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A Concrete Answer: Countertop Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

October 12th, 2011
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Concrete_1When working with a professional design team to develop imaginative ways to express your personal style, consider choosing concrete countertops for your kitchen remodel. We have found that clients appreciate the distinctive beauty, durability and adaptability of this natural material in their homes. One of our resources for concrete countertops is Cheng Design in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1978 by Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design has won many awards  and built a reputation for their innovative use of sculptural concrete.

Why Choose Concrete?
Concrete can be transformed into virtually any shape and the potential for creative expression is unlimited. It can be grinded, polished, stamped, or stained. Some clients choose to embed meaningful objects within it. Concrete embodies an earthy permanence and looks good in both traditional and modern settings. Because of its adaptability, concrete can be used in any area of the home, especially in the kitchen and bath, but also in fireplaces, water features, or outdoors. Concrete countertops are relatively inexpensive, especially when considering their high level of durability.

Cheng Design creates their beautiful countertops in two types of concrete:

Geocrete: This reinforced pre-cast concrete product has a 5000+ psi strength rating and a “glass like” surface created with a proprietary finishing process. Countertops are available with unique accessory choices like integral drainboards, concrete sinks, and mosaics. Custom variations include aggregates and inlays, along with metal and wood accessories such as cutting boards and trivets.

Neomix: Lightweight and ultra strong, this pre-cast concrete product is made with Cheng Design’s Neomix reinforced concrete mix. Neomix has a 10,000+ psi strength rating, which is double that of Geocrete. Neomix is 1/2″ thick and can be made as long as 9 feet long without seams. Like Geocrete, this product is available as a simple slab or with a variety of customizations.

Both Geocrete and Neomix are sealed with a proprietary sealer which combines the protection of topical sealers with the look and feel of penetrating sealers. The sealer penetrates the concrete surface and provides surface protection, resisting acids, stains and cleaning products.

When planning your kitchen remodel, unexpected materials like a concrete countertop bring a sense of individuality to your environment. Our team helps you explore the many options available to you as you transform your home.

Come See Us on the ASID Kitchen Tour on October 22nd! Get Discounted Tickets from JDR.

October 7th, 2011
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PecsarKitchenThe American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Kitchen Tour on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9am to 5pm, will showcase 14 beautifully remodeled kitchens in San Diego County. Jackson Design and Remodeling is one of the sponsors of the tour. We are showing a kitchen we designed in a whole home remodel in Del Mar. The design is an artful interpretation of California Coastal aesthetics, combined with contemporary notes and softer elements inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.

Get Discounted Tickets from JDR if You Respond by October 19th
Just give us a call at 866.953.7043.

Tickets are $25 each, but if you buy your tickets from JDR by 10/19, you pay only $15 per ticket. (All tickets to be picked up at JDR’s tour location.)

Tour sites are located in Point Loma, Bay Park, La Jolla, Del Mar, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Tierrasanta, Del Cerro, College area, Kensington, El Cajon and Jamul. Since kitchens are located throughout the county (along the coast and in East County) ticket holders can visit a few projects close to home or spend the whole day exploring the breadth of design taking place locally.

Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Jackson Design and Remodeling’s Design Department Head and Senior Interior Designer, is the Chair of the ASID Kitchen Tour 2011. Get your tickets today and meet Tatiana and other JDR staff in a casual setting as you experience the stunning transformation evidenced in the kitchen remodel and whole home remodel designed and built by the Jackson Design and Remodeling team.

Learn more about the American Society of Interior Designers Kitchen Tour 2011 here.

The Possibilities of Color: 2012 Color Trends for Your Whole Home Remodel

October 5th, 2011
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2012_colorAre you excited about experimenting with color for your whole home remodel but not sure where to begin? Our professional design team can guide you through the many possibilities for expressing your personal vision.

Our interior designers continually research and evaluate trends for color in kitchen remodeling, custom bathroom remodels and whole home remodels. One source we discovered, ColourFutures™, has some interesting observations about color transitions for 2012.

According to ColourFutures, the color mood for 2012 is “full of take charge optimism.” Their 5 Key trends for 2012 include:

Delicate Mix: Refined understated luxury is reflected in cool, elegant neutrals, luxurious warm camels, blushing coral and nude pinks, paired with nuances of forged iron, steel, polished concrete and anodised aluminium, wood, copper and oiled leathers.

One Small Seed: Watery greens, rain clouds and pale, fresh pastels and neutrals set the mood, with dark soil and bright blossom colors as counterweights. Together they form an indoor garden of delight.

Living Scrapbook: Reflects the aesthetics of blogs and social media, and the quirkiness that is the product of highly personal tastes and predilections. There are hints of craft paper and cardboard and a lot of happy, yet mature pastels.

Different Worlds: Swings from the dreamy and surreal to the solid and super real. Lush, velvety bright blues, greens and reds are played off against ethereal and translucent pastels.

Rediscovered Heroes: Inspired by the down-to-earth qualities of our industrial heritage – denim blue, industrial neutrals, rusty metal tones, sewing machine green, the signal-bright hues of wire, metal doors and pipe work and last but not least, engine and concrete grays.

You can read more and see the color palettes in inspiring layouts here: http://www.colourfutures.com/

Kitchen Remodeling Trends: Gather Round the Table

September 28th, 2011
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RoundTableIf remodeling your kitchen is on your mind lately, consider one of the recent trends we’ve noticed – round tables growing in popularity as the dining table of choice. Families of every size are deciding to place more importance on eating together, particularly when several generations are living in the same home. Families with children are especially interested in making meals together at the kitchen table a priority. Studies have shown that kids who eat sit-down meals with the family on a regular basis develop better communication skills and study habits and are less likely to drink alcohol, take drugs, or get depressed. The ritual takes practice to be effective – study participants report that the more nights spent at the dinner table, the better the experience for everyone.

Round tables, which naturally allow everyone to face each other, bring a sense of intimacy and togetherness to the family meal. Seemingly small decisions like choosing a round table over a rectangular one for your kitchen remodel are what make the difference between bland design and design that brings energy and pleasure to everyday living. Our designers guide you toward creating a kitchen that suits your individual lifestyle and values, a custom designed room that you and your family can appreciate for a lifetime.

Sustainable Glass for Your Whole Home Remodel: Certifiably Green and Incredibly Beautiful 


September 21st, 2011
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SustainableGlassOur designers continually research the latest products and materials to inspire our clients with new ideas and approaches. Recently, we’ve worked on several whole home remodels that use sustainable glass as a significant design element. For clients interested in green remodeling, or those who simply want to make more environmentally conscious choices, sustainable glass is particularly appealing.

Sustainable glass from Glass2 is 99% recycled glass. Glass2 contains no resin or epoxy – it is pure glass. The material can be used for kitchen countertops, fireplace surroundings, floor or wall accents, bathroom vanities, shower stalls, tub surroundings, and much more. Working with a professional design team, you can discover all the exciting possibilities for using sustainable glass in your home.

Sustainable Glass2 Facts:

  • 99% recycled glass, contains no resin
  • Stain-resistant, bacteria-free, very low maintenance
  • Virtually scratch-resistant and can be repaired if scratched
  • Cold and heat resistant (can be used outdoors)
  • Glass base contains no glue or chemicals
  • Color is weather-resistant and will not change
  • Wide selection of colors to choose from, the majority fully translucent


Sustainable glass brings unparalleled beauty to your surroundings. Our professional team can help you discover imaginative ways to use this innovative material as a beautiful and environmentally conscious feature in your home.

What’s Underneath it All? Choosing the Right Wood Flooring for Your Kitchen Remodel

September 16th, 2011
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WoodflooringWarm, durable, and adaptable to every home’s style, wood flooring is a popular choice for kitchen remodeling. There are several options to consider when selecting the right wood flooring for your home.

Hardwood Floors
Solid hardwood floors are timeless in style and can last a lifetime with proper care. They also provide better air quality in a home by trapping less allergens than other floor types. There are hundreds of woods to choose from, including Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Hickory, or Birch, along with many exotic species. Each hardwood floor will be distinct because of the variations found in nature. Unlike other wood flooring options, hardwood cannot be installed straight on concrete or on top of an existing floor. While initially a larger investment than some other flooring choices, hardwood floors add substantial resale value to your home.

Engineered Wood Floors
The top layer of an engineered wood floor is the same genuine hardwood as a solid hardwood floor. Giving the appearance of solid wood, an engineered wood floor is actually a thin wood layer over 3-12 layers of plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood. Engineered wood is more resistant to damage from moisture or humidity than solid hardwood flooring and is more adaptable in application, as it can be installed on top of existing concrete or a wood sub-floor. Just like hardwood, engineered wood is available in a vast array of wood species and has an excellent resale value in your home. When working with a budget, engineered wood is the middle ground between solid hardwood flooring and wood laminate flooring.

Luxury Vinyl Wood Floors
Design and technology combine in luxury vinyl wood flooring, presenting an alternative material that looks remarkably like hardwood. Authentic hardwood colors and textures are created in realistic plank lengths and widths, some featuring beveled edges and ends. Luxury vinyl is built to last with several layers. The top protective layer is made of an enhanced urethane that makes it easy to clean and resistant to scratches and scuffs. A protective clear film layer adds durability and helps protect against rips, tears and gouges. The printed design layer recreates the look of natural wood planks in very realistic detail. Luxury vinyl wood flooring is water-resistant, durable, easy to maintain and can be installed on any surface.

Wood Laminate Floors
Wood laminate flooring is a remarkable simulation of wood that provides the appearance of solid hardwood flooring at a much lower cost. This innovative alternative to hardwood flooring is composed of several layers of materials. The core layer is usually made of high density fiberboard. A decorative layer, which is a photograph of wood, is fused on top of the core. Wood laminate floors are easy to clean and durable, making them a popular choice in homes with pets  or children.

Which wood flooring is right for you? Our professional design team can guide you through your options as you select the floor that best expresses your personal vision for the kitchen remodel of your dreams.

Retiring from Chicago to an Ocean View in Carlsbad

September 8th, 2011
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Carlsbad_RemodelWhen our clients decided it was time to remodel the Carlsbad home they bought years ago in anticipation of retirement, they were still living in Chicago. They learned about Jackson Design and Remodeling’s expertise with relocation and second homes and trusted us from afar throughout the remodeling process. Their Carlsbad home had been used as a rental property in the interim between their purchase and their decision to remodel it to fit their current needs. The couple wanted to accommodate their plans to stay in their home through retirement and welcome visiting adult children.

Applying the principles of universal design, this Carlsbad whole home remodel included the addition of a master suite on the ground level and new bedrooms on the upper level to welcome visiting relatives and guests. Universal design simply means design that works for everyone. Using a combination of careful planning and thoughtful design, decisions such as non-step entryways, wider doorways and passages, extra floor space, adaptable lighting, along with details such as easy to use handles and switches, immediately enhance universal design while adapting to any aesthetic.

Homeowners sometimes think that they must be present during their remodel to monitor each step. This is not necessary when you work with Jackson Design and Remodeling. Our team of professionals is adept at the communication, documentation and build process that allows a homeowner to be out of town, yet count on a successful and satisfying remodeling experience.

Our clients are now living in their stunning Carlsbad home with an ocean view and fresh coastal air in an environment that has been created to thoroughly fit their lifestyle today.

How the Better Business Bureau Helps Build Trust in the Marketplace

August 26th, 2011
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todd-jackson-bbb-2009Jackson Design and Remodeling has been a member of the San Diego Better Business Bureau since 1998. Our membership in the BBB and the awards we have won from the organization help build trust with our customers, community and industry, and are key influencing factors when new clients are reviewing options for their remodeling project.

In 2007, and again in 2009, JDR won the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, which recognizes and celebrates the long-term value of ethical business practices and the efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honorable. Our BBB membership, and the BBB Torch award we were so honored to receive, reflect JDR’s solid commitment to conducting our business practices in an ethical fashion.

The first BBB was founded in 1912. The BBB is now the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities. Today, 116 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Your Better Business Bureau of San Diego & Imperial Counties, founded in 1921, currently delivers over 4,500 Business Reviews a day to consumers. Most callers are seeking pre-purchase information on companies with whom they are considering doing business. These services represent approximately $4 billion in local buying decisions annually.

To find the BBB rating for a business in your area, visit the San Diego Better Business Bureau site: http://sandiego.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/

Mother-in-law Suites Growing Home Trend, Says USA Today

August 11th, 2011
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Mother-in-law_suitesTodd Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling, was recently featured in a USA Today article about the growing trend toward mother-in-law suites in home remodeling. According to the article, about 3.5 million American households last year included adult children and their parents, a number expected to rise as the country ages and baby boomers move into retirement. If this sounds like your family, working with an experienced design build remodeling team can help make the extended family transition stress-free and successful.

From the USA Today article:
“…To accommodate the growing demand, AARP teamed up with the home builders’ association to create a designation for Certified Aging in Place Specialists, who are trained in designing and modifying buildings for the elderly. About 3,000 builders, contractors, remodelers and architects have been certified.

One is Todd Jackson, CEO of San Diego’s Jackson Design and Remodeling, which handled the room addition at McCann’s home.

There’s both a physical component and a sensitivity side to these projects. The family needs to take that into account,” said Jackson, who noted that aging parents may be reluctant to move into their children’s homes, and may worry about losing their independence. “The transition will go over a lot better if you bring the parent into the conversation,” said Jackson. “Ask them: ‘What do you need?’ ‘What color do you want?‘” Read the whole article here.

If you, like many other families today, are considering bringing your extended family together by remodeling your home, Jackson Design and Remodeling can help. With our carefully considered design process and extensive experience with situations just like yours, we can help you provide a safe, comfortable and beautiful space for a loved one in your home. The mother-in-law suites section of our website provides guidance about the factors to consider as you make your plans, including talking with family members and incorporating ADA Compliance and Universal Design in the remodeling process.

Go Wild with Imaginative Animal Print Tiles

July 21st, 2011
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JDR_AnimalPrintsExpress your wild side by using animal print tiles in your next whole home remodel, kitchen remodel, or custom bathroom remodel! While doing research for a recent whole home remodel, our designers spotted some fierce designs from Imagine Tile in NYC. The pieces are crafted using a patented process, which results in a glazed, high-resolution animal print pattern, including zebra, alligator, giraffe and more. See all of the company’s nature-inspired tiles here.

While adding some nature imagery to your environment, you can feel good about the fact that Imagine Tile is committed to an environmentally friendly approach to business and support of the green building initiative. All of their products contain no VOC’s, require little maintenance, contain recycled materials and are sustainable with a long life cycle.

Ideal for floors, walls and countertops, animal print brings a touch of the exotic to your home environment. Working with a professional design team, you can explore exciting ways to express your wild side in home design.