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New Ideas for Kitchen Remodeling: Glazed Lava Stone Countertops

April 15th, 2011
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PyrolaveOur design team is excited about the many possibilities presented by glazed lava stone as a design element in kitchen remodeling. Pyrolave, an international company specializing in “the art of worktops”, creates glazed lava stone by extracting Volvic lava from the Nugere crater at the center of volcanoes in Auvergne, France. Blocks of lava are removed by hand, cut into slabs, and glazed with enamel by expert engineers. Enamels are selected for their beauty and for their resistance – they must be resilient enough to withstand being fired at more than 1832°F. During cooling, delicate cracks (or “crazing”) appear on the surface, giving each piece a distinct and naturally beautiful signature.

There are several reasons why glazed lava stone appeals to our design team and our clients:

Adaptability: Glazed lava stone works for contemporary or traditional aesthetics. It is highly adaptable to its environment. In addition to kitchens, the material is also used in architectural projects, in bathroom design and in indoor/outdoor furniture.

Durability: Because of its unusual resistance, even acids or corrosive products do not alter glazed lava stone. The material is resistant to heat, stains, acids and bleach, scorches, and frost, and is UV stable (meaning its color will not fade.)

Originality: With its unique shapes and vibrant colors, glazed lava stone makes a definitive statement of individuality in your kitchen remodeling project.

Working with an expert team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can rely on experts who are leaders in their field. We love to explore the latest trends and ideas for kitchen remodeling and share them with you!

How to Frame Your View in a Whole Home Remodel

April 8th, 2011
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FrameViewOur team of architects and designers often talks to clients about the concept of “framing a view” during a whole home remodel. San Diego homeowners are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. When planning a San Diego addition or whole home remodel, a successful project integrates the home’s natural surroundings as an essential element of the design. Here are some considerations for framing your view:

Select Your Focal Point:
The first step in framing a view is to look at your property and decide which aspects you would most like to appreciate from indoors. Perhaps it’s your lovely garden or a special tree in your backyard. It could be an ocean or mountain top view. Maybe you’re capturing the city scape and bay from a high rise condo. Take some time to truly contemplate your surroundings and consider what you would most like to see everyday.

Framing Options:
Now, working with an architecture and design team, you can explore ways to frame the view you’ve selected as your focal point. One option is to remove walls within your home to provide an unobstructed view from one end to the other. Another idea is to design expansive floor to ceiling windows throughout the home. Sometimes, the addition of an outdoor area is the ideal way to frame a view. The options are virtually limitless, which is why working with both an architect and a designer can be helpful in finding just the right strategy for your lifestyle.

San Diego homeowners live in an area where appreciating the natural beauty of the outdoors is as easy as stepping outside. With an intelligently designed whole home remodel, natural beauty can just as easily be appreciated from indoors!

Warm Days and Warmer Nights: Cool Fireplaces for Your Whole Home Remodel

March 31st, 2011
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Fireplace2Those of us who live on the West Coast know that even during spring and summer, the coastal breeze can bring a chill in the evening. That’s why a fireplace is such an appealing design element in San Diego home additions and whole home remodels.

A lot of us think “brick” when we think fireplace, but today’s options are much more versatile and exciting. Some of the fireplaces our design team has been researching for recent client projects act as stunning centerpieces for the home, in addition to serving a practical purpose.

Fireplaces can be selected in gas, wood, electric or outdoor variations. Materials for mantels and surrounds range from the traditional brick, to glass, metal, wood and more. Whatever the aesthetic of your home, our team can help you find the right fireplace to suit your personal style.

Visit these sites for inspirational slide shows and photos of fireplaces and keep those home fires burning with a beautiful fireplace for your San Diego home addition or whole home remodel!:

Heat & Glo
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Work on Your Home to Work at Home: Home Additions for the Home Office

March 25th, 2011
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HomeOfficeHome additions can be prompted by a variety of lifestyle changes, one of them being the need for a home office. Is it time for you to save time and money by ending your commute and eliminating lease expenses? Do you have a burgeoning business idea that needs more room to grow than a corner office in the kitchen or living room? Here’s how home additions for the home office can make sense for your lifestyle, along with some ideas for designing the perfect work space:

Separate Work from Home:
It’s important to have a separate space for your home office, especially if there are children or other family members in the home who pose a potential distraction. Consider the idea of a separate entrance, as well, if visiting clients are regularly expected. Separating work life from home life means they will both get the attention they deserve. A separate space also makes it easier to define the work area for tax purposes.

Retain the Integrity of Your Home’s Design:
One of the most important aspects of designing home additions is the seamless integration of the original home with the addition. The addition should seem like a natural extension of the home, as if it has always been there. Working with a team of professional architects, designers and construction professionals, you can arrive at a design that provides the new space you need without detracting from the appearance of your original home.

Up or Out?
One of the first questions you will face when considering a home addition for your home office is whether to build “up” (vertically) or “out” (horizontally). Knowing the correct answer relies on expert knowledge about construction, the current codes and zoning requirements for your neighborhood, and how to effectively meld these restrictions with a beautiful design. A design build team with architects, designers and construction professionals working together on your project helps to assure a successful outcome.

Working at home can bring efficiency and creativity to your lifestyle … put a home addition for your home office at the top of your “to-do” list!

Treat Yourself to Small Luxuries: Towel Warmers in Your Custom Bathroom Design

March 15th, 2011
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TowelWarmer_JDRCustom bathroom design today is focused on creating a spa-like environment, a place of retreat and relaxation. Towel warmers are one of those design details that bring a daily sense of luxury and comfort to your home. Having a fresh, dry, warm towel to wrap yourself in after every bath or shower is a small indulgence that brings long lasting pleasure. Towel warmers have a practical side, too. They can be used to dry delicates and bathing suits or to warm baby clothes on a chilly day.

Our design team is currently working on a custom bathroom design for a client in Scripps Ranch. They got excited about a line of towel warmers from Antrax, an Italian design company with several collections of truly unique, artful designs. Take a look here at some of Antrax’s amazing innovative ideas for towel warmers from a variety of product designers.

If you are considering a custom bathroom design, work with a group of professional designers who can help you access the latest trends and innovations that work for your home and your desires. A spa-like retreat in your home is an investment in well-being and peace of mind!

Spring is Near – Refresh, Remodel, Rejuvenate!

March 9th, 2011
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SpringRemodelingWith spring just around the corner, our thoughts often turn to ways we can refresh our homes in the spirit of the new season. Are you feeling the approach of spring fever when it comes to your whole home remodel? Start planning today and you could be living in a beautiful new environment this summer. Here are some ideas for spring remodeling projects:

Refresh Your Lifestyle with a Whole Home Remodel:
Spring is an ideal time to start a significant project such as a whole home remodel. Schedules during late spring and summer tend to be somewhat more flexible and the weather more reliable. If you have been considering a whole home remodel for a while, now is the time to act! Transforming your home to embrace your lifestyle today requires an experienced team of architects, designers and construction professionals. Take the time to do careful research about the company you will be working with, try attending one of our popular, free design and remodeling seminars, and balance your inspiration with education.

Make Your Home Life Blossom with a Kitchen Remodel:
Kitchen remodeling remains one of the most popular choices for homeowners for good reason. The kitchen is the most used room in the home and a central gathering place for family and friends – a place not just to cook and bake, but to gather and celebrate. When you have an outdated kitchen that makes cooking, cleaning, organization and storage a daily burden, it can make you reluctant to invite people over or plan special occasions. With well planned kitchen remodeling, you can have the kitchen you have always dreamed of and open your home to visitors with pride and enthusiasm.

Brighten Your Life with Color:
A fresh coat of paint is a symbolic welcome to spring’s arrival. Could the interior or exterior of your home benefit from a splash of color? Working with the professional interior design staff of Jackson Design and Remodeling Painting, you will arrive at a color palette that makes sense for your lifestyle and your plans for your home.

A new environment that has been custom-designed to suit your lifestyle today will rejuvenate your love for your home … welcome spring with a remodeling project!

Cast Your Vote Today! Voting Now Open for the 2nd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

March 4th, 2011
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JDR_BlogBadge_NominationsVote Today for Your Favorites! Voting Ends on April 15th.

Vote for your favorite blog here! You can vote for one blog in each category: Green, Interior Design, Architecture, Construction Business, and Remodeling. Please place only one vote per category per computer.

Visit us here to track the progress of voting anytime between now and April 15th. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2011.

The nominees that receive the most votes in each category will be the winners. Winners will receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog.

JDR has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for over twenty years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. We’re hoping that the JDR Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of our favorite bloggers, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and keep our clients informed about the latest trends in home design.

What’s New in Kitchen Design

February 25th, 2011
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KitchenTrendsThe big news in kitchen trends for 2011 is that trend following has become less popular – the emphasis now is on finding ways to express your personal style in a one-of-a-kind space. So, just how do you go about doing that? Here are some tips for arriving at a style that works for you and your home when you are considering kitchen remodeling:

How Long Will You Live in Your Home?
Think about both the long-term and short-term plans for your home. If you are planning to live in your home for a long time, that will shape your design decisions differently than if you plan to sell in a year or two.

What Does Your Home Look Like Today?
If you want to remodel your kitchen, are you planning to keep all of your current furniture? If you are day dreaming about a sleek, modern kitchen, but the adjoining living areas are designed and furnished traditionally, there has to be some compromise. You want your living spaces to be integrated and make sense together visually.

What’s Your Style?
What styles are appealing to you? If you’re not sure, we always suggest a trip to the local bookstore where you can gather an array of decorating magazines and study them, making notes on what you like and don’t like about different styles. By doing this, you will naturally create a pattern of elements of style that most appeal to you.

There are many styles to choose from: French Country, Tuscan, Spanish Revival or Hacienda-Style, Modern/Contemporary, Cottage, Eclectic, Arts and Crafts, Coastal, and more. Working in collaboration with our professional design team, you will find the right interpretation for your personal expression.

Shining a Light on Home Automation

February 18th, 2011
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LightingLighting that adds to the ambiance, convenience and security of your home is one of the most exciting advancements in home automation today. Once relegated to only the most luxurious of homes, home automation has recently entered the mainstream for whole home remodels. Here are some of the ways automated lighting can enhance your home:

Ambiance:
Automated lighting systems can be programmed to create lighting “scenes” at the touch of a button. When integrated with other smart technology for music and temperature, a homeowner can easily adjust the home environment to the moment’s activity, from “waking up,” to “party time.” Lighting is a core element in creating a mood in your home – automation makes it easy and adaptable.

Security:
With an automated lighting system installed in your home, security is more reliable and accessible. Imagine approaching your driveway and being able to instantly turn on the lights in your home from the outdoors, to the garage, to any room in your home – all before you leave your car. Lighting can help with security when you are inside your home, as well. With a simple device at your bedside, you can easily turn on a pre-programmed set of lights indoors and outdoors when you wake up in the middle of the night to a strange noise.

Convenience and Conservation:
Control your downstairs lighting from the third floor and vice versa – automation effortlessly saves time and conserves energy. Dimming lights can save a significant amount of energy – programmed controls make it simple to live a greener lifestyle and reduce energy expenses.

Lighting is just one of many elements in your home that can benefit from recent innovations in home automation. Learn more here about the security, ambiance and conservation you can achieve with a home automation system for your whole home remodel.

All Your Remodeling Questions Answered! Join us for a Free Remodeling and Design Seminar on Saturday, February 19th

February 11th, 2011
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SeminarDo you have questions about green remodeling or remodeling your home to accommodate aging in place for yourself or a parent? Do you want to learn about how design build remodeling works for a whole home remodel? Our popular remodeling and design seminars introduce you to valuable information about remodeling and give you one-on-one access to our company president, senior designers and architects. Seminars are held at the Jackson Design and Remodeling Design Center, home to our stunning kitchen and bath showroom, a truly inspiring space where you can see and touch the latest trends in remodeling.

Our seminars are free, in a lively and engaging atmosphere … don’t miss out on an inspiring way to learn about the remodeling process from start to finish! The next free remodeling and design seminar is on Saturday, February 19, from 10am to 1pm. Learn more and register here.