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Come See Two JDR Kitchens and Meet Our Designers in Person at the ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour on October 27th!

October 18th, 2012
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Jackson Design and Remodeling is happy to announce that two of our kitchen remodeling projects (both part of whole home remodels) will be featured on the American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Fall Kitchen & Bath Tour on Saturday, October 27th. The tour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase 15 beautifully remodeled kitchens and 6 baths at residences in San Diego County. JDR has two kitchens on the Fall Tour: A Colonial Coastal Kitchen in Del Mar and a Vibrant Eclectic Kitchen in Talmadge (College area).

Colonial Coastal:
As part of their whole home remodel, a retired couple with Maryland roots and a California coastal home wanted their kitchen to embrace its natural surroundings while honoring the aesthetics of East Coast Colonials. Strategic space planning was essential for this kitchen, which was moved to a part of the house that better captured ocean views and designed with three entrances for ideal access and circulation. This refreshing interpretation of Colonial aesthetics celebrates the light and air of coastal living while uniting careful layout choices, rigorous detailing and nostalgic elements that evoke an East Coast mood.

Vibrant Eclectic Kitchen:
In a kitchen full of vibrant color, engaging textures and an appealing blend of cultural influences, the homeowners’ artistic spirits are expressed with bold imagination and meticulous attention to detail. A creative couple wanted a new kitchen with modern functionality that honored the original character of their 1920s Spanish-style home. Space planning visually connects the kitchen with the rest of the home, creating an open line of sight from the back to the front and suffusing the area in natural light. A one-of-a-kind piece of rustic wood establishes a distinct area of the extra large island. Cabinets in darkly stained cherry wood against vibrant walls create exciting visual depth and richness in a kitchen that artfully integrates eclectic elements.

For more information and to buy your tickets, visit ASID San Diego here.

The Modern Laundry Room is Awash in Style

October 4th, 2012
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The laundry room, once an overlooked and out-of-sight area, has become an important consideration in a whole home remodel. A professional design team can help you visualize a laundry room that will make daily chores a pleasure! Here are some ideas to consider:

Location: With a laundry room on an upper level, there is less walking up and down stairs with hampers full of laundry. On the other hand, having a location away from bedrooms means noise insulation is not as important. What works best for your lifestyle? A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you toward the right choices.

Storage: Organization should be a primary consideration in any laundry room design. You will want carefully planned spaces for dirty laundry, clean folded laundry and supplies.

Appliances: Besides choosing between front loading and top loading and stacked or side by side, energy efficient appliances are also essential for those concerned with green design principles.

Multi-Use: The laundry room doesn’t have to be just for laundry anymore and with an appealing new design, you may want to spend more time in the space! One of our clients used their laundry room as a sewing room, as well.

You want every area in your whole home remodel to reflect your personal tastes and enhance your lifestyle. When you have a laundry room with a beautiful, thoughtful design, everyday chores can be a serene time for reflecting on your new environment with a sense of accomplishment and efficiency.

A Peaceful Pairing: Sharing Your Master Bathroom with Privacy and Style

September 28th, 2012
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Dreaming of more space and privacy in your master bathroom? As an imaginative alternative to the standard side-by-side “his and hers” master bathroom layout, our professional design team recently completed a bathroom design with distinct areas for a retired couple looking to relax in an atmosphere of spa-like luxury and serenity. This bathroom design is based on an architectural approach, favoring clean, straight lines paired with organic textures. Every square inch of the floor plan was utilized to allow separate, balanced areas with plentiful storage for the husband and wife.

When planning your master bathroom, a professional design team can guide you through the following considerations and more:

Can your desired master bathroom be built from existing space or is more space needed? For this master bathroom, we borrowed space from a little used landing area next to the existing bathroom.

How important is storage in your design? Depending on the storage available for towels, toiletries and accessories in the rest of your home, storage in the bathroom can lessen or increase in importance. This bathroom features an unusual amount of storage, including innovative mirror cabinets and a blind corner Lazy Susan in the cabinetry.

How luxurious do you want your shower to be? Today’s showers offer spa-like levels of luxury, with temperature and flow controls, body sprays, aromatherapy and much more. This shower, with a sumptuous appearance defined by dramatic expanses of slab travertine, features a bench, an oversized built-in niche for hanging a towel or robe and three shower heads.

When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your dream of a master bathroom as a peaceful and private sanctuary can come to life and bring new pleasure to your home and lifestyle.

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!


  • 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


  • 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.