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

September 16th, 2011
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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
Posted in Aging in Place, Relocation, Second Homes, Universal Design, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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:

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

August 11th, 2011
Posted in Aging in Place, Universal Design | Comments Off

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
Posted in Art and Decorating, Bathrooms, Design, Kitchens, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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

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

July 11th, 2011
Posted in Architects, Design, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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
Posted in Architects, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Kitchens | Comments Off

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!