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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
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Kitchens | Comments Off

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
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Home Electronics | Comments Off

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:

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.

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
Posted in Aging in Place, Design, Design and Build, Events, Green Home, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

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.

Fall in Love with Your Home Again: Plan Your Whole Home Remodel this Year

February 4th, 2011
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

LoveHomeWith Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to look at how we view the relationship between home and owner. Does your relationship need some attention? Here are some common ways that love between home and owner can go wrong, along with ideas for how to revitalize your feelings for your home with a whole home remodel:

I Need More Space:
Needing more space is one of the most common motivations for a whole home remodel. Sometimes space needs to be added to your home with new construction, but often the space can be created within the existing structure. Working with an architect and a professional design team, you can achieve your goals for additional space with intelligence, efficiency and elegance.

We Don’t Do Anything Fun Anymore:
Is your home designed to enhance your lifestyle today? If you love to cook and entertain, an outdated kitchen holds you back from fully enjoying life in your home. Kitchen remodeling can bring new ease and joy to one of your favorite activities. If a serene and relaxing environment is an overarching desire for you, then a custom bathroom design to create a spa-like retreat can bring daily peace of mind. For some homeowners, a special focus on enhancing outdoor living is what’s needed to bring a sense of fun back to their home – an outdoor kitchen and artfully designed landscaping expand the possibilities for relaxation and socializing.

It’s Not You, It’s Me:
The most important aspect of a whole home remodel is to design your space according to what works best for you. Trends can be informative and inspiring, but you want a new environment that reflects your individual style and values. When you work with a unified team of San Diego architects, designers and construction professionals, your remodel will be an enjoyable and successful experience.

Renew your love for your home by giving it the attention it deserves! A whole home remodel enhances your overall lifestyle and everyday living.

Nominations Now Open for 2011! 2nd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

January 28th, 2011
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JDR_BlogBadge_NominationsOur first annual Industry Blogger Awards were a great success! We received more than 4,000 votes for the best blogs in the remodeling industry. This year, we are expanding our awards with two new categories and an extended nomination period.

Jackson Design and Remodeling has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for over 20 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.

Nominate your favorite blogs for any of the following categories:

  • New Category! Best Blogger: Architecture
  • Best Blogger: Construction Business
  • New Category! Best Blogger: Green
  • Best Blogger: Interior Design
  • Best Blogger: Remodeling

The blog that receives the most votes in a category will be the winner of that category. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display.

Awards Schedule:
Nominations Open: January 28, 2011
Nominations Closed: February 18, 2011
Voting Open: March 4, 2011
Voting Closed: April 15, 2011 2pm PST
Winners Announced: April, 20, 2011

Congratulations to last year’s winners:
2010 Best Blogger: Interior Design – Joys of Home
2010 Best Blogger: Construction Business – Brookfield Homes
2010 Best Blogger: Remodeling – Craftsman Home Remodeling

Nominate Your Favorite Blog Today.
Come back on March 4 to view the nominees and place your vote for the 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Awards!

Architectural Resin: Green Home, Beautiful Home

January 20th, 2011
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Green Home, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

Architectural_ResinOur designers have noticed an uptick lately in the number of requests for design elements using architectural resin. A material that belies the notion that “green” and “beautiful” don’t mix, architectural resin is made from 100% post-consumer recycled high density polyethylene. It is a truly sustainable material that can be used for design elements in homes with highly sophisticated aesthetics.

Our design team has been using architectural resin in whole home remodels for panels, chandeliers, lighting and more. In addition to the material’s green credentials, we love its adaptability, interesting color options and character.

See some beautiful examples of how architectural resin could be used in your whole home remodel, kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel here:


2011 Color Trends for Your Whole Home Remodel

January 17th, 2011
Posted in Art and Decorating, Painting, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

ColorTrendsWe love exploring the world of color as it applies to home design. When it comes to planning your whole home remodel, the most important element of the design is that it expresses your own personal vision and taste. But trends are fun to follow and can sometimes inspire us to experiment in ways we wouldn’t have imagined! At Jackson Design and Remodeling’s painting division, JDR Painting, our interior designers work with clients to balance trends with personal preferences for the most satisfactory results in home design. Here are two places to explore color trends for 2011:

Benjamin Moore Envision Color 2011
Benjamin Moore’s color designers are forecasting vintage wine as Envision Color 2011′s Color of the Year. First seen on the fashion runways of New York, Paris, and Milan, this rich hue with a deep brown base and a hint of smoky violet is just as magnificent in the home.
Explore Benjamin Moore’s Envision Color 2011.

Sherwin Williams 2011 Color Forecast
Sherwin Williams says that “Trendy has never been more passé as self-expression now spins the color wheel.”
See Sherwin Williams color predictions for 2011 here.

Whole Home Remodel or Addition Next Year? Now is the Time to Plan!

December 20th, 2010
Posted in Additions, Custom Homes, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

WholeHOME_NewYearIn between wrapping presents, throwing and attending holiday parties and enjoying lots of delicious seasonal meals, are you daydreaming about your whole home remodel? Now is the time to get started! 2011 promises to be a busy time for thriving remodeling companies and the ideal season to transform your home.

With a major project such as a whole home remodel or addition, success depends on careful planning and timing. A great way to gather the information you need to get started is by attending one of JDR’s free design and remodeling seminars. Our next seminar will be held on Saturday, January 22nd from 10am to 1pm at our Design Center in San Diego. During a lively and engaging presentation, you will gain valuable information about remodeling and have a chance to talk one-on-one with architects and designers about your project. Learn more here.

The start of a new year often inspires us to set new goals, take on new projects or finally put into action a dream we’ve been carrying with us for some time. A whole home remodel is the perfect expression of the new year’s promise. Practically speaking, the earlier in the year you get started with gathering information and planning your remodel, the more likely you are to get the schedule you want from a reliable, experienced and talented remodeling and design team.

Ready to get started? Browse some of our previous posts about whole home remodeling here:

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your Whole Home Remodel
The Architect Advantage: How Working with an Architect Enhances Your Remodel
The Secrets of a Stress-free Whole Home Remodel

Pretty in Pink? Honeysuckle is the Pantone 2011 Color of the Year.

December 14th, 2010
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

Pantone_HoneysucklePantone, the global authority on color and the provider of professional color standards for design professionals, has announced the vibrant and energetic hue Honeysuckle (PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle) as the Color of the Year for 2011. Honeysuckle is a dynamic blend of red and pink, inspiring confidence and courage.

The company points to the need for uplifting spirits during stressful times as one of the reasons for this year’s choice.

In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Where could you use honeysuckle in your whole home remodel? A dark hallway would benefit from a burst of colorful energy, or one wall painted with the shade in a family room, bathroom or kitchen could add spirited flair to a space. Ask our professional design team for ideas, or share yours with us!