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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!

Breakfast in Bed? Every Day is Mother’s Day in a Remodeled Master Suite.

May 10th, 2012
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Woman having breakfast in bedMany celebrations this Sunday, May 13th will feature a special breakfast in bed for Mom, served with love and appreciation. Some of the luckiest Moms will enjoy their homemade meal in a remodeled master suite, while other Moms may be dreaming about a fabulous new space as part of a whole home remodel.

Here are some of the elements to consider when planning a master suite remodel:

Make your suite as individual as you are: Your master suite should embrace your unique needs, desires and point of view. Working closely with a professional design team you can experiment with colors, materials and layouts that work best for your lifestyle today. Some couples have a workout space in their master suite, while others enjoy a reading nook by a window. In the master bathroom where spa-like luxury is usually at the top of the list for desired changes, storage might also be a top priority, or possibly an area for dressing and makeup.

Consider how you will use the space: A well designed master suite artfully combines functionality and aesthetics to create a welcoming sanctuary. You want a serene space that encourages relaxation and rejuvenation while also allowing plenty of room for organized storage. Carefully planned lighting is essential for the variety of tasks and activities that a master suite encompasses.

Make your suite, well, sweet: While they don’t need to match perfectly and will probably be more interesting if they don’t, the master bathroom and master bedroom should make sense together visually. The rooms should flow easily together with no jarring differences in appearance. Working with a design build remodeling team makes this part of your whole home remodel a stress-free, enjoyable experience.

Happy Mother’s Day! When you’re ready to see your dreams for a whole home remodel come to life, remember that working with a unified team of architects, designers and craftsmen makes the job easier for Mom and everyone else in your home.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! A Remodeled Adobe Inspired by Old World Mexico.

May 4th, 2012
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Hacienda2Our whole home remodel of a secluded weekend getaway and future retirement home for a couple in their fifties was inspired by the aesthetics of Old World Mexico. This remodel beautifully demonstrates how your unique personal style and interests can be translated to create visual harmony and comfort in your home.

Here are some of the ways this adobe home was transformed to express the personal vision of our clients:

  • The home was reframed and a new roof was added. The landscaping, kitchen, entryway and several interior elements were redesigned.
  • An expansive covered patio now gracefully expands living into the outdoor environment. In alignment with the adobe home’s emphasis on Mexican-style aesthetics, succulents were a natural choice for the plantings.
  • A dramatic plaza in front of the home welcomes visitors with bold color and elements of nature. A fountain imported from Mexico sits atop a striking hand-painted sundial. Tiles made in Mexico bring charming detail to the plaza entry.
  • The new flooring installed throughout the home mimics the look of the traditional old-Mexican style, but is higher quality and more durable.
  • Three hand-carved doors made in 1910 were shipped to the adobe from Mexico, each weighing several hundred pounds.
  • The kitchen is now a show stopping conversation piece in the home. Light pours in from new windows and a Haciendaskylight, while a dramatic beam and niches frame the room and integrate it with the rest of the home. The tiles on the backsplash were specially created with custom colors in Mexico by a relative of one of the kitchen’s designers.

From the broad expanse of their new outdoor area to the smallest detail of their kitchen, the owners of this distinctive adobe house can now enjoy the lifestyle they have always imagined. Whatever your personal style, working with a unified team of architects, designers and craftsmen helps bring your vision for your whole home remodel to life

Cast Your Vote by April 30th to Win an Exciting Adventure!

April 25th, 2012
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VoteBanner2012We invite you to experience a thrilling adventure. All you have to do is vote! JDR has a fun new TV campaign airing and we want YOU to tell us which ad is your favorite.

If you haven’t already done so, please view our three ads and place your vote to let us know which one you like best. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win your choice of a Spectacular Balloon Ride over San Diego with you and a friend or a five hour Luxurious Limousine Tour with five friends to Temecula Valley Wine Country ($500+ value).

Winners will be announced on May 1, 2012

Vote Now!

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Announcing the Winners of the 3rd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards!

April 18th, 2012
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Badge_WinnersWe are happy to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards! There is one winning blog in each category: Architecture, Construction Business, Green, Interior Design, and Remodeling. Participation was strong and we had some great close races! Our nominees used social media to promote the contest this year more than ever before. We are excited to bring additional recognition to the great work on these blogs. See more about the contest here.

2012 Winners
3rd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

Winners receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog. Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest this year! Stay in touch with us to hear news about the 2013 awards.

The Time has Arrived for April Showers!

April 13th, 2012
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AprilShowersBathroom design has evolved to bring the destination spa experience home and one element almost every homeowner craves is a luxurious shower. A positive shower experience starts your day with refreshing energy or ends your day with relaxing calm. Our professional design team works with clients to find the ideal shower for each individual bathroom remodeling project. Here are some of the most appealing design features for the modern shower:

Showerheads: Oversized showerheads bring sophisticated, functional style to the home bathroom. Multi-function controls allow for a personally customized shower each time, from pulsing massage-like blasts to gentle misting. Rainhead showers evoke the pleasant sensations of a spring downpour. Handheld fixtures are both visually appealing and practical, allowing you to directly spray exactly where and how you need it.

Body Sprays: For luxurious pampering or attention to sore parts of the body, body sprays provide a memorable hydrotherapy experience. Some are built discreetly into the shower wall to save space, while some are built for maximum adjustability.

Steam Showers: The deeply relaxing experience of a steam shower has the added benefit of removing toxins from the body and promoting respiratory health.

Technology: For a highly personalized experience, custom designed showers allow for preset sprays, aromatherapy, temperatures, music, steam and water use.

Showering your bathroom with luxury is an investment in less stress and higher spirits and makes good sense for your home! Working with an experienced design build team makes the process of achieving your personal vision for a spa-like bathroom at home relaxing and rewarding.

Planning a Whole Home Remodel? Attention to a Focal Point Makes the Difference Between Ordinary and Dazzling

March 30th, 2012
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Specialty_DetailsWhen planning your whole home remodel, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps guide you toward aesthetic decisions that make the difference between an ordinary home and a home with dazzling visual appeal. A successful whole home remodel requires careful planning of structure, layout and space allocation. It takes the skill, experience and creative vision of an experienced design team to determine where the focal point of a room or a home will find the best expression.

Here are some examples of focal points to consider when planning your whole home remodel:

A Dramatic Entryway: Welcome visitors with an impressive display of space, light, color or sumptuous materials.

The Grand Staircase: A sweeping flight of stairs with hand-crafted artisan detailing (see photo) intrigues guests and is a pleasure to live with every day.

A Stylish Fireplace: Today’s modern fireplace designs are far removed from the brick of yesteryear but still beckon guests to gather ‘round. The example shown in our photo is a stainless steel fireplace beneath a flush-mounted television in a sleek wall of staggered porcelain tiles.

That View: If you’re lucky, a spectacular view may be your home’s focal point. Designing your home to celebrate surrounding beauty is related to careful consideration of orientation and layout.

Planning the details of a whole home remodel is one of the most creative and enjoyable parts of the process! When you work with experts you can trust, your home can express your personal vision in unexpected and memorable ways.

Planning a Remodel? Protect the Integrity of Your Architect-Designed Home

March 23rd, 2012
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Walton_KitchenFor a kitchen remodeling project we recently completed, a primary concern was protecting the design integrity of the original home, which was built by notable architect Loch Crane in 1952. Crane was artistic and creative from childhood and was inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He was able to apprentice with his mentor for a short while until duty called him to serve in WWII. Crane flew B52s for the Army and stayed in Japan through 1946 where he taught advanced flight techniques and had the opportunity to study Japanese architecture and see how it was inspired by nature. When Crane returned from the war he finished his schooling and pursued architecture in earnest. “Building with one’s own hands is the essence of life,” Crane once said. He had a long and fruitful career, producing work influenced by his affinity for nature. “I want to turn to nature for my sense of belonging,” Crane said.

Our clients, the owners of a Crane designed home in a coastal community near the San Diego Yacht club, were aware of their home’s unique history and felt a deep respect for Loch Crane’s work. Their challenge was that the original kitchen was dated, dark and difficult to maneuver in, particularly when entertaining large groups, which our clients love to do. They wanted to update their kitchen with modern design and functionality that made a visual statement, while honoring the integrity of Crane’s original vision.

Working with our experienced architects, the clients were inspired to see the innovative solutions created in the design of a modern, highly functional and beautiful kitchen that respects the essential character of their home. Careful consideration was given to every detail. Here are just a few examples of how the original architect’s design was honored:

  • A wall was removed between the kitchen and dining areas but the windows and the ceiling were left undisturbed.
  • Because the original home was built with no space between the ceiling and the roof, track lighting was the best option for illumination. The original light fixtures were kept in place, with more track lighting added to brighten the space.
  • All cabinetry was custom built with horizontal lines to complement the existing open beam wood ceiling. Discreet channel set hardware performs its function effectively, yet subtly.
  • The new cabinetry space is clean and functional with a minimum of hardware and the emphasis on aligning with the organic feeling of the original home.
  • A microwave and adjacent roll up cabinets were built-in to the island to bring efficiency to the space while keeping a low profile that protects the integrity of the home’s design.

Because JDR is a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, our clients experienced the convenience of working with a group of experts all under one roof who were dedicated to the success of their project.