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Defining Your Dreams for Whole Home Design

June 4th, 2013
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WholeHomeBack Does your home meet your functional needs today and reflect your unique point of view? A professional design team can inspire you with ideas and solutions to transform your environment when you are planning your whole home remodel.

Each individual and family has very specific needs and desires for their remodel. Some want to design and build their entire home to make room for an aging parent. Others want to reflect their love of art and family with a new kitchen or want a whole home remodel to practice a greener lifestyle. Often people appreciate the house they are in but are looking for ways to add modern functionality while honoring their home’s original character.

Experienced professional designers work closely with each client to define dreams and functional needs. They listen carefully and ask questions throughout the design process. By helping you explore your personal style, they WholeHomeFrontguide you toward options to express yourself in your home. Talented designers with experience and training help you see creative possibilities for your space that you may not have even imagined.

Working with a unified team of designers, architects and construction professionals, you can rest assured that your design will express your personal style while achieving the practical functionality you need.

There’s a Place for Everything in a Kitchen Remodel that Displays Your Treasured Collectibles

May 23rd, 2013
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Retro2If you are considering remodeling your kitchen and dreaming about ways it could better display a beloved collection of pottery or art, our professional design team can help you with innovative solutions. We recently designed a kitchen for an active retired couple with a shared appreciation for early American art and collectibles. They wanted to remodel their kitchen to better accommodate family time and to more effectively display the Americana they had gathered over many years. Our designers created several solutions:

  • All new custom cabinetry was designed for storage and display and meticulously matched to existing cabinetry the client wanted to retain.
  • The backsplash of cream ceramic tiles with delicate blue flowers was specifically chosen to subtly compliment the clients’ extensive collection of Delftware pottery.
  • Built-in plate racks in the cabinetry bring attention to the clients’ collection while minimizing clutter.
  • A shelf was added above the farm house sink for additional display space.Retro1

Whatever you like to collect and display can be truly protected and appreciated when your kitchen is designed to highlight your treasures. Remodeling your kitchen to make it the heart of your home is an investment that lasts a lifetime.

Every Mom Loves a Day at the Spa – Especially When It’s In Her Own Home!

May 10th, 2013
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MothersDay A custom bathroom design created to capture the elegant and relaxing atmosphere of a luxury spa is becoming essential for today’s whole home remodel. Busy Moms appreciate the convenience of spa-like amenities right down the hall!

Here are some elements of a master bathroom that evoke a spa-like mood:

  • MD1Centerpiece Bath Tub: A free-standing bath tub with stylish function and form is often the centerpiece for a luxury master bathroom. The bath tub in the master bathroom of this whole home remodel by Jackson Design and Remodeling was carefully positioned to make the most of the home’s amazing coastal views.
  • Sumptuous Materials: In this bathroom, a glittering glass and marble mosaic wall is enhanced by romantic sconce lighting, while a marble countertop, floor and walls, marble wainscoting and an intricately detailed baseboard complete an impression of rich, luxurious detail.
  • A Seductive Shower: This generously sized marble shower feels like a serene separate room, graced by fresh airMDShower and sunshine from its own window and fitted with layers of luxury including generous bench seating, body sprays and custom controls outside the shower door.

A spa-like custom bathroom design in your home is an investment that makes your lifestyle more peaceful and inspiring. Working with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you will arrive at a design that best expresses your personal desires and dreams for your home. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Jackson Design and Remodeling!

¡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!