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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!

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!


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.