
Interesting colors and materials get closer attention in a small space. A powder room in a seaside home combines the colors of the coast with an intriguing Moroccan pattern.

Layers of texture in a small room help to give the space visual interest and character. This glittering powder room dazzles with
glamorous walls of metallic tile.

Lighting for Mood
Because powder rooms are usually visited for short amounts of time, they don’t need the same kind of task lighting as master bathrooms. Softer lighting is all that’s pecsarpowderrequired – the more soothing and flattering, the better.

Make your powder room a powerful expression of your personal style in your whole home remodel! Your guests will appreciate the extra attention paid to the details. Our experienced team can guide you toward choices that work best for your lifestyle today.

Step Up to Style: Stair Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 14th, 2014
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pecsarA staircase design is often one of the elements of your home first seen from the entryway. It’s also a heavily travelled area that needs a safe and durable design. Skillful staircase remodeling artfully balances creative and practical elements. From grand staircases with sweeping curves to meticulously detailed stairs crafted from handmade tiles, your staircase can be one-of-a-kind. Here are some ideas for staircase design in your whole home remodel:

murphyShape and Scale
This graceful curves of the sweeping staircase above make a dramatic statement in the entryway of an award-winning home. Crafted from maple hardwood with a custom-designed wrought iron stair rail and cherry hand rail, the staircase impresses with the details, while bringing definition to an expansive open living space.

Color and Art
Staircases can serve as mini-galleries, creating an intimate space for viewing and appreciating artwork. In this vibrant home alive with vintage and industrial elements, the staircase is created from iron bars punctuated by reclaimed wood cubbies with painted glass backs, creating the effect of a transparent wall of art.

gregstairsMaterials and Individuality
The stairs in this home with a Spanish-influenced design are built with an attention to detail that makes guests stop in their tracks! Vivid hand-painted tiles light up the entryway with color. Each pattern evokes a memory of the client’s globe-trotting lifestyle, making the design feel intensely personal.

Make the stairs in your whole home remodel a stunning expression of your personal style. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you toward the best combination of style and durable function for your lifestyle.

Everything In Its Place: Storage Solutions for Your Kitchen Remodel

November 10th, 2014
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taussig_storageAn organized kitchen remodel makes your cooking and cleaning tasks more efficient and gives you more time to spend with family and guests. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about the challenges of your current kitchen and your options for making your space more welcoming, streamlined and functional. Here are some ideas for well-planned storage in your kitchen remodel:

Space Planning
A professional design team can help you with space planning for your kitchen to accommodate many levels and types of storage. In the Colonial Coastal kitchen shown above, large peninsulas are balanced with a central island and a variety of cabinetry with intricate molding details.pla_pantry

Pantry Space
Organized storage for your dry goods makes prepping, cooking and cleaning faster and more efficient so you can focus on creating your favorite dishes. An extra large pantry in this Natural Modern kitchen serves as an extra prep area and keeps the rest of the kitchen clutter-free.

miller_storageCounter Storage
For appliances you want to easily access without adding clutter to your space, a concealed countertop storage space with a sliding door panel, like the one shown in this Timeless Modern kitchen, is an innovative and practical solution.

An organized kitchen allows for easier navigation and more efficient function, especially for those who enjoy cooking and entertaining. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can inspire you and guide you toward solutions that will work best for you and your lifestyle!

Come See Two JDR Kitchens on the ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour on Saturday, October 25th

October 24th, 2014
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647The American Society of Interior Designers’ Kitchen & Bath Tour on October 25th will showcase remodeled kitchens including two distinct designs by JDR: a Natural Modern kitchen and a Rustic Zen kitchen.

640Kitchen One:
Natural Modern
For a well-travelled couple with an appreciation of European aesthetics, it was important that their kitchen express a refined point of view. They wanted to dramatically open up their kitchen and living areas and connect the space with their home’s lovely natural environment. New windows and glass doors now fill the space with light and circulation, grounded by a balance of refined and natural textures. The interplay of textures with the clean lines of the open floor plan creates an engaging design for family life and entertaining in this Natural Modern kitchen.

641Kitchen Two:
Rustic Zen

A compelling composition of Asian and contemporary themes gives this Rustic Zen kitchen its memorable style. The clients wanted to express their affinity for Asian-style design in an artistic environment and take advantage of their home’s amazing canyon views. The high gloss sheen of black granite countertops is balanced by rustic notes of stacked natural stone, cherry wood and mahogany for an overall impression of subtle glamour with an Asian influence. The thoughtful blend of elements creates an elegant, welcoming atmosphere rich with sophistication.

Come meet our designers in person and get an up close look at beautiful San Diego homes during a day that always inspires!

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Design is Looking Up! Ceiling Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 17th, 2014
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MCMCeilingFrom floor to ceiling, every detail of a whole home remodel affects the final look and feel of the design. An experienced design team explores the creative options that will make your home stand out from bottom to top with a design uniquely suited to its space. Consider the following concepts for imaginative ceiling design:

Restore Original Beauty
In the Mid-Century Modern home shown above, originally designed by noted architect Dale Naegle, the ceiling was meticulously restored to its authentic grandeur. The paint was freshened between the beams to bring renewed attention to the architecture.

perryceilingArchitectural Layers
To define the kitchen in this expansive modern home, the ceiling was built in three layers to create a striking architectural element as an interesting design transition between the kitchen and the open living area.

Take Recess
As an inventive alternative to dropped beams or a soffit, a recess with indirect lighting defines the kitchen in the open area of a contemporary home (shown below) while bringing additional light and comfort to the space.

Pecsar1Architectural details and creative thinking lead to a design for your home that is like no other. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover a myriad of ways to make your ceiling a design element to look up to in your whole home remodel!

Make a Splash with the Cooktop Backsplash in Your Kitchen Remodel

October 13th, 2014
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MeyerEvery detail matters in a kitchen remodel with a personalized design created just for you. A cooktop backsplash can serve as a defining visual centerpiece when treated with the same attention to detail as other aspects of the kitchen design. If you’re the cook in your home, the backsplash is in the unique position of being the one place in the kitchen you look at the most! Make your backsplash an imaginative expression of style by working with a team of professional designers who can help you explore layouts, colors and materials to convey your personal vision. Here are some ideas for cooktop backsplash design:

The backsplash is an ideal area to experiment with bold color. A splash of unexpected color establishes an immediate focal point. In the kitchen shown above, inspired by sand and sea, the backsplash is designed in varying hues of blue, teal and aqua, with occasional hints of browns and whites.

A rare material communicates the elegant aesthetic of a room. In this Mid-Century modern kitchen, Italian Calcutta marble makes a distinct impression. The marble slab was carefully selected and meticulously placed to best showcase the delicate natural veins in the material.

In this creative artist’s retreat with a Spanish-inspired design, earthy materials, rich texture and interesting patterns define the detailed backsplash. A practical niche with shelves for storing oft-used ingredients is both practical and graceful.

Creating a kitchen that functions at an optimal level for your daily needs and visually inspires your Gregorekcreativity can be an enjoyable experience when you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals. Make a splash with your backsplash by experimenting with color, materials and textures to find the ultimate expression of your style.