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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.

Step Up and See These Amazing Staircases

July 15th, 2011
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JDR_StaircaseExampleOur Senior Designer, Sol, is always on the lookout for unusual and expressive home design ideas. Developing a design concept for a whole home remodel is a delicate balance of experience, technical skill and inspiration. Sometimes starting with just one element, such as a show-stopping staircase, can lead to a design revelation for the entire space.  While working on a recent project, Sol came across The Design Inspiration blog and found these great photos of beautiful staircase design. Which one is your favorite?

50 Simply Creative and Beautiful Stairs Photos
http://thedesigninspiration.com/articles/50-simply-creative-and-beautiful-stairs-photos/

Bringing New Del Mar Spirit to a Home in Old Del Mar

July 11th, 2011
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Delmar_KitchenLiving in old Del Mar, one of the most beautiful communities along the Pacific Coast, is an exceptional experience. But what do you do when your home in old Del Mar no longer suits your lifestyle? For recent JDR clients, the time had arrived to choose between buying a new home or choosing to undertake a whole home remodel.

Our clients lived in a 40 year old home they had owned for more than 15 years. During that time, their children had grown from babies to teenagers and the couple’s interests, lifestyles and tastes had changed. They found themselves living in a large home where they only used a small percentage of the space because the house was not designed to adapt to their current way of life.

After researching a number of upscale tract home choices, our clients recognized that option was not right for them because they wanted a more personal expression of their style and a home customized for their needs. They decided that a whole home remodel was the best choice for them at this time in their lives and they selected JDR’s expert team for the project.

Using our unique design build process, JDR made significant structural changes to the existing home, adding height on the top floor and over 1700 additional square feet overall. The new home was designed to take advantage of beautiful views of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Because the couple’s aging parents often come for extended visits, a new bathroom was added with universal design features to accommodate their changing needs. Each room of the new home was custom designed with the needs and desires of the clients in mind, so the family now fully enjoys their appealing new environment.

After doing the research, this couple recognized that rather than moving from their home of 15 years, they could work with a unified team of architects and designers to transform their environment with a whole home remodel that captures a spirit of renewal.

Planning a Whole Home Remodel in a Coastal Community? Get Expert Help to Navigate the Permitting Process.

June 27th, 2011
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WholeRenderingLiving in a San Diego coastal community such as Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar or La Jolla is a wonderful experience. But when you decide on a whole home remodel, each coastal community has its own specific community review process which can sometimes be confusing to the uninitiated. Successfully designing a home that will be built in these neighborhoods requires significant experience and a seasoned understanding of the layered processes involved.

For example, a whole home in La Jolla Shores that Jackson Design and Remodeling recently designed required review by three committees: the La Jolla Planning Community Association, the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee and the La Jolla Advisory Board. To gain “recommendations” or approval from these committees, our design solution needed to take into account the anticipated concerns of neighbors, both immediate and long term.
When you work with an accomplished team that understands the requirements of coastal reviews, you can rest assured that your project won’t run into unexpected delays or costs. Instead of worrying about permitting and reviews, you can concentrate on working with your architect and your design team to create the beautiful new home you are dreaming about!

With an experienced design build team guiding the process, you can potentially save a significant amount of time and money for a whole home remodel in a coastal community, while retaining the integrity of your original design choices.

Making a Wish List for Your Whole Home Remodel? Don’t Forget the Television!

June 17th, 2011
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Television_BathroomMaking a wish list for your whole home remodel is one of the most enjoyable phases of the remodeling process. This is the time to dream big, to consider changes to your environment that will significantly energize your lifestyle. Many of us have new technology on our wish list, particularly when it comes to home entertainment. We want that huge LCD display, but we don’t want it to be the focal point in a room! Here are some innovative design ideas we’ve discovered for elegantly hiding your television without compromising technical quality and control:

Vanishing LCD Television Mirrors
The Seura Vanishing LCD Television Mirror combines the latest technology with beautiful design. The HD screen is flawlessly concealed behind the bright reflection of the mirror so that when the television is off, there is no sign of it. Check out the Seura photo gallery here for some amazing images of the Vanishing LCD Television Mirror in a variety of home environments.

Hide Your Television Behind Works of Art
Media Decor Home designs Art Lifts and Sliding Art that skillfully disguise your television while enhancing the aesthetics of your home. Take a look at their website to see how a beautiful piece of art magically reveals the television behind it.

Our design team is always on the lookout for trends and new technology in home design. Even something as commonplace as the family television can make a statement of thoughtful design in your home!

Make a Strong Design Statement with a Single Element

June 10th, 2011
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WorldGlass_TextureAn impression of thoughtful design can be brought to a room with the addition of just one carefully chosen element. This technique works most powerfully when you choose unexpected proportions, colors, or materials.

For a recent kitchen remodeling project, we chose a visually stunning glass countertop. Glass is not a typical choice for the average kitchen, with most clients choosing granite or marble. Adding the unexpected reflections and textures of glass to a kitchen instantly imbues it with a sense of individuality.

The countertop was handcrafted by World Glass Design in Phoenix, Arizona, an architectural cast glass company that specializes in unique and functionally designed kiln-fired glass. Their process is accomplished by applying a combination of glass, organic medias and extreme heat to produce the highest quality glass in an unprecedented spectrum of colors and shapes.

This is just one example of how our team of designers are continually sourcing the latest and most interesting sources to make each client’s project unique!

Travel to Your New Kitchen! Kitchen Remodeling Inspired by a Favorite Destination

June 6th, 2011
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KitchenDestinationA kitchen remodel we recently completed with a design reminiscent of Old World Tuscany brings joyful travel memories home for a couple with a shared love of Italy. When designing a room to express your personal style and interests, consider finding inspiration from one of your favorite vacation spots. We’ve designed rooms energized by the aesthetics of Mexico, Tuscany, Morocco and other countries all over the world. Here are some of the ways we bring international influences to kitchen remodeling:

Balance Inspiration with Functionality: While an Old World Tuscan kitchen is romantic and beautiful, most modern families desire 21st century convenience. One of the most important skills a professional design team brings to the task of designing a kitchen remodel informed by a specific era or country is balancing functionality with vision. A successful kitchen remodel of any kind starts with a carefully developed layout that takes modern appliances and storage options into account.

Materials and Colors: The details and the overall theme of a room must work together in harmony to create a stunningly original kitchen. The smallest authentic touches often make the difference between ordinary and unforgettable. Vibrant hand-painted tiles from Mexico in an adobe home’s kitchen and an intricate backsplash for a French Country inspired kitchen are just two examples of the unique artisan touches that have made an impression in recent kitchen remodels we’ve completed.

Visual Centerpiece: Sometimes a room needs one strong statement to convey the vision of the design. For the Tuscan kitchen we recently designed, Old World authenticity is immediately established with the bold addition of a flagstone wall hand-formed by master craftsman.

Where would you like to travel in your kitchen? With your imagination and the help of a professional design team, any destination in within your reach!

Creative Design Options for a Whole Home Remodel

May 27th, 2011
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DesignOptionsIf your home doesn’t reflect who you are or fit your lifestyle today, an experienced design team can help you with creative, unexpected options. A whole home remodel doesn’t always have to include structural changes or additions.

There’s no reason to live in a home that isn’t working for you because you think that a remodel may require major structural changes or additions that are beyond your budget. With careful planning and innovative thinking, your home can be transformed while retaining the original structure and floor plan.

The first step toward success for this type of project is determining what works and doesn’t work about your current space and what you desire in a new environment. Next, we conduct a thorough review of your home and observe where we can make improvements while keeping the scope of the project in line with your expectations. Experience and imagination are essential as we develop a design to transform certain areas of your home while assuring each area looks as if it has always belonged. The symmetry of design style, color palette and material choices come into play as we make your dreams for your home into reality.

Our designers want you to love your home and we have mastered many different approaches to find individual solutions for each client – there is more than one way to create your vision!

Put Your Second Home First This Summer

May 16th, 2011
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SummerHomeWith summer’s approach, those of us with second homes are usually planning to spend more time in them over the next few months. Is your second home everything you want it to be? If inadequate design and functionality is distracting you from fully enjoying your getaway retreat, consider a whole home remodel for your second home. Here are some ideas to make your second home ideal:

Adapt the design to your “getaway” lifestyle: Too often, a second home is simply a modified version of a primary home with a design that hasn’t adapted to the different lifestyle you enjoy while getting away from it all. When planning your remodel, think about how you spend most of your time in your second home. Are you reading and relaxing in solitude? Spending time in the garden? Entertaining friends in the kitchen? One of our clients uses their Oceanside home as a base for summer surfing adventures. Our remodel of their second home embraces this lifestyle choice with both design and functionality. Colors and materials reflect the Oceanside vibe, the kitchen is designed for casual entertaining, and the flooring was selected for water resistance and durability along with beauty and style.

Reflect your personal style: While simple and neutral might seem easier for a second home, there is so much more inspiration and relaxation to be found in a space that immediately welcomes you and your guests with warm and personal surroundings. If you are a collector, why not use your second home as a space to display some of your favorite finds? If you love to travel, a second home can provide a showcase for treasured keepsakes from memorable trips, or the design can reflect the style of one of your favorite destinations.

Focus on low maintenance: Since you won’t be in your home the majority of the time, the design should be easy to maintain. This is particularly important when planning your landscaping. Having adequate and innovative storage solutions for your linens, kitchen and bathroom supplies is also essential for a home that is visited less often.

Get creative with the help of a professional design team and make your second home one-of-a-kind!