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From Before to After: Visualizing Your New Home

October 10th, 2013
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DiVicoMasterbath_rendering One of the most important roles a professional designer plays is that of guide: professional designers help you visualize your space in a way you may have never imagined. They use many tools to help you visualize how your current home can be transformed into a whole home remodel, kitchen remodel or custom bathroom remodel that satisfies your needs and desires and inspires your daily living. The process begins as an exploration. Our team asks you a series of carefully considered questions about how you use your home today, how you wish you could live differently, and how your home’s current design enhances or limits your lifestyle. Next, we present you with our design solution for your home.

Our professional designers are trained in creating detailed renderings to present clients with a clear illustration of what the new design of their home will look like. In the example shown here, you can clearly see how closely the rendering of the design and the photograph of the finished bathroom match.

FinishedmasterbathWe love collaborating with clients during the creative process and sharing our enthusiasm and guidance. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your remodeling project will be enjoyable and stress-free.

Add Sparkle to Your Whole Home Remodel with a Touch of Metallic

September 27th, 2013
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DR1The sophisticated sheen of metallic tones adds instant glamour to your whole home remodel. For a recent kitchen remodeling project, our professional designers defined a ceiling area, selected a shimmering silver paint and added a glittering circular chandelier to establish a grand entrance for clients who love to entertain.

Here are some ideas for experimenting with metallic colors in your whole home remodel:

  • A little goes a long way when it comes to metallic tones. Choose a focal point and consider how the metallic color will best balance with the rest of the room.
  • Lighting is essential to creating the effect you want to achieve from a metallic. Carefully designed lighting dramatically amplifies the seductive, glamorous sheen of a metallic.
  • DR2Choose unexpected places to add a little shine. Metallic tiles interspersed throughout this kitchen floor seem to glow from within and add a sense of exciting discovery to the entire room.

A professional design team can help you explore ways to express your imagination in your whole home remodel. Metallic colors are a stylish way to let your creative side shine at home!

Shut the Barn Door! Open Up a New Design Idea for Your Whole Home Remodel

September 20th, 2013
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BarnDoor2The thoughtful details of a whole home remodel make your home interesting and unforgettable. Our professional design team researches the latest trends to find inspiration and innovation to share with our clients as we transform their homes. Recently, we’ve noticed a renewed interest in barn doors as a design element.

A barn door is an unexpected and bold visual centerpiece. It can act as a separation between outdoor and indoor areas or as the entryway to any room in your home. While barn doors are larger than a typical door, they are practical in areas where space is of the essence since their sliding function takes up less room than a traditional swinging door.

BarnDoor3Barn doors are available in an array of materials with interesting hardware and work in every environment from the ultra modern to the traditional. From the weathered appearance of repurposed woods to the sleeker presentation of black, red or white painted wood, you can find a barn door that will make a memorable design statement in your whole home remodel.

Charming Retro Kitchen Remodel is a Fresh Take on the Past

September 13th, 2013
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retrokitchen1 The most successful whole home remodels and kitchen remodels are authentic expressions of your personal tastes rather than imitations of current trends. The retro kitchen remodel we recently completed is a perfect example of how our professional design team works with clients to help them achieve a unique personal vision for their homes.

The design process encompasses a thorough evaluation of what you love, what you need, and how those qualities can be balanced to achieve a kitchen remodel or whole home remodel that feels functional, comfortable and visually memorable. This amazing retro kitchen pays tribute to the past with a decidedly modern attitude. Here are some of the elements that make this kitchen shine:

  • Varying shades of yellow contrast with black and white for a cheerful, bright and graphic color palette.retrokitchenstove
  • The playful positioning of contrasting tiles on the floor presents a modern interpretation of the classic checkerboard pattern.
  • A boldly retro yellow stove is a centerpiece in the room, drawing attention with its vintage arched top and chrome fixtures. All other major appliances in the kitchen are also of retro design in a matching yellow shade.
  • Gleaming curves of black tile trim against the soft yellow tile of the countertop define the lines of the kitchen with classic style. Simple white cabinetry is designed to fit the retro aesthetic while providing the abundance of storage expected in a modern kitchen.

retrokitchen3If you are a fellow enthusiast of the retro feel or an appreciator of a more modern or traditional look, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals provides expertise, inspiration and guidance to create a kitchen design or whole home remodel that works for you, your family and your lifestyle.

Honor Your Labor with a Stylish Home Office in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 28th, 2013
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1185610_10151892994973336_2127104037_nWhen you have work to do at home, it helps to have an organized space optimized for creativity and concentration. A functional and appealing home office is an essential element of many of the whole home remodels completed by our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals. Most of us have work to do at home, whether it’s brought back from the office, work we do as part of our own business, or absorbing side projects. Here are some considerations for creating a home office as part of your whole home remodel:

Make Your Work Space Work
Space planning is of the essence. Avoid cramping your “office” into a small corner of the kitchen or living area. If you have significant work to do at home, give yourself significant space to do it in. A professional designer has the space planning expertise to help you find extra space you may not see.

What Are You Doing All Day?
If most of your work time is spent on the computer, the first thing you will want to do is find the right place for your monitor. Think about how you like to work. Do you like to have a view or do you prefer to limit distractions? This will affect your workstation layout. If your work involves the occasional client visit, seating is also a priority. Organized file and supply storage helps with daily efficiency and helps your workspace feel welcoming and uncluttered.

Don’t Make Your Space All Work and No Play
Give your space personality! The layout and décor should be an expression of what makes you feel happy and productive. An office (shown above) in the garage space of a beachside whole home remodel we recently completed uses a wall of custom printed wallpaper depicting an edgy urban vibe as a defining design element.

If you love what you do you are lucky; if you love where you do it, you are even luckier! A home office in your whole home remodel can bring a renewed sense of energy and purpose to your work.

Back to School! Make A’s Easy in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 20th, 2013
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PecsarAIf you have kids going back to school this week, you are no doubt familiar with the joys and challenges of the nightly homework routine. A thoughtfully designed whole home remodel is about creating an environment that works for your lifestyle today. As children grow older, homework demands grow along with them and it is important to have a space where kids can concentrate and have interaction with their parents at the same time.

After owning their 40-year old home in Old Del Mar, California, for more than 15 years, our clients found themselves in an environment that no longer suited their lifestyle. Their children had grown from babies to teenagers, while their parents had aged and were coming to stay for longer visits. After conducting careful research and coming to the conclusion that a whole home remodel made more sense than moving to a new home, our clients started the design build process for their whole home, including a new kitchen.

PecsarKitchen2With family togetherness central to the clients’ values, the new kitchen was designed to be open to the remodeled great room and adjacent family room. The unusual island was created with a trapezoid shape rather than with a more traditional bar seating style so that the clients and their children can interact while doing homework and cooking. During the school season, the island becomes a thriving hub of the household, a place where the whole family can bond while getting their work done.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you will discover imaginative ways to transform your home to nurture the way you and your family live today.

Backyard Beauty: Tips for Outdoor Living in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 13th, 2013
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HimmelWhen you are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful environment like San Diego, it makes sense to take advantage of the area’s wonderful climate with expanded outdoor living space. If you are planning a whole home remodel, your outdoor space can be an integral part of your lifestyle when designed with the creativity and experience of a professional design team. Whether your focal point is an outdoor kitchen, a Zen-like pool, or a lush garden, a thoughtfully designed outdoor space adds a significant level of relaxation and pleasure to your home.

ZenPoolJackson Design and Remodeling was featured nationally in the June 2013 issue of at home Magazine in an article focused on outdoor living. In the article, “Expand Entertaining into Your Yard: 7 Outdoor Living Tips,” Todd Jackson talked about the difference between an outdoor living remodel and other types of remodeling projects: “… Unlike a kitchen or bathroom remodel, an outdoor space is purely a ‘want,’ says Todd Jackson, of Jackson Design & Remodeling in San Diego. ‘You’re drawn to a lifestyle – picturing yourself out there on a warm summer night.’ Similar to the popularity of spa-like master suites, homeowners want their outdoor area to provide an escape, a serene retreat.” The article closes with a quote from Todd: “… And though the spaces are popular with almost every demographic, Jackson says these types of projects are often more male-driven than the interior. ‘It’s like a man cave without the cave.’

Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals inspires clients with new ideas for fully appreciating natural surroundings. Combining innovative thinking with practical experience, our design build team expands the possibilities for your whole home remodel – inside and out!

It’s Getting Steamy in Here: Luxurious Choices for Your Custom Bathroom Design

August 1st, 2013
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77451_10151828514463336_1583402494_oThis gorgeous bathroom design features a large-scale custom steam shower with a view from an expansive window. Imagine starting your morning with a strong shower in natural light, invigorated by beauty both indoors and outdoors. With its carefully designed adjustable lighting and spa-like shower amenities, the master bathroom also becomes a relaxing retreat at the end of the day.

Material and color choices throughout the room support a refined approach to modern luxury. The emphasis is on clean lines, lush textures and connection to the surrounding environment. The design approach is sophisticated and elegant, yet also very comfortable and inviting. Finding the right balance in a room design is made easier with the help of a professional design team with experience in helping clients achieve their vision for a space. A designer also helps with planning the focus of a room. By starting with a central desire, such as a large steam shower, this bathroom design begins with a sense of purpose from which all else flows.

When you are considering your choices for custom bathroom design, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help inspire you with fresh ideas for layout and materials.

We’re Mad About this Mid-century Modern Kitchen Remodel

July 25th, 2013
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mm2This kitchen in a whole home remodel in La Jolla Farms embraces the mid-century modern aesthetic familiar to design enthusiasts and fans of the show Mad Men. Our team of professional designers found a fresh way to express a mid-century modern point of view. If you are interested in exploring mid-century modern design for your kitchen remodeling project or whole home remodel, here are some points to keep in mind:

Bring the mid-century to this century:
Avoid a home that looks like a dated copy of a 1950s original by weaving elements of mid-century modern with contemporary details and eclectic accessories. Designing your home with mid-century modern in mind does not have to entail an all or nothing approach.

mm3Keep it clean:
Clean, simple lines are one of the defining characteristics of mid-century modern design. Colors are often natural and subdued. Clutter should be eliminated in favor of smart, thoughtful layout and material choices.

Add depth with texture:
Natural woods bring warmth to the mid-century look, particularly in the clean lines of Danish furniture pieces. Pairing woods with graphic patterns and organic materials stimulates today’s mid-century modern interior.

MM1Whether your style leans toward the Don Draper era, American traditional, or somewhere in between, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps you achieve your personal vision for your whole home remodel.

Home on the Range: Stove Hood Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

July 10th, 2013
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hood_hostetStove hoods have come a long way over the past several years, evolving from the purely functional to become integral design elements in a kitchen remodel. If you are remodeling your kitchen, you will want to balance the practical aspects of your stove hood with the visual feel of your new kitchen.

Why is a Range Hood Necessary?
Range hoods reduce cooking smells, heat and condensation through ventilation and protect your kitchen from Barbot_hoodgrease splattering and other food mess. How much you use your stove to cook will partly determine the type of hood and strength of ventilation you choose.

What are the Types of Hoods?
The type of hood you select will relate to the layout and design of your kitchen. If you have a cooktop on your island, for instance, you will need a ceiling mounted hood. Other available types are wall mount, under cabinet mount, chimney style and custom built-in.

How Can a Hood Enhance my Kitchen Remodel?
Hoods can be custom designed for your kitchen remodel to create an exciting visual statement while also performing essential function in the room. Most importantly, a professional design team ensures that the hood enhances your kitchen remodel rather than distracting from it. The hood should look as if it is a well-considered element of the kitchen design, whether your kitchen is ultra modern or French country.

Our professional designers continuously research the latest innovations in products that transform your home and your lifestyle. Choosing the right range hood is just one of the detailed creative decisions that makes working with design build remodeling experts an enjoyable and stress-free experience.