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Elevate Style in Your Whole Home Remodel with a Painted Ceiling

October 24th, 2016
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pruettlivingWhile an accent wall is a more typical way to experiment with color in your home, a painted ceiling is an adventurous choice that adds drama and sophistication to your whole home remodel. A painted ceiling adapts to virtually any architectural style or design aesthetic. Here are some ideas to consider:

pritcherDark, Bright, or White
A dark gray or navy blue ceiling will make a dramatic statement and make any room feel more elegant. Darker colors are best in rooms with unusually high ceilings, to keep the space from feeling smaller. A bright shade of blue, yellow, or green is a creative way to pop color into a room that is otherwise white or neutral. The combination of bright and white instills a sense of fresh energy. Painting a wood ceiling white is a modern approach that makes a space feel airy, expansive, and contemporary.

pritcherceilingAccentuate Details
Painted ceilings are an exceptional choice for homes with interesting architectural features. Beams, molding, skylights, and other details come to life with the right color choices.

Thoughtful Finish
The finish of your paint becomes its own design element. A matte finish, which minimizes imperfections, is the most common choice for the ceiling. If imperfections aren’t a concern, a glossy finish is an interesting choice that adds a subtle reflection to a space.

The details of how you express your creativity in your home are some of the most exciting aspects of a whole home remodel! Working with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you can explore your favorite ideas in design from floor to ceiling!

Cast Your Vote for a Chance to Win a Lively Adventure!

October 15th, 2016
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JDR has a new television campaign airing and we want YOU to tell us which ad is your favorite. View our six ads and place your vote to let us know which one you like best. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win your choice of three unique prizes, all valued at up to $500. All you have to do is vote! (Only one vote per person, per device, please.)

ads_thumbsChoose your favorite ad for a chance to win one of these exciting adventures! Which one is your style?

  • Enjoy a Luxurious Limousine Drive with five guests to Temecula Valley Wine Country
  • Experience a Memorable Balloon Ride for two over San Diego
  • Delight in a Magical Day at Disneyland for you and three friends or family members

Watch the Videos Here and Vote!

Voting ends on November 1, 2016 at 4pm, PST. Our winner will be notified via email by November 4, 2016.

Everything and the Kitchen Sink! Sink Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

October 10th, 2016
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

schnacksinkThe sink is one of the elements of the kitchen design in your whole home remodel that is used the most. The style and placement of your sink is a design decision that has a strong influence on the look and functionality of your kitchen. Here are some of the choices to consider for the kitchen sink in your whole home remodel:

hollandsinkA Sink with a View
Whether it’s a vista of mountains and ocean or your own backyard, space planning to take advantage of natural surroundings makes your kitchen feel more expansive and appealing. The sink in this Rustic Zen kitchen was repositioned to celebrate the amazing views of greenery and a nearby canyon. The apron farm sink in this vintage-inspired kitchen was centrally placed in the island and aligned with glass doors to allow for a gorgeous view while taking care of daily tasks.

hinrichsinkStyle and Substance
A farmhouse-style apron sink is a classic choice that can be adapted to any kitchen design, while an under-mounted sink presents a sleeker profile in modern and contemporary environments. You’ll want to choose between a double bowl, which is ideal when you want to perform multiple tasks at once, or a single bowl, which is great for accommodating large pots or pans. Materials range from stainless steel to porcelain, fire clay, copper, and natural stone, each with its own unique benefits. Our professional designers can help you explore a multitude of options to find the right selection for your lifestyle.

Each choice makes a difference in creating your own personal vision for an ideal kitchen. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, guides you toward an overall vision for your whole home remodel that encompasses every detail!

Mad for Mod: Mid-Century Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 24th, 2016
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Design and Build, Historical Homes, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

lowelivingOver the past few decades, the popularity of Mid-Century Modern design for the home has continued to strengthen. The style’s lasting appeal can be found in its simplicity, its emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, and its focus on clean lines with thoughtfully designed elements. Whether you live in a home built during the period and want to honor its original concept, or you are simply attracted to the aesthetics of the 1940s through the 1960s, here are some ideas for integrating Mid-Century Modern into your whole home remodel:

pritcherdineOpen Floor Plan
Simplicity is an underlying principle. Linear, uncluttered layouts with ample light please the senses and are practical for family life.

Connecting with Nature
Large expanses of glass are common in Mid-Century Modern homes, allowing light to flow in from many angles while connecting to nature and encouraging indoor/outdoor living.

barnbathNeutral Colors
White or pale neutrals keep the focus on statement furniture and art. One bold wall of a primary color is an interesting alternative approach.

Engaging Accessories
Iconic mid-century furniture typically features clean lines composed of teak, walnut, oak or rosewood, which bring warmth to the expanse of an open space. Bold patterns and rich textures add character, while one carefully selected light fixture makes a statement in a very mid-century way.

Mid-Century Modern just seems to get better with time, the very essence of timelessness. For the most successful results in your home, you’ll want to integrate period ideas with ideas from today. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you toward the smartest decisions for your whole home remodel.

Drones for Your Home: How the Latest Technology Helps Our Architectural Team Design and Build Your Whole Home Remodel

September 17th, 2016
Posted in Architects, Design, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

nav1Our architectural team is continually exploring the latest technology for new ways to help clients visualize a whole home remodel. Drones are uniquely equipped to assist in the remodeling process, helping us to see from a variety of previously unavailable perspectives how a whole home remodel will look, feel, and function.

A drone can fly over any property and map out the terrain. This is especially useful for hillside sites, allowing us to investigate a home’s footprint and its surroundings from all angles. With drone technology, our Residential Designers can carefully plan views in relationship to the ocean or other landmarks, and we can make even more thoroughly informed recommendations about overall mass and site lines. For the Sicilian Villa inspired project shown here, we nav2used a drone to determine the best way to plan the outdoor living space to integrate with the natural landscape while ensuring privacy from surrounding homes.

Drones strengthen our ability to give clients accurate, all-inclusive 3-D models with Revit software. Our team walks clients through a virtual representation of each project that is more detailed and simple to understand than ever before. We can show clients in a way that is easy to visualize where an addition makes the most sense, what the best location on a site is for views, where to design an outdoor living space, and much more.

nav3Our focus on state-of-the-art technology is balanced with artistic skill and hands-on experience. Using these tools helps our professional architectural team express their highest levels of creativity and present plans in a comprehensive way that gives clients increased confidence assessing options and outcome. Our architectural team meets weekly with our design team in structured sessions during which we share principles, ideas, and knowledge so that the team is unified in goals and methods. This dedication to consistency is reflected in our clients’ satisfaction with their whole home remodel process, from the very first presentation of concepts, to their beautiful finished home.

A+ Space for Homework in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 10th, 2016
Posted in Bedrooms, Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Office, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

hinrichbedroomThe school season is underway bringing the nightly homework ritual back into your routine. Our professional designers find that many families seeking a kitchen remodel or whole home remodel ask for a space dedicated to homework. Here are some ideas that pass the test with flying colors:

Custom Built Space
In this elegant bedroom injected with a youthful spirit, the clients’ son can work at his laptop or spread bigger projects out on the desk at a custom built-in nook. Generous bookcases make it easy to stay organized.

plofficeDesign Space in Your Kitchen
A layout that integrates your kitchen and dining area allows you to prepare dinner and answer questions while children are studying. In this Mid-Century home, a light-filled corner of the open layout kitchen is a cheerful place to hit the books.

brownofficeDedicated Room
Sometimes the best solution for designing homework and studying space in your whole home remodel is a separate room. A library/office combination offers the advantage of privacy and enhanced concentration and may be a better idea for older children.

With the right elements in place, your home can contribute to a productive school year with more fun and accomplishment and less stress! Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps you explore a variety of options for home offices, libraries, or custom space for studying and quiet time in your whole home remodel.

A Place for Everything: Smart Storage Solutions for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 26th, 2016
Posted in Bathrooms, Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

lowekitchencabWhen your home is organized and clutter-free you can more easily dedicate your time to relaxing and entertaining. It’s so satisfying to be able to put belongings away quickly and find what you need when you need it! Our professional designers help you explore the best options to make your space functional and appealing while planning your whole home remodel.

rehmblueInnovative Design
Bi-fold cabinetry gives your kitchen a modern look with clean lines and effortless functionality. In this Mid-Century Modern kitchen, white bi-fold upper cabinets make it easy to store a multitude of kitchen and dining accessories while making the most efficient use of space.

Custom Ideas
This striking, custom designed blue cabinet with intricate detailing serves double duty as a pantry for additional storage space. A professional designer can help you imagine beyond the standard ideas to creative possibilities customized just for you.

Unexpected Inspiration
This storage option in a Mid-Century Barn Retreat bathroom imaginatively expands on wallcabinetthe idea of a “medicine cabinet.” Placed on the wall, a tall, narrow space offers organized and accessible access with a cool, vintage-inspired look.

Enjoy the pleasures of an organized home with designs created specifically for your needs and lifestyle. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals will show you how to integrate ideal storage solutions for every room into your whole home remodel.


Weekends to Remember: Entertaining in Your Outdoor Living Space

August 20th, 2016
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burchby_outdoorWhen the weekend arrives and you’ve invited friends over there’s no need to keep the party inside if you have a beautiful outdoor living space. Love to entertain? Here are some ideas to keep in mind for the design of the outdoor living space in your whole home remodel:

Entertaining Style
Are your events usually an intimate group gathered together for a meal fresh from the grill? Do you like to invite a friendly crowd over to watch sports on TV? Is a family pool party your favorite way to have fun? All of these aselageoutdoorlifestyle questions are essential when you’re working with a professional designer to establish the best layout and space planning for your outdoor living. Starting with the focal point of your space, we help you select the elements that will work best for how you entertain, from kitchens and BBQs to seating areas and smart technology.

Balanced Design
While you’ll want a distinct look for your outdoor space, it’s important that it relates visually with your interior. Our professional designers are experts in integrating indoor/outdoor living both visually and functionally.

navarrawineNo Matter the Weather
We’re lucky to enjoy more livable days in our outdoor living spaces in San Diego than in many other parts of the world. Still, a smart design includes elements that protect from both rain and intense sun. If you’ll be entertaining at night frequently, you may want to consider a fireplace or fire pit.

Welcoming friends and family into an inspiring outdoor living space is one of the joys of San Diego living! When you work with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you can live in a space that embraces your life and style.

The Timeless Appeal of White Cabinetry in Your Kitchen Remodel

August 12th, 2016
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taussigcabsWhite kitchens are a classic choice with lasting appeal for your kitchen remodel, a timeless style that always feels clean and fresh. Trends come and go but white cabinetry has been the top choice for homeowners for decades.

Cabinetry is a significant percentage of your remodeling budget and dramatically influences the overall look and feel of the kitchen in your whole home remodel. The expertise and guidance of a professional design team is crucial. An experienced designer can help you understand the details of cabinetry design and how to select the ideal look, quality and value for your needs.

lowecabsBright, clean and adaptable, white cabinetry enhances virtually every type of kitchen design from traditional, to transitional, contemporary or modern. Once you’ve decided on white cabinetry, the next step is to select a style:

  • Shaker Style: Classic and simple, with clean lines and a sophisticated elegance that fits any decor.
  • Slab: Solid, flat doors often selected for contemporary and modern designs where simplicity is key.
  • Simple Raised Panel: Versatile design complementary to the architectural details in an older home or to bring a sense of tradition to a modern home.

rehmcabsIf you’re dreaming about a white kitchen in your whole home remodel, you can explore your options with our unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals to discover the best options for your style.

The Opening Ceremony is Today! JDR is a Proud Sponsor of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics on NBC.

August 5th, 2016
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rio-2016-logoGo Team USA! JDR is excited to continue our tradition of supporting this exciting international event. Leading up to the Opening Ceremony tonight at 7:30 pm, we’re running vignettes on NBC to celebrate Southern California Olympic athletes. JDR spots will continue throughout the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This will be the first time that the Olympics are held in South America. From August 5 to 21, over 10,000 elite athletes will represent 206 countries to compete in 42 Olympic sports. Longtime favorite events such as swimming, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball and soccer are joined by new additions golf and rugby sevens, which are making Olympic returns. We wish good luck to all the athletes and especially the Southern California competitors representing the United States.

We get chills of pride for USA athletes when we watch these! Check out our vignettes here and look for them on your local NBC station:








Rio 2016 Olympics: Rugby








Rio 2016 Olympics: Cycling and Beach Volleyball







Rio 2016 Olympics: Water Polo and Archery