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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Mexican Hacienda Designs to Inspire Your Whole Home Remodel.

May 3rd, 2013
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DoorIf you appreciate the rustic beauty and authentic charm of designs inspired by Old World Mexico, why not start with the Mexican hacienda as inspiration for your whole home remodel? Our professional design team finds imaginative ways to weave Old World allure with the needs of the modern homeowner.

Our team designed a secluded weekend getaway in the mountains as a future retirement home. Our clients’ spacious 3,300 sq. ft. adobe house sits on over an acre of land, providing the owners with privacy, comfort and a retreat from the sometimes hurried pace of everyday living in their primary home by the coast. These are a few of the elements our professional designers selected to create the mood of a Mexican hacienda:

  • A fountain imported from Mexico is adorned with handcrafted detailing and conveys earthy warmth and authenticity in the expansiveFountain outdoor patio area.
  • Three hand-carved doors made in 1910 were shipped to the adobe from Mexico. Each weighing several hundred pounds, the doors establish a sense of history and graceful substance in the home.
  • Throughout the home, each material and fabric was meticulously selected to sustain a mood of relaxation and serenity inspired by a Mexican hacienda.

pillowAfter working with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals for their whole home remodel, the owners of this distinctive adobe house can now enjoy the lifestyle they have always imagined.

 

Why Working with an Architect for Your Whole Home Remodel Makes a Difference

May 1st, 2013
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Architect1If you are considering a whole home remodel you may be wondering how an architect contributes to the process of transforming your home. When any of the following are required for your project, a highly skilled architect is essential:

  • Adding levels or additions or making any other changes to the exterior structure of your home
  • Significantly changing your interior floor plan
  • Moving interior walls, adding new windows or doors
  • Your desire for a high level of design with an innovative approach

Understanding the architecture of your home is necessary to update it for your needs today with appropriate attention to form, scale and proportions. The permitting process is another aspect of the whole home remodel process that architects are uniquely qualified to perform with expertise and efficiency. When you work with a skilled architect, you can rest assured that the building codes for your area and the structural demands of your current home have been incorporated in a proposed design.

Architect2In the design build remodeling process of a whole home remodel, an architect is a member of a unified team that also includes designers and construction professionals. With this streamlined team approach, you gain convenience and peace of mind. From the very start of the project, your architect is collaborating with other members of the team to develop a design that will transform your home and enhance your lifestyle today.

Announcing the Winners of the 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards!

April 25th, 2013
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BA13_WinnersBadgesWe are excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Design & Remodeling Industry Blogger Awards. The fourth annual blog competition featured 47 of the best blogs in the industry across six categories: Architecture, Construction Business, Remodeling, Interior Design, Green and Microblog. Participation was stronger than ever and we had some great close races! After tallying thousands of votes, the winners are:

Architecture: Decoist

Construction Business: Building Bloxtwo time winner!

Remodeling: 7th House on the Leftthree time winner!

Interior Design: Freshome two time winner!

Green: Lynn Hoffman Design

New category! Microblog: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Twitter

Winners receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog. Winners use their cash prize in a variety of ways, from investing in their business and new software to giving back to their community. 7th House on the Left, a three-time winner in the Remodeling category, is continuing a tradition of donating a portion of their winnings with this year’s chosen charity being Rebuilding Together.

“Each year the blogger awards get bigger, with more participants and voters. This year, we had votes from 79 countries,” said Todd Jackson, President of Jackson Design & Remodeling, which hosts the annual Blogger Awards contest, “We’re happy to see that more and more companies are realizing the importance of providing reliable information and inspiration to homeowners across the country through blogs and social media sites like Houzz, Pinterest and Twitter. We congratulate this year’s winners for representing the best of the best in the design and remodeling industry.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest this year! Stay in touch with us to hear news about the 2014 awards.

Far from the Factory: Industrial Style for Your Whole Home Remodel

April 11th, 2013
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Industrial elements such as brick, metal, concrete and Edison-style bulbs are primary tools in a recently revived trend that blends raw materials, beautiful woods and bold colors for a compelling balance of strength and comfort. In a library/office we designed as part of a whole home remodel, the reclaimed wood shelves are anchored by threaded iron rods and nuts. A corner column with custom chalkboard wallpaper establishes a visual foundation for the multilevel bookshelves. The new stairway is created from iron bars punctuated by reclaimed wood cubbies with painted glass backs, creating the effect of a transparent wall of art. These industrial details imaginatively meld form and function.

EdisonLightsIndustrial elements to consider for your whole home remodel:

  • Materials: brick, metal, concrete, distressed wide plank wood floors, recycled or salvaged materials
  • Lighting: Edison bulbs, caged pendants, oversized globes with metallic accents
  • Furniture and accessories: Vintage file cabinets used as imaginative storage, vintage stools, chairs and tables with rustic metallic tones, especially paired with rough-hewn, natural woods

If you are drawn to an industrial look for your whole home remodel, a professional team of designers can help you achieve an industrial aesthetic in a way that expresses your unique personal vision for your home.

We’ve Entered the Final Stretch. Vote for Your Favorites Today in the JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting Closes April 12th, 2013 at 4pm PST.

April 4th, 2013
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The 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards have generated more excitement and participation than ever before. As we enter the final week of voting, we are seeing more votes coming in each day and we are eagerly awaiting the final results!

 Vote for your favorite blog here. You can vote for one blog in each category: Architecture, Construction Business, Green, Interior Design, Microblog and Remodeling. Please place only one vote per category per computer.

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 12th. Winners will be announced on April 17th, 2013.

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 twenty 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.

A Well-Defined Dining Area in Your Whole Home Remodel Makes Family Meals and Entertaining a Delight

April 1st, 2013
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When you entertain during holidays and special occasions, a well-defined dining area brings a joyful spirit of family togetherness and conviviality to your home. For this whole home remodel in La Jolla, our professional design team carefully planned the dining area within the large open expanse of the home’s middle level to establish its own distinct space.

Today’s homes often feature an abundance of open space. A thoughtful whole home remodel focuses on establishing distinct areas within the open space to create a sense of place. Here are some examples of how our designers balance visual unity in an expansive area:

Coffered Ceilings: Elegant molding details in a coffered ceiling visually define the space below.

Lighting: Choosing different types and shapes of lighting such as chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces provides visual punctuation for space and also allows for flexibility when setting moods for different events.

Custom Cabinetry: A beautiful piece of cabinetry is a functional way to bring definition to a space. In this dining room, the custom-built dark cherry storage cabinet serves as a backdrop for the dining table while also offering generous storage and display areas.

Windows: The shape, length and placement of windows are essential to establishing distinct areas in a large space.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the many imaginative ways a whole home remodel brings more function and pleasure to your special occasions.

A Home for Your Best Friend(s): Making Your Whole Home Remodel Pet-Friendly

March 22nd, 2013
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When your family includes members of the feline or canine variety, a united team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you plan for a whole home remodel that is comfortable, welcoming and safe for your pets. If you are a homeowner with furry friends, here are some options to consider when planning your whole home remodel:

Pet Bath: For a whole home remodel we recently completed, the clients asked for a custom designed sink area in the laundry room (pictured above) to easily bathe their three small dogs who enter through a doggie door we built-in to the wall. We chose an extra deep sink along with materials that are durable, easy to maintain and harmonious with the progressive vintage aesthetic of the home’s design.

Trash Storage: In a multiple award-winning kitchen we designed, the clients’ active dog, Peanut, necessitated well-planned trash storage. An imaginative treatment by Rev-A-Shelf keeps trash and recycling organized and hidden and keeps Peanut out of trouble!

Landscaping: In addition to choosing plants and grass that will stand up to heavy use by your pets, work with a landscaping expert to be sure that all the plants in your yard are free of toxins that might harm your pets. If you have a fence around your yard, you will want to ensure that the fence is high enough to keep pets safe and dogs undistracted by passers-by.

When planning your whole home remodel, a professional design team offers a depth of knowledge and variety of creative ideas for how to make your pets as much at home in your new environment as you are!

Looking for More Space in Your Guest Bathroom? This Innovative Solution Opens the Door to Shared Privacy.

March 7th, 2013
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For clients with an affinity for Asian-inspired design, the remodel of a guest bathroom was inspired by a desire for both beautiful surroundings and practical functionality. The clients wanted to make the room easier to share when more than one guest needed to use it. They were looking for a custom bathroom design in which one person could use the shower while another used the sink.

Our professional design team developed a solution that added a “wall” without making the room seem smaller. A closet door was custom designed to include a buried track in the ceiling and floor with a function that allows the door to open in 3 stages for varying degrees of privacy. Obscure glass with coated aluminum trim was designed to resemble a Shoji screen-style door in keeping with the Asian-inspired aesthetic.

Throughout the room, simple horizontal lines underline the Asian influence. A quartet of lights at the vanity resembles a string of paper lanterns while the sink faucets are designed to flow like delicate waterfalls. In the shower, the waterfall theme is repeated in the niche of glass tile and the flowing lines of tile on the floor.

Are you looking for ways to harmonize luxury and function in your home? A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you with imaginative ways to transform your home and lifestyle!

Wall-to-Wall Style for Your Whole Home Remodel: Decorative Wallpaper Transforms a Room

March 1st, 2013
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If bland design “drives you up the wall”, you may be attracted to innovative decorative wallpapers for your whole home remodel. Our professional design team recently helped a young couple in Solana Beach choose and place an array of decorative wallpapers for their whole home remodel. In the downstairs guest bedroom, a wall depicts a restful scene of palm trees swaying on a beach. An upstairs hallway features a dramatic panorama of a sunset and sweeping waves, entitled “Undertow.” In the master bedroom, the clients chose a serene abstract of snow-laden pines. In an upstairs guest bedroom, the wall sparkles with a sun-speckled Oregon forest scene, while in a downstairs office, a gritty scene of a Brooklyn Bridge wall creates an urban, edgy mood. (Steve Ellis designed the Undertow wallpaper and Boone Speed designed the wallpapers used in all the other rooms in our clients’ home.)

For this project, our design team chose to work with Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper. Digital Flavor Paper is printed to order based on your particular wall dimensions and the image is then scaled and cropped appropriately. Flavor Paper’s special techniques ensure zero pixelation at any size. Their collection includes the work of independent artists, featuring stunning photography, illustrations, abstract work, and combinations of all three.

This inventive design solution is just one example of how working with a united team of architects, designers and construction professionals gives you access the latest ideas in home design for your whole home remodel.

 

Voting is Now Open! Vote Today for Your Favorite Bloggers in the 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards.

February 25th, 2013
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Voting is now open for the 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Vote for your favorite blog here! You can vote for one blog in each category: Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog. Please place only one vote per category, per person.

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 12th. Winners will be announced on April 17, 2013.

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 twenty years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The JDR Industry Blogger Awards continue to bring additional recognition to the work of our favorite bloggers, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry, celebrate excellence in communication and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.