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A Sun Sparkled Shower: Open Shower Design in Your Master Bathroom

July 18th, 2014
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bathallIf 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.

Universal Access
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.

showernicheTransforming 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!


How Does Your House Say Hello? Curb Appeal and Entryway Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

July 11th, 2014
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1_6922541_vt53060-101First 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:

Design Unity
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.

2_6317966_48643_02Personal Welcome
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.

KunbergerThe 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!

Happy Independence Day! Fire up the Grill.

July 3rd, 2014
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zellHoliday 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
grill1With 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 First
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!

Inspiration for Living: Asian-Influenced Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 21st, 2014
Posted in Art and Decorating, Bathrooms, Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

powder1Our designers are seeing increased interest in Asian-inspired themes for whole home remodels, kitchen design and custom bathroom design. Sometimes thought of as “Zen” design, Asian-inspired design celebrates simplicity, clean lines, sophisticated color choices and elements of nature. If you have been inspired by Asian-influenced designs during your travels or while collecting art and would like to express your affinity for Asian themes in your home, our professional designers can help you with design decisions that makes sense for the function and aesthetics of your home. Here are some elements of Asian-inspired design to consider:

Visual Cues:
The levered lighting, Shoji-style vanity doors, and rustic mirror in the nationally award-winning powder room shown above immediately signal an appreciation for Asian materials and shapes, further defined by the dramatic dark glitter of the tile wall.

The unfolding Shoji-style door in this bathroom establishes an Asian-influence that is at once tranquil, visually appealing and functional. Clean, simple lines and tiles carefully placed to evoke peaceful rainfall are inspired by Asian design.

Natural Materials:
In this Rustic Zen kitchen, the gleaming backsplash of black granite creates a subtle impression of falling water while natural stacked stone surrounds the ovens. These sophisticated design choices pay tribute to the Asian-influenced tradition hollandof incorporating elements of water and earth into home design.

Finding creative ways to express your personal style is one of the most enjoyable aspects of your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover inspiration from all over the world and bring it home to your own environment!

A Room any Dad Would Appreciate: Gentleman’s Room in a 100-year Old Tudor

June 13th, 2014
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Tepner1 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 Tepner2given 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.

Designing with Color for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 9th, 2014
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PerryLRColor imbues a whole home remodel with style, emotion and character. Choosing colors for your home can sometimes feel intimidating or overwhelming. Working with a team of professional designers, you can draw on their expertise and engage in the creative process while exploring color options that work for you. Here are some ways to experiment with color in your whole home remodel:

Inspiration Point
If you’re not sure what colors you want to live with in your whole home remodel, our designers will help you discover inspiration in unexpected places. The exciting hues in a whole home remodel we recently completed for a young couple were inspired by the first painting they bought for their baby daughter.

PerryBRStart Small
When you are hesitant about using bold color or not sure how much you will like a certain shade, starting with just one wall or even a smaller room, such as a powder room or master bathroom, is a smart way to experiment.

Balanced Foundation
Grounding bright colors with solid neutrals is essential to avoid a circus-style look with a cacophony of competing colors. Whites, grays and earth tones can all work as a neutral balance in a room. The gray marmoleum floor in this whole home remodel unifies a design with an array of vivid colors.

PeryDRIf you are inspired to use unexpected color in your whole home remodel, working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps guide you through a process of discovery. Professional designers can help you find the color families and hues that best express your personal style.

Keep Your Options Open: Kitchens in Open Floor Plans for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 3rd, 2014
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LAkitchenDuring 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:

pecsarkitchenFamily Time
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.

Space Planning
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.


An Oasis for Long Weekends at Home: Outdoor Living for Your Whole Home Remodel

May 22nd, 2014
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hansonpoolWith the approach of a long weekend and summer around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at how successfully your home embraces outdoor living. Our professional design team works with you to create stunning, welcoming and functional outdoor living spaces for your whole home remodel.

Here are some elements to consider:

Space Planning
Many outdoor living spaces in San Diego include a pool. With a pool as the centerpiece of your space, a professional designer can help you determine the best placement for other essentials of outdoor living, such as an outdoor kitchen area, bar seating and more. The expansive outdoor living area shown above includes several distinct areas for grilling/cooking, eating, swimming, changing and lounging.

If you plan to entertain often in your outdoor living area, designing for easy navigation between your interior and exterior is critical. Determine the size of your grill and other tools you may elect to include in your outdoor kitchen area based on how often you entertain and the size of your typical party. You may want to include a bar area in addition to generous and diverse seating areas. The bar area in this outdoor space includes a TV screen, ideal for enjoying a baseball game or a nighttime movie together.

Space should be planned with different types of weather in mind, accommodating for sun and shade, day and nighttime enjoyment. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help guide you through the process of imagining how you will use your space and what design elements will most enhance your lifestyle and the beauty and value of your home.

Integrate your natural environment with the planning of your whole home remodel and you can enjoy every long weekend at home with an outdoor area that feels like a luxurious vacation retreat!

Cast Your Vote to Win an Exciting Adventure!

May 15th, 2014
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JDR has a new television campaign airing and we want YOU to tell us which ad is your favorite. The campaign illustrates the fun, creative discovery of your unique personal style when JDR designs and builds your home.

ScreenShots_Contest2014BView our five ads here and place your vote to let us know which one you like best. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win your choice of three fabulous prizes, all valued at up to $500.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS VOTE! (Only one vote per person, please.) And don’t forget to tell your friends to vote, too!

Choose your favorite ad for a chance to win one of these prizes:

  • A Luxurious Limousine Drive with five friends to Temecula Valley Wine Country
  • A Spectacular Balloon Ride over San Diego with you and a friend
  • A Magical Day at Disneyland for four

Watch the Videos Here and Vote!

Voting ends on June 13, 2014 at 4pm, PST. Our winner will be notified via email on June 16, 2014.

Drama in Small Spaces: Powder Room Perfection for Your Whole Home Remodel

May 9th, 2014
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GrapePowderRoomA powder room is one of the rooms in your home that almost every guest will see. When planning your whole home remodel, don’t forget to give this small space the thoughtful design attention it deserves.

There are several ways a powder room can make a dramatic impression on guests:

pecsarColor and Materials
In such a small space, interesting textures and materials can truly be appreciated. The powder room above in a contemporary urban loft contrasts the industrial textures of the intricately layered wall and the concrete sink with the gleam of red and black tiles in a custom niche.

Lighting for Mood
Powder rooms don’t need the same kind of task lighting that master bathrooms require. Softer lighting, such as the elegant duo framing the mirror in this California Contemporary powder room (upper right) creates the restful atmosphere of a mini retreat.

difiorenichesArt and Design
Take advantage of the smaller scale of a powder room to display art and objects that benefit from a closer look and might get lost in other areas of your home. The niches in the wall of this award-winning Asian-inspired powder room are seductively lit to highlight favorite pieces.

With the help of a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, a small powder room can become a conversation point and memorable design statement in your whole home remodel. By applying big ideas to small spaces, our designers help you envision a powder room that is just right for your personal style.