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A Game Room in Your Whole Home Remodel Could be a Winning Idea for Dad

June 17th, 2016
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gameroom1Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19th.  If the Dad in your life enjoys entertaining family and friends, consider a game room in your whole home remodel dedicated to favorite pastimes. A game room can become a center of activity for mingling, friendly competition, and fun memories. Here are some elements to explore for a game room in your whole home remodel:

Ample space:
The room layout needs to accommodate at least 3-5 feet of space around the main game table. Areas for people to sit, relax and observe the game, along with dedicated bar space, are other elements of an engaging space.

gameroom2Integrated design:
The game room design should be distinctive while making sense visually with the design of the surrounding home. A professional designer can guide you toward an appealing balance.

Lighting and soundproofing:
Technical considerations are essential as you plan your game room. Layers of lighting, with excellent illumination over the game table and softer lighting in seating areas, is ideal. Soundproofing the walls allows for enthusiastic enjoyment in the game room while not disturbing anyone in other parts of your home.

Play to win! A unified team of architects, designer, and construction professionals can help you with essential decisions about space planning, room layout, and materials for a memorable game room.

Open House to Celebrate Home Expressions on Saturday, June 18th

June 10th, 2016
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Special Guest Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” and music by San Diego jazz musician Gilbert Castellanos


Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling celebrates its launch with an Open House on Saturday, June 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Home Expressions Selection Center, right next door to Jackson Design and Remodeling. Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Flipping Out,” will be on hand to meet fans from 1-3 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a special performance by legendary jazz musician Gilbert Castellanos along with food and a champagne toast. The event is open to the public, but guests are required to RSVP on the Home Expressions website or by calling 858.384.4196.

Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling is the latest innovation from Todd Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling, who has built his business as an industry game changer since 1989. With the 9,000 sq. ft. Home Expressions Selection Center now right next door to the Jackson Design and Remodeling headquarters, the two companies can handle almost any remodeling project for a client, no matter the size and type. At the Home Expressions Selection Center, visitors can easily see, touch, and experience hundreds of choices in cabinetry, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, mirrors, lighting, fixtures, plumbing, accessories, finishes, interior and exterior stone, solar options and much more.

RSVP today for Open House here:

Good Character: Design Decisions for Your Historical Whole Home Remodel

June 3rd, 2016
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Historical Homes, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

swimkitchenA historic home has an original character with a sense of continuity, a respect for the past, and an admiration of old-world craftsmanship. When you decide it’s time for a whole home remodel, historical homes involve unique challenges. Their scale is often quite smaller than the modern norm, especially in areas that families use most, and rooms tend to be connected by many doors, unlike today’s more open spaces. If you’ve decided it’s time for a whole home remodel in your historical home, here are some considerations:

plpoolWhich elements of your historical home are you sure you want to retain?
If the original floors or ceilings are what made you fall in love with your home in the first place, your new design should respect those elements with careful restoration.

How could your home work better for your lifestyle today?
A unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals is particularly helpful when you are thinking about how to update your historical home for your modern lifestyle. Professionals can give you ideas for transforming the space that you may not have considered and their expertise can guide you toward the most appealing and efficient solutions to accommodate your needs.

pruett_extHow will your remodel align with historic home requirements?
Designing an addition or whole home remodel for your historic home that feels as if it has always been a part of the home required dedication, commitment, and knowledge. There are also legal requirements to consider for remodeling historic properties (such as those outlined in the Mills Act) that your contractor needs to be knowledgeable about in order to avoid costly revisions. Jackson Design and Remodeling’s team has the experience and talent necessary to assure that the integrity of your home’s original design and character is preserved.

A skillful whole home remodel of your historic home starts with decisions that a professional designer will guide you through, step-by-step. Your historic home can be transformed to beautifully enhance your lifestyle today while also carefully honoring and amplifying its essential character.

Entertaining in Your Outdoor Living Space with an Outdoor Kitchen

May 27th, 2016
Posted in Design, Design and Build, Kitchens, Outdoor Living, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

outdoor1Long weekends inspire us to invite friends and family to share celebrations at home. An outdoor kitchen makes entertaining more expansive, adaptable and fun! Here are some ideas for the outdoor kitchen in your whole home remodel:

Integrated Space Planning
A design that integrates your indoor and outdoor kitchens allows for functional and appealing entertaining in any season. Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home with easy flow and visual harmony. Thoughtful architecture and design will unify your indoor and outdoor spaces along with the surrounding natural environment.

outdoor2The Right Size
The space allowed for your outdoor kitchen starts with determining the size of your grill and the selection of any other appliances you want to include, from storage to wine refrigerators. Consider how you entertain and your typical group size to plan for a possible bar area and flexible seating.

Welcoming in any Weather
A successful outdoor living area and kitchen should be adaptable for comfort during chilly evenings and the hottest afternoons. Firepits, fireplaces, or heat lamps ease the chill, while a pergola or tall roof makes your outdoor kitchen more comfortable when temperatures rise.

outdoor3Weekend entertaining is even more enjoyable when your whole home remodel is designed to embrace indoor/outdoor living. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help guide you toward an outdoor living space that beautifully enhances your lifestyle, creating festive occasions and lasting memories.

What’s the Color Forecast? Predicting Color Trends in Interior Design

May 26th, 2016
Posted in Art and Decorating, Design, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

30_5431102_42072-130One of the first elements our designers address with clients at the beginning of the design process is color. Choosing the colors you want to live with is one of the most important decisions you will make for your whole home remodel. Our design team is always on the lookout for new sources of information and inspiration for color, including color forecasters who predict each year’s trends.

Color forecasters are part designer, part sociologist, and part predictor. They discover information on the fashion runway, at auto manufacturers, and through the housewares industry. They investigate showrooms, trade shows and magazines for emerging trends. Forecasters also consider what is happening culturally and how it impacts our national mood. They translate all of this information into a prediction of which colors we will be wearing and using in our homes.

15_6123836_47349-115Members of the Color Marketing Group, founded in 1962, work to produce color forecasts from North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. These forecasts are then combined to form the World Color Forecast, which is revealed each November at the International Summit. World Color Forecasts are created through collaborative workshops called ChromaZone. At ChromaZone workshops, participants share color insights and stories and discuss big picture trends that will impact color over the following two years. Discussions include topics you might not think would ever affect the color of your living room! The economy, the environment, politics, sports, demographics, social issues, technology, cultural events, and global affairs all play a role in informing color trend predictions.

15_8235500_73601_bpo-73601-115Following every trend is usually not the path to the whole home remodel you will find most appealing. But strengthening extensive knowledge about color and finding inspiration in new ideas is just one way our designers can help you discover how best to communicate your own personal style at home. Whether you choose a subdued neutral palette, a home bursting with vibrant colors, or some combination in between, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you create color that comforts, soothes, and energizes you each and every day.

Architecture and Design Work Together for Your Whole Home Remodel

May 20th, 2016
Posted in Architects, Design, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

hinrichlrWhen architects and designers collaborate on your whole home remodel you achieve a high level of design with innovation and technical expertise. You also gain the peace of mind that comes from a reliable, intelligent, streamlined process.

One of the unique aspects of working with Jackson Design and Remodeling is our unified team approach to your whole home remodel. Our highly skilled architects and designers work together to find the best solutions for your home, often with ideas that you may not have considered, such as moving a room from perryone side of your home to another, removing walls to create a more open space, or integrating your indoor and outdoor living areas.

Together, our goal is to transform your home into a space with both functionality and visual appeal, thoughtfully designed to enhance your lifestyle.

Architects are essential when you are adding levels or additions to your home, significantly changing your pruetthomeinterior floor plan, moving walls, windows and doors, or have a desire for a high level of design with a sophisticated execution. Understanding the architecture of your home is necessary to update it for your needs today with expert attention to form, scale and proportions. Our designers and architects find the most effective and appealing balance between form and function for your home. Our team is inspired every day by working together to help you live in a home that is beautifully designed for your life and your style!

What Mom Needs Most: A Good Night’s Sleep in a Luxurious Bedroom

May 6th, 2016
Posted in Bedrooms, Design, Design and Build, Whole Home Remodel | Comments Off

bkbedroomFlowers and chocolates are always nice but we’ve heard most Moms would appreciate just a little more sleep!

On Mother’s Day weekend, we’re exploring some of the ways the bedroom in your whole home remodel can be a luxurious retreat to comfort the body and refresh the spirit.

Natural Light
Layers of lighting are essential in a master bedroom design, a space where you will want to read in bed at night, see easily while choosing clothing for the day, and feel relaxed at any hour. Your lighting plan should begin with a focus on murphybednatural sources so you can see the stars at night and awaken to gentle sunlight.

Keep it Simple
The bedroom benefits from ultra-simplicity in design. This is a space where accessories and clutter should be kept to a minimum. Most experts agree that it’s a good idea to keep electronics and screens out of the bedroom if you want a truly peaceful night’s sleep.

palmabedPeaceful Colors
From warm neutrals to airy nature-inspired colors, make sure the hues in your bedroom are harmonious and restful. Emphasize rich textures such as cashmere and heavy cotton to please all the senses.

A master bedroom in your whole home remodel is a place for Moms and Dads alike to take a break from the busy schedules of everyday life and feel restored and relaxed. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can retreat to your own personal suite at home for some well-deserved “me” time!

After Dark: Lighting Your Outdoor Living Space

April 22nd, 2016
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navarra2A truly exceptional outdoor living space is designed to welcome guests day or night. Thoughtfully planned lighting is essential when you’re entertaining during the evening outside. A professional design team understands the importance of lighting and can help you consider the details when you’re planning an outdoor living space for your whole home remodel.

himmelIn the expansive space shown above, used often at night to entertain large groups, the lighting was planned for task, mood and accent. Layers of lighting create a magical sense of drama that can be adjusted throughout the evening.

Wall sconces, such as those surrounding this appealing outdoor space with a pool, offer flexible illumination of overall space and help to delineate one area from another. Uplighting elements defines architectural details. Artfully placed lighting navarra1emphasizes design and materials, such as the rustic beauty of the bar’s stone in this outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens and eating areas require levels of task lighting to ensure safety and comfort.

Lighting can be designed with a smart system you can easily control as the sun sets and the stars arrive. Working with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your outdoor living space can be a beautiful oasis at all hours.

Announcing this Year’s Winners! 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

April 20th, 2016
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We are excited to present the winners of the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards! This year we had more engagement than ever in the history of the awards, with closely contested categories. The awards continue to gain popularity and reach and we are inspired by the talented bloggers who participate each year.

There is one winning blog in each category: Architecture, Construction Business, Remodeling, Interior Design, Green, and Microblog. Winners receive a $500 prize and a JDR Blogger Awards Winner badge for display on their blog.

2016 Winners – 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

We extend our thanks to all of the nominees who participated this year and helped make this our most action-packed contest yet! JDR has been a pioneer in the design build remodeling industry for 27 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The JDR Industry Blogger Awards bring additional recognition to the best blogs in the business, while supporting JDR’s efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.

Stay in touch with us to hear news about next year’s awards. 

Taxing Weekend? An Appealing Home Office Makes Work More Enjoyable

April 15th, 2016
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hinrichThe tax deadline on Monday means some of us will be working at home over the weekend. If you have a well-designed home office, any task is more efficient and less stressful. Here are some ideas to add to the to-do list for your home office:

Plan Strategy
How will you most often use your office at home? Do you tend to spend most of your time online? Will clients be visiting? How much storage do you need for files and supplies? Do you need another work surface in addition to your desk? When you address these questions with a team of professional designers at the beginning of the design process, you can develop a design strategy that works best for you and your work patterns.

murphyreadingPromote Efficiency
Natural light is essential for productive and efficient workdays, while layers of lighting inside cover the hours after daylight. Carefully designed lighting will help you avoid fatigue and feel energized and focused on your work. Consider your workflow and where items should be placed; in an office that tends to be smaller than other rooms in your home, smart space planning is critical.

plofficeEncourage Teamwork
Your home office should work well with others when it comes to the overall design of your home. With thoughtful design, your home office can feel personal and inspirational to you while still integrating with the design in the rest of your home.

With more of us working at home than ever before, home offices have become an important element of planning a whole home remodel. Collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you can have an appealing space that makes your daily tasks more productive and enjoyable.