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Mix it Up! Eclectic Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

September 20th, 2012
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Some of the most stimulating and memorable whole home remodels are based on an “eclectic” point of view, which derives ideas and inspiration from a broad and diverse range of sources. An eclectic design appears spontaneous, creative, and natural yet it requires deliberate and skillful planning to avoid chaos or clashing.

A kitchen remodeling project we recently completed was an eclectic design mixing an appealing blend of cultural influences with vibrant color, engaging textures and the homeowners’ interest in art from around the world. Architectural elements were carefully planned to bring balance to the environment while each accessory was selected to harmonize with the lively spirit of the room.

If you would like to explore an eclectic design for your whole home remodel, here are some elements to consider:

  • It’s best to choose 2-3 styles to play with for a successful result. Any more could become confusing to the eye.
  • What is your inspiration? Favorite travel destinations, your personal heritage, or admired historical design periods are good places to start exploring.
  • Choose styles based on what you truly love rather than what’s trendy to be sure you will love living with your new environment every day.
  • Every detail counts. Paint colors, countertop and backsplash materials, furniture, lighting design and the art you choose to display throughout the room should be chosen with thoughtful connection to the design plan.

For any whole home remodel, working with an experienced design build remodeling team makes the experience more enjoyable and stress-free. With eclectic design in particular, the guidance of a professional designer is essential to creating eclectic style with stunning effect!

How to Green Your Home: Inside and Out

September 17th, 2012
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If you are planning a whole home remodel, you may be considering ways to make your home more green. Green remodeling can contribute to a healthier environment, reduce your energy costs by 30% and add to the resale value of your home. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says that U.S. home buyers are willing to spend 11-25 percent more for a green home.

When you are planning your whole home remodel, consider these factors for making your home more green, inside and out. You can start with some small changes and work your way up to implementing the more significant. Even small changes make a difference!

Interior:

  • Low flow toilet and shower heads
  • High efficiency light fixtures, such as dimmer switches, LED lighting and motion sensors
  • Low VOC paint, non-toxic carpeting and non-toxic glues
  • Recycled materials such as Vetrazzo countertops
  • Sustainable woods for flooring and cabinetry, such as bamboo
  • Heating, air conditioning and air quality systems, such as whole home fans
  • Thermal insulation, such as recycled blue jeans insulation


Exterior:

  • Solar powered exterior landscape lighting
  • Energy efficient windows
  • Engineered lumber
  • Radiant barrier plywood roofing
  • Solar panels on roof
  • Water collection system


Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can determine the most effective and desirable ways to invest in making your home more friendly to the environment and more healthy for you and your family. At Jackson Design and Remodeling, several members of our team are Green Certified Professionals and can share their specialized knowledge with you about green remodeling that suits your unique needs and desires for your home.

Give a Toast to the Wet Bar for Your Whole Home Remodel

September 7th, 2012
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When planning your whole home remodel, a professional design team guides you to imagine how you want to spend time in your new home. How will your lifestyle be transformed by your new environment? If you love to entertain, a wet bar is a wonderful addition to your whole home remodel. Typically containing a countertop, small sink, refrigerator and storage space, a wet bar makes every social occasion at home a simple, sophisticated pleasure. Here are some elements to consider:

Will Guests Sit or Stand? Depending on the space you have available and how you envision interacting with your guests, the wet bar can be built into a wall with no seating, built as a stand alone with bar seating, or some combination of both.

Storage and Display: Streamlined storage of accessories is essential, as is the artful display of available libations from wine to liqueurs.

Spirited Personality: You want your wet bar to harmonize with the overall design of your home but also to present an impressive design since it will be the centerpiece of many occasions when you welcome company. Working with your own professional designer you can arrive at layout and material choices that will distinguish your design with enviable style.

When you work with a team of design build experts for your whole home remodel, adding a wet bar to your home is an enjoyable, stress-free experience. A well-designed wet bar could make you and your guests tipsy with delight!

Jackson Design and Remodeling Wins 2012 Kitchen of the Year Honor from Ranch & Coast Magazine

August 31st, 2012
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We are happy to announce that a kitchen designed by Jackson Design and Remodeling has been awarded Kitchen of the Year by Ranch & Coast magazine. A couple who love to entertain and are enthusiastic members of their local wine club wanted their kitchen to be a central gathering point in their home – a sophisticated, yet unpretentious space for welcoming fellow oenophiles. After visiting an open house in their neighborhood showcasing a whole home remodel by Jackson Design and Remodeling, this couple was inspired to work with us for their kitchen remodeling project.

The most challenging aspect of this remodel was the room’s very unusual configuration and positioning. Our professional design team developed not just cosmetic changes, but a dramatically different layout and perspective. The new kitchen design takes full advantage of the home’s spectacular views while also embracing the clients’ lifestyle by creating an open floor plan with welcoming bar island seating. This brilliantly re-imagined new space is now an appealing central gathering place where the homeowners welcome guests and fellow wine enthusiasts in comfort and style.

Read more details in the Ranch & Coast feature article.

A Study in Style: Create Space for a Library in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 23rd, 2012
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Back to school season is underway! For those with school age children living at home, a plan for a whole home remodel often includes a desire for a quiet space dedicated to studying and reading. Even when children have left the nest, a room devoted to quieter pleasures is a wonderful addition to everyday living. If you are planning a library/study area for your whole home remodel, here are a few considerations:

Who will use the room? If the room will be shared between generations, designating areas for each promotes harmony. Think about how each person will want to use the space so a professional design team can help you design the area most efficiently.

What belongs in the room and what should have prominence? Some families will have a large area dedicated to a book collection while others may have more room given to media. Finding an appropriate focal point and the right balance is essential to a pleasing design.

How do you want the room to feel? For a room dedicated to reading and studying, the atmosphere should strike the ideal balance between relaxing and stimulating. Good lighting – designed for reading, working on the computer and other tasks – is essential.

Once you have studied what works best for you, sharing your ideas with an experienced design build remodeling team will help you achieve the quiet space of your daydreams. Creating rooms that work for your lifestyle today makes your whole home remodel a unique, personal space you will be comfortable in for a lifetime.

Open the Door to Color: Welcome Summer Visitors with a Red Front Door

August 16th, 2012
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For a Colonial Coastal whole home remodel we completed recently, a finishing touch was the addition of a red front door. This striking entryway welcomes the homeowners‘ frequent summer guests to their stunning coast side home with memorable style. Our professional design team loved the clean, bold look of this entryway and we were inspired to explore some of the symbolic meanings of a red front door. Worldwide, the red front door has a history of positive symbolism related to welcoming visitors, luck, protection and good fortune.

Early American: In early American times, a red front door was a sign of a safe haven. If a home had a red front door, tired travelers journeying on horseback knew they would be welcomed to stop there and spend the night or rest.

Feng Shui: In Feng Shui, the front door is known as the “Mouth of Chi” where energy enters. To paint your door red welcomes people into your home and encourages good luck to enter.

Scottish: In Scotland, a red front door red once signified that the homeowners had paid off their mortgage.

Religious: In biblical times, many churches painted their doors red as protection from evil.

While it’s interesting to know that a red door possesses enduring tradition and symbolism, what really matters is if the color speaks to you and works with the style of your whole home remodel. Working with an expert design build team you can determine what most inspires you and creates an environment that is uniquely yours!

Dishing Out Style: Classic Apron Front Sinks Make a Splash in Kitchen Remodeling

August 13th, 2012
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Originally a staple of farmhouse kitchens, apron front sinks have recently enjoyed an upsurge in popularity for kitchen remodeling projects of all styles. Our professional design team has created kitchens with apron front sinks as a central feature in whole home remodels with Modern, Cape Cod Coastal and Transitional design aesthetics. Apron front sinks are uniquely versatile because of their timeless simplicity. Their clean lines and classic form work well in many kitchen remodeling projects.

Appealing Functionality
Because they were originally designed for busy farmhouse mealtimes when no dishwashers or other convenient appliances were available, apron front sinks are built for sturdiness and durability. They are large enough to accommodate sizable pots and pans and their extra deep and roomy bowl means less splashing while you work at the sink, with less puddles on surrounding surfaces. Their placement a little further forward than typical modern sinks makes for more comfortable ergonomics with less stress and strain.

Enduring Design
An apron front sink is an iconic design that works as a centerpiece in your kitchen. Rather than blending into the background, this archetypal sink makes a bold statement about the value of classic design. The apron front sinks made today have evolved to encompass new materials and colors. Enameled cast iron and fireclay are popular for their appearance and strength, while stainless steel has emerged as a modern interpretation of the classic design. The elements that remain unchanged are the simple, clean lines that make an apron front sink work as well in a contemporary environment as it does in a traditional one.

Choosing a sink is just one element of a kitchen remodeling project. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you receive the expertise and guidance you need to make design choices that work best for your lifestyle today.

Blended to Taste: Expressing Your Own Personal Style in Your Whole Home Remodel is a Popular Trend

August 2nd, 2012
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When our professional design team was recently interviewed for a soon-to-be-published article on current home design, they discussed the blending of design categories as an emerging trend in whole home remodels. More than ever before, clients want to express their personal perspectives and break the stodgy rules that once limited design. Here are some of the fresh new styles our designers have helped clients create in their home environments:

Beaux Arts: Elements rooted in vintage and contemporary styles pay creative homage to the old and the new. Curvilinear edges, vibrant colors and an artistic flair are signature aspects of the Beaux Arts style.

Art Deco: This classic design style features linear symmetry representing elegance, glamour and modernity. A graphic combination of black and white is often featured in timeless Art Deco design.

Cape Cod Coastal: Even for those who don’t live in a beachside home, aqua blues, crisp linen whites and nostalgic fixtures bring an appreciation of natural beauty and classic charm to a space inspired by timeless East Coast design.

Rustic Modern: Natural woods contrasted with glass and chrome evoke the comfort of a mountain retreat and the excitement of modern urbanity for the dynamic visual fusion of Rustic Modern design.

Organic Architectural: Punctuating clean architectural lines and interesting neutrals with organic shapes and natural materials makes an intriguing presentation representative of the Organic Architectural style.

Exploring various options and creating your own individual style for a whole home remodel is one of the most exciting aspects of a design build remodeling project. The experience is  enjoyable and stress-free when you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals.

It’s Time for the Opening Ceremony! JDR is a Proud Sponsor of the London Summer Olympics on NBC 7 San Diego.

July 27th, 2012
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After 69 days traveling the length and breadth of the UK, the Olympic Flame takes to the River Thames on the morning of July 27th. Over the past 70 days over 13 million people have lined the streets of the UK to show their support. The Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening during the Opening Ceremony, where the cauldron will be lit and stay alight until it is extinguished on August 12th, the final day of the Games. 300 nations will take part in the 2012 Olympics and 147 in the Paralympics.

We are happy to share the news that Jackson Design and Remodeling is a proud sponsor of the London 2012 Summer Olympics on NBC 7 San Diego. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals is excited to support our American teams in their pursuit of athletic excellence. Keep an eye out for our ads as you enjoy the Games this summer!

Aglow with Style: Illuminating Your Lighting Choices for a Whole Home Remodel

July 11th, 2012
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Creative and unusual lighting choices express a distinct personality for your whole home remodel like nothing else. The most interesting lighting fuses function with art to add dazzling performance to your environment. Our professional design team continually researches new resources and discovers ways to delight clients with innovative and appealing design elements. Here we reveal two American artisans in the lighting industry:

Lea de Wit, Lucky Stripe Studios
Glass artist Lea de Wit’s hand-blown art glass pendants are crafted right here in San Diego. Our designers have worked together with Lea and our clients to create one-of-a-kind pendants for whole home remodels, kitchen remodeling projects and more. Lea melts glass color in various forms, from sea salt-sized chunks to powder, into a searing mass. She layers color upon color to create depth and intensity while playing with varying degrees of transparency and opacity before blowing and sculpting the glass into beautiful custom shapes.

Cerno
Cerno creates modern LED lighting fixtures in Laguna Beach. In response to the current age of disposability, the company conscientiously chooses to build products that last, selecting an environmentally responsible material pallet and using energy efficient LED technology. Design, quality and precision are evident in the exquisite details of their impressive, hand-assembled work.

Lighting choices are one of the details that make your whole home remodel sparkle with memorable style. Partnering with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you access a level of experience and skill that makes choosing the details effortless and enjoyable.