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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 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.

Pledge Allegiance to American Design with Reclaimed Wood for Your Whole Home Remodel

July 5th, 2012
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Reclaimed wood for your whole home remodel is a design choice that expresses independence and creativity, two hallmarks of the American spirit. When your home design integrates reclaimed wood, you are living with a piece of American history. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, let’s take a look at how sustainable, recycled wood helps you express your individuality in the design of your whole home remodel:

Reclaimed wood can be used for flooring, ceilings and walls, structural beams (such as the one pictured here), furniture and shelving, or as an artful accent. The distress marks, patinas and edges of weathered wood give it a unique appearance that instantly lends character to its surroundings.

A reclaimed wood floor is often much harder than new wood flooring, since aged lumber is drier and thicker than new wood. Historical timbers have been expanding and contracting over time with changes in heat and the slow loss of moisture. This makes them more resistant to the elements.

Using reclaimed wood is an environmentally responsible choice. Wood salvaged from older structures is denser, harder and less likely to shrink or expand than wood from younger trees but doesn’t further deplete the forests.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can find reliable resources for the many types of reclaimed woods and consider how to best use them in your home. Explore the creative possibilities available for bringing a delightful and enduring sense of American history to your whole home remodel!

Love to Entertain? Plan a Kitchen Remodel Worthy of Festive Fireworks!

June 28th, 2012
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Kitchen1The July 4th holiday is on the horizon and many of us will be entertaining friends and family at home. If you are thinking about a kitchen remodeling project, take some time during this holiday to pay attention to how you use your kitchen today and how you dream about using it in the future. We recently completed a kitchen remodel for a couple who belong to a wine club and love to entertain at home. Here are some of the ways our professional design team brought the clients’ personal vision for their kitchen to life:

Gathering space: Space planning is essential for a kitchen where large groups will gather. Subtle positioning of cabinetry and appliances establishes a sense of the kitchen not just as a place to cook and serve, but as a place to relax and enjoy the company of guests.

Centerpiece seating: An island bar in a distinctive shape or a dramatic material selection sets the stage for gathering people together in comfort and style. The island and bar area pictured above were designed with a purposefully large scale in an extra thick mother of pearl granite.

FourthJulySinkCustom details: The sink pictured here, with its unusual shape and sleek faucet, was specially designed to accommodate bar serving. The kitchen also includes a strategically placed wine refrigerator and an area for coffee and beverage service. Both are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding cabinetry, allowing for convenient access and a clutter-free appearance

When you have a passion for entertaining at home, a kitchen remodeling project brings a renewed sense of inspiration and fulfillment to your lifestyle. Whether your forte is elegant dinner parties or family feasts, a professional designer can work with you to explore the details that will make your space a functional and beautiful expression of your personal style.

Walk This Way: Bring Curb Appeal to Your Whole Home Remodel

June 21st, 2012
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Curb_AppealDesigning your home for maximum curb appeal is an essential element of a successful whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, along with the help of an experienced landscape designer, you can arrive at a design that will significantly increase your home’s visual appeal and value.

Here are some ideas to bring curb appeal to your whole home remodel:

Plan your entrance: Your front door should balance visually by working well with the overall design of your home while making a statement of its own. An inviting front door can be achieved with unusual scale or color, atypical wood grain, or thoughtfully placed windows. Attention to detail in the selection of hardware will also make a memorable presentation.

Fence it in: The exterior pictured here features a 2-tone semi solid fence which enhances the wood color and leaves the grain visible for interesting texture. This fence perfectly inhabits its coastal environment, with a somewhat open sensibility that still offers privacy and security. The custom designed front gate is finished with a strip of copper that will weather with time while protecting the wood gates for many years.

Surface matters: The siding of the home pictured is a pre-finished solid color hard plank, selected in a color palate that effortlessly integrates with its coastal environment. When selecting exterior surfaces and colors, a professional designer finds the ideal balance between stand out style and a design that makes sense in its surroundings.

Sustainable greenery: For San Diego homes, like the Coronado home pictured here, drought tolerant landscaping with native plants is a natural and practical choice. Working with a registered landscape architect, you can enjoy landscaping that is functional, beautiful and at the level of maintenance you desire.

Well designed curb appeal brings added value and lasting enjoyment to your home. When planning your whole home remodel, working with an experienced design build remodeling team ensures your home will be beautiful inside and out!

If It’s Father’s Day, It Must be Time for a BBQ!

June 15th, 2012
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FathersDayAll Dads seem to share a common passion for firing up the grill when it’s their turn to cook. When planning your whole home remodel, this is exactly the type of lifestyle choice you want to incorporate in the design of your home. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we are reviewing some of the options to consider when designing space for an outdoor barbecue:

Choose the grill. There are hundreds of grills to choose from, including wood, gas, charcoal or hybrid versions. Each type of grilling method has its own dedicated fan base – chances are, the Dad in your home has a favorite type of grill.

Select the accessories. Depending on the space you have available and the prominence you want to give your outdoor barbecue space, you may decide to keep the area simple with just a few grilling accessories, or build an entire outdoor kitchen complete with refrigeration and sink.

Pick a place. Safety is essential when it comes to deciding where your grill will fit into the scheme of your outdoor area. You will also want to consider protection from the weather – both strong sun and long periods of rain here in the San Diego region. Also reflect upon how you will use the space and how the grilling area should relate to seating and sunbathing areas or a pool, if you have one.

Design for living. Your outdoor area should work well both visually and functionally with your indoor space. The space should have its own visual appeal while being recognizably in harmony with the look of the rest of your home. Practical aspects of the design make a real difference in outdoor design, such as selecting countertops and ground covering that will stand up to repeated use and exposure to the elements.

Working with a professional design team, you can imagine and create a design that encompasses Dad’s enthusiasm for grilling along with other amenities for relaxing and entertaining in your outdoor space!

Feast on Natural Surroundings: Tips for Outdoor Dining Spaces

June 8th, 2012
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OutdoordiningInterior design doesn’t have to stop inside. When planning your whole home remodel, bringing style and comfort to your outdoor space opens the door to a lifestyle that embraces your surroundings. Whether your environment is urban, rural or beachside, planning for outdoor living expands the possibilities for enjoying your space. Sharing a meal with friends and family outdoors is an experience that can bring lasting memories.

Here are some tips for making the most of your outdoor dining adventures:

  • Decide on a focal point for your outdoor dining space. It could be the view of a valley or a coast, a backyard garden, a pool, or a glittering city scape. Your outdoor dining space should be designed to emphasize this focal point.
  • Consider how you will most often use the space. Will you usually dine with close friends and family or do you plan to use the space for business entertaining? Do you plan to dine outdoors for more casual or more formal occasions? Are you a barbecue aficionado who can’t imagine outdoor dining without a grill? Choices like these will affect how often you use the space and how comfortable you feel with the design.
  • The design outdoors should have some companionship with the design indoors. Good design finds the balance between interesting contrasts and visual unity.
  • Will you be dining outdoors at night? If so, practical elements such as lighting and heating are essential. For daytime meals in hotter climates, providing for shade is also important.
  • What’s underfoot? The flooring in your outdoor dining space should be planned based on your climate, the design of the rest of your home and the maintenance you want to commit to.
  • Plan for entertaining in your outdoor space by incorporating music into the environment for added ambience.
  • Create memorable experiences in your space with the finishing touches that make your space an individual expression of your personal style. Custom glass light fixtures, one-of-a-kind sculptures, carefully selected fabrics and textures bring the level of detail to a space that separates it from the ordinary.

Working with your own professional designer makes the task of planning your outdoor space more efficient and exciting! As the season beckons us to enjoy the great outdoors, why not start in your own backyard?

Finishing Touches Complete Your Remodeling Vision

May 31st, 2012
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LRFinishingTouchesWhen your whole home remodel, kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project is complete, finishing the design with window treatments, floor coverings, furniture and accessories that make sense in the new space brings harmony and order to your environment.

When you work with JDR for your remodeling project, you access a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals who help you bring your vision for your home to life. Collaborating with the JDR designers who are already knowledgeable about you and your home gives you the creative opportunity to work with experts when choosing the interior finishing touches that will make your space shine with beautiful and livable details.

Finishing touches include elements such as window treatments, floor coverings, furniture, light fixtures, accessories, pillows, artwork and more. Working one-on-one with your designer, you select the elements that will make your home an expression of your personal tastes, interests and lifestyle. Creating your interior in alliance with your own designer turns what can seem like a daunting task into a fun and fulfilling exploration!

Whether you are remodeling one room or completing a whole home remodel, your personal JDR designer can help you create a cohesive look that works for your lifestyle. When you’re making the investment of time and resources to remodel, approaching the finishing touches of the interior as part of the process assures a seamless and fully satisfying end result.

Small Spaces That Make a Big Impression: Make Small Spaces Shine in Your Whole Home Remodel

May 18th, 2012
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Greg_PowderWhen planning a whole home remodel there may be instances when you want to change a room dramatically but need to work within the room’s existing space or “footprint.” An experienced professional design team guides you toward choices that create visually stunning environments, no matter the space available. We recently designed a tiny powder room as part of a whole home remodel. Here are some of the design principles we used to achieve a distinctive, memorable design in a small space:

Use imagination and creativity to solve design challenges: The powder room had a very low ceiling. Removing the original wainscoting and replacing it with rich, gleaming mosaic tile created the illusion of more space and a taller ceiling.

Play with color and patterns for visual interest: The majority of the small room was designed with warm neutral tones. Against this subtle backdrop, the vibrant vessel sink with a Spanish-influenced design is an exciting note of color. Mosaic tiles on the walls and a tile liner above the floor balance the room and give visitors an impression of depth.

Balance simplicity with luxury: While the room is alive with sumptuous materials and interesting notes of color, the design is kept clean and simple to let each element shine in a small environment.

Working one-on-one with a professional designer, you can achieve design that expresses your personal style, whatever the size of the room!