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Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner Tomorrow? A Kitchen Remodeling Project Could Make You Even More Grateful Next Year!

November 21st, 2012
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For those of us who love to cook, Thanksgiving is a time of year when our kitchens get tested for efficiency and appeal. How well does your kitchen meet the grade this year? If you find yourself frustrated or slowed down by outdated appliances and an awkward layout, consider putting a kitchen remodeling project on the menu! Here are just a few ideas for a kitchen remodel particularly appealing to the avid cook:

Island Sinks: If you entertain frequently, you know the value of extra stations in the kitchen. A second sink built-in to a central island makes for fast prepping and cleaning.

Custom Details: For a recent kitchen remodeling project, the cutting board pictured here was designed as an inventive addition for clients with a passion for cooking and entertaining. The cutting board was selected first and the granite island was custom cut to fit. The cutting board easily slides out from its niche to make carrying prepped items to other areas of the kitchen a breeze. This deceptively simple element saves a lot of time during meal preparation.

Innovative Storage: Clients are often amazed by the amount of additional storage our professional design team is able to add during their kitchen remodeling project, even without adding square footage. Strategic space planning, island storage and hidden appliance garages are just some of the ways to make your kitchen remodel more efficient and organized.

Sharing your new kitchen with family and friends during festive holiday occasions is a rewarding benefit of a whole home remodel. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

The French Know How to Live: Happy Beaujolais Nouveau!

November 15th, 2012
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Every third Thursday of November, at 12:01 am, French law states that the young red wine made from handpicked Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France may be released for sale, just three short weeks after the grapes have been harvested. It’s been said if you have a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau on the 3rd Thursday of November, you will have good luck for the year to come. So pop a cork and enjoy.
Á votre santé!

If you appreciate entertaining with your favorite vintage, consider adding a wine closet or wine refrigerator to the design of your whole home remodel or kitchen remodeling project. A successful whole home remodel enhances your lifestyle with vibrant, functional new spaces where you and your loved ones will be excited to create lasting memories. A professional design team helps you envision imaginative ways to transform your home. Let’s raise a glass to creative and inspiring home design!

Blue Mood: How a Strong Focal Point Sets the Tone for a Custom Bathroom Design

November 8th, 2012
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Memorable design finds its inspiration from many sources, often starting with the selection of one distinct piece that sets the mood for a room. In a custom bathroom design for a whole home remodel our professional design team recently completed, an impressive storage cabinet makes a statement with complex shades of subtly distressed blues. In a room defined by elegant simplicity with open space, ample light and luxurious materials, the decision to use one striking accent of color brings the design to a higher level of sophisticated appeal. If you are planning a custom bathroom design for your whole home remodel, here are some ways to experiment with strong focal points:

The Shower: Large, sumptuous showers with seating, storage niches and multiple shower heads bring the comfort and serenity of the modern spa to your everyday lifestyle. The position and size of the shower, along with the colors and materials selected by a professional design team to best express your personal vision, will influence the visual effect of your shower as a focal point.

The Bath Tub: If you prefer a long luxurious bath to a stimulating shower, an amazing bath tub could be your focal point of choice. Our team has created master bathrooms for clients with Japanese soaking tubs, round tubs, free-standing tubs and many more interesting choices.

The View: Whether your view is of the mountains, the ocean, or your beloved backyard garden, using surrounding nature as a room’s focal point is a wonderful way to achieve a comforting sense of place.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals as you create your vision during a whole home remodel you will explore many ways to express yourself with colors, materials and layout choices. Whatever mood you want to communicate or play with can be designed with lasting style when you have expert guidance!

Design Inspired by Nature: Raw, Organic Trend Growing Strong

October 25th, 2012
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Our professional design team continually researches design trends and practices innovative solutions to stay ahead of the curve in home design. We have been working with designs inspired by rustic natural elements for some time and have been interested to see this trend expand in popularity recently. If you would like to explore natural, organic themes for your whole home remodel, here are some elements to consider:

Sherwin Williams has introduced a color palette called “Honed Vitality” that embodies a softened beauty with earthy hues. This colors typify the calm, restful tones of the organic trend.

Showing the “veins in the grains” of a material like the granite countertop pictured is another way to show a respect for rustic natural beauty in the home. Textures that can be “felt with the eye” work well when you are exploring an organic theme.

Handmade accessories and furniture evoke a simpler time and express an appreciation for artisan craft and quality. Working with local artisans is a wonderful way to bring character and history to a whole home remodel.

Whether the organic aesthetic speaks to you or not is an entirely personal decision. Your home should express your unique point of view. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you are able to explore the many possibilities available and be inspired in ways you may not have imagined!

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!