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Welcome Home: Curb Appeal for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 12th, 2015
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taussigCurb appeal is an essential element of a successful whole home remodel. From the design of your front door to the sustainable, drought-conscious greenery you choose for plantings, how your home looks and functions on the outside should reflect the beauty within.

Here are some ideas to bring curb appeal to your whole home remodel:

Welcoming Front Door
A front door with a distinctive style is one of the first elements your guests will notice about your home. An inviting front door can be achieved with unusual scale or color, eye-catching woods, or windows in unusual shapes or placements. Details such as whimsical address numbers and interesting hardware are inspired ways to experiment.

hermosasideInteresting Materials
When selecting exterior surfaces and colors, a professional designer makes choices that reflect a sense of place, your personal tastes, and practical considerations for long lasting quality. The most appealing exterior designs have visual continuity with the interior for a cohesive look and feel.

Sustainable, Drought-conscious Greenery
For San Diego homes, drought tolerant landscaping is of primary concern today. Designing your outdoor space with native plants is a practical and visually appealing choice, while finding the right balance between plantings and pavers or other design elements is critical to arriving at a space that uses water kunbergerresponsibly. With thoughtful planning, you can enjoy landscaping that is functional, beautiful, easy to maintain, and respectful of our natural resources.

Curb appeal adds enduring value and enjoyment to your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore exciting ways to make the entrance to your home as beautiful as its interior.

Designing with Decorative Art in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 5th, 2015
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perrykitchenFilling your home with favorite works of art and treasured collectibles makes your space more beautiful and more personal. Art brings life to your home and is a starting point for conversation or quiet reflection. Our professional designers work with you to explore how best to incorporate art into your whole home remodel.

Art as Inspiration
The young couple who own the mid-century modern home with stunning water views (above) asked us to base the color palette of their remodel on the first piece of art they purchased for their baby daughter. They knew they wanted a vibrant, unexpected space for their young family and the colors of the home now reflect their family bond. When you’re embarking on your remodel and looking for inspiration, your favorite works of art are a natural place to begin.

westlakeArt as Centerpiece
For the European family building their dream home in La Jolla, the new brick fireplace in the family room was specifically designed in a scale that would work to display one of their favorite paintings. Selecting a focal point for a room is one of the first steps in creating a memorable, individual style and art is one of the most appealing centerpieces you can choose.

lyoncouchArt as Reflection
The art throughout this seaside condo is an abstract reflection of the stunning natural surroundings, composed in shades of ocean blue and sand. Sometimes the best choice for your whole home remodel is custom art, specifically created for the environment and the design of your home.

Living with art makes every day more pleasurable and adds sophistication and elegance to your home. Working with our team of professional designers, your space can express your unique personality in your whole home remodel through works of art in ways you may not have imagined!

Setting the Stage: Flooring Choices for Your Whole Home Remodel

May 29th, 2015
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plafloorThe floors you choose for your whole home remodel have a dramatic influence on the overall look and feel of your home. But it’s not just about appearances. As one of the most heavily used elements in your home, flooring also requires practical considerations. Here are some questions to answer as you’re exploring your options:

The size of your family, whether or not you have children, and any pets you have are all important factors when choosing your flooring. With young kids, a material that can stand up to spills is essential. With pets, particularly large dogs, you will want to choose a surface that is easy to clean and comfortable for your pet. Consider how often you expect to clean your floor and how long you want it to last. In this modern home for a young family, a gray marmoleum floor mimics the look of concrete while providing a softer surface appropriate for a home with a small child. The strong neutral is easy to maintain and acts as a balancing note to the vibrant medley of colors in this inspiring space.

perryfloorSafety and Comfort
If you have older adults or young children in your home, some choices are better than others for maximum safety and comfort. Tiles, for instance, can be slippery, so if you’re thinking about tile flooring, you may want to choose an option with some texture. If you love to cook and spend a lot of time standing at the stove, then a wood floor can be the most comfortable choice. A combination of tile and wood, like that shown in this Natural Modern kitchen, is a stylish and practical choice that adds interesting textural detail and character to your space.

Style and Aesthetics
Since flooring is such a strong element of the overall design of your home, choosing a style that will appeal to you in the long run is important. To unify the look of your home, a choice that makes sense with the architecture and visual design themes is crucial. In this Bird Rock home, which was rebuilt from the ground up, Duchateau St. Moritz flooring in a wide plank hermosafloordesign with a subtle wash evokes the spirit of the original beach cottage.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the many options available for flooring in your whole home remodel. Professional designers help you find the perfect balance between form and function, giving you flooring that will both feel beautiful and perform beautifully over time.

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

May 22nd, 2015
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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:
• 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.

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.