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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.

Planning a Whole Home Remodel for Your Historical Home? A Great Design Works for Today with Respect for Yesterday.

February 15th, 2013
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If you are the owner of an historic home, you appreciate that elements of its original character can’t be duplicated in a newly built house. There’s a sense of continuity, a respect for the past, and an admiration of old-world craftsmanship that comes from owning an historic home. On the other hand, historical homes involve unique challenges. Their scale is often quite smaller than the modern norm, especially in areas that families use most, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. If you’ve decided it’s time for a whole home remodel in your historical home, here are some considerations:

Be clear about why you love living in a historic home. Before beginning your remodel, think carefully about what makes you love your historical home and which aspects of its design and overall character are most important to retain.

Now think about what you need for your lifestyle today. Usually you will need more space. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you determine whether you need an addition or simply better space planning, working within your home’s current footprint. Are there modern appliances you’ve been daydreaming about? Do you need more storage space? What changes do your kitchen and bathrooms need to better suit your lifestyle?

Work with a remodeling company that understands historical homes. Preserving the original character of your home, while adding modern convenience and scale, requires a high level of design skills, careful research and meticulous attention to detail. There are also legal requirements to consider for remodeling historic properties (such as those outlined in the Mills Act) that your contractor needs to be knowledgeable about … missing these details in the initial design process and then having to correct them later can be costly.

Above all, a whole home remodel in a historical home should appear natural and historically accurate. The successful whole home remodel of a historic home honors its essential character, while adding new spirit and modern convenience.

There’s a Pattern Here: How to Use Chevron and Other Patterns in Your Whole Home Design

February 7th, 2013
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Seen as early as 1800 BC in pottery design and a common element of early military insignia, the chevron pattern has experienced a resurgence of popularity lately along with other bold patterns in home design. The chevron can be seen as a series of “zig zags” or as a wave-like effect with pointed edges instead of soft ones. For your whole home remodel, employing patterns strategically can bring immediate interest and personality to your space. Professional designers are adept at helping you select from the exciting range of possibilities to find the pattern that best expresses your unique point of view. Besides the chevron pattern, here are some other pattern choices to consider as you make plans for your whole home remodel:

Animal Prints: One bold animal print piece in a room adds a wild amount of style to your space. Choose from the bold and graphic simplicity of the zebra print or the warmer option of cheetah or tiger.

Touchable Textures: The tactile element of suede and wood materials used in your home combines interesting visual patterns found in nature with the comfort of authentic textures.

Bold Graphic Patterns: Bold modern expression comes alive with houndstooth, stripes, squares, the Greek key, and other patterns based on geometric principles.

Modern Florals: The new florals retain their romance but with the extra excitement of a large scale often in combination with a historic botanical look.

Natural inspiration:  In addition to florals, nature’s patterns can be found in fern and other plant patterns. More whimsically, faux bois (imitating the look of wood) is a fun way to play with design inspired by nature.

When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your dreams for transforming your home come to life in each detail, including the bold and beautiful patterns you choose to live with everyday!

2013 Design Inspiration: Jackson Design and Remodeling Pin 2 Win Contest! Your Chance to Win a $150 West Elm Gift Card.

January 31st, 2013
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When you are considering a whole home remodel, kitchen remodeling project or custom bathroom, trends can be a starting point for inspiration, customized to suit personal tastes and the functional needs of a space. The team of professional designers at Jackson Design and Remodeling has put together its list of the top design trends for 2013 and we’ve posted them to our Pinterest page. Now you can have some fun by creating your own 2013 Design Inspiration Pinterest board for a chance to win a $150 gift card to West Elm!

How to Enter:

1.      Follow JDRSanDiego on Pinterest and create a “2013 Design Inspiration” board.

2.      Pin the contest image pictured above, plus 3 images from the JDRSanDiego Pinterest page, along with other home design images that inspire you.

3.      Make sure you tag each pin with #2013DesignTrends @jdrsandiego.

4.      Once completed, copy the link to your finished board in the comment section below the contest pin on the JDRSanDiego Pinterest board.

Official Contest Rules:

  • The contest begins February 1 at 9am PST and ends on February 15, 2013 at midnight PST.
  • Must create a 2013 Design Inspiration board on Pinterest
  • There must be a minimum of 4 pins on your contest board: 3 pins from JDRSanDiego page plus the contest pin. Be sure to include hashtag #2013DesignTrends and @JDRSanDiego on each pin.
  • One winner will receive a $150 gift card to West Elm, selected randomly on February 16, 2013.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any board. Reasons a board may be disqualified include, but are not limited to, improper pins or actions that violate the terms of service.
  • Contest is open to residents of the United States only.

Good luck!

Nominations Now Open for 2013! 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

January 25th, 2013
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We are excited to announce the 4th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards, our tradition of recognizing exemplary blogs in the design and remodeling business. Our awards highlight the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, and Green categories. This year we are introducing a new category recognizing the growing influence of social media. The Best Microblog category encompasses the shorter blog format used on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where a post may be as simple as a sentence, a photo, or a video link.

The 2013 JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, 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.

Nominate your favorite blogs for any of the following categories:

Best Blogger: Architecture
Best Blogger: Interior Design
Best Blogger: Remodeling
Best Blogger: Construction Business
Best Blogger: Green
New Category! Best Blogger: Microblog

The blog that receives the most votes in a category will be the winner of that category. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2013 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display.

Awards Schedule:
Nominations Open: January 25, 2013
Nominations Closed: February 15th, 2013
Voting Open: February 25th, 2013
Voting Closed: April 12th, 2013
Winners Announced: April 17th, 2013

Congratulations to last year’s winners:
• Best Blogger: Architecture 2 Modern
• Best Blogger: Interior Design Freshome
• Best Blogger: Remodeling 7th House on the Left
• Best Blogger: Construction Business Building Blox
• Best Blogger: Green Build Direct Green Blog

Designer Point of View: 2013 Design Trends for the Home

January 17th, 2013
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Working with a team of professional designers, our clients access an incredible array of styles, interests and cultural points of view, always underscored by experience, talent and skills. We asked our team for their individual perceptions
on emerging trends as 2013 gets underway in earnest.

When you’re planning your whole home remodel, kitchen remodeling project or custom bathroom, trends can be a starting point for inspiration, customized to
suit your personal tastes and the functional needs for your home.

Senior Interior Designer
Design Department Head
We are delighted to see more appearances of bold, over-scaled, dramatic patterns. Used in wall coverings, fabrics, lighting and home accessories, these graphic patterns are a refreshing way to bring individual personality to a space.



Cabinet Design Specialist
Grey stains and paints are one of the newest cabinetry trends. Grey is a wonderfully versatile color, working in almost any design environment from traditional to contemporary. It’s also a practical choice as it hides fingerprints and smudges much more easily than white cabinetry.



Assistant Designer
Industrial elements such as Brick, Metal, Concrete and Edison-style bulbs are primary tools in an aesthetic we are seeing more of lately that blends raw materials, beautiful woods and bold colors for a compelling balance of strength and comfort.



Interior Designer
Each client’s personality and lifestyle in response to nature and the surrounding community makes its own trend and I believe in expressing each client’s story in their home design. But if I were going to pick one trend for 2013 it would be the continuation of sustainable green design with an emphasis on renewable materials, reclaimed objects, local products, wastewater treatment and energy efficiency.



Senior Interior Designer
We are breaking away from the neutral tones of recent years to a generous use of bold color! You will see Coral, Yellow, Blue and Emerald Green in tile, paint, furniture, bedding and more. Still, it’s important to consider if this trend communicates what you want. We see clients becoming braver in designing their home spaces as a reflection of their personalities and that is a trend in itself!



Assistant Designer
Dramatic patterns will arise in abundance, specifically the “chevron” pattern which will be seen in wallpaper, tile, furniture, textiles and flooring. Most common in alternating black and white, the chevron pattern appears with subtlety in neutral colors for a look that leans more toward the serene.



Assistant Designer
Rustic and reclaimed woods surged in popularity with the growing awareness of sustainability and green design. Natural materials have now become even more favored because of the “homey” sense they bring to a space. An accent of vintage wood can bring warmth to contemporary designs, along with “found objects” such as antlers, vintage cameras, logs, clocks and other items that look as if they’ve been found either in nature or in Grandma’s attic.



Senior Interior Designer
Luxurious shower experiences are becoming even more stimulating with a variety of integrated options. Exciting choices include digital valve controls with pre-set his and her temperatures, wireless speaker showerheads to enliven the shower with your favorite music, or an LED rain showerhead that mounts to the ceiling and self-generates lighting with hydropower from the water flow.



Assistant Designer
Wall coverings are being used quite a bit recently in interiors. Manufacturers of wallpaper and decorative wall paneling are designing many new alternatives with a fresh perspective and clients are responding with enthusiasm. The choices for colors and patterns present endless possibilities for the focal point of a room.



Assistant Designer
Modern and clean design using minimalistic straight lines continues to gain in popularity but now it is being balanced by the use of reclaimed, recycled and natural looking materials.



Assistant Designer
Metallics and transparencies are trending as a way to bring contemporary luxury to any room. We have started to see more options for metallic finish pieces in lighting fixtures, accessories and furniture, especially gold and silver finishes.  Lucite, acrylic, and other clear materials are showing up in lighting and furniture, supporting a clutter-free, modern and clean appearance.



Start the New Year with New Inspiration and Knowledge: Join Us for a Free Remodeling and Design Seminar on Saturday, January 19th!

January 11th, 2013
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If you’ve been considering a remodel, the start of the new year is an ideal time to gather knowledge and inspiration for your plans. Join us on Saturday, January 19th for our first remodeling and design seminar of the year to learn about how design build remodeling works for a whole home remodel, kitchen remodeling project or custom bathroom design.

Our popular remodeling and design seminars introduce you to valuable information about remodeling and give 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, a truly inspiring space where you can see and touch the latest trends in remodeling.

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, in a lively and engaging atmosphere … don’t miss out on an inspiring way to learn about the remodeling process from start to finish! The next free remodeling and design seminar is on Saturday, January 19th, from 10am to 1pm. Learn more and register here.

​Light the New Year with Grace and Style in Your Whole Home Remodel

January 2nd, 2013
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Glowing light is symbolic of the emotions we experience at the start of a new year: hope, renewed spirit, a fresh perspective. Candles, bonfires and fireworks have long been integral aspects of celebrating the New Year. How you choose to light your home as you plan your whole home remodel will powerfully influence the mood and appearance of your environment.

Lighting for Mood:
A glittering chandelier over the dining table pictured here instantly conveys a feeling of elegance and intimacy. Whatever mood you may wish to inspire, our professional designers can help you achieve it with style.

Lighting as Art:
Working with our team of professional designers, you also have access to the lighting creations of local artisans who will inspire you with their beautiful works of art which are also highly functional.

Lighting that Works:
Of course, lighting also serves the primary purpose of doing its job correctly. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can be sure you make lighting choices that are not only beautiful but that you can live with for many years to come.

Lighting is one of the most important decisions you will make during your whole home remodel. As the new year begins, are new dreams for your home coming to light? Our design build experts can help you illuminate imaginative ways to transform your home and your lifestyle!