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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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Bookshelves

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.

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!